Addressing the Gap in Criminal for Cases of  Child Torture


After a thorough review of the 50 U.S. state codes and the D.C. code, a gap which allows perpetrators of child torture to escape justice is evident in many jurisdictions.  Federal torture law only prohibits government actors from torturing individuals. Only Michigan and California have torture laws prohibiting private citizens from torturing both children and adults.  Thirty-two states and D.C. criminalize perpetrating torture or analogous actions against a child.  Some of the statutes are more effective than others.  Eighteen states do not specifically criminalize torture at all.  A torture statute can provide prosecutors with a tool to address severe and systematic violence, provide justice for survivors who otherwise may not get it when the facts of the case do not fit an available charge. 

National Database of Substantiated Child Abuse Allegations for CPS Investigators

  • The US does not have a national database of substantiated child abuse reports for child protective service investigators to determine if a child has been abused across state lines.  NCANDS  is determining the feasibility of using the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data Set to create national database.

Ideas Incubator 


The Strategic change network is a 21st century online forum that connects professionals working in the child protection arena to resources, potential solutions and to state, local, and national allies working to improve the child protection system. Projected Implementation Date: 2nd Quarter 2018