October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Pro bono services can be a lifeline for domestic violence survivors, especially during the pandemic, says Hon. Judy Harris Kluger. Since her retirement from the New York State bench, Judge Kluger has served as Executive Director for Sanctuary for Families. We spoke with her about the organization, the challenges survivors have faced during the pandemic, and the importance of understanding trauma when assisting these clients. Read More
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Voices St. Joseph’s Orphanage Goals and Project Press Release

Voices St. Joseph’s Orphanage Goals and Project Press Release

A group of people committed to helping to end child abuse such as they experienced at the former St. Joseph's Orphanage in Burlington has made progress on several fronts. Members of the Voices of St. Joseph's Orphanage report momentum in their effort to obtain atonement for past abuse, and to prevent the same in the future. In the Vermont Senate, the chamber's Judiciary Committee has passed legislation, S. 99, Removal of the Statute of Limitations for Physical Abuse. Read More
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NVRH receives $450,000 grant to build prevention network

NVRH receives $450,000 grant to build prevention network

Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) has received the Vermont Prevention Center of Excellence’s Grant which is a one-year grant opportunity with goals to reduce underage drinking, high-risk alcohol consumption, marijuana and tobacco misuse, prescription drug and stimulant misuse, and illicit stimulants and opioids. In order to build prevention capacity and infrastructure at the community, as well as regional levels, NVRH is partnering with Umbrella Inc. Read More
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Survivor shares story of Vermont human trafficking ordeal

Survivor shares story of Vermont human trafficking ordeal

“Starting to really look at the root causes. Starting to address trauma in real and authentic ways. Starting to understand the impact of not being able to meet basic needs. How do we start addressing that? How do we provide adequate health care and mental health care?” she said. “The only way we’re going to be able to create change is to have honest conversations.” Read More
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January 11, 2021 is National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness

January 11, 2021 is National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness

Mention “human trafficking” in the same sentence with “Vermont,” and the reaction may be one of surprise and disbelief. Although Vermont may seem insulated from such a horrendous and insidious crime, even in the Green Mountain State human trafficking is hidden in plain sight. As with most public health issues, awareness is key to the prevention of human trafficking. Read More
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Attorney general asks lawmakers to limit new ‘good time’ law

Attorney general asks lawmakers to limit new ‘good time’ law

Attorney General TJ Donovan is asking lawmakers to restrict a policy that allows certain prisoners to earn reduced time off their sentences. Donovan doesn’t want it to apply to people convicted of murder or sexual assault. The policy was passed earlier this year as part of a criminal justice reform package called Justice Reinvestment II, aimed at keeping people out of prison, reducing recidivism and limiting the state’s furlough system. Under the so-called “good time” policy, starting in 2021, inmates can begin to earn seven days per month off their minimum and maximum sentences by obeying rules and meeting Department of Corrections requirements. Read More
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