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Caregiver Barriers

By October 29, 2018December 16th, 2019Uncategorized
My name is Amanda Lopez and I am a 2L serving as a Law Clerk with the Center for Global Justice. I am currently leading a project for Shared Hope International that involves conducting research relating to human trafficking laws in the 50 states. I am excited to work on this project as I previously worked on a Shared Hope project last year as a Center student staff member and clerked during the summer with Shared Hope’s Center for Justice & Advocacy in Arlington, VA.

2L Amanda Lopez

My team is working on a lengthy project conducting statutory research on all fifty states and D.C. to identify any “caregiver barriers” throughout the child welfare process concerning child sex trafficking victims. “Caregiver barrier” is a term Shared Hope coined to identify the unfortunate situation where child welfare agencies are restricted from providing services to these victims due to jurisdictional statutory limitations to situations where the abuse or neglect of a child comes directly from a “caregiver.” Such barriers can leave child welfare agencies powerless to provide necessary services to these victims.

As part of Shared Hope’s mission to provide each state and D.C. an annual Report Card with Analysis & Recommendations, this research will assist Shared Hope in analyzing its fifth framework issue: Protective Provisions for the Child Victims. Its legal component 5.6 specifically focuses on “caregiver” barriers to child sex trafficking victims accessing child welfare services. Shared Hope will be able to utilize our research when conducting future annual reviews.

This post was written by a Center for Global Justice student staff member.  The views expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect those of Regent University, Regent Law School or the Center for Global Justice.