Protecting Youth from Institutional Abuse (PYIA) - Los Angeles LGBT Center

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Protecting Youth from Institutional Abuse (PYIA)

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I was looking for peace. I found the Center and have never left.

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We’re working to protect LGBTQ youth from abuse in residential “treatment” programs.

In response to reports of abuse from thousands of youth, and the reported deaths of hundreds of young people, the Los Angeles LGBT Center joined Survivors of Institutional Abuse (SIA) in 2015 to launch the national Protect Youth from Institutional Abuse campaign to regulate the industry of residential programs that claim to help “troubled” youth, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.

The ongoing campaign has helped shine a spotlight on the abuses of these programs and has resulted in pending regulatory legislation in California, introduced by state Senator Ricardo Lara, and bi-partisan federal legislation introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

Please sign the campaign petition and visit the PYIA campaign site to learn more.

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