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    Maryland CHAMP

    The Maryland Child Abuse Medical Providers' (CHAMP) Network

    The CHAMP network is a group of medical professionals (physicians and nurses), expert in the area of child maltreatment.
    CHAMP's goal is to develop medical expertise related to child maltreatment in every Maryland jurisdiction. This will be a valuable resource for evaluating suspected abuse or neglect in children, providing consultation and training to community professionals, and engaging in prevention activities.
    CHAMP activities include
    • Recruiting and training medical professionals in the area of child maltreatment.
    • Providing ongoing training and support for medical professionals working in this field.
    • Providing expert medical evaluations when concerns of child maltreatment arise.
    • Providing consultation to Child Protective Services (CPS), law enforcement, state's attorney's offices, pediatricians and other professionals.
    • Developing policies and practice guidelines to improve the systems' response to children and families with concerns of possible abuse or neglect.


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    The next CHAMP training:

    Topic of Discussion:

    CHAMP Training: Child Sex Abuse Prevention”
     (CEUs will be available)
    Tue, October 13, 2020
    9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT
    9.00: Welcome
    9.05: Case review – Mitchell Goldstein, MD. Please send your cases to Mitch (mgoldst2@jhmi.edu) in advance.
    10.45: Break
    11.00: Research for Practice – Howard Dubowitz, MD, MS
    11.30: Child sex abuse prevention: The intersection of legal reform and
    research - Professor Marci Hamilton
    1.00: Adjourn
    Professor Marci Hamilton will address the three pillars of child protection that she and CHILD USA are pursuing regarding child sex abuse. CHILD USA has put in place a tripartite strategy to prevent child sex abuse: cutting edge social science research, legal reform, and training, which is targeted at the relevant audience (teachers, police, judges, medical personnel, lawyers, and others). Each by itself is not enough, but together they provide a powerful means to address the widespread problem of sex abuse.
    Objective & Goals: 
    1. To learn about child sex abuse statutes of limitations reform movement.
    2. To learn about cutting edge social science pertaining to child sex abuse.
    3. Learn what direction training is moving towards for more effective prevention of child sex abuse.
    Marcia A Hamilton – Brief Bio
    Marcia A. Hamilton is the Founder, CEO, and Legal Director of CHILD USA, www.childusa.org, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit academic think tank dedicated to interdisciplinary, evidence-based research to improve laws and public policy to end child abuse and neglect. She is also the Fels Institute of Government Professor of Practice and a Resident Senior Fellow in the Program for Research on Religion at the University of Pennsylvania.
    Prof. Hamilton is the leading expert on clergy sex abuse and child sex abuse statutes of limitation (“SOL”). She has been invited to testify and advise legislators in every state where significant SOL reform has occurred. She is the author of Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children (Cambridge University Press), which advocates for the elimination of child sex abuse statutes of limitations. She has filed countless pro bono amicus briefs for the protection of children at the United States Supreme Court and the state supreme courts. She is the co-author of Children and the Law (Carolina Academic Press 2017).
    Hamilton is a leading and influential critic of extreme religious liberty and the author of God vs. the Gavel: The Perils of Extreme Religious Liberty (Cambridge University Press), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Hamilton successfully challenged the constitutionality of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”) at the Supreme Court in Boerne v. Flores (1997), and defeated the RFRA claim brought by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee against hundreds of child sex abuse survivors in Committee of Unsecured Creditors v. Listecki (7th Cir. 2015).
    Hamilton has been honored with many awards including the 2019 Distinguished Daughters Award by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf; the 2018 Louis H. Pollak Award for Public Service by the University of Pennsylvania Law School; and the 2015 Annual Religious Liberty Award, American Humanist Association.
    Hamilton clerked for United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Judge Edward R. Becker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Professor Hamilton is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, B.A., summa cum laude; Pennsylvania State University, M.A. (English, fiction writing, High Honors); M.A. (Philosophy); and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.
    For more information, contact Sara Lewis at  sara.lewis1@maryland.gov.

    updated 8/2020