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June 19, 2018 Press Release

“Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen must resign because of the human rights abuses our country has committed under her watch at our border.

“Under her leadership, the Department of Homeland Security has carried out state-sanctioned child abuse and yesterday, she took to the White House press podium and lied to the American people about her department’s involvement.

June 19, 2018 Press Release

“The separation of immigrant families is a violation of human rights,” said Rep. Bass, top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Global Human Rights. “A civilized country should never levy lifelong trauma as a deterrent to immigrants seeking asylum, let alone defenseless children.

June 8, 2018 Press Release

In 1953, the division of the Korean Peninsula separated more than an estimated 10 million families, including some who are now citizens of the United States and have not been able to see their families in more than 60 years. Now, in light of new talks between the White House and North Korea, Rep.

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June 8, 2018 Press Release

“The outrageous separation of families at the border isn’t just a temporary consequence that ends upon reunification of the child and their parent. Separation means significant trauma for both parties. 

May 24, 2018 Press Release

The letter was signed by Democratic Members of the U.S.

May 23, 2018 Press Release

“Any time a foster youth falls through the cracks, the government is really the one responsible,” Rep. Bass said. “When we remove children from their parents, it’s the government that becomes the parents. What can we do better? What are the tangible solutions? That’s what this event is about.

May 18, 2018 Press Release

“The international community must act immediately to contain the spread of Ebola. What we learned during the last outbreak was that only through extensive international collaboration can we stop this epidemic.

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In The News

January 18, 2013 In The News
El presidente Barack Obama firmó el Acta Ininterrumpida de los Alumnos (USA) de la congresista demócrata de California Karen Bass y la senadora demócrata de Louisiana, Mary Landrieu que permite a las trabajadoras sociales de las agencias de asistencia pública de los niños tener acceso a los registros de los estudiantes.
January 17, 2013 In The News
Kudos to the president and to both parties in Congress, who swiftly came together to create the Uninterrupted Scholars Act. Translated from Washington-speak, that means foster children will escape some of the red tape that has snarled their efforts to reach a brighter future.
January 10, 2013 In The News
Even under the best circumstances African American students often have challenges resulting in lower graduation rates and test scores than their White counterparts. When you factor in a child in the foster care system, in particular an African American child, the statistics become even worse.
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January 9, 2013 In The News
The Uninterrupted Scholars Act, which passed both houses of Congress earlier this month and now heads to the president’s desk for signature, allows child welfare agencies better access to the education records of children in their care.
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January 4, 2013 In The News
Federal lawmakers have passed a bill that will give social workers better access to school records in an effort to improve dismal education outcomes for foster children.
January 3, 2013 In The News
With both the House and Senate having passed legislation—American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 8)—that will keep the American economy from plunging over the so-called fiscal cliff, and President Barack Obama poised to sign the bill any day, there are still lingering concerns that must be addressed.
January 3, 2013 In The News
If the fiscal cliff debate told us anything, it should be that Grover Norquist’s tax pledge is dead – now and forever more.
January 3, 2013 In The News
Congress may have avoided certain disaster on Tuesday, but the plan that was passed does little to get the country back to a functional system of budgeting that doesn't involve chronic deficits. So what would that take? Republicans will have to recognize that raising taxes on high-income earners is a necessity. Democrats will need to agree to budget cuts and entitlement savings.
January 2, 2013 In The News
Several Southern California members of the House of Representatives defended their votes on Tuesday's "fiscal cliff" bill as necessary to protect taxpayers. The House voted 257-167 to pass a Senate-approved compromise deal that stops large tax increases for 99 percent of Americans.
January 1, 2013 In The News
On this Emancipation anniversary I find myself in deep thought about how my generation should spend the next 150 years. Building upon your example, we've seen how much can be accomplished in 150 years -- from abolishing slavery, securing the right to vote and having an African American serve as president of the very same country which once held blacks in bondage.

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