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An article in the Arizona Republic, Saturday, July 11, focused on how to treat Arizona sex traffic victims.  To read the article, go to:

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2014/07/12/arizona-phoenix-dilemma-treat-sex-traffic-victims-streetlightusa/12563297/

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Five Children, fifty two adults recovered by Arizona’s FBI Operation Cross Country

A stated wide sting operation, part of the FBI’s Operation Cross Country recovered 5 children and 52 adults in Arizona.  The children were discovered in Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, Mesa, and Chandler.  Operation Cross Country is a nationwide effort to remove minors from the life of prostitution, while holding their exploiters criminally responsible.

The links below provide more information on Operation Cross Country in Arizona.

http://www.kpho.com/story/25856170/fbi-6-kids-rescued-in-phoenix-from-sex-traffickers

 

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2014/06/24/arizona-prostitution-sting-children-recovered-arrests/11299843

It was reported June 23, 2014 that the FBI rescued 168 victims of child sex trafficking last week as part of an annual nationwide crackdown. There were 281 pimps arrested during the same period of time on state and federal charges.

Follow the link below for more information on the nationwide crackdown as well as a story of one victim who escaped with the help of the FBI.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/fbi-168-kids-rescued-281-pimps-nabbed-in-sex-trafficking-crackdown/

 

http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2014/june/operation-cross-country/operation-cross-country

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LawForKids.org hosted our first statewide “Create A Law” Competition in celebration of Law Day 2014!!! Over 100 laws were submitted for consideration which brought in over 7,000 votes!!!  Congratulations to all classes and students who participated.  Below are the final results and competition winners for 2014.

Elementary Level

Cactus View Elementary School, Mrs. Pownall’s Class, 5th Grade

933 Votes – Law: Adrea's Law - There should be a day where it is Arizona Ice Cream Day. The date would be July 15th. This should be a law because the weather is so hot in Arizona, especially during the summer. Arizona could be the 1st state in the country to have an Ice Cream Day. People could get 1 free container of their favorite ice cream. People could get a coupon mailed or emailed to their house if they register to participate.

Middle School Level

Desert Mountain, 7th Grade Social Studies, 1st Hour

1,306 Votes – Law: Once a child turns sixteen, an app. is installed on his/her phone that will turn of texting capabilities when travelling at 15 mph or faster. Parents can control the app. if the child is in the car, and not driving. Rationale: This will stop teens from texting and driving.

High School Level

Mesa High School, We the People Class, 12th Grade

272 Votes – Law: Trespassing in non-residential areas shouldn't be an issue unless the trespasser is obstructing the peace, having suspicious behavior, loitering, or possessing illegal substances or objects.

The winning classrooms received a $250 Amazon.com giftcard to be utilized for their classroom as well as a $10 Target Giftcard for each student!!!

Below are all of the laws submitted:

Elementary Level

Cactus View Elementary School, Mrs. Pownall's Class, 5th Grade

  • Each elementary school should have at least one police officer. The police officer would lead the school's Bully Patrol Squad. There should also be a summer program sponsored by the Bully Patrol Squad called, “No one is alone.” If the school does not follow this law, there will be a $500.00 fine. “No one is alone” is about having kids come to school or a fun, safe place with other kids and being able to play.
  • The law we would like to see happen is that every school in Phoenix, Arizona should provide breakfast for every student. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Your brain needs the food to be healthy.Our brains need the food because we need energy to study and learn. Our school, Cactus View Elementary, does provide students with free breakfast and has since January 2014. We know from our own experience that having breakfast is helpful. It helps us not to worry about getting up early and having to eat at home. It helps us to have brain food so we can be focused and learn rather than thinking about how hungry we are at school in the morning. It helped us (the students) to focus especially during testing days, such as AIMS.
  • If you play tackle football, you will have to have an approved helmet (approved by the league). The player needs to put the warning sticker on their helmet which “says to others” that you the player will do one's best to be safe and not intentionally hurt others. This is meant to keep kids safer and I don't think there is anything like this yet for kid helmets. The sticker would look like the ones that are on the NFL helmets already.
  • The state food law - we think that Arizona and every other state should have their own state food. Arizona should have a day in October where customers get 50% off of that food that they purchase for the day. For example, the state votes on the choices of food for their state. Some examples might be what they are known for: sushi, noodles, or hamburgers. Then we pick a day of the month for the state food. It could be something they are known for. They can right reports about that or how they got there state food.
  • Adrea's Law - There should be a day where it is Arizona Ice Cream Day. The date would be July 15th. This should be a law because the weather is so hot in Arizona, especially during the summer. Arizona could be the 1st state in the country to have an Ice Cream Day. People could get 1 free container of their favorite ice cream. People could get a coupon mailed or emailed to their house if they register to participate.

