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25th Anniversary of the Utah Children’s Justice Program

SALT LAKE CITY May 18, 2016 – Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes released the following statement about the 25th anniversary of the Utah Children’s Justice Program:

“This week we recognize a historic milestone as the Utah Attorney General’s Office celebrates 25 years of the Children’s Justice Center model in Utah. The Children’s Justice Centers (CJCs) provide a homelike, child focused sanctuary for abused children to be interviewed and supported though-out criminal investigations. Cases are handled by a multidisciplinary team of law enforcement, child protective services, prosecutors, medical and mental health providers, and others who help children find their voice and a pathway to justice and healing.

“In 1991, through the efforts of community advocate Grethe Peterson, Weber County Attorney Reed Richards, and Utah legislators Craig Peterson, Lyle Hillyard, and John Valentine, Utah opened its first three centers.  In 1994 the CJCs were incorporated into a program under the Utah Attorney General’s Office, which has expanded services to 22 centers serving 28 counties. The founders envisioned the centers as public-private partnerships, with government and community support, and Utah’s program is now viewed as a model throughout the country. We are grateful to our distinguished founders for their vision, and we congratulate Administrator Tracey Tabet and the directors of the 22 Children’s Justice Centers across the state for 25 years of success.”

To learn more about the important work the CJCs do, please watch the following short video:

LDS Church Donates $25,000 to Utah AG Administered Children’s Justice Center Program

SALT LAKE CITY April 29, 2016 –The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) announced today that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donated $25,000 to the Utah Children’s Justice Center Program (CJC), a children victims’ advocacy program administered by the Attorney General with 22 locations statewide.

“The Children’s Justice Center Program, administered through our office, is able to provide unique multi-disciplinary services to victims of child abuse because of partnering counties and private donations. We are grateful that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recognizes and financially supports the critical needs of Utah children in distress who access support through the centers,” said Attorney General Sean Reyes. “This year, the CJC Program celebrates 25 years in Utah. I am personally in awe of the many professionals, volunteers and donors who have directly helped thousands of innocent and vulnerable children find safety and healing through one of the 22 centers across the state.”

In a meeting at LDS Church headquarters, Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, the LDS Church’s Young Women General President presented the check for $25,000 to Tracey Tabet, Director of the Children’s Justice Center Program, along with a check for $100,000 to Teresa Huizar, executive director of the National Children’s Alliance in Washington, D.C. The Children’s Justice Center Program is an affiliate of the National Children’s Alliance.

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