Community Involvement

 

Visit the organizations below to see how Spector Law Group has been helping the community.

 

No More Stolen Child Legislation

The 2020 Maryland General Assembly was historic for many reasons including the early closure on Wednesday, March 18 as a result of the impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Working as a member of a leadership team representing a broad cross section of community advocates, survivor groups and nonprofit organizations we advocated for two bills, HB1008 and HB974.

HB1008 was passed by the House of Delegates and had a first reading in the Senate. It did not move forward from there due to the early closure of session.. The intent of all interested parties was to streamline the hiring process in Maryland schools while maintaining the intent of the initial SESAME legislation that unanimously passed both chambers and was signed into law in 2019.

HB974 The Hidden Predator Act, removes the civil statute of limitations for child sexual abuse and provides a two year look-back window for those barred by past laws. The bill passed the House Judiciary Committee unanimously and with bi-partisan support..The bill passed the floor of the House of Delegates unanimously, and with bi-partisan support. It had a first reading in the Senate and did not move forward from there due to the early closure of session.

We will continue to work with our partner organizations to advocate for this legislation’s successful passage in the 2021 session. Additionally, we will continue to work with legislators on bills that address the mitigation of ACEs and provide a trauma informed response to childhood sexual abuse.

The efforts this year would not have been possible without a broad coalition of support under the leadership of Maryland SCCAN (State Council on Child Abuse and Neglect). The organizations below stepped up to support HB974 and we are grateful for their visible support of survivors of childhood sexual abuse and their commitment to working to prevent abuse from happening in the future.

Young Life
“We believe in the power of presence. Kids’ lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. Because their leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.”

Visit Baltimore Young Life to learn more.

Restore Church
“For the past few years, Restore Church has been actively sending teams to serve Syrian, Afghan, and other middle eastern refugees in Greece. Greece has served as the gateway of escape for many refugees fleeing war. The stories of these beautiful people are tragic. This is a crisis that isn’t going away and there are people in desperate need of love, encouragement, and support.”

Visit Restore Church’s Refugee Mission Trip to learn more.

ATI Foundation
“We are excited to announce our first Run/Walk event to take place in Baltimore. Please join us as we support the mission to provide resources and funding to children with physical impairments to enhance and sustain a better quality of life. Help us raise funds by walking or running with friends and family… you can even bring your dog!”

Visit ATI Foundation 5k to learn more.

No More Stolen Childhoods
“Our mission at No More Stolen Childhoods is to change the public perception about childhood sexual abuse and to help those abused find fulfillment in their permanently scarred lives:
The reality:
1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18. Roughly 57,000 cases of sexual abuse are reported each year. Sexual abuse is an ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) and contributes to poor health outcomes for victims.
The vision:
All trusted adults are aware of the signs and symptoms to prevent abuse from happening.
Childhood sexual abuse is part of the conversation and training model for all mandated reporters.
Adult victims access available resources, begin their path to healing, and become survivors.
For more information, visit our website at www.nomorestolenchildhoods.com”

Visit No More Stolen Childhoods to learn more.