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Seeking Participants for the Defending Childhood Task Force Public Hearing in Miami

February 27, 2012

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The Attorney General's National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence (the "Defending Childhood Task Force") will hold its third of four public hearings in Miami on March 19–21, 2012. This hearing will focus on children's exposure to violence in their communities and at school. The Defending Childhood Task Force is interested in hearing from community members and professionals who work with children and families who have experienced violence and from directly impacted individuals. Members of the public are invited to attend and testify. Written testimony may be submitted anytime through April 24, 2012.

The Defending Childhood Task Force is chaired by Joe Torre, former manager of the New York Yankees, founder of the Joe Torre Safe at Home® Foundation, and a witness to violence as a child; and Robert Listenbee, Jr., Chief of the Juvenile Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia. Thirteen experts in children's exposure to violence comprise the task force's membership. Attorney General Eric Holder has charged the task force with examining ways to prevent, treat, and reduce children's exposure to violence.


To register to attend the Miami hearing or provide oral testimony, go to http://www.justice.gov/defendingchildhood/miami-hearing.html.

To submit written testimony to the Miami hearing by April 24, go to http://www.justice.gov/defendingchildhood/tf-testimony.html.

For more information about the Defending Childhood Initiative and its task force, visit http://www.justice.gov/defendingchildhood/.


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