Professor Cynthia Godsoe, an expert on criminal law and juvenile justice, commented to TIME questioning the strategy of the Los Angeles Unified School District in the case of an imprisoned middle school teacher who had a sexual relationship with a student. Specifically, Professor Godsoe questioned the wisdom of the School District's argument that the student invited the relationship.
In a new Huffington Post op-ed, Prof. Cynthia Godsoe sheds light on victims of sexual exploitation – specifically, the 100,000 children sold for sex in the U.S., many of whom are later prosecuted and jailed. “Children depicted in pornography…. have suffered terribly,” she writes. “But so have the thousands of young people who are sold for sex on websites and dark streets. All these children deserve recognition and restitution as the victims they are.”
With so much focus on same-sex marriage, we're paying little attention to the placement of children with gay and lesbian parents, argues Professor Cynthia Godsoe in a new Huffington Post op-ed.
In a recent op-ed for the National Law Journal, Professor Cynthia Godsoe criticizes a new bill in Wisconsin that attempts to criminalize “nonmarital parenthood” as child abuse and neglect. She argues that it is not single parent families that create instances of abuse and neglect, but the nation’s rising poverty rates that make it difficult for parents who lack the resources to properly care for their children.
Professor Cynthia Godsoe’s recent op-ed in The National Law Journal discusses J.D.B. v. North Carolina, for which the Supreme Court has just heard arguments. The case concerns the circumstances under which young people are considered to be in legal custody and therefore entitled to Miranda warnings. Citing the neurological immaturity and lack of life experience of those under 18-years-old, Professor Godsoe asserts, “Children are not miniadults. The Court should recognize this and require police to act accordingly.”
Professor Cynthia Godsoe recently published an op-ed about family-focused legislation in New York State in the National Law Journal. The article discussed a newly passed amendment to the Family Court Act which would restore the rights of certain parents whose parental rights have been terminated, but who have been deemed “rehabilitated.”
Professor Cynthia Godsoe’s op-ed in the National Law Journal applauded the enactment of New York’s Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth Act. The act aligns state criminal laws with federal by granting underage prostitutes the services they need while punishing the true offenders, those who patronize and pimp out the juveniles.