A group of child advocates has begun to organize around the issue of racial discrimination in the United States.
The National Child Advocacy Center at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is one of many organizations that have begun to raise awareness about the issues faced by people of color.
They say they are concerned that child advocates and child protection professionals are not doing enough to prevent child abuse.
For many, child advocates have faced a steep uphill battle.
They face discrimination when seeking employment and are often ignored by employers.
They are also less likely to get a job than their white counterparts.
The advocacy center’s president, Elizabeth Johnson, says the organization has been working on this issue for decades and the problem has gotten worse since the 1980s.
“It’s not just about child advocates,” she says.
“It’s about all of us.
We’re all in this together.”
Child advocates say there are many barriers to getting a job, and they face many of the same issues as their white peers.
They can face bias, lack of trust, and are frequently not treated as people of faith.
The Center for American Progress (CAP) recently released a report that showed that child welfare workers are less likely than other job seekers to hire someone who has experienced racism.
Child advocates have long pushed for better employment opportunities for people of all backgrounds, and their concerns about racial discrimination are gaining traction.
Johnson says that when they started, they focused on the children of people of Color.
Now, she says, they are focusing on the broader issue of discrimination and racism in the justice system.
The nonprofit organization is looking for a white or Asian American or Hispanic person to become an associate director.
The first job will be a full-time position in a child advocacy agency.
“Child advocates are not the only people of diversity who face discrimination in our justice system,” Johnson says.
“There are many people of varying backgrounds who are discriminated against in our system.”
The center’s next step is to hire an additional assistant director to be a co-director and to start working with child advocacy organizations.
Johnson said they have received requests for more volunteers, and she hopes that more white or Latino children will take the lead.
“Our job is to educate people of colour in the child advocacy community about their experiences,” she said.
“We are also looking for people with experience in child welfare and social work.”
For the first time, Johnson hopes the nonprofit can help people of different races, backgrounds, ages, and genders to get hired.
She says there are still many people out there who are scared of being discriminated against, and there is no way they can take on this role alone.
“We need to do everything we can to make sure that they’re not discriminated against,” she explains.
“They are part of our community, and we have to be good allies in helping them.”