People of faith are called by that faith

to speak for all children.

October 6,  2009





Together we can bring juvenile justice reform to Georgia and stop the sexual exploitation and trafficking

of our children.


This year's ICM Call to Action Prayer Breakfast will be Wednesday, October 28, 2009, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., at The Temple (1589 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30309).  


Visit ICM's Prayer Breakfast page for ticket information.  It is so important at this time that we join in solidarity to pray for children and children's issues and commit ourselves to fulfilling our charge to "do what we are called to do, do what we are able to do, and do what must be done."



Calling all parents, faith leaders and child advocates in the Hall and Dawson counties area (including Fannin, Lumpkin, Forsyth, Cherokee, Pickens and Gilmer)...  

A JUSTGeorgia regional coalition meeting will be hosted by the Hall-Dawson County CASA Program, Friday, October 9, 2009, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at The Little House at 603 Washington Street, Gainesville, GA 30501.

Here's what you'll learn from JUSTGeorgia at this meeting:
-  What's actually in SB 292: The Child Protection and Public Safety Act.
-  How to be an advocate by building relationships with your legislators.
-  The steps you can take now as we approach the 2010 Legislative Session.
-  An update on SB 292 and related advocacy and messaging training.

For information about JUSTGeorgia, contact Project Manager Julia Neighbors at 404-521-0311 or visit

Please RSVP to Connie Stephens, Executive Director of the Hall-Dawson CASA Program at e-mail address: or by calling 770-531-1964.  Lunch will be provided. 


Note for metro-Atlanta advocates: A JUSTGeorgia regional coalition meeting is being hosted by ICM, Tuesday, November 3, 2009, from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta at 1911 Cliff Valley Way, Atlanta 30329.  Dinner will be served.  More information to come!


Juvenile Justice Fund Hosts Film Premiere of "PLAYGROUND"


On October 20, 2009, at 7:30 p.m., the Juvenile Justice Fund will host the film premiere of "PLAYGROUND" at the Woodruff Arts Center's Symphony Hall in Atlanta, Georgia.  "PLAYGROUND" is a documentary "that looks into the insiduous world of child sex trafficking in America."  This film, directed by Libby Spears of Blu-print Films, is part of the legacy of the late (2009) Judge Sanford "Sammy" Jones who, in 2006, enlisted the help of the Juvenile Justice Fund in its making.  


The premiere will serve as a benefit for CEASE, the Center to End Adolescent Sexual Exploitation.  There will also be a tribute to the life and work of Judge Jones.


Please visit for more information.

ICM needs your help to stop the sexual exploitation of children in Georgia.  Contact us at 770-498-2141 or at and let us know that you and your faith community are ready to join the fight.


From the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute:  


"Georgia's overall poverty rate rose to 14.7 percent in 2008, well above its 2001 level of 11.7 percent during the last recession. 
Roughly one in 7 individuals lived in poverty in 2008. The state's poverty rate is 14th highest in the country, again reflecting Georgia's race to the bottom. Vulnerable groups such as children often are hit hardest during recessions. In Georgia, 20.1 percent, or one out of every five children were poor in 2008. 
Today's numbers remind us that poverty and the stagnation of the typical household income affected a large share of Georgia's individuals, families, and children even before the worst part of the recession hit."


To learn more go to GBPI report.




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.

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.


JOIN ICM and the effort to improve the well-being of Georgia's children. Make a tax-deductible contribution today.





"Step Up for Kids Day" will be held Tuesday, October 20, 2009, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the steps of the State Capitol.  ICM is one of the co-sponsors of this annual event, which is coordinated by Voices for Georgia's Children.


The children of Georgia need the faith community to "step up" for them on October 20.  Contact Pamela Perkins at 770-498-2141 or info@interfaithchildrensmovement.orgfor more information.



ICM Promotes Children's Sabbath Observance on College Campuses across Georgia

National Observance Weekend October 16-18, 2009




The Bobby Dodd Institute is offering free, online disability awareness training.  You can help reach, then teach others, by visiting BDI DisABILITY Awareness Solutionsand participating in the free disability awareness training.

Mark Your Calendar Worthwhile Events by ICM, 

ICM Partners & Others

Full ICM Calendar


Friday, October 9, 2009

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

GALEO Annual 2009 Hispanic Heritage Month Luncheon at
Gwinnett Technical College, Busbee Center, 5150 Sugarloaf Pkwy NW, Lawrenceville, GA 30043.  Keynote address: Juan Andrade, Ph.D., President of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (  Go to GALEO for ticket information.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Interfaith Children's Movement will host the Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic for a juvenile defender program workshop at Central United Methodist Church, 501-7 Mitchell Street, SW, Atlanta 30314.  The program makes youth aware of their civil rights and gives common sense advice on what to do when approached by law enforcement.  Youth and parents are encouraged to attend.  This is one more way that faith communities can help make an impact in stemming the tide of children flowing through the juvenile justice system.  Please call 770-498-2141 or send an e-mail to
for more information.
October 14, 2009; and January 20, 2010

Prevent Child Abuse Georgia is offering several Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) prevention workshops during one-dayinstitutes that will be held at various regional locations.  With support from the Governor's Office for Children and Families, these institutes are offered free of charge for a limited time!


You must register to attend.  Please contact Anna Curtis at annac@pcageorgia or call (404) 870-6561 for a registration form and if you have any questions.  
*********************** October 21, 2009

Human Trafficking Luncheon Series - Georgia State University
Mark Hoerrner, of Not For Sale Georgia, will address the issue of trafficking in Georgia in this unique program series presented by the GSU Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsiblity. For more information, go to Not for Sale Georgia.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Street GRACE Pastor's Lunch & Learn at 12Stone Church, 1322 Buford Dr., Lawrenceville GA, 30043.


This lunch gathering will be informative and focused on creating awareness of a movement taking place here in Atlanta... Street GRACE, a non-denominational alliance of churches dedicated to supporting, enlarging and allying with those individuals and organizations working toward eliminating the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
*************************October 28, November 25 and December 16

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Georgia Center for Child Advocacy hosts an open Darkness to Lightsexual abuse prevention training on the fourth Wednesday of every month at the Fulton office. The training teaches adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.  The cost is $15 per person, which includes training materials, snacks and refreshments.  The training is approved for CEUs for social workers, LPCs, nurses and early childhood education providers. All are welcome to attend.  Please call to register: 678-904-2880. Go to Georgia Center for Child Advocacy for more information.  


Thursday, October 29, 2009

7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Benefit for Prevent Child Abuse Georgia "Mad for the Sixties Event" -- an evening of 60's "Mad Men" at Ten Pin Alley in Atlantic Station.  Ticket Price: $75.  Go to PCA Benefit for more information.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

A public hearing is scheduled to discuss proposed rules and changes designed to improve the quality of child care facilities in Georgia.  The hearing will be held in the Auditorium of H Building, Central Georgia Technical College, 3300 Macon Tech Drive, Macon, Georgia 31206.  


Visit this link for a summary of the proposed rule revisions. 


Visit Voices for Georgia's Children to read the editorial by Pat Willis, Executive Director, on these proposed changes.


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