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Published on May 29, 2012
Part Four of remarks given at a Capitol Hill briefing for the release of a report called: "State Secrecy and Child Deaths in the U.S." The report found that information about child abuse deaths and near-deaths that could help prevent future tragedies remains veiled behind many states' restrictive disclosure laws, highlighting the urgent need for systemic reform.
In this clip, Elissa Garr, Executive Director of First Star, a national organization working to improve the lives of America's abused and neglected children, speaks about the importance of exposing flaws in the system to encourage reforms. Ms. Garr uses improvements in Maryland's laws and procedures after the first "State Secrecy" report card was issued as an example. The report was released on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on April 17, 2012 by First Star and the Children's Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law.