Jun 25, 2015

Los Angeles Sentinel: Criminal Justice Reform Needs Girls' Voices

Issues: Criminal Justice, Local Issues

As the eyes of California as well as the country and the world turn to criminal justice reform, we must make sure that the unique needs of women and girls are not kept out of the conversation

Jul 7, 2014

Huffington Post: Capacity Building Is Critical for African Countries to Take Advantage of AGOA's Potential

Issues: Foreign Policy, U.S.-Africa Policy

Prior to The White House's U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, a panel offered a preview trade into the historic summit with nearly 50 African Heads of State. AGOA will top the agenda of key Africa-related issues being discussed at the gathering of African leaders on August 5-6 in Washington, DC.

Jun 27, 2014

Miami Herald: Migrant children must be treated fairly

Issues: Foster Care & Adoption, Immigration Reform

This year an estimated 60,000 children will cross the U.S.-Mexico border without parents or guardians, a tenfold jump from previous years.

May 20, 2014

The Hill: Both parties agree: Time to end human trafficking

Issues: Criminal Justice, Foster Care & Adoption

Members of Congress are more than members of political parties. We are mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, and grandmothers and grandfathers. And this common bond unites us together stronger than the bonds of partisanship. We absolutely must protect our nation’s children just as we protect the children who are in our homes and in our families.

May 15, 2014

Los Angeles Wave: Saving our children must be our top priority

Issues: Foster Care & Adoption, Local Issues

Los Angeles County’s Blue Ribbon Commission recently declared a state of emergency for children in our county. If there’s a state of emergency for all vulnerable children, the crisis surely is monumental for black youngsters.

May 6, 2014

Washington Informer: Indenturing Our Young People

Issues: Education

It is unacceptable that the sons and daughters of America’s working families must face indentured servitude simply to get the education they need.

Apr 27, 2014

The News Herald: Giving a voice to the voiceless

Issues: Foster Care & Adoption

Children in the child welfare system often comprise a portion of the CSEC population — commercial sexual exploitation children. However, agencies are unequipped to identify these children and offer them resources or safe housing.

Dec 6, 2013

Addressing Mortality of the World's Mothers

Issues: Health Care

A core component of women's rights is ensuring that all women -- regardless of religion, nationality, or income level -- have access to quality healthcare. And at the center of women's health is ensuring that they can access quality family planning options.

Aug 19, 2013

U.S. News and World Report: Towards a More Perfect Africa Policy

Issues: U.S.-Africa Policy

In the eight-member Sub-Committee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights, there may be only one true advocate for U.S.-Africa relations, Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif.

Aug 2, 2013

U.S. News & World Report: Doing More to End Sex Trafficking

Issues: Foster Care & Adoption

When a judge sentenced Ariel Castro to life in prison – plus 1,000 years – for kidnapping, raping and enslaving three young girls for more than a decade, it closed a chapter in one of the most harrowing tales the country has ever seen. This will hopefully bring closure to these young women, but for many more the nightmare will continue. Thousands of young victims will go on hiding in plain sight, unsure of whether or not they will ever have their freedom again.