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New report shows less kids going to jail but more children of color remain behind bars or in detention

LatinaLista — The Annie E. Casey Foundation released an update on the issue of youth behind bars, which is a mixed bag of news. The good news is that over a 15-year period, from 1995-2010, youth incarceration dropped by 40 percent. However, the bad news is still bad. According to the KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot: Youth

Nonprofit Spotlight: Helping sexually exploited girls see the value in their lives and what ‘GEMS’ they really are

LatinaLista — The term ‘human trafficking’ doesn’t begin to relay the true cost of emotional and physical damage done to the women, girls and children victimized by what is a barbaric international business. It is reported by mental health officials that many of the victims who have been sexually exploited see their lives and themselves

Spotlight Nonprofit: San Diego teens battle hunger by getting businesses to donate surplus food

LatinaLista — Though the economy is showing signs of improving, it’s still slow-going with prices rising faster than peoples’ salaries. No other segment of the economy hits closer to home than food prices. Shrinking wages and extreme weather events have put the squeeze on families in more than one way causing 1 in 5 Americans

Nonprofit Spotlight: Propelling low-income kids to a successful future from ‘The Wooden Floor’

LatinaLista — It started out as an experiment in 1983. Provide a summer ballet pilot class to low-income children in Santa Ana, California as a way for the kids to grow in self-esteem, self-discipline and gain a sense of accomplishment through dance. The other part of the experiment was that the class would be taught

New UN global initiative wants everyone to answer: What kind of World do you want?

LatinaLista — In 2000, world leaders created the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It was a promise that the developed countries of the world would work together to end extreme poverty by 2015. Two years from that goal date finds that the world has made a lot of progress: The number of people living in poverty

Racial Justice Act — A new tool in Dallas County District Attorney’s arsenal to get racial justice in courts

LatinaLista — Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins gained national notoriety after he was first elected in 2006. His rise in national prominence wasn’t because he was Texas’ first African American-elected district attorney but because he and his office aggressively pursued the exoneration of wrongly convicted Dallas County defendants through DNA testing. In the weeks