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Collaborative Project hosted by the American Bar Association

Troubled Teen Industry: A Collaborative Multi-Year Project

Program Videos & Resources



Website Resources

Stop Institutional Child Abuse Act

Children's Rights Page

  • Children's Rights investigates, exposes and combats violations of the rights of children across the country. 
  • Visit Children's Right's webpage.

Webinars & Videos

PART 1  | Youth in Congregate Care: Far from Home, Far from Safe

  • Silenced, abused, and desperate for help, children across the nation are being funneled into prison-like behavior modification centers under the guise of treatment. Panelists include Paris Hilton, Senator Sara Gelser, and more to bring you an inside look at the movement, Breaking Code Silence, that is changing the landscape of youth residential treatment and changing lives.
  • Learn more and watch video of the program here.

PART 2  | A Troubled Industry: Far from Home, Far from Safe

  • In this second episode of our multi-series event. Breaking Code Silence and our guest speakers Phil Elberg and Senator Sara Geiser will further explore the history of the troubled teen industry, addressing the current issues and our progress towards reform. The program will be moderated by Chelsea Filer. 
  • Learn more and watch the program video here.

PART 3  |  Institutional Child Abuse: What is it and how can we prevent it? 

  • In this third episode of our multi-series event, the ABA and guest speakers Maia Szalavitz, Guy Stephens, and Elissa Glucksman Hyne explore institutional child abuse within and around the Troubled Teen Industry and the child welfare system.
  • Learn more and watch the program video here.


Special Thanks to the ABA Troubled Teen Working Group

Skip Harsch
Phil Elberg
Chelsea Filer
Amira Hasenbush
Beth Witthenbury
Prudence Beidler Carr
Shannon Minter
Michal Rogson
Paula Shapiro
Rebecca Mellinger
Sen. Sara Gelser
Kimber Dean
Lina DeMorais
Amy Albright
Frank Valadez
Jen Robinson
Caroline Lorson 

PLEASE NOTE: This presentation is for educational purposes only.  The views and opinions expressed during this presentation/event do not necessarily reflect the official view, policy, or position of the American Bar Association.