January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. In 2020, the FBI Pittsburgh Field Office, the nation’s top law enforcement agency, and K&L Gates, one of the nation’s premiere law firms, teamed up to establish the first-of-its-kind partnership aimed at combatting human trafficking.
“Tanya Beverly thought she could communicate with her television. She heard birds and dogs finishing her thoughts for her. One mistake, one bad decision to go without her pills, landed her in the Los Angeles County Jail. That’s where her story begins.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a myriad of challenges, not the least of which is maintaining our mental health and wellbeing. Julius Boatwright, Founder of Steel Smiling started the organization to bridge the gap between black people and access to mental health support through education, advocacy, and awareness. In recognition of Mental Health […]
The United States Census Bureau has announced a two-week extension on census responses due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak. Provide your response ONLINE today!
“Now in its fifth year, the #RealCollege survey is the nation’s largest, longest-running annual assessment of basic needs insecurity among college students. In the absence of any federal data on the subject, the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice created the survey to evaluate access to affordable food and housing among college students.”
The Hope Center – #RealCollege 2020: Five Years of Evidence on Campus Basic Needs Insecurity
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“Governor Tom Wolf today announced a focused multi-agency effort and anti-stigma campaign, ‘Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters,’ aimed at expanding resources and the state’s comprehensive support of mental health and related health care priorities in Pennsylvania. The governor announced several initiatives and reviews the administration will undertake for commonwealth agencies to bolster the effort. ”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Letter to the Editor: Push for more resources to improve mental health
Thank you to Gov. Tom Wolf for launching Reach Out PA to analyze and improve our state’s behavioral health care system. It is widely cited that 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health condition sometime in our lives, meaning virtually everyone knows someone impacted by mental illness. I am in full agreement with the Post-Gazette’s call for meaningful funding to support this initiative (Jan. 19 editorial, “The Cost of a Good Plan”).
“Prospects for kids in impoverished neighborhoods — grim as ever just a year ago — may be brighter as 2020 dawns.
In late 2018, Allegheny County voters rejected a tax hike for children’s programs. As 2019 ends, though, the county and the city of Pittsburgh are planning multi-million-dollar infusions into child care, early education and after-school activities, likely focused initially on the poorest communities.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Child Poverty: “The issue of our time”