U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has issued a sentencing directive for federal prosecutors mandating they "pursue the most serious, readily provable offense" for cases. How will the new federal sentencing directives and return of mandatory minimums impact our region?
The media focus on missing girls of color in D.C. has put a spotlight on another issue: juvenile victims of sex trafficking. Young people who leave home voluntarily are at a very high risk of exploitation and sex trafficking. And advocates say these victims of sex trafficking are often victimized again by the criminal justice system, which criminalizes those who engage in the sex trade, even those who are underage and coerced. We explore the issues and how authorities are trying to change their approach to these cases.
- Tina Frundt Founder and Executive Director, Courtney's House; @courtneyshouse
- Erin Cullen D.C. Deputy Attorney General, Family Services Division
A poster created by the D.C. Office of the Attorney General to warn teens of the risks of sexual exploitation.
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