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Buel quoted in ‘Arizona Republic’ article on child welfare


Professor Sarah Buel, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
November 18, 2011

Professor Sarah Buel, Faculty Director of the Diane Halle Center for Family Justice at the College of Law, was quoted in The Arizona Republic article, “Child-welfare task force hears CPS’ past failures.”

During a meeting of the Arizona Child Safety Task Force, members spoke with experts about the creation of a separate, specially trained investigative unit to prioritize Child Protective Services calls, as well as other changes rejected during previous reforms.

The Nov. 17 Republic article said Buel described several programs across the country that work to reunite families, prevent child abuse and save money.

"The vast majority of these cases involve domestic violence," Buel said. "If Mom addresses that issue, so many other things fall into place."

To read the article, click here.

Buel, who NBC has called one of the five most inspiring women in America, has worked for more than 30 years with battered women and children. She graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she founded the Harvard Battered Women’s Advocacy Project, the Harvard Women in Prison Project, and the Harvard Children and Family Rights Project. She was a prosecutor for six years in Boston and Quincy, Mass., and for 14 years was a clinical professor at the University of Texas School of Law, where she founded and co-directed their Domestic Violence Clinic, co-founded the University of Texas Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and served as special counsel for the Texas District and County Attorneys Association.