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Institutional abuse has existed as long as there have been institutions.  And, people have been organizing against institutional abuse for millenia.  In the 6th century BCE, Cyrus the Great, King of Medes, issued the Charter of Freedom of Mankind.  It is widely considered the first charter of human rights.   Democracy and representative (Republic) government began flourishing in Greece and Rome establishing a system of laws and a participatory system of government in the 6th and 5th centuries BCE.  The notions of human rights, equality, and justice have been important ideals and factors in all major developments around the world.  Unfortunately, along with progressive ideals have travelled oppression, slavery, injustice, and other forms of institutional abuse. 


The earliest records of slavery date back to 6800 BCE (approximately 8815 years ago) during a time when ownership claims on land resulted in war, oppression, and exploitation.  The problems born of this ancient crime of social inequity effect our lives to this day. 


Taking a closer look at US history, we find brutal "business" practices and policies that include debt peonage, slavery, and other forms of abuse and exploitation.  In early US history, it paid very well to be in the slave and labor trade.


In the 17th century, "Virginia and Maryland operated under what was known as the "headright system." The leaders of each colony knew that labor was essential for economic survival, so they provided incentives for planters to import workers. For each laborer brought across the Atlantic, the master was rewarded with 50 acres of land. This system was used by wealthy plantation aristocrats to increase their land holdings dramatically. In addition, of course, they received the services of the workers for the duration of the indenture."  



"Forms of child labor, including indentured servitude and child slavery, have existed throughout American history. As industrialization moved workers from farms and home workshops into urban areas and factory work, children were often preferred, because factory owners viewed them as more manageable, cheaper, and less likely to strike. Growing opposition to child labor in the North caused many factories to move to the South. By 1900, states varied considerably in whether they had child labor standards and in their content and degree of enforcement. By then, American children worked in large numbers in mines, glass factories, textiles, agriculture, canneries, home industries, and as newsboys, messengers, bootblacks, and peddlers."  Source: 



HEAL considers slavery and indentured servitude to be forms of institutional abuse and therefore such is covered in the above discussion.  In addition, we can look at the abuses at "orphanages" or the "boarding schools" of the 17th century.  "Valentina Tikoff’s essay provides a history of the orphanages in Seville from the late 1600s to the early 1800s. Through institutional policies and family strategies, many children who still had one or even two living parents ended up in the care of “orphanages.” What we might think of as orphanages would more properly be called the foundling home in eighteenth-century Seville. This was simply the place where abandoned babies passed through before ending up in the care of a wet nurse, if they even survived that long. In contrast, the “orphanages” were more like boarding schools, where children might, for example, be trained as sailors. Widowed parents pressed the authorities to admit their children to these institutions, which in fact became quite socially selective."  Source:



"In the United States, an early means of caring for orphans was by indenture. The first American child was indentured in 1636, in Massachusetts. Indenture was often free labor rather than protection. Later, children were placed in almshouses with their parents, and the feeling was that they would set children on a road to life, "free from permanent ignorance, pauperism, and vice." By the mid 1800s they were recognized as just the opposite. Yet, in 1927, there were still children placed in almshouses throughout the country."  Source:



What we have here in the 21st century, is a system that has changed its names and claims while continuing to operate as 17th century child labor and abuse institutions.  It is important for advocates and activists to understand the long history of institutional abuse in the United States in its many forms and the efforts over time to improve conditions for children in the US and around the world.  What we are seeing in the 21st century is not only resistance to continuing progress, but, intentional opposition to progress with intent to return to and/or continue exploiting families and traffick in children.  This issue is understood from a variety of perspectives by a wide variety of people and organizations.  Those who wish to engage in the movement for progress including teen liberty, must understand what progress has been made overtime and what we can do to protect and reinforce existing policies and laws as well as enhance policies and laws to better protect children and families from exploitation and abuse.   Need more evidence of this?  Please see and watch the videos available through


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How many cases of child sex-trafficking are there in the US each year?

How many cases of child labor trafficking in the US each year?
No definitive number provided.  But, it is happening through the entire US.

Do residential programs and schools exploit child labor?
Yes, now and spanning hundreds of years.

Are there programs operating today that follow the methods of 19th century youth programs?

Yes, including some public schools.

Should a parent ever send their child to live with strangers that hold the child incommunicado and have a history of fraud and abuse?


Was the "troubled teen" industry originally a cult called Synanon that became the basis for a government program called "The Seed" whose practices were banned for violating human rights?

Yes!  But, the human rights abuses that were banned continue at these programs due to non-existent and/or poor regulation and lax enforcement of existing regulations.



Synanon is the program from which The Seed, Straight, Inc., CEDU (stands for Chuck E. Dederich (sometimes spelled "Diederich") University--Cult!  Aspen Education Group has continued with the CEDU model) and many other abusive "treatment" programs/cults sprung.