Copper Basin K-8, Kranichs Social Studies Class, 5th Grade

  • All motor vehicles should come with a power down cell phone feature so people can only use cell phones in cases of emergencies.
  • All children should be given free swimming lessons to help prevent children from drowning and reduce the number of deaths of children that drown.
  • It should be a law that if children under the age of 12 are in a front seat of a moving vehicle, then the driver will receive a fine and have to attend a driver class. This will cut down on the injuries of children under the age of 12 in car accidents.
  • It should be against the law to allow people to own animals for the purpose of cage fighting. This is inhumane and the animals when in good homes are treated like family. How could anyone think this is okay? Anyone caught doing this should have to face fines and jail time.
  • We think it should be a law that our government system provide for homeless people a 3 week care package to include items like toiletries, food, clean clothing, and a warm place to sleep at night. Some people on the streets have nothing and while they may have other problems, no one should have to live without the main necessities of living.

Echo Mountain Intermediate School, Harrell's Room, 5th Grade

  • If a person breaks into another person's home or business, that said person should be able to protect themselves using any weapon they choose.
  • People must reach a certain maturity level to own a firearm or drink alcohol rather than be a certain age.
  • The average school week should be changed from 5 days to 3 1/2 days.
  • Nobody under the age of 21 should be allowed to do drugs OR smoke, unless prescribed by a doctor.
  • Students should be allowed to chew gum in school.

Kyrene de las Manitas, Briggs First Graders, 1st Grade

  • Do not hit nobody for nothing.
  • Only use a gun if you have a licence for it.
  • Do not take someones presents from their birthday party.
  • Do not mess up someones home.
  • Do not hurt or kill animals.

North Ranch Elementary, Preston's Peeps, 5th Grade

  • All schools in Arizona should have extra space for indoor recess/free time.
  • All school food should be healthy.
  • Kids need to have a longer recess or an extra recess that combined totals 40 minutes.
  • Kids 11 and over can work for an amount of money.
  • Children 12 and under should not have to pay tax when buying (a) product(s). Children don't have jobs normally and make money by allowance or gifts. Sometimes they can't buy something including tax. Kids might need a license to show their age for proof.

Papago Elementary, C102, 4th Grade

  • You may not leave home unless you are 18 years old.
  • You may not abuse drugs.
  • All kids must be educated.
  • No drinking or smoking near kids under 18.
  • All cigarette buds have to be in an ashtray safely.

Sousa, Mrs. Gielau's 5th Grade

  • Every student 4th grade and up should be given a tablet to conduct all their school studies on. This would improve student engagement and train them to function in the new world of technology.
  • Elementary schools should be required to have offer more special classes (such as simple mechanics, computers, social skills, crafts) in order to reach more students interests.
  • Schools should be required to offer a minimum of 45 minutes of physical education classes per day. This would encourage students to be healthier and more active.
  • The current smoking law should be modified so that it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to smoke cigarettes.

Sousa Elementary, Ms. Payne's 5th Grade Class

  • On Friday, May 2 room 23 has submitted a law stated that all garbage dumps can only hold 25% of recyclable items. Any dump found with more than 25% will be fined and receive a ticket and be ordered to remove those items.
  • We declare that once you turn 10 years old, you shall receive a $100 allowing kids to start their double-digit life as mature responsible preteens. If you turn 10 while on vacation or visiting family in another continent, you will still collect your money, as long as you send your birth certificate to the committee.
  • Students should be allowed to play all sports of any type at school because it get's kids active. Students should be allowed to have their choice. This will keep kids healthy.

Thomas A. Edison Elementary, Ms. Meissen's 6th grade

  • Kids shouldn't be separated from their parents at a crime scene.
  • Juveniles should never be allowed to waive their Miranda Rights.
  • All police interrogations of juveniles should be video-taped.
  • Lie detectors & voice detectors should not be used on juveniles. They are not accurate and sway police.
  • Police shouldn't be able to lie to juveniles during questioning.

Middle School Level

Arizona School for the Arts, Ms. Williams Period 1, 8th Grade

  • People must be deemed mentally stable before being able to purchase a gun.
  • Legalize same-sex marriage.
  • Require hands-free driving.
  • Companies must pay employees equal pay for equal work.
  • Remove SB1070.

