FBI enlists victim specialists as trafficking support troops | Openness lends hope in teens' mental health struggles | D.C. program confronts issues behind teen runaway cases
October 23, 2017
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FBI enlists victim specialists as trafficking support troops
A key role in the FBI's battle against human trafficking is played by 153 victim specialists who try to guide rescued persons back to normal life. "We come from a social work perspective where we can really focus on that victim and make sure that we're addressing all types of impacts that they're facing," specialist Anne Darr said.
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Openness lends hope in teens' mental health struggles
Mental health issues such as anxiety and depression are challenging many adolescents and affecting physical health, schoolwork and other vital areas of life, experts note. The good news, practitioners say, is that the stigma attached to such conditions has faded and teens are increasingly seeking help, and social worker Lisa Shinn there are more tools available to help identify issues.
Straus Newspapers (Chester, N.Y.) (10/20) 
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D.C. program confronts issues behind teen runaway cases
A new Washington, D.C., program is providing support to families whose children have run away and returned home, with a strong focus on cases of repeat runaways. Families can participate in the program for 90 days, followed by additional support that can last as long as 90 days.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (10/22) 
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Bill cracking down on elder fraud becomes law
President Donald Trump has signed into law a measure that gives US prosecutors broader authority to act against financial criminals who use telemarketing or email to exploit the elderly. The Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act also allows enhanced penalties for anyone convicted of victimizing or targeting a person older than 55.
ThinkAdvisor (free registration) (10/19) 
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Education Dept. takes action on special-education policy
In response to an executive order "to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens," the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services said it has "a total of 72 guidance documents that have been rescinded due to being outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective." Some advocates say it is not unusual for new administrations to take such steps.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (10/21) 
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Listen harder to those willing to speak up
We need to pay attention to those who aren't afraid to speak up, even if others are critical of them, writes Seth Godin. "Perhaps, if we listen a bit harder, we'll be able to do the right thing that much sooner," Godin argues.
Seth Godin's Blog (10/14) 
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Lead using your unique talents
Discover what personal and creative strengths are unique to you, and use those to find your role in the workplace, writes Scott Mautz. He notes the story of filmmaker Nora Ephron, who used her writing and directing platform to send powerful messages and mentor other women.
SmartBrief/Leadership (10/19) 
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