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HEAL's Teen Liberty Campaign is our primary campaign.  We are working on a number of projects.  We provide information so parents can be informed and protect their children from the unregulated, corrupt, abusive, and fraudulent "troubled teen" industry.  We work with survivors to share their stories and help heal from the trauma of illegal institutionalization.  We help survivors and families find legal help and understand their rights.  We are also working on an ad campaign to help educate the public at large on this issue to create a public outcry to regulate this industry and/or shut it down!  You can help us reach more people on this issue by volunteering or donating today.  


HEAL's State Action Plan is a project in which we take on individual States and work to reform child welfare laws and State policies regarding children and families.  For more information on the project, see  And, if you would like to volunteer to assist with research and our government outreach in your State, please e-mail us to volunteer.


TELL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO CO-SPONSOR AND VOTE YES ON HR 901! (2017-2018):  Click here to use our easy online form to contact your representatives today and tell them to co-sponsor and vote yes on HR 901, the MERCY Act, which will prohibit the use of solitary confinement on institutionalized minors in federal custody in most situations, including as retaliation or punishment.  Take Action Now!


PETITION: Sign Petition: Oppose HR 1953: Because it funds aversive behavior modification as main intervention for Americans. 


TELL YOUR SENATORS TO CO-SPONSOR AND VOTE YES ON S. 866! (2017-2018): Click here to use our easy online form to contact your senators today and tell them to co-sponsor and vote yes on S. 866, the "Prohibiting Detention of Youth Status Offenders Act of 2017" which prohibits placing youth in lockdown facilities for more than three days without a valid court order.  Take Action Now!


SUPPORT WASHINGTON STATE SB 5722 - (2017-2018)    Comment on this bill   Prohibiting the use of aversion therapy in the treatment of minors. Revised for 1st Substitute: Protecting youth from aversive mental health therapies.  For more information and complete text of this bill, click here.


ACTION ALERT: SIGN PETITION: Tell Alabama State Lawmakers to Co-Sponsor, Support, and Make Law HB 440, the "ALABAMA YOUTH RESIDENTIAL FACILITY ABUSE PREVENTION ACT" Introduced by Rep. Steve McMillan (R-AL):


ACTION ALERT: Write Your Federal Legislators and Ask They Amend or Deny and/or Remove Support for HR 1748! -- HR 1748, the "Opening Doors for Youth Act of 2017" must exclude funding for segregated congregate care in order to receive public support.  Please write your Representatives and tell them to remove and/or deny support for HR 1748 unless and until it is amended to exclude segregated congregate care providers from the potential grant recipients' lists.  For sample letter and easy action alert page, click here.


ACTION ALERT: Write Your Federal Legislators and Ask They Sponsor and Pass S. 1964! -- This bill seeks to keep families together by providing community services to struggling families thereby reducing the number of youth in foster care and seeks to decrease the use of congregate care facilities (i.e. group homes, residential treatment, therapeutic boarding schools, etc.).  Write your legislators now here:


Alabama Action Alert: Alabama Residents: Please Ask Your State Legislators to Co-Sponsor and Amend HB 548! -- This bill seeks to require licensing and regulation of child care facilities operated by churches and faith-based providers which currently are exempt from any oversight.  Learn more about this bill and leave a comment at:  Write your representatives now here:



ACTION ALERT: Sign Petition: Promote legislation to prevent public schools from starting before 8 a.m.: Considerable research confirms the relationship between school start times, sleep deprivation, and student performance, truancy, and absenteeism, as well as depression, mood swings, impulse control, tobacco and alcohol use, impaired cognitive function and decision-making, obesity, stimulant abuse, automobile accidents, and suicide. Mounting evidence about the biology of adolescent sleep, and about the impact of later start times, shows that starting school before 8 a.m. not only undermines academic achievement but endangers health and safety.  This is why Start School Later is petitioning the federal government to stop this sleep deprivation abuse that results in behavioral issues that lead to school district's recommending residential treatment, etc. Please sign this petition now at: and demand that society meet the needs of kids rather than punish kids for health issues we've created with our schedules and demands.  For more on this effort and to get involved in your state, visit:


ACTION ALERT: Demand Full Investigation of Midwest Academy (WWASPS) in Iowa:  Sign petition now at:


ACTION ALERT: ATTN: VICTIMS/SURVIVORS OF CALIFORNIA-BASED PROGRAMS AND CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS WHO ARE VICTIMS/SURVIVORS OF OUT-OF-STATE YOUTH PROGRAMS: HEAL is organizing a list of victims of California-based residential programs and California residents who are victims of out-of-state institutionalized abuse to provide to California legislators and officials who have requested the information to aid in creating effective legislation and new laws to better protect citizens of California.  Please e-mail Angela Smith at as soon as possible for more information and to participate.  Thanks!