Arizona School for the Arts, Ms. Williams Period 2, 8th Grade

  • Large public facilities and public transportation must utilize mostly sustainable energy to power their facilities.
  • Legalize same-sex marriage.
  • Mental stability evaluations in order to purchase a firearm.
  • No texting & driving.
  • More strict punishments for those convicted of abuse of a mentally ill person.

Arizona School for the Arts, Ms. Williams Period 4, 8th Grade

  • Legalize same-sex marriage.
  • Legalize doctor assisted euthanasia for terminally ill patients.
  • Ban smoking in the state of Arizona.
  • Require "hands free" driving.
  • Remove SB1070.

Arizona School for the Arts, Ms. Williams Period 5, 8th Grade

  • Texting while driving is illegal.
  • Higher pay for highly qualified teachers, with more rigorous curriculum requirements in public schools.
  • Same-sex marriage is legal.
  • Paths for legal citizenship for illegal aliens.
  • If a woman under 18 is raped, she does not need to seek parental consent for an abortion.

Desert Mountain, Seventh grade social studies-1st Hour, 7th Grade

  • Once a child turns sixteen, an app. is installed on his/her phone that will turn of texting capabilities when travelling at 15 mph or faster. Parents can control the app. if the child is in the car, and not driving. Rationale: This will stop teens from texting and driving.
  • The state of Arizona shall not allow bullying.
  • All students in Arizona shall receive a quality public education.
  • Employers in the state of Arizona shall conduct job interviews without seeing the candidate's appearance.
  • All animal shelters shall be no-kill shelters.

Desert Mountain, Seventh grade social studies-2nd Hour, 7th Grade

  • More funds shall be provided for public schools in the state of Arizona.
  • Same sex marriage should be made legal in the state of Arizona.
  • All cars should have mandatory breathalizers installed and used before drivers can operate the vehicle.
  • There should be a mandatory life sentence or capital punishment for offenders convicted of rape.
  • There should be a harsh, mandatory punishment for those convicted of murder.

Desert Mountain, Seventh grade social studies-6th Hour, 7th Grade

  • The state of Arizona shall honor a Child Appreciation Day.
  • Extra lanes shall be added to major roads that shall be used to go around traffic accidents without causing additional accidents.
  • Homeless people shall be given a chance start a productive life by being given temporary housing and a job.
  • There shall be a hefty fine for littering in the state of Arizona.
  • Victims of violent crimes shall be permitted to give input on the sentencing of their offenders.

Desert Mountain, Seventh grade social studies-7th Hour, 7th Grade

  • The state of Arizona shall spend the majority of its funding on public education.
  • The state of Arizona shall fund full-day kindergarten.
  • No animals shall be allowed to travel in open vehicles, such as pickup trucks.
  • Citizens shall be allowed to drive motorized vehicles on public land.
  • Children 12 and older should be allowed the opportunity to interview for jobs, and be hired if they are qualified.

Smith Jr. High, 7th Grade American History, 7th Grade

  • School Lunches should be fresh.
  • Cyberbullying should be illegal.
  • It is illegal to throw fruit at people.
  • Drugs for medical use only.
  • Animal abuse is illegal.

High School Level

BASIS Flagstaff, Intro to Law, 8th-12th Grade

  • Marriage Equality: Article 30, Section 1 of the Arizona Constitution is amended to read “A union of any two persons shall be valid and recognized in this state”; and Arizona Revised Statute 25-101, subsection C is deleted.
  • Cyberbullying: Purpose: to reduce the number of teenage suicides by enforcing a criminal sanction on cyberbullying. 2.1 Cyberbullying is malicious harassment or intimidation causing severe emotional distress and which is conducted via repeated electronic communications directed to a particular individual, including communications over the Internet and text messaging. 2.2 Cyberbullying must be reported to school officials and/or law enforcement by anyone who observes or has knowledge of cyberbullying occurring. School officials are required to report any incidents or reports of incidents of cyberbullying to law enforcement. School officials and law enforcement must conduct diligent investigations into all reports of cyberbullying, according to standards to be instituted by local authorities. 2.3 Cyberbullying shall be a misdemeanor criminal offense, except as provided in 2.4, below. 2.4 If it is proven that a victim takes his/her life due to daily emotional distress from cyberbullying by a particular individual cyberbully, a minimum sentence of 2 years in prison shall be imposed. 2.5 If an accused cyberbully is under 18 years of age, the bully must be tried and sentenced as a juvenile. 2.6 Any and all convicted cyberbullies must be ordered never to contact the victim electronically again.
  • Non-discrimination: Article 2, Section 36 of the Arizona Constitution is amended to add the following to subsection A, to the list of bases on which the state may not discriminate against an individual or group: "real or perceived sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs or associations, economic status."
  • Waiver of Court Filing Fees: The Arizona Code of Judicial Administration § 5-206, subsection F, concerning court filing fee waiver qualifications, is amended to add: If the applicant is able to produce sufficient reasons that they are unable to pay, in addition to demonstrating that they have exhausted all other means of obtaining substantial funds to pay the court fees, the presiding judge may grant a waiver if deemed appropriate.
  • Affirmative Consent Required for Sex: ARS 13-1401(5), defining "without consent" is amended to add "(e) The victim did not give a clear, unambiguous, verbal "yes." and "(f) At some point during the sexual act, the victim retracted his or her initial consent."

