CAI’s Amy Harfeld, National Policy Advocate & Senior Staff Attorney’s Quoted in NY City Lens

CAI’s Amy Harfeld, National Policy Advocate & Senior Staff Attorney’s Quoted in NY City Lens

Amy HarfeldAmy Harfeld, National Policy Advocate & Senior Staff Attorney at the Children's Advocacy Institute

SAN DIEGO (May 5, 2020) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Children’s Advocacy Institute’s (CAI) Amy Harfeld, National Policy Advocate and Senior Staff Attorney’s was quoted in the NY City Lens on how the coronavirus has disrupted an already fragile child welfare system.

According to the article, teachers are mandated by law to report any suspected child neglect or abuse to Child Protective Services, but the shutdown has resulted in a drop in those calls in some states, concerning advocates because it might mean that these children are not being checked upon as frequently as in the past.

“The precipitous decline in calls to CPS hotlines across the country reflects diminished contact with children by mandated reporters,” Amy Harfeld, national policy director at Children’s Advocacy Institute, writes in an email to NY City Lens. “According to known risk factors for abuse, actual rates of maltreatment during this pandemic are likely to have increased."

Read the full article in NY City Lens here.

About the Children’s Advocacy Institute

The Children's Advocacy Institute (CAI), founded at the nonprofit University of San Diego School of Law in 1989, is one of the nation's premier academic, research, and advocacy organizations working to improve the lives of children and youth, with special emphasis on improving the child protection and foster care systems and enhancing resources that are available to youth aging out of foster care.

In its academic component, CAI trains law students and attorneys to be effective child advocates throughout their legal careers. Its Child Advocacy Clinic gives USD Law students three distinct clinical opportunities to advocate on behalf of children and youth, and its Dependency Counsel Training Program provides comprehensive training to licensed attorneys engaged in or contemplating Dependency Court practice.

CAI's research and advocacy component, conducted through its offices in San Diego, Sacramento, and Washington, D.C., seeks to leverage change for children and youth through impact litigation, regulatory and legislative advocacy, and public education. Active primarily at the federal and state levels, CAI's efforts are multi-faceted—comprehensively and successfully embracing all tools of public interest advocacy to improve the lives of children and youth. To support CAI’s work, please visit

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world.  The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates.  The law school's faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 36th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 22nd nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.




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