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Transgender girl on couch near a window
February 24, 2022 | Evident Change
Texas Governor Abbott and Attorney General Paxton have perilously twisted the definition of child abuse by asking Texans to report parents of transgender minors receiving gender-affirming medical care to child protection. This directive runs counter to the purpose of the child protection system, end…
Happy family
February 15, 2022 | Mackenzie Rutherford
Imagine being a frontline social worker faced with whether to separate a child from their parents. Imagine the difficulties of making this decision daily. How would you know you are making the right choice? How would you know you have the right information to make the best decision? What if you coul…
A business woman sitting at a computer
February 1, 2022 | Evident Change
A series of webinars begins February 15 that will help newer users of SafeMeasures® advance in their knowledge and navigation of Evident Change’s online reporting and performance management tool. The webinars are also open to non-users with interest in how SafeMeasures employs an agency’s data to be…
Michele Harper
February 1, 2022 | Evident Change
Michele D. Harper has joined Evident Change as Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). In this leadership role, Harper will help to expand the work of our DEI team, support our DEI internal practice, and help us advance equity in our work with external partners. Harper brings deep exp…
Bertha Arvizo
January 4, 2022 | Bertha Arvizo
As a first-generation Latina college student, applying to graduate school was something I always wanted to do. Yet I was intimidated and saw graduate study as somewhat unobtainable. While I have always had mentorship and support in my networks, I found myself seeking and wanting advice from people l…
Mark Soler
January 4, 2022 | Evident Change
Mark Soler is retiring as executive director of the Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP), a public interest law and policy organization in Washington, DC. However, he will continue to share his 40-plus years of juvenile justice reform expertise with Evident Change, staying on the Board of Dir…
Mindy Rowland
January 4, 2022 | Evident Change
Mindy Rowland has joined Evident Change as Chief Legal and Operating Officer. Rowland has served as a consultant to Evident Change, playing an integral role in the organization’s COVID-19 response. Rowland has also helped Evident Change make significant advances related to operational excellence in…
What We Know book cover and author, Vivian Nixon
December 8, 2021 | Vivian D. Nixon
People who live with the burden of criminal conviction don’t usually have the opportunity to demonstrate our human value to the society whose justice system deemed us unfit to live among them. Each one of us has a history. We have thoughts and ideas for the future and a vision of what might be possi…
The faces of Dwight and Daniel placed into a cartoon
November 18, 2021 | Dwight Watkins
“Only a Mile and a Big World Separated Us” tells the story of two kids from the east side of Baltimore. The first is me, a Black guy who grew up in a drug family in a rough neighborhood and ended up selling drugs. The other is Daniel Hersl, a white guy, who grew up a mile away from me in a white wo…
A scene from the film, Unadopted, Noel Anaya reading from a piece of paper
November 11, 2021 | Noel Anaya
I turned 21 in 2017, which was a pivotal year for me. It could go one of two ways: I could either get what felt like a forced divorce because the foster care system had outgrown me—and end up an angry adult filled with rage. Or, I could turn 21 and choose to emancipate, on my own terms, and get the…