About Us

In order to address the national crisis of the exposure of America's children to violence, Attorney General Eric Holder launched a groundbreaking Defending Childhood Initiative. An historic effort, the Defending Childhood Initiative focuses on promoting safe and thriving communities by raising awareness and providing families with the essential services they need to break the cycle of violence. Prevention, intervention, treatment and community organizing strategies will be integrated to provide a comprehensive continuum of care to children and teens, ages 0 through 18.

In 2010 and 2011, DOJ awarded grants to eight cities and tribal communities to develop community-wide solutions:

  • Boston, MA
  • Cuyahoga County, OH
  • City of Grand Forks, ND
  • Multonomah County, OR
  • City of Portland, ME
  • Rocky Boy Reservation, MT
  • Rosebud Sioux Tribe, SD
  • Shelby County, TN

Portland Defending Childhood PSA from Barrett Wilkinson on Vimeo.

Aurora Smaldone, J.D.
Project Coordinator, Portland Defending Childhood
Maine Behavioral Healthcare
165 Lancaster Street
Portland, Maine 04101
(207) 661-6504 ext. 334

Barrett Wilkinson, MPP
Prevention Coordinator
City of Portland,
Public Health Division
Rebecca Brown, LCSW
Clinical Coordinator
Maine Behavioral Healthcare
Dory Hacker, LCSW
Outreach Coordinator/Clinician
Maine Behavioral Healthcare

Collaborative Partners