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A decade ago, when Carlos Martinez was vice chair of The Florida Bar Legal Needs of Children Committee, he urged members to “unchain the children.”
Now Miami-Dade Public Defender, Martinez issued a 10-year status report on stopping the practice of indiscriminately shacking detained children with handcuffs and leg irons in Miami-Dade Juvenile Court.
What has happened since Judge William Johnson granted, on September 11, 2006, the motions that made Miami-Dade the first county in Florida to stop the indiscriminate shacking of children?
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson released this statement after the Justice Department closed its investigation into the death of Kendrick Johnson:
Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) hosted a summit on Capitol Hill focused on mentoring for African American males. Wilson was joined by Reps. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), and Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.).
Rep. Wilson created a program called “5000 Role Models,” a dropout prevention and mentoring program that operates within the public school system. The forum, which focused on public policy around mentoring, was moderated by Michael Smith of the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative (MBKI).
Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) hosted a recent summit on Capitol Hill focused on mentoring for African American males. Wilson was joined by Reps. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), and Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.).
A new focus on the lives and well-being of at-risk boys and young men of color is taking shape in Congress, said Rep. Frederica S. Wilson, a Florida Democrat, who launched the new Congressional My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Caucus on May 17.
Wilson, a former elementary school principal in Miami, said the new caucus will work to educate Congressional lawmakers and the public on issues related to increasing opportunities and removing barriers facing boys of color, including Black, Hispanic and tribal boys.