Campaign School at the University of New England
The Campaign School is going on the road to the University of New England School of Social Work on April 24th and 25th in Portland, ME. In addition to running for office, topics will include ways in which social workers can participate in the political process.
Safe Havens Working Group
The Political Institute is participating in the Safe Havens working group led by State Representative Pamela Sawyer of the 55th District. The group was convened in response to the death of an infant who was abandoned earlier this year. A major focus is to increase awareness among younger generations who may not be aware of Connecticut’s Safe Haven laws enacted in 2000. The law allows distressed parents to anonymously leave an infant 30 days or younger at hospital emergency rooms without fear of prosecution if there has been no abuse or neglect.
2-1-1 Connecticut’s webpage on Safe Haven for Newborns Act
Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families webpage on the Safe Havens Act
Color of Justice Community Forums
The Humphreys Institute is collaborating with the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance to promote awareness and discussion on the issue of race and bias in our juvenile justice system. Minority children enter Connecticut’s juvenile justice system at a higher rate than their white peers and are treated more harshly there. Research shows that these differences aren’t because of how kids behave, but because of the decisions that adults make. The Color of Justice is a film examining this problem and what’s being done to address it. For more information or to host a meeting, contact the Humphreys Institute or see CTJJA’s website.