Action Alert: Tell the State of Wyoming to Stop Placing Kids in Abusive Programs!--Sign the petition now at:


Action Alert: Tell Federal Legislators to Ban Use of Aversive Therapies on Minors!--Learn more and take action now at


California Action Alert: Tell State Legislators to Pass S. 524 to Regulate Residential Youth Programs!--Learn more and take action now at


Massachusetts Action Alert: Tell State Legislators to Pass S. 80 and H. 89 to Ban Use of Aversive Therapies on Minors!--Learn more and take action now at


Action Alert: Please Help Mother Save Daughter from Abusive Placement:  HEAL is working with a mother fighting her ex in court to prevent placement of their daughter at an abusive wilderness program.  She needs help paying legal expenses to prevent placement and retain custody.  Please send donation to via  If you do not have a PayPal account, you can also use the "Donate" link on the HEAL website at to donate to HEAL and add a note/earmark that the donation is for "savemydaughterpea".  Thank you in advance for your help!


SUPPORT WASHINGTON STATE SB 5408 - 2015-16   Comment on this bill    Removing references to faith-based exemptions regarding criminal mistreatment of children and vulnerable adults.  For more information and complete text of this bill, click here.  Also see sister bill in Washington House, HB 1476.


SUPPORT WASHINGTON STATE SB 5870 - 2015-16    Comment on this bill   Prohibiting the use of aversion therapy in the treatment of minors. Revised for 1st Substitute: Protecting youth from aversive mental health therapies.  For more information and complete text of this bill, click here.


PLEASE EMAIL YOUR SENATORS AND CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND ASK THEM TO CO-SPONSOR THE KEEPING ALL STUDENTS SAFE ACT (H.R. 927 in the House):  This bill will protect children nationwide from abusive restraints and seclusion in schools by:    Banning physical restraints except in emergency situations when there is an immediate threat of physical harm. Banning any restraints that interfere with breathing and mechanical and chemical restraints. Requiring schools to notify parents on the same day that the technique is used. Requiring school personnel imposing physical restraint to be trained and certified by a state-approved crisis intervention training program. Please email your two Senators and Congressional Representative and ask them to CO-SPONSOR the Keeping All Students Safe Act.  The bills need cosponsors to move forward.  Urge your friends, family members, fellow advocates, and colleagues to send emails as well. HOW TO SEND AN EMAIL MESSAGE TO CONGRESS:    You can email your Representatives through their House website forms.  Go to and enter your zip code in the "Find Your Representative/Enter your zip code" field at upper right of page.  Then, use their contact information to submit a webform, e-mail, or call, fax, or send a letter to them directly asking they support and co-sponsor H.R. 927 introduced by Rep. Donald S. Beyer (D-VA) in 2015.


Take Action to Demand Change in Your State!--HEAL has created a new action alert that is individualized for each State in the United States.  Learn more and take action at


SUPPORT CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE BILL (SB) 524 - 2015-16: Click here to learn more about this bill to better regulate private youth facilities operating in California.  If you are a resident of California, click here to identify and contact your State Senator to ask they co-sponsor this legislation


SUPPORT NEW MEXICO STATE SENATE BILL (SB) 140 - 2015: Click here to learn more about this bill to better regulate private youth facilities operating in New Mexico.  If you are a resident of New Mexico, click here to identify and contact your State Senator to ask they co-sponsor Senator Michael Padilla's bill SB 140, the Outdoor Youth Program Act.  You can also find full text of this legislation and track its progress by visiting:


Please Sign Petition to Demand Utah Courts Mandate Satellite Testimony Access for Victims/Parties to Lawsuits and Criminal Actions (when victims of crime) When They are Non-Residents:  Sign now at:


Please Sign Petition to Amend Illinois Laws to Better Protect Children and Youth from Institutional Abuse:


Please Contact Your Senators/Representatives Asking they Re-Introduce the Original "End Institutionalized Abuse Against Children Act"!--We have created an alert for you below.  First, we ask that if you live in a district/state of which a member of the House Education and Workforce Committee and/or Senate HELP Committee represents, that you contact them first.  Please click on the hyperlinks for the Committees above to determine if your Senator/Representative(s) are on those Committees.  If your Representative(s) and/or Senators are not on those Committees, please still contact them regarding this legislation.  You can contact your Representatives and/or Senators by clicking on the hyperlinks in this sentence.  Below is a sample letter you may edit/copy/paste and use as the body of your message:  


"Dear [Enter Representative or Senators Name Here],  

 I am writing you today in regards to HR 1738 (109th Congress) "End Institutionalized Abuse Against Children Act" introduced by Rep. George Miller to the House Education & Workforce Committee.   I am concerned about this issue because it has impacted my life in a negative way.  And, I am troubled that more recent versions of the legislation fail to enact necessary changes and protections for American children and families.   Please review the statement provided by HEAL at as it effectively addresses the major concerns I have about this legislation and how I would like to see it improved.  I share the position that it should not pass as most recently written and that any future introduction of the legislation should return to the original language of the "End Institutionalized Abuse Against Children Act" and take into consideration recommendations provided in the above linked document.  As written, the most recent versions of the bill would provide the illusion of safety and put more children and families at risk if passed as it currently is written.  Please introduce new legislation using the original bill and the linked document to improve legislation moving forward.


