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Catholic Charities President, Experts Examine Social Justice for Children

Catholic Charities USA President Rev. Larry Snyder and other experts will discuss and share ideas at Exploring Social Justice for Vulnerable Populations: The Face of the Child, an interdisciplinary symposium at Duquesne University that will examine caring for children who are abandoned, neglected, abused or victims of violence.

Presented by Duquesne's School of Nursing, The Face of the Child marks the fourth annual Rita M. McGinley Symposium, which will be held Thursday, Oct. 24, and Friday, Oct. 25 in the Power Center Ballroom. Each year, the McGinley symposium provides a national, interdisciplinary forum that explores critical issues in health care practice and policy that makes social justice its unifying theme.

The Face of the Child will feature presentations and panel discussions covering a variety of topics, from the trauma of war and human trafficking to caring for youngsters with special needs.

In addition to Snyder, who will present Serving the Widow and the Orphan: The Gospel Mandate, other scheduled speakers will include:

  • Dr. Avek Howsepian, staff psychiatrist at the Veterans Administration Central California Health Care System, Trans-generational Trauma, Family Networks, and Childhood Casualties of War and Genocide;
  • Dr. Karen Cox, executive vice president and co-chief operating officer of Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Mo., Toxic Stress in Childhood: What the Science Tells Us
  • Dr. Tammy L. Hughes, professor and chair of counseling, psychology and special education in the Duquesne's School of Education, Access Services for Children in Schools.

Other panel and breakout sessions will cover topics including:

  • A Framework for Child Maltreatment Issues: Is Social Justice Enough?
  • Medical Assistance for Child Victims of Human Trafficking: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach
  • Supporting the Well-Being of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
  • The Impact of Loneliness on the Health of School Age Children
  • Literacy: A Public Health Issue.

Registration is required for The Face of the Child. Cost is $200 to attend both days, $150 for Thursday, $75 for Friday. Continuing education credits are available for nurses and other health care professionals.

For more information, visit www.duq.edu/social-justice, email nursing@duq.edu or call 412.396.6346.

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