November 24, 2008 14:44 Age: 5 yrs

Barton Clinic Fellow and Intern to Testify Before Georgia Committee

Kirsten Widner, Post-Graduate Fellow in Law at the Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic, was asked to testify before the Georgia Joint Commission on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Study Committee. The Committee, chaired by Senator Renee Unterman, heard Widner testify in September 2008 and requested that she return to provide more information regarding the Barton Clinic’s recommendations for legislation affecting CSEC victims in Georgia. The hearing is scheduled for Dec. 1, at the Georgia State Capitol and is open to the public.

Barton Clinic intern Jennifer Felner, a masters in public health student at the Rollins School of Public Health, also will be testifying.
Widner and Felner will discuss changes to current child abuse and prostitution laws and a potential new revenue stream for the treatment of CSEC victims. Their testimony is based on their research, the work of Barton Clinic intern and second-year law student Philip Yarberough, and the Barton Clinic publication Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in Georgia: Service Delivery and Legislative Recommendations for State and Local Policy Makers.

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