 [Your Name Here] Registered Voter [Your City/State]"


Please Sign Petition to Stop Teen Challenge from Expanding in Oregon:


Victims and Survivors of Fraudulent and Abusive "Schools" and Programs, Rate and Review Your Experiences Online:  Visit and enter the name of your school/program in the search field and then provide your "feedback" for the program/"school". 


Please E-mail and Tell Them to Dump Logan River Academy:  E-mail and demand they remove Logan River Academy from their website.  And sign the petition to stop abuse at Logan River Academy online now at


Petition Demanding Justice for White House Boys/Dozier School for Boys Survivors:  Please read and sign at: 


Sign Petition(s) Asking for Release of Autistic Young Adult from Abusive Ohio Facility:  Learn more and sign at:


Attn: Family or Juvenile Court-Ordered Survivors of Institutionalized Abuse, Take Action for Justice!:  If you are a survivor of residential treatment and/or wilderness program abuse and you were court-ordered through the family or juvenile justice system to the program, we need to hear from you!  HEAL is working with a public agency in gathering information for a potential federal investigation.  Please e-mail us if you can help!


Tell Boarding School Review to Stop Referring to Fraudulent and Abusive Programs!--Use the contact form at and ask that they thoroughly review the credentials, licensing, qualifications, and consumer complaint history of any and all schools to which they refer.  And, demand that they stop referring to fraudulent and abusive programs and "schools".    (Tip:  If you are a survivor or parent victim of institutional fraud and abuse, please specify the program(s) with which you have experience in your message and specifically ask that it/they be removed from the referral list.)


Tell Academic Answers to Stop Referring to Fraudulent and Abusive Programs!--E-mail Academic Answers at and ask that they thoroughly review the credentials, licensing, qualifications, and consumer complaint history of any and all schools to which they refer.  And, demand that they stop referring to fraudulent and abusive programs and "schools".  (Tip:  If you are a survivor or parent victim of institutional fraud and abuse, please specify the program(s) with which you have experience in your message and specifically ask that it/they be removed from the referral list.)


Contact AETNA Insurance and Tell Them to Drop Coverage of Eagle Ranch Academy!--Eagle Ranch Academy is confirmedly abusive and has unqualified staff.  Tell AETNA to stop wasting their money on the ERA scam!  You can contact AETNA at:  (Enter "" or your own blog/website as your media organization.)  Below is a sample message, you can edit to your liking, or use your own:

 "Dear AETNA,

Are you aware that Eagle Ranch Academy in St. George, UT is not a licensed medical facility?  Are you aware that Eagle Ranch Academy has no licensed therapists on staff?  Why are you covering a program that is not regulated and not licensed as a medical/health services provider?  Please explain the reasoning behind your covering Eagle Ranch Academy and what steps you will be taking to ensure that investors in AETNA are not losing money to a scam.


[Your Name Here]"

Contact David Leitenberger, Chief Probation Officer in Richland County, and Ask that He Investigate and Stop Linn Wells from Placing Children at Pinehaven Christian Children's Ranch in MT!--E-mail Mr. Leitenberger at  Below is a sample message you can edit to your liking, or use your own:

Dear Mr. Leitenberger,  

If you are not the person with the authority to take action, please see that whomever would be charged with this responsibility is notified.  I am writing today to ask that you immediately investigate and/or discharge Probation Officer Linn Wells on the basis of Wells' part in sending children from Illinois across state lines to Montana to an unlicensed, unregulated, and unaccredited program called Pinehaven Christian Children's Ranch.  See and for more information.  I am personally offended and appalled that your office is allowing this and I hope you will put a stop to it.  


