People of faith are called by that faith

to speak for all children.

January 28, 2009

GOOD NEWS! Funding Extended for Child Victims of Prostitution-- 

Regional Assessment Center Saved


As reported from A Future Not a Past

January 23, 2009


Regional Assessment Center money in the budget has been frozen since last session. The Department of Human Resources eliminated it from their budget for FY09 and FY10. 


Today, the Governor's Office of Children and Families stepped up to fund the assessment phase for girls who've been commercially sexually exploited! This development means there is no need to advocate for restoration of the $560,000 in the DHR budget. 


We appreciate Jen Bennecke, the Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Children and Families, and Gov. Perdue for their support while work to find long term funding for this critical piece of the continuum of care continues



ICM sends a special "Thank you" to everyone who wrote letters, made phone calls and paid visits to legislators on behalf of children who have been victimized by child prostitution.  However, we cannot become complacent because there is much more work to do. 


As you may recall, the Joint Commission on Sexual Exploitation of Minors announced legislative its recommendations on January 15.  Three potential pieces of legislation emerged from the data:

1. Implement a surcharge on the entrance into an adult entertainment business (with those additional funds expended on services for minors who have been the victims of commercial sexual exploitation);

2. Change the age of exotic dancers from a minimum age of 18 to 21; require proof of age and tie enforcement to licensing regulations;

3. Amend GA Code 19-7-5, mandatory reporting of child abuse, to also report a child who is suspected of being prostituted by someone other than a "parent or caretaker"--(making it clear that the prostitution of a child is child abuse, no matter who commits the offense).


Please stay tuned for progress reports on these possible legislative actions. In the meantime, please continue to show your support for the permanent establishment of the regional assessment center.



Georgia's U.S. Senators May Vote "No" on SCHIP Re-Authorization -- Is PeachCare in Jeopardy? 


According to Voices for Georgia's Children and other sources, the SCHIP Re-authorization bill now resides in the U.S. Senate, and a vote is likely to take place this week.  


On January 26, 2009, the Georgia Rural Urban Summit Newsreported: 


"Information from calls to the offices of Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson indicate that they intend to vote NO on the extension of healthcare coverage for kids."
More than 200,000 children in Georgia rely on the healthcare coverage they receive under PeachCare, which is funded by SCHIP.  Your immediate response to this call to action is required.  Please contact Senators Chambliss and Isakson at the following phone numbers and tell them that you support the re-authorization of SCHIP and that you are asking them to do the same. 


Senator Saxby Chambliss


(202) 224-3521


Senator Johnny Isakson

(202) 224-3643


Or call the switchboard at 1-866-277-7617 and ask to be connected to their offices.


Positively Impacting Public Policy

ICM Day at the Capitol will be held Wednesday, February 11 at 10:00 a.m. We will gather at the Capitol snack bar which is located on the bottom floor.


The Day at the Capitol is our opportunity to help educate legislators about the issues that children face in Georgia.  We have been told by elected officials on numerous occasions that it is rare that they hear from the general public.  Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to awaken them to the deficiencies within our public policies and programs that determine the well-being of our children.


The Day at the Capitol is a marathon.  And we need a host of available persons who are willing to speak for children.  If you are retired and looking for a meaningful way to spend a few hours, or if you are a college student and interested in grassroots advocacy, or if you feel that it is time for you to take ownership of your citizenship, contact Sylvia Carroll, ICM Advocacy Chair, at to sign up to participate in this day of advocacy for children.

In addition, ICM has announced its 2009 child advocacy agenda.  These issues are ICM's high priorities and address the critical needs of Georgia's children:


· Healthcare/PeachCare for Kids
· Child Victims of Prostitution (Commercial Sexual

  Exploitation of Children
· A New Juvenile Code for Georgia

· Expansion of Georgia's Pre-K Program

· Parent Protection Act

· TANF-Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (formerly

  known as Welfare to Work)

What's going on under the Gold Dome?

Daily Legislative Updates

The following links take you to Web sites that provide daily updates on the legislative activity at the Capitol.  Check out these sites to find out how your legislators are addressing your needs and the needs of Georgia's children.


