Attorney General Statement on the 25th Anniversary of the Utah Children’s Justice Program [UPH Wire]

Attorney General Statement on the 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 theUtah 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.”

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Daniel Burton
Director of Communications/Government Records
Office of the Utah Attorney General
Mobile: 801-386-6830

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