[Your Name Here]


Contact Mindy E. Koch (Court Administrator, Illinois Second Circuit) and Demand an Investigation into Judge Larry Dunn, State's Attorney David Hyde, and Probation Officer Linn Wells for Their Roles in Shipping Illinois' Children Out of State to Unregulated, Unlicensed, and Unaccredited Programs like Pinehaven Christian Children's Ranch in MT!--E-mail Ms. Koch at  Below is a sample message you can edit to your liking, or use your own: Sample Letter:   Dear Ms. Koch,   If you are not the person with the authority to take action, please see that Judge Stephen G. Sawyer or whomever would be charged with this responsibility is notified.  I am writing today to ask that you immediately investigate and/or discharge Judge Larry Dunn, Probation Officer Linn Wells, and State's Attorney David Hyde on the basis of their part in sending children from Illinois across state lines to Montana to an unlicensed, unregulated, and unaccredited program called Pinehaven Christian Children's Ranch.  See and for more information.  I am personally offended and appalled that your court is allowing this and I hope you will put a stop to it.   Sincerely,   [Your Name Here]   (*Special Note*:  If you or your child were sent to Pinehaven Christian Children's Ranch in MT through Judge Larry Dunn's actions, please file a complaint with the Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board.  See,, and: for information how to file your complaint.  And, if you believe you were a victim of State Attorney David Hyde, please submit a report to and/or the Attorney General of Illinois.)


Rate Judge Larry Dunn!  Tell the World that Placing Children in Unregulated, Unlicensed, and Unaccredited Programs like Pinehaven Christian Children's Ranch in MT is Unacceptable!--Recently, CNN's Anderson Cooper's 360 exposed the rampant abuse and lack of standards and regulations at Pinehaven Christian Children's Ranch in MT.  See video below for some additional talking points and rate Judge Larry Dunn now at



Sign Petition to Close Notoriously Abusive Judge Rotenberg Center:  Read Petition and Sign at


Tell Bob Jones University to Remove Chuck Phelps from the Board!--Chuck Phelps actively participating in the cover up of the rape of a minor by one of his parishioners.  Please sign the petition at   and let them know that Phelps should go.


Tell the Senate to Outlaw Discrimination Against LGBT Youth in Public Schools!--What happens when students are not legally protected from bullying and harassment based on their sexual orientation or gender identity?  A school in Mississippi cancelled its annual senior prom rather than allow a lesbian student to bring her girlfriend. An elementary school student asked a teacher to stop a schoolyard dodgeball game called "Smear the Queer;" the teacher responded by declaring the student be the "queer" for the day, upon which other students launched balls at him, reminiscent of a stoning.  But we have a chance to fix this loophole in the law and make sure our schools provide a safe learning environment for all kids.  Tell your Senators that the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) renewal bill must outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation.


Report a Fraudulent Program to the IRS!--If you were defrauded and/or have evidence suggesting that a residential treatment program, behavior modification program, and/or wilderness program may be in need of an audit, please visit,,id=106778,00.html to file a report.  If your inquiry pertains to tax fraud (Criminal Investigation), please call (800)829-0433, or fill out a Form 3949-A which can be found on-line at  Once it is completed, please send it to:  IRS, Fresno, CA  93888.  


Take HEAL's Poll: Take this poll if you were--Formerly Enrolled in a Behavior Modification, Faith-Based, Residential Treatment, Wilderness, Emotional Growth, and/or Therapeutic Boarding School Program Poll 


Tell Senators Students Deserve Positive Learning Environments!--Imagine this... Your cousin wants to drop out of school because she doesn't feel safe walking down the hallway or riding the bus, where kids constantly yell names like "slut" and "whore" and throw objects at her head. Your daughter gets sent to an alternative school for "drug use" after taking Motrin to relieve menstrual cramps. Your sister is told to decide between getting paddled or suspended because her prom dress was too short. Unfortunately, some people don't have to imagine these situations because they have lived through them. As we mark the 39th year of Title IX, the federal law that bans sex discrimination in federally funded education programs, it's important not to forget the many challenges that remain. Right now, the Senate is working on major school reform legislation and we expect to see a bill introduced this summer. Tell your Senators that this bill must include measures to improve school climate.   Many girls, particularly girls of color, are affected by disproportionate punishments for minor infractions at school. Addressing unfair and excessive discipline is only one side of creating a positive and safe learning environment. It also is important for schools to prevent and respond to bullying and harassment. For students, dangerous practices such as bullying, harassment and excessive discipline policies can result in the decline in academic performance, skipping school and ultimately dropping out.   We can't begin to improve graduation rates or close achievement gaps if schools lack healthy and safe learning environments. Tell your Senators today that any broad school reform legislation must include measures that improve school climate.


Take A Stand for Equal Access to Quality Education!--In recent days we have faced a coordinated media attack backed by funds from right wing opponents of public schools. Unable to dispute the facts of the case, they've chosen to cast aspersions on the NAACP, to question our motivations, and to sling mud at our legacy.  This is a tactic meant to silence the NAACP, but with your help, we will not be silenced.  Will you join us in speaking out? Stand alongside the NAACP, New York City parents and students to let the Department of Education know that all students deserve a quality education.  Sign the Petition now and let New York know that those who believe in justice will not back down.


