Healing is Prevention: New Bill to Address Child Trauma, Reduce Violence and Poverty

March 20, 2017


Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Danny Davis unveiled the Trauma Informed Care for Children and Families Act on Monday, March 19, 2017. (Chicago Defender)"

A new bill, presented by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Representative Danny Davis on Monday, March 19, 2017, would allow children who have experienced trauma to have access to trained professionals for support. It would also equip more teachers, doctors, social service providers and first responders with the training and resources needed to address the trauma in children. The legislation aims to decrease poverty and violence in Chicago neighborhoods through healing.

“A new study from the Heartland Alliance has documented the deep nexus between violence, trauma and poverty. The study reinforces the urgency of treating trauma and how untreated trauma is not only destructive to the individual child but leads to more violence and poverty,” said Davis.

The YMCA of Metro Chicago was present at the press conference, endorsing the bill. Noah Bakr, 18, a recent member of the YMCA of Chicago’s Urban Warriors Program talked about the benefits of having programs that help youth through their violence-induced trauma. 

The YMCA of Metro Chicago strives to help youth like Noah Bakr through the Youth Safety and Violence Prevention program. Additional community support is needed to help us to continue with this mission. Click here to make an online donation.

Read more at the Chicago Defender.