CHICAGO, March 15, 2021 – Two legal experts will explore the history of the troubled teen industry, addressing the current issues and progress toward reform in the second of a webinar series from the American Bar Association.
Struggling teens and their families desperate for help find themselves trapped in a network of private youth programs, therapeutic boarding schools, residential treatment centers, religious academies, wilderness programs and drug rehabilitation centers that has for the last 50 years operated in the shadows, despite allegations of child abuse, neglect, dangerous treatment practices and negligence resulting in death. With a mental health crisis and insignificant definitions pertaining to standards of care, the troubled teen industry has thrived and preyed upon families in crisis. The concept of “tough love” has become a profitable, unregulated business model and children have become the commodity.
The second program in the series:
Friday, March 19, 3-4:30 p.m. ET
The speakers are Oregon State Sen. Sara Gelser, champion of troubled teen industry reform, and attorney Phil Elberg. Chelsea Filer, youth rights advocate at #Breaking Code Silence, will moderate the program.
For more information or to view past programming click: Troubled Teen Industry
The series is co-sponsored by the ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, Commission on Youth at Risk, Section of Family Law, Section of Litigation, Commission on Youth at Risk, Commission on Disability Rights, Breaking Code Silence and National Center for Lesbian Rights.
This event is free and open to members of the press. For media registration, please contact Priscilla Totten at 202-662-1094 or Priscilla.Totten@americanbar.org.
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