Tell School District's to Keep Good Teachers!--In public school districts around the state, school leaders are making the painful decision to hand out pink slips to our teachers.  Parents are outraged that the state continues to cut school budgets, leading to these awful decisions. But parents also wonder: Are these the right teachers?  Take Action: Help school leaders keep effective teachers.


Sign Petition to Show Support for Tina Anderson!--


Tell Rep. Christy Clark that She and Her Friends are The LIARS and That Kids Need Protection NOT Punishment!--The hyperlink in the title will take you to an article in which Rep. "Clark full-heartedly agrees with administrators like Bob Larsson of Pinehaven Christian Children's Ranch that all children residing in private adolescent treatment facilities are “troubled teens” and cannot be trusted. "  Clark is taking a public position against survivors of institutionalized abuse, specifically those who survived so-called "faith-based" programs and their families.  HEAL has substantiated reports of abuse and fraud at multiple "faith-based" programs including Teen Challenge, Circle of Hope, and countless others.  Please write Rep. Christy Clark today and tell her she is making a big mistake in supporting fraud and abuse at the expense of American families.


Keep the Pressure On!--Stand Up for Education!--The Lawyers’ Committee has been advocating for the addition of measures that can address these goals to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and will continue to do so during ESEA’s reauthorization process this year. However, we need your help to ensure that our country continues to work toward leveling the playing field for all of our children.   As President Obama has said, “there are any number of actions we can take as a nation to enhance competitiveness and secure a better future for our people, but few of them will make as much a difference as improving the way we educate our sons and daughters.” Ensuring that our children receive the best education possible is a pivotal national responsibility, and we owe it to the next generation to ensure that all have access to an outstanding education. After all, “more than any other issue, education is the civil rights issue of our generation and it can’t wait – because tomorrow won’t wait – the world won’t wait – and our children won’t wait.”  Petition your congressional representatives today: ask them to stand up for our children’s futures!


Tell Capo Unified School District to Stop Using Tax-Payer Dollars to Send School Kids to Unregulated Programs in Utah!--Capo Unified School District is using Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) as an excuse to place children in unregulated facilities in Utah.  These facilities reportedly include Red Rock Canyon School, which is confirmedly abusive. Contact Joseph M. Farley (Superintendent) at and let him know that placing children in unregulated programs in Utah is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by families and tax-payers.  Demand all Capo Unified School District schools cease using IEPs to ship children out of state to unregulated and/or abusive facilities such as Red Rock Canyon School.  For additional contact information for the Capo Unified School District, click here.


Tell America's Governors to Invest in Education NOT Incarceration!--In 2009, as the nation plummeted into the deepest recession in 30 years, funding for K-12 and higher education declined. But for prisons, the reverse was true. That year, 33 states spent more discretionary dollars on prisons than in 2008.  As our children fail to get the education they deserve, our prisons are filling up at an alarming rate. And, as usual, those most affected are communities of color. We know drug treatment is a smart alternative for non-violent offenders. It is also significantly cheaper. Educational opportunities are also cost-effective, and lead to a marked reduction in neighborhood crime. Relatively minor investments in treatment for those suffering mental illness mean fewer people in jail and more contributing members to society.  There's no denying the irrational increase in prison spending, and its impact on state budgets and our nation's children. But there is something you can do about it.  Sign our petition to tell America's governors to support the NAACP's reforms that will focus on making sure we invest in schools, not prisons.  Take action now at:


Act Now to Protect Schoolchildren in New Mexico!-- Urgent message from Michael Goldfield March 19, 2011.  Tell Governor Martinez to sign law against corporal (physical) punishment is public schools!  Learn more and take action at:


Take Action Against Police Brutality Against Minors!--A shocking video released last week shows four Houston police officers mercilessly beating a 15-year old burglary suspect while at least eight other officers looked on. Some kicked him repeatedly in the head and legs, others punched his torso — all while young Chad Holley was lying face down with his hands behind his head in surrender.  The officers who beat Holley have only been charged with misdemeanors, and many of the officers on the scene that day are still working as police officers in Houston. It’s time to demand real accountability for the Houston Police Department — and when we do, it’ll send a clear message to other departments with a similar problem. It starts with the four officers who brutalized Holley, but it can’t stop there. What happened to Chad Holley isn’t merely an isolated incident — it’s the result of a police culture in Houston (and in police departments across the nation) that places little value on Black lives.  Your voice can help change that. Please join us in calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate Chad Holley’s brutal beating, and the culture that led to it. And please ask your friends and family to do the same — it’s the first step for reform in Houston and can help shine a light on police brutality in other parts of the country:  



