Pamela Lachman

Pamela Lachman

MPP 2016
Pamela Lachman

Independent Research
Cambridge, MA

Pamela Lachman is evaluating recent legislation passed by the Kentucky General Assembly that gave the state’s child welfare agency (DCBS) the responsibility of investigating and addressing the needs of commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC). Her research explores why the legislature decided to pass House Bill 3 (HB 3), why DCBS was given responsibility for CSEC cases, what the successes and challenges with implementing this law have been, and important considerations for state legislatures considering adopting similar policies. Pamela is conducting interviews with key staff members in the state’s child welfare agency, juvenile court system, and juvenile justice agency, as well as service providers, family and district court judges, prosecutors, school leaders, victim advocates who work with the CSEC population in Kentucky, and other stakeholders who were involved in the development of HB 3.