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Administrator Listenbee Op-Ed Addresses Tribal Children’s Exposure to Violence

February 3, 2014

Defending ChildhoodThe Juvenile Justice Information Exchange has published an op-ed by OJJDP Administrator Robert L. Listenbee emphasizing the importance of preventing children's exposure to violence in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Listenbee, who co-chaired the Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence, calls for countering the effects of violence among tribal youth. Listenbee cites important steps that the Attorney General’s Task Force on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence has taken, including expanding educational services inside Bureau of Indian Affairs juvenile detention facilities and holding a public hearing of its advisory committee on the trauma that native children experience. In 2014, committee members will hold three more hearings and several listening sessions and will consult other experts. The committee is scheduled to submit a final report to the Attorney General by the end of the year.


Learn more about OJJDP's programs for tribal youth.

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