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Inspiring Women Interview with Lara B. Sharp

Anj Handa is the Founder of Inspiring Women Changemakers. She teaches women how to speak up: for themselves, for others and for social issues. Recently she interviewed Lara B. Sharp, a writer and contributor to Surviving Foster Care. With permission we have republished most of the original interview found at Inspiring Women Changemakers

Anj: What prompted you to start sharing your experiences?

Lara: I’m writing a memoir about my childhood called ‘Do the Hustle’. I grew up in NYC, with an extremely eccentric, but oddly feminist mother, who had a drink and drugs problem. She also suffered from mental illness.
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With help of D.E.A., foster children increase odds of going to prison.

The US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is now “funneling” information on suspected drug dealers and insiders to local authorities in secret. Not that you thought any differently, nor that any of us want to let the “dealers” off the hook. (Source)

The problem with this is hard to understate:

“The undated documents show that federal agents are trained to “recreate” the investigative trail to effectively cover up where the information originated, a practice that some experts say violates a defendant’s Constitutional right to a fair trial. If defendants don’t know how an investigation began, they cannot know to ask to review potential sources of exculpatory evidence – information that could reveal entrapment, mistakes or biased witnesses.

So, in an effort to convict and incarcerate suspected drug dealer and such, the DEA is gathering intel, packaging it, handing it to local authorities and then in an effort to avoid judicial review of the actual collection of data, re-creating the collection trail in such a way as to hide the origin of its data.

What does this have to do with Foster Care? Let’s review our pretty picture of stats:
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