BOYCOTT DR. PHIL BECAUSE HE CONTINUES TO REFER AND ENROLL "GUESTS" INTO ABUSIVE PROGRAMS!! -- On Monday, September 27th, 2010 (Troubled Teens Update--Episode Title).  In 2003, Dr. Phil was profiling a family with a 12 year old girl with Reactive Attachment Disorder. At the end of the segment, Dr. Phil announced that he was sending the girl to Provo Canyon. In his words Provo Canyon "has a proven track record of helping young people." The parents, of course, were clueless, and agreed to this immediately. We need to flood the Dr. Phil show with letters, faxes and emails. Dr. Phil has repeatedly referred children to abusive programs.  The Dr. Phil website still refers to Copper Canyon Academy (Aspen Education Group) and Provo Canyon School as of December 28th, 2009!  And, as recently as September 27th, 2010 he referred to Academy at Swift River, another Aspen Education Group program.  Send an e-mail by visiting: or snail-mail him at: Dr. Phil Show, 5482 Wilshire Boulevard #1902, Los Angeles, CA 90036.  Don't watch or support Dr. Phil and his child-abuse-profiteering.


Call to Boycott Multiple States for Complicity in Fraud and Child Abuse:  Below is a table of states we are calling on the public to boycott.  If you choose to boycott any or all of the following states, please contact the governor(s) for those states and let them know why you are boycotting and how you intend to implement your boycott of their state(s).  A boycott can include not visiting the state, but, also, not purchasing any goods made or grown in those states.  We are providing a brief description of the reasoning behind the boycott(s) as well as government contact information below:

Boycott State & Reasoning Contact Governor(s)

See for information on government corruption and complicity in fraudulent and/or abusive facilities.

Governor Gary Herbert


Dozens of survivors of multiple programs in Indiana have spoken out against abuse in both private and government-run institutions.  Hephzibah House is still operating and Indiana has done little to nothing to shut them down.  A recent article shows rampant sexual abuse at Indiana facilities for minors.  The abuse needs to stop and if we can't provide an encouraging and respectful environment so those who fell through the cracks of our society can get a leg up and a chance at success, then, we should be humble enough to accept our limitations and respectful enough of freedom to protect the rights of the most vulnerable, our children.

Governor Mike Pence


North Carolina was recently well-informed about the unprofessional practices and "credentials" of New Leaf Academy (Aspen Education Group).  After the stink was raised, New Leaf announced it was closing its doors and Aspen announced they were going to use the site for a "new" program, Talisman.  This is completely unacceptable and shows that North Carolina is not willing to protect American families from unscrupulous outfits like Aspen Education Group.
Governor Pat McCrory


Take A Stand Against Child Marriage/Child Rape!--Recently, I was deeply saddened to hear about the 12-year-old Yemeni girl who died of internal bleeding from intercourse just days after being forced to marry a 23-year-old man.  This child was just one of many girls who suffer and, even, die as a result of early marriage.  No girl deserves the lifelong consequences that result from early marriage. Please, help stop this human rights violation by signing our petition today to help end child marriage.


Boycott Montel Williams, "Shame On You" for Sending a Child to Red Rock Canyon School and Endorsing Abusive Programs:  On Thursday, July 19th, 2007, the Montel Show enrolled a child (escorts and all) in Red Rock Canyon School.  The episode was sensationally called "Ticking Time Bombs: People On The Edge".  Red Rock Canyon School in St. George, UT is an abusive behavior modification program.  “A $6 million wrongful-death lawsuit, (was) filed in U.S. District Court by parents of the teenage girl, Katherine Lank, who fell into a deep crevice while hiking. It was filed against the Red Rock Canyon School, St. George, Utah, on May 28, 2002. The suit, accuses the school of negligence and breach of contract, asks for $5 million in compensatory damages, and $1 million in punitive damages and attorney fees. The Lanks have also demanded a jury trial.”  Further information about this is in the article by Michael Vigh of the Salt Lake Tribune.  In February of 2008, Montel referred children to Eagle Ranch Academy and continues to endorse their abusive program as of December 29th, 2009!  Please contact Montel Williams at:  

Attn: Montel Williams

Viewer Services

The Montel Williams Show

433 West 53rd St.

New York, NY 10019  

Express your outrage at this blatant assault on youth and support of a corrupt and unregulated industry!  Don't watch or support Montel Williams and his child-abuse-profiteering.


