irs child pornLast week the IRS decided to award Bradley Birkenfeld his $104 million dollar share for helping bust UBS bank. Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and his staff were instrumental. Senator Grassley vowed to delay pending Department of Treasury nominations if the IRS Whistleblower Program, he wrote the legislation in 2006, continued to be mismanaged.

This powerful voice from Iowa has been a beacon in the storm during an Obama Administration that has targeted whistleblowers and prevented accountability as never before. The Pentagon is also under Senator Grassley's fire for failing to examine 1,700 of the 5,200 reports of employees doing child porn. The Pentagon claimed it "wasn't a priority." Senator Grassley and his staff have made it one. The closed investigation into wide-spread use of child porn at the Pentagon is now re-opened.

Gallup's wrongful termination case exposes court's lack of compliance with state laws

Sacramento, CA September 17, 2012 – Beginning today at 9AM, The Nevada County Superior Court will be on trial. Family Court Services mediator, Emily Gallup, has alleged that she was wrongfully terminated after blowing the whistle on the court's failure to follow state laws. Gallup's case will be heard by Judge Richard Sueyoshi in Department 25 of the Sacramento County Superior Court, located at 720 9th St. The trial is estimated to take two to four weeks to complete. Gallup is represented by M. Catherine Jones and George Allen.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) - Battered wives and husbands aren't the only victims of domestic violence. The children who grow up in those homes may have hidden bruises that can hurt forever.

"As humans we learn not just by doing, but we learn by what we see. We can learn by modeling. And so for kids in a domestic violence situation, the implications are just horrendous," said Dr. Josh Claypow, School of Public Health, UAB.
"And it can range everything from emotional problems things like increased chance of anxiety disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, depression... things like that, to learning disabilities and problems in school to more aggressive behavior in school in children and then as things go on setting them up for problems as teens and adults."

As these children advance in age, the stage is set for a continued cycle of violence.

Watch the Video

The Pima County / Tucson Women's Commission recently released a new and revised Resource Guide on Domestic Abuse, Assault and Violence made possible through a $5,000 grant from Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall's office. The funds for its printing came from seizure of criminals funds and not taxpayer dollars. Attorneys at Southern Arizona Legal Aid spent much time checking the document's accuracy. Jan Vasilius of Kaimas Foundation was also a sponsor.

It is a a very comprehensive 50 page guide full of resources for a person seeking assistance from any domestic violence situation, whether married, in a partnership or dating, straight or gay. Having worked in this field for a number of years first as a staff attorney for an Americorps DV victims project, then as a DV Commissioner & Interim Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission, I can attest to the seriousness of domestic abuse, and how difficult it is to leave the abuser.

Guide is Available online

 

CPS Survey

If you or someone you know has been involved with Hawaii's Department of Child Welfare Services (regardless of what island you're on), please take a survey HERE.

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