Benson High School, American Government 4, 12th Grade

  • Raise the age to 21 to be able to carry a handgun.
  • Use of cell phone and texting while driving illegal.
  • Lower the age for a driving permit to age 14.
  • Cap the price state universities can charge for tuition.
  • Require a permit to purchase a rifle or shotgun.

Benson High School, American Government 5, 12th Grade

  • Allow gay marriage in Arizona.
  • Lower the age of consumption to 18 years of age in Az.
  • Outlaw all abortions in Arizona.
  • E cigarettes should be allowed in public places in Az.
  • Change the ban on people under 18 buying white-out.

Mesa High School, We the People Class, 12th Grade

  • Screening of Family Background of Authority figures, to be used in a check of the individual's current views for Racism and Discrimination.
  • Revoking of Parental Rights for Divorced Parents who don't attempt constant communication with child on day by day basis.
  • Legalization of cutting down saguaro cacti if on private property.
  • Trespassing in non-residential areas shouldn't be an issue unless the trespasser is obstructing the peace, having suspicious behavior, loitering, or possessing illegal substances or objects.
  • It should be permitted for instructors to speak any language other than English in the classroom.

Prescott High School, Government Class, 12th Grade

  • Driving school is mandatory prior to getting a driver's license.
  • All high schools should be required to teach a class that has real world applications - math (taxes, budgeting, finances).
  • When under 16 and riding a bike on any major road, a helmet is required.
  • Marriage is allowed between any two citizens that are both consenting.
  • Minimum speed limits should be created on certain roads.

Salpointe Catholic High School, Intro to Law, 9-12th Grade

  • Intolerance Law
  • (ARS 2553): Cyberbullying Law for Minors
  • ANNUAL DRUG TEST AT UNKNOWN TIMES FOR WELFARE
  • 4-203.04
  • Guns and Firearms

Summit High School, Summit HS English 9/10, 9th Grade

  • Change SB1070 so that if illegal immigrants came to US as a child and earned a high school diploma, then they may remain or return to the USA.
  • Change the minimum wage in Arizona in towns/cities that have a higher cost of living compared to the state average. Increase the minimum wage to $10 per hour.
  • Animal cruelty offenses in AZ will include jail time.
  • Change the Arizona trespassing law so that if there is no "criminal mischief", then the trespasser will be given a warning rather than arrested.
  • In Arizona, foster home children who reach age 18 will not be released from the system until housing and job/further education/training are established.

Westwood, ECON Period FIVE, 12th Grade

  • Give parents tax credits if their children are receiving good grades in the four major academic areas: English, Math, Science and Social Studies.
  • Reduce crime by reducing laws. Students did not specify but discussed eliminating a certain number of laws for every new law or just reducing them by a certain number every year or political term.
  • Make college more affordable for everyone.
  • Make marijuana legal for recreational purposes.
  • Students have the right to drop out after eleventh grade.

Westwood, ECON Period SIX, 12th Grade

  • Students should have alternatives to standardized tests as graduate requirements. Students were concerned that there are students that fail to graduate because they cannot test well but are smart at other things and felt test scores are not the only scores that should count.
  • School lunches should be healthier and taste better. Quality food is limited at the schools and students should have better and more healthier alternatives.
  • Interstate check points and police should not have the right to be selective when questioning and asking for proof of citizenship.
  • Schools can save costs by giving students options to test out of required courses. Students that pass these tests can either be placed in more challenging courses or let students opt for early graduation.
  • Teens must have a work permit from their schools to have a part-time job. Schools will have some options but grades are a critical part of the minimum requirements.


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On Saturday, March 22, 2014 sixteen high school teams competed at the Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Courthouse in Phoenix, Arizona. University High School Team 4 took first place and will be going to the National Mock Trial Tournament held this year in Madison, Wisconsin. Brophy Team 3 took second place in the tournament followed by St. Gregory and Xavier Team 2 in fourth place.

 

To see pictures or to learn more about Mock Trial please click here.

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