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Schubert Center Statement on Immigrant and Refugee Children and Youth

Date posted: February 20th, 2017

The Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University  is committed to the well-being of all children and young people, and to promoting an equitable environment in which all children can thrive regardless of their country of origin, race, gender, or religion.

Far too often in human history the world has stood by as one group or another was singled out and deprived of their rights, dignity, well-being, and even survival. This has never been a proud moment for humanity. We deplore all policies and actions that threaten the well-being of children and young people, their families and communities and promote injustice and discrimination.

We stand firmly with immigrant and refugee children and their families and communities.

A Citizen’s Guide to the Cleveland Police Consent Decree with a Special Focus on Implications for Children & Young People

Date posted: February 14th, 2017

The Schubert Center supports advancing positive interactions between youth and police and promotes developmentally informed policies and practices. This guide was created to help the Cleveland community – and specifically young people – better understand the consent decree involving the CLE police. The Citizen’s Guide can be downloaded here.

Lisa Damour Joins Schubert Center as Senior Advisor

Date posted: January 23rd, 2017

The Schubert Center is pleased to announce that Faculty Associate Lisa Damour, PhD, will be joining the center as a Senior Advisor effective immediately. Author of the New York Times bestseller, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood, Damour directs Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls, writes a column for the New York Times’ Well Family online report, serves as a regular contributor to CBS News, maintains a private psychotherapy practice and consults and speaks internationally. …Read more.

The Ohio Supreme Court Rules Mandatory Transfer of Juveniles to Adult Courts as Unconstitutional

Date posted: January 3rd, 2017

On January 11, 2016, the Schubert Center, with the assistance of faculty associate Jessie Hill, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Judge Ben C. Green Professor of Law at the CWRU School of Law, joined several other organizations with the Children’s Law Center in submitting an amicus or “friend of the court” brief to the Ohio Supreme Court in support of eliminating mandatory bindover of youth (State of Ohio v. Matthew Aalim). More information about the brief can be read here.

On December 22, 2016, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that “mandatory transfer of juveniles to the common pleas courts violates juveniles’ right to due process as guaranteed by the Ohio Constitution.” To read more about the ruling visit the Court News Ohio website.

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How well are law enforcement officers equipped for interactions with youth?

This was just one of several questions about police and youth interactions that was addressed by Lisa Thurau, the Executive Director of Strategies for Youth (SFY), in her talk titled “From Strategies to Solutions – Cleveland’s Evolving Story of Improving Youth & Police Interactions.”

Undocumented Migrant Children Face a Long Struggle after Entering the US

Miguel’s journey to the United States began in El Salvador where he was a gang member. When he refused to help the gang, his mother decided that he needed to leave immediately to escape the violence. His first attempt to cross failed, but his second attempt was successful. Just hours after crossing he was apprehended by US officials. Miguel’s story is not uncommon for migrant children from Central America and Mexico who are trying to escape violence in their home countries. Dr. Susan Terrio discussed undocumented migrant children in the U.S. at her March 28, 2017 talk. 

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