Hikind: It’s High Time That Mandatory Fingerprinting Should Be NY Law For Yeshivas
Friday, August 5th, 2011
New York - A number of child-safety proposals have been floated in the wake of the murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky in Brooklyn’s Boro Park neighborhood. One proposal might stand out to New York State residents as a commonsense initiative: mandatory background checks and fingerprinting for private school employees. The checks would not have prevented the murder of Kletzky. Accused killer...
Leiby Kletzky Killing Renews Calls For Oversight of Yeshivas
Advocates Want Fingerprinting and Background Checks of Employees
A number of child-safety proposals have been floated in the wake of the murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky in Brooklyn’s Boro Park neighborhood.
One proposal might stand out to New York State residents as a commonsense initiative: mandatory background checks and fingerprinting for private school employees.
The checks would not have prevented the murder of Kletzky...“The point that we bring to the table is that we Jews can’t do it ourselves,” said Elliot Pasik, president of the Jewish Board of Advocates for Children. “We can’t self-govern. We can’t police ourselves. We need laws for child safety.”Read more: http://www.forward.com/articles/140927/#ixzz1ceN67GTi
Leiby Kletsky Murder Spurs Child Laws in Orthodox Jewish Community
The brutal murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky has rocked the Orthodox Jewish community into finally acknowledging that it needs more oversight to protect its children....Rather than immediately turn to the police, locals will often first call on their volunteer force--the Shomrim--a group of vigilantes that gets tax dollars, but isn't properly trained to deal with crucial evidence... The private Jewish school system operates in a similarly autonomous manner. Where public schools are mandated to fingerprint and perform background checks on all employees, according to The Forward, private schools are not.
The Jewish Board of Advocates for Children hopes to change that, according to the Forward. Its agenda would require New York state private school employees to get fingerprinted and background checks and all teachers to register with the State Education Department. The plan would also force school officials to report all in-school abuse, another contentious issue that has come under fire since Leiby Kletzky's body was found in a dumpster.
Orthodox Organization To NY Lawamkers: Our Yeshivas Need Child Protection Laws
Sunday, July 24th, 2011
New York - The Jewish Board of Advocates for Children, a nonprofit group which, for several years, has been calling for strong child protection laws that would govern yeshivas and all nonpublic schools, has sent a letter to leading New York state legislators urging them to address the grave problem of child abuse. The letter, delivered Friday, July 22, 2011, calls attention to the heinous...
Read more: http://www.vosizneias.com/88001/eid/2660327
It’s Time That NY Legislators Take Up Child Protection In The State Of New York
Monday, July 18th, 2011
New York - Do you remember the “broken windows” theory of criminology? The theory was first posited by two social scientists in 1982 in the Atlantic Monthly magazine. The theory goes that you deter serious crime and anti-social behavior in urban neighborhoods by repairing the broken windows. You also remove the graffiti, and sidewalk litter. You install bright lights. You create an...
Orthodox Jewish Group Asks MTA to Remove Inappropriate Subway Ads
Friday, January 21st, 2011
New York, NY - The president of an Orthodox Jewish group that advocates for the rights of children has written a letter to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority protesting advertisements that appear on New York City subway trains for a cable television show aimed at teens glorifying drug use, illegal activities and other immoral behavior in young adults. Elliot Pasik, president of the...
Newly Erected Billboards on Rt. 17 Call For Awareness About Child Abuse In The Jewish Community
Monday, July 19th, 2010
Sullivan County, NY - In a continued effort to curb abuse that seems more prevalent in the summer months, the Jewish Board of Advocates for Children has taken out two full size billboards in Sullivan County, urging parents to teach their children what to do if anyone touches them inappropriately. While the billboard located on the northbound side of Route 17 before the Monticello exit is written..
Jewish Schools in NY Ignore Fingerprint Checks
Sunday, May 30th, 2010
New York - Fewer than 1 percent of the state's 1,900 private schools run fingerprint checks on job applicants to screen for sex offenses and other criminal behavior, The Post has learned. Statewide, only 17 private schools have submitted fingerprints since a 2007 law granted them the right, says the state Education Department. Unlike public schools, private schools are not required by law...
Hundreds Attend First-Ever Abuse-Victim Chizuk Event For Chardei Jews; Speakers Laud Hikind As Hero; Call on All Yeshivas To Recognize The Problem
Monday, March 2nd, 2009
New York - A community rally designed to express support to victims of sexual abuse in the frum community was held today in Borough Park. The event, which was spearheaded by State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, was held at the Borough Park YMHA at the corner of 14th Ave. and 50th St. at 11:00 a.m. Assemblyman Hikind, serving as emcee, opened the event by thanking the attendees for “being...