ABA Midyear Meeting

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The needs of homeless youth were addressed in resolutions passed by the ABA House of Delegates on Monday.

The ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty sponsored two resolutions at the 2018 ABA Midyear Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Resolution 113 calls for “integrated, systemic approaches within administrative, civil and criminal court contexts to address the special needs of youth and young adults experiencing homelessness.” The measure was passed overwhelmingly.

Meeting the legal needs of homeless youth is one of ABA President Hilarie Bass’ priorities for her year in office. Programming about the issue was offered at the meeting, including a trip last Friday to a homeless shelter in Vancouver.

The second measure, Resolution 301, was also sponsored by the ABA Section of Litigation, and asked the ABA House of Delegates to endorse the General Comment No. 21 on Children in Street Situations issued in June 2017 by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.

The resolution was overwhelmingly passed, with no one speaking in opposition. The delegates applauded after the vote.