How Effective Are Tactics Used on TV Shows to Treat Troubled Teens?

Posted by on January 29th, 2013

Terrifying teens by making them lie in coffins, forcing them to spend a night on a frigid street or a bare prison cell— these harsh measures are used in reality shows in an attempt to put delinquents back on the straight and narrow. But the strategies may make for better TV than treatment. On A&E’s […]

Body Bags and Child Torture: Mitt Romney’s New Approach to Education

Posted by on April 20th, 2012

Are body bags better than books for educating the next generation?   Is vomit really proper food for teens?   Should children be forced brush their teeth with toilet water?   If you say, “Yes,” Mitt Romney is the President for you. One wonders how it is that parents are rooked into spending $20,000 to […]


Posted by on April 18th, 2012

A favorite story among Mitt Romney’s backers for establishing his cred as both a good guy and a man of action concerns the time he helped find a business partner’s missing teenage daughter. The story is spellbinding and there’s no debate that Romney’s quick and resolute action helped locate the girl — but The Daily […]

On behalf of 1,020 redditors, don’t hunt down runaway teens.

Posted by on August 27th, 2011

The subscribers of r/troubledteens (727 redditors) and r/youthrights (293 redditors) could scarcely be more horrified at a post (we may have a runaway teen in our midst) making it to the front page.  Without any research as to why, an older redditor is looking to hunt down a redditor who has run away from home. […]

Chapter Spotlight: NYRA-NYU

Posted by on May 20th, 2011

NYRA-NYU experienced a great increase in activity over the past few months and has held three successful events as well as being approved as a full NYU club for the 2011-2012 academic year. For National Youth Rights Day, the chapter held an event on campus titled “Activism 101”, which taught a group of interested students […]

One Week, One NYRA, Three Branches

Posted by on November 8th, 2010

What a week for youth rights! At times like this, I am thrilled to be a NYRA member. With our tiny budget but a great deal of passion, NYRA was able to have a significant impact on all three branches of government this week. It makes me happy to see what our organization can accomplish, […]

NYRA Presents the Youth Rights Progress award to Congressman George Miller

Posted by on October 20th, 2010

NYRA headed to Capitol Hill on October 13th and awarded Representative George Miller (D-CA) the Youth Rights Progress Award for his passage of H.R. 911 and his continued effort defending youth rights. H.R. 911 or the “Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2009” essentially requires residential programs/centers to disclose information related […]

NYRA Announces First Ever NYRA Award Recipients

Posted by on August 24th, 2010

NYRA is pleased to announce the winners of our first annual NYRA Awards. This year we gave three separate awards: The Youth Rights Progress Award, The NYRA Achievement Award, and the Ageist of the Year Award. To learn about all the nominees go here. The Youth Rights Progress Award was given to Congressman George Miller, […]

Bill To Curtail Residential Abuse Needs Help!

Posted by on July 22nd, 2010

H.R. 911, known as the Stop Child Abuse in Residential Treatment Programs act, is a bill that could potentially protect thousands of abused kids, ensure that the abusers are punished… and is currently stalled in the Senate. First introduced on February 9, 2009, the bill is designed to revise the current system of behavior modification […]

Vulnerable Behind Bars

Posted by on January 29th, 2010

Earlier, the ACLU blog posted about how vulnerable young people are in adult prisons: Regular readers of The New York Times know that columnist Nicolas Kristof is a forceful advocate on behalf of human rights around the world. In his column on Thursday, January 28th — “Kids in Crisis (Behind Bars)” — he addresses serious […]

NYRA’s mission centers on challenging age discrimination against young people, both in law and in attitudes and supporting the basic freedoms afforded to young Americans in the Bill of Rights.