Know Your Rights

Learn about the civil rights of children in residential treatment centers (RTCs), including psychiatric residential treatment facilities (PRTFs).

Presented by Joonu Coste, Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by an anonymous donor, to Breaking Code Silence. Breaking Code Silence is a social movement organized by survivors of institutional child abuse and activists to raise awareness of the problems in the Troubled Teen Industry, and the need for reform.

Children’s Rights in RTCs

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You can also learn more about the P&A system in this video Ms. Coste references. Additionally, find out more information on Protecting the Rights of Children and Teens in 24 Hour Facilities .

Bring NC Kids Home

DRNC launched the Bring NC Kids Home in January 2021, to redouble efforts to end abuse in some PRTFs. Visit the campaign page to learn more and to sign up for news and alerts.