Tell Steve Wilkos "Shame on You for Supporting Institutionalized Child Abuse!"--Steve Wilkos assisted in the "enrollment" (kidnap and unlawful imprisonment) of a teen on his show into confirmedly abusive Abundant Life Academy.  Please contact Steve Wilkos and tell him that he made an error in placing a child at Abundant Life Academy and that if he has any ethics he'll advocate for the teen's immediate rescue and return home.  Contact Steve now.  (Visit for talking points and additional information on Abundant Life Academy.)  Sample Letter:

"Dear Mr. Wilkos,  

I am writing to ask that you investigate services to which you refer your viewers for assistance.  You recently aired an episode in which you helped enroll a teen in Abundant Life Academy in Utah.  Abundant Life Academy was closed down in Mexico due to human rights violations and abuse and moved to Utah since it is a safehaven for abusive programs.  You can learn more about Abundant Life Academy and its sordid history, by visiting:    The House of Representatives recently passed HR 911, the "Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs Act of 2009".  That legislation is now in the Senate HELP Committee.  At this time, there is no regulation or oversight at programs like Abundant Life Academy and even programs with no public history of abuse are being exposed as frauds, child-torturers, pedophiles, and killers.  Please watch the hearings exposing this industry at    If you have any sense of social responsibility, you will cease and desist sponsoring or endorsing unregulated and/or confirmedly abusive programs such as Abundant Life Academy.    Thank you for your time.  


(your name here)"


Contact Minnesota Congress and Tell Them to Oppose and Remove Any and All State Funding of Teen Challenge!--Contact Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and ask her to withdraw her earmark for MN Teen Challenge:  Please also contact Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison and ask him to oppose the MNTC earmark:  For talking points against Teen Challenge, click here.  According to a recent article (December 16th, 2009), Minnesota is still funding Teen Challenge.  Keep the pressure on! 


Sign Petition to Strengthen Indiana's Child Protection Laws!--This petition is aimed at regulating and/or closing abusive programs such as Hephzibah House.  Read and sign the petition at:


Tell Blue Cross/Blue Shield Insurance to Stop Covering Abusive Treatment Programs!--Write your local Blue Cross/Blue Shield and alert them that they have likely been repeatedly defrauded by a scam-artists masquerading as residential treatment, wilderness, and behavior modification programs.  Here is a suggested letter format:

Dear Blue Cross/Blue Shield Representative:

I am writing you today to alert you to the likelihood that you have been repeatedly defrauded by a number of "treatment" programs advertising and reporting services to you not rendered to your clients. Congress and the Government Accountability Office have been investigating the rampant abuses including fraud, torture, deceptive marketing and wrongful deaths of children in these programs.  The Surgeon General and National Institute of Health have determined that these programs are at best proven ineffective and harmful to children and their families. To learn more about this issue, please visit:,,
interventions_residential.htm, and If you review the above information and materials, I believe you will understand that the detriment of covering these fraudulent practices far outweigh the benefit of covering them.  It is unsound to cover experimental treatments that are known to be ineffective and harmful. Thank you for your time.


(your name here)


Ask Michael Moore to Make his Next Project an Expose' on Teen Torture Industry!--Michael Moore is a well publicized advocate for progressive causes ranging from gross civil rights abuses to medical and pharmaceutical corruption.  It is time he addressed the one issue that is at the heart of the destruction of our country, the teen torture industry.  You can write Michael Moore at  Here is a sample letter:

"Dear Mr. Moore,

I am writing you today to ask that you investigate and expose the rampant fraud, torture, and death in residential and wilderness programs for teens.  Congress and the Government Accountability Office have been reviewing this problem since October of 2007.  See the hearings at and  The teeth of the bill (HR 6358), passed by the house, were removed and will do nothing substantive to regulate this industry that has been torturing and killing children and destroying families for decades.  You can learn more about this issue by visiting:,, and  Please consider making your next documentary an expose' on this corrupt, unethical, and lethal industry.  Thank you for your time and consideration.  


 (Your Name)"


Boycott McDonald's and Ronald McDonald House Charities!--McDonald's, the fast-food giant, has donated over $30,000 to St. Christopher Inc., a "faith-based" residential treatment center (behavior modification program) to help "turn around "troubled teens"".  Please boycott McDonald's for putting money into abuse instead of family and community!  Tell McDonald's you are boycotting them and why!


TELL THE UNITED WAY "STOP SUPPORTING PROVO CANYON SCHOOL NOW!":  The United Way of Utah County currently refers families to Provo Canyon School, a notoriously abusive behavior modification program that has been destroying lives for over 30 years.  To learn more about the abuses at Provo Canyon School, visit:, and/or  Please contact the United Way of Utah County and tell them to stop supporting child abuse!  And, please contact the National United Way leadership to report this abuse of public trust at the United Way of Utah County, by referring families to Provo Canyon School!   


PLEASE ASK THE MCILHENNEY COMPANY TO HELP PROTECT CHILDREN FROM ABUSE:  Many parents are using Tabasco sauce as a punishment for their children.  This is an abusive measure and can only be administered under duress.  Please ask The McIlhenney Company to put a warning label on their product stating that product is not intended for and should not be used to punish children.  You may e-mail them at:


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