Congress Can’t Even Study Gun Violence Unless It Changes The Law
By Dr. Lyndon Haviland
September 7, 2019
Earlier this year, the House Appropriations Committee passed a spending bill allocating $50 million to study the impact of gun violence in America. It had nothing to do with expanding background checks, eliminating bump stocks, increasing waiting periods, or revisiting the ban on assault weapons. It was simply intended to give the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) each $25 million to study the issue and identify ways to prevent gun deaths in America.
One would think even in today’s deeply divided political environment that Democrats and Republications would agree on funding government research to understand why gun violence is on the rise in America. But the funding set aside in the House bill to conduct it has little chance of gaining any support in the Senate, due a little-known law called the “Dickey Amendment.”
Children at southern border are facing a public health crisis
By Dr. Lyndon Haviland
June 17, 2019
The public health crisis facing migrant children at the southern U.S. border is at a boiling point. Detained kids are sleeping on concrete benches because the government is running out of room, and out of money. Thousands have been sexually abused. And six have died in U.S. custody over the past eight months alone.
What parents can learn from the Boy Scouts sexual abuse crisis
An excerpt from my recent op-ed in The Seattle Times:
“The recent legal settlement resolving decades-old child sexual abuse claims against the Boy Scouts of America by a Snohomish County man brings to light an important issue that too often is ignored or swept aside. It should be a clarion call to parents in Seattle and around the country, especially now as they start their search to identify summer camps for their kids: Ask the right questions of prospective youth serving organizations ahead of time to protect your child’s safety.”
Nielsen resignation doesn’t change fact that sexual abuse at the border is a real emergency
An excerpt from my recent op-ed in the USA Today:
The abrupt resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen reignited the debate over President Donald Trump’s border policies and his pledge to build a wall. But what continues to be lost in the national conversation on illegal immigration is the crisis involving the abuse of children while in U.S. “care” at the Mexico boundary.
Migrant Health Doctoral Fellowship Established by Lyndon Haviland at CUNY SPH
Dr. Haviland recently awarded the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) “its first named and endowed doctoral fellowship.” The Lyndon Haviland Fellowship “will provide one incoming doctoral student the opportunity to develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills in addressing migrant health issues through public health policies and strategies, while learning from and collaborating with Dr. Haviland, an internationally recognized global public health expert and a passionate advocate for refugees, immigrants, and young people. … ” See link below for the full text of the CUNY SPH announcement.
Our health depends on the passage of an achievable Green New Deal
By Dr. Lyndon Haviland
The Green New Deal is all the rage in Congress, capturing our imaginations about new jobs, new industries and a cleaner energy future for the nation.
But the only way any deal will get done is if lawmakers don’t lose sight of the serious human health consequences of inaction. They must work together, show leadership and pass a realistic plan that may not please everyone, but will put our nation on a constructive path toward addressing the increasing health threat posed by climate change.
Ending sex trafficking tomorrow requires preventing child abuse today
Below is an excerpt from my op-ed that appeared today in TheHill.com:
“Congress and Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), in particular, want to make it easier to go after human traffickers who engage in illegal activities online using the ‘ruthless efficiency of the internet.’ Sen. Portman is rightfully addressing the current crisis of online sex trafficking, and that’s an important move in the right direction. But until we address the root cause, the legislation signed into law Wednesday is simply a small step in protecting women and children. … To cauterize it, we must establish a culture of prevention to disrupt the cycle of abuse and exploitation. And it’s our responsibility to do it.”
To read the entire piece, please click the link below:
Darkness to Light Board Member Lyndon Haviland on the Organization’s Recommitment to Their Roots in Charleston
Darkness to Light, now in its 17th year, is dedicated to ending childhood sexual abuse. Lyndon Haviland, former interim CEO and the new CEO, Katelyn Brewer sat down with the Charleston Post & Courier to discuss their mission. Read excerpts from the interview here:
Lyndon Named a Forest Trends Fellow & Travels to the Peruvian Amazon
On behalf of Forest Trends (www.forest-trends.org ), Lyndon recently joined a group of conservationists, chefs, journalists, public health experts, and entrepreneurs on a trip to the Peruvian Amazon.
The purpose of the trip was to explore how sustainable gastronomy could contribute to conserving the cultural and natural diversity of the area. As the leading public health expert on the trip, Lyndon advocated for innovative solutions to meeting the nutritional needs of Amazonian residents in a region where food scarcity and malnutrition abound.
Read more about the trip and see pictures in National Geographic Online: