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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California


August 20, 2015 Editorial
A crisis is brewing and having a dramatic impact in our homes and our communities. Between 1980 and 2010, women were the fastest growing population of prisoners. Girls made up the fastest-growing segment of the juvenile justice system.
July 30, 2015 Editorial
We need to declare the era of mass incarceration and oppressive prison sentences over. The time for comprehensive criminal justice reform is now.
June 25, 2015 Editorial
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
January 22, 2015 Editorial
At every level of government, lawmakers should come together to address the issue of police-community relations. We cannot stay silent when this issue disproportionately affects black and brown families. At a minimum, laws must be applied equally and fairly to law enforcement and civilians, no matter what their race. People deserve to feel their country values their lives equally. We deserve to trust that our lives matter.
July 7, 2014 Editorial
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.
June 27, 2014 Editorial
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 Editorial
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 Editorial
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 Editorial
It is unacceptable that the sons and daughters of America’s working families must face indentured servitude simply to get the education they need.
April 27, 2014 Editorial
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.