Challenges to the Protection of Human Life

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Caring for Children with Down's Syndrome

Families of Children With Down Syndrome
Cliff C. Cunningham,
The Down Syndrome Educational Trust Down Syndrome Research and Practice
, Vol. 4 No. 3, 1996
This article follows 100 families with children who have Down Syndrome to study the impact on both the
family and the child.  The study reported more positive effects of having a child with Down Syndrome than negative.

Child Maltreatment

  Child Maltreatment and Prevention, The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control

There were 678,932 victims of child abuse and neglect reported to Child Protective Services (CPS) in 2013 with about 27%
of reported victims being under the age of three.   This website provides information on risks,  consequences, prevention
and research into physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect.

Child Murder

  Child Murder by Mothers:  Patterns and Prevention
Susan Hatters Friedman and Phillip J. Resnick,
World Psychiatry,  2007 Oct 6 (3) 137-141
When a young child is murdered, the most frequent perpetrator is the child's parent or stepparent. 
The risk of being murdered is actually the highest in the first year of life.  This article reviews
several scientific studies which describe this phenomenon and attempt to identify predictive behavior.

Child Poverty


Poor Kids
, July 22, 2014

This site provides an update of a 2012 story on poor children and what happens to them over time. 
The site also contains many other facts about poor children in the United States.

Prisoner Abuse


Human Rights Watch Details Abuse of Mentally Disabled Prisoners
Sarah Horwitz
The Washington Post, May 12, 2015

The Human Rights Watch Organization released this 127 page report detailing incidents in which prison workers
have used unnecessary and excessive force against prisoners with mental disabilities. No national data is available
on this issue.  The report also includes policy recommendations
Suicide and Self Harm


The Role of Schools in Children and Young People’s Self-harm and Suicide: Systematic Review and Meta-ethnography of Qualitative Research
Rhiannon Evans, Chloe Hurrell,
Biomed Central online, 5/14/2016

This paper reports on a systematic review and meta-ethnography of qualitative research exploring how schools influence self-harm and suicide in students.


The Human Family Research Center sends the victims, families and friends of the South Carolina Church tragedy its thoughts and prayers,
with sorrow and hope for an end to violence.


Refugee Assimilation

Resilience and Recovery After War   Refugee Children and Families in the United States
American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C., 2010

According to this report, over 40% of refugees are children.  This report, although a few years old,
has become painfully relevant because of the recent crisis involving Syrian refugees.  The report
provides an overview of the tremendous amount of trauma, stress, and adversity that can impact
their functioning and development.



Book Review
East West Street by Phillippe Sands
New York Times Book Review by Bernard-Henri Levy

The book discussed by Bernard-Henri Levy in this New York Times book review describes the beginning of the concepts of international law and justice including the concepts of genocide and crimes against humanity.

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