Friday, June 14, 2013

Trafficking foster care kids
A congressional committee heard testimony from a homeless teen that described how she was easy prey for sex trafficking. She urged congress to do more to stop the trafficking of kids who are homeless or in the foster care system. According to the National Center for prosecution of child abuse, 100-thousand kids are exploited each year and between 50 to 80-percent are connected with the foster care system. Survivor Asia Graves says every time she visits a school to talk about the issue, she finds someone who can relate to her experience… “It’s horrifying to go into middle school and have girls say they’ve been approached by pimps or by johns, men who buy sex.” Graves told lawmakers there is a need for specialized foster care for trafficking victims and more training for social workers to identify them. In Virginia, advocates for foster children agree. Amy Woolard is with Voices for Virginia’s Children. “Here in Virginia we have around five thousand kids in foster care. The majority of them come in to the system on some kind of abuse or neglect issue.” The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation last year to provide teachers with awareness and training materials about trafficking. (CC)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

  • City Council Changes Course and Reappoints Fleenor to BVU Board
  • Washington County, VA Grand Jury Indicts Abingdon Man for Attempted First Degree Murder
  • Bristol, TN Officials Confirm Triad Packaging Staying in City, Investing Millions
  • Children's Services Spokesman Says Formal Investigation Underway into David Crockett High Hazing
  • BVU's Faith Esposito Suddenly Resigns Board
  • DMME: Mine Accident in Dickenson County Under Investigation, Victim Recovering After Surgery
  • Bristol, Tennessee Schools Replace Principal in Wake of Attempted Child Abuse and Neglect Case
  • King University Breaks Ground on Oval Restoration
  • Roe Seeks Immediate Lift of Ban on Firearms on Military Grounds
  • Haslam Headed to the Tri-Cities to Push For Hike in Gasoline Tax
  • Police: Fatal Crash Went Undetected Overnight
  • Wes Rosenbalm Resigns from Job at Johnson City V-A Center
  • BVU Writing Policies in Wake of Financial Scandal
  • Utility Puts Condition on Participation in Bristol "Brand" Study
  • Mine Accident Under Investigation
  • Two More David Crockett Players Sent to Alternative School in Wake of Hazing Investigation
  • Murder, Dismembering Case in Carter County Scheduled to go to Grand Jury
  • New Poll Shows Virginians Split on Removing Rebel Flag from S.O.C.V. License Plate
  • Report: Members of Crips Source of Fight, Lockdown at Mountain City Prison
  • Hawkins County Deputies Arrest Woman for Second Time in Two Weeks
  • Hawkins County Woman Arrested After She Was Found With Drugs



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