USD School of Law CAI Senior Staff Attorney Amy Harfeld Quoted in Associated Press Article

CAI Senior Staff Attorney Amy Harfeld Quoted in Associated Press Article

Senior Staff Attorney Amy Harfeld

SAN DIEGO (April 8, 2021) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law, Children's Advocacy Institute (CAI) Senior Staff Attorney, Amy Harfeld was quoted in the March 29 Associated Press article "Pandemic masks ongoing child abuse crisis as cases plummet." The article gives an overview of the increasing number of child abuse cases since the pandemic began, some ending in death, because the systemic safety nets are not currently in place, resulting in fewer reports than the prior year.

A loss in reports means greater potential for harm because "there has not all of the sudden been a cure for child abuse and neglect," said Harfeld.

"Children who are experiencing abuse or neglect at home are only coming to the attention of CPS much further down the road than they normally would, "Harfeld said.” When families aren't getting what they need, there are consequences for everyone."

To read the full article by Sally Ho and Camille Fassett click 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 premiere 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 law.sandiego.edu/caigift.

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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