GPB Lawmakers

Voices for Georgia's Children,2141,4802_6107101,00.html


Mark Your CalendarWorthwhile Events by ICM, 

ICM Partners & Others

Full ICM Calendar

Thursday, January 29

9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Join ICM at the Prevent Child Abuse Georgia's 4th Annual Faith Leadership Summit -- Connecting the Dots: Healthy Communities, Healthy Families, Healthy Children.  Participate in a day of learning and sharing with prevention experts and faith leaders about a universal approach to child abuse prevention, to be held at the University of Georgia - Griffin Campus.  Cost is $15 and includes lunch and conference materials. Registration increases to $25 after January 16, 2009. To request a registration packet, send an email to 
Saturday, January 31

All Day

Southeast Celebration of the New Baptist Covenant in Birmingham for worship, learning and fellowship. Former President Jimmy Carter, Dr. Robert Smith of Beeson Divinity School and Dr. Marian Wright Edelman, founder and President of the Children's Defense Fund will speak at the conference.  For more information go to 



January 31 - February 1, 2009
Renovacion Conyugal, Inc. invites you to the next "Renovación Juvenil" workshop at Christ Episcopal Church, located at 400 Holcomb Bridge Rd Norcross, Georgia. The workshop is given in Spanish. Please contact Renovacion Conyugal, Inc. at or call (678) 363-3079 for a registration form or more information. 


Tuesday, February 3

10:00 a.m.

ABLE press event on 2/3/09 at 10 a.m. calling for school nurse funding , trauma network funding & a $1.00 tax on cigarettes. Please join us if you can. 


Tuesday, February 3
6:30 p.m.
ICM Advocacy Committee meeting at Frazier, Soloway & Poorack, P.C., 1800 Century Place, Suite 100, Atlanta. 

Wednesday, February 4

9:00 a.m. A Future.Not a Past. Lobby Day
Room 230 at the Capitol 

Supporters are invited to get briefed on pending legislation addressing the prostitution of Georgia's children, and also have a chance to speak directly to elected officials about what they can do to stop this horrific crime. For more information, visit 


Wednesdy, February 4
12:00 p.m.

Women's Capitol Briefing - Women's Policy Group at the Capitol Join in the first WPG briefing of the 2009 legislative session at the Georgia State Capitol in Room 216.  RSVP to
Monday, February 9

Join ICM at United Methodist Day at the Capitol at Trinity UMC (about 1 1/2 blocks from the Capitol).


Wednesday, February 11
10:00 a.m. 

ICM Day at the Capitol 

Gather in the snack bar at the Capitol, which is located on the bottom floor.


Deadline February 22
The Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) and the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund [GLCDF] are requesting participant applications for the Spring Community Leadership program. Classes start in March, and the sessions meet every two weeks for 5 weeks. Application deadline is Feb 22. Visit for details and/or enrollment, or call José Blanco at 404.745.2546.
February 27-28
WIPI Conference 2009--Working in the Public Interest presents its 2009 conference at the University of Georgia in Athens. Please contact Jamila Montaque at for more information. 
Tuesday, April 7

6:30 p.m. 

ICM Advocacy Committee meeting at Frazier, Soloway & Poorack, P.C., 1800 Century Place, Suite 100, Atlanta. 



ICM Mission and Goals

The Interfaith Children's Movement was formed in 2001 as an intentional association of individuals and communities of faith from all religious traditions.

The Interfaith Children's Movement strives to be a voice for all Georgia children, but especially the poor and marginalized whose voices are often unheard.  


ICM works closely with Georgia's policy-oriented child advocacy organizatons, such as: 

  • Voices for Georgia's Children, 

  • The Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic at Emory University, 

  • Georgia Appleseed, 

  • JUSTGeorgia, 

  • Prevent Child Abuse Georgia and 

  • A Future.Not a Past. (child prostitution prevention).  

These organizations set the agenda for our advocacy work for children.  

ICM's faith community members provide a megaphone to the legislature about what needs to be done for children.

Spiritual Witness for Children


One of the most important things faith communities can do for children is to pray for them.

Every child is a child of God and deserves justice and compassion. Every child deserves our prayers. 

ICM encourages every faith community to become a spiritual witness for children. Hold a worship service in your church, synagogue, mosque or temple and invite others to join in praying for the well-being of all children. 

Doing what we are called to do. 

 Doing what we are able to do.  

 Doing what must be done! 

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