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The Blue Ribbon Project

Privacy policy

  1. 1. Introduction

1.1     We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of our website visitors; in this policy we explain how we will treat your personal information.

1.2     We will ask you to consent to our use of cookies in accordance with the terms of this policy when you first visit our website. / By using our website and agreeing to this policy, you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with the terms of this policy.

  1. 2. Collecting personal information

2.1     We may collect, store and use the following kinds of personal information:

(a)      information about your computer and about your visits to and use of this website (including your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths);

(b)      information that you provide to us when registering with our website (including your name and email address);

(c)      information that you provide when completing your profile on our website (including your name and email address);

(d)      information that you provide to us for the purpose of subscribing to our email notifications and/or newsletters (including your name and email address);

(e)      information that you provide to us when using the services on our website, or that is generated in the course of the use of those services (including the timing, frequency and pattern of service use;

(f)      information relating to any transactions that you enter into through our website (including your name, address, telephone number, email address and card details;

(g)      information that you post to our website for publication on the internet (including your user name, email address, biography, website address);

(h)      information contained in or relating to any communications that you send to us or send through our website (including the communication content and meta data associated with the communication);

(i)       any other personal information that you choose to send to us;

2.2     Before you disclose to us the personal information of another person, you must obtain that person's consent to both the disclosure and the processing of that personal information in accordance with this policy.

  1. 3. Using your personal information

3.1     Personal information submitted to us through our website will be used for the purposes specified in this policy or on the relevant pages of the website.

3.2     We may use your personal information to:

(a)      administer our website and business;

(b)      personalise our website for you;

(c)      send you non-marketing commercial communications;

(d)      send you email notifications that you have specifically requested;

(e)      send you our email newsletter, if you have requested it (you can inform us at any time if you no longer require the newsletter);

(f)      send you marketing communications relating to our business or the businesses of carefully-selected third parties which we think may be of interest to you, by post or, where you have specifically agreed to this, by email or similar technology (you can inform us at any time if you no longer require marketing communications);

(g)      provide third parties with statistical information about our users (but those third parties will not be able to identify any individual user from that information);

(h)      deal with enquiries and complaints made by or about you relating to our website;

(i)       keep our website secure and prevent fraud;

(j)      verify compliance with the terms and conditions governing the use of our website (including monitoring private messages sent through our website private messaging service); and

(k)      company records of donations.

3.3     If you submit personal information for publication on our website, we will publish and otherwise use that information in accordance with the licence you grant to us.

3.4     We will not, without your express consent, supply your personal information to any third party for the purpose of their or any other third party's direct marketing.

3.5     All our website financial transactions are handled through our payment services provider, PayPal. You can review the provider's privacy policy at https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/ua/privacy-full. We will share information with our payment services provider only to the extent necessary for the purposes of processing payments you make via our website, refunding such payments and dealing with complaints and queries relating to such payments and refunds.

  1. 4. Disclosing personal information

4.1     We may disclose your personal information to any of our employees, officers, insurers, professional advisers, agents, suppliers or subcontractors insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this policy.

4.2     We may disclose your personal information:

(a)      to the extent that we are required to do so by law;

(b)      in connection with any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings;

(c)      in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk);

(d)      to the purchaser (or prospective purchaser) of any business or asset that we are (or are contemplating) selling; and

(e)      to any person who we reasonably believe may apply to a court or other competent authority for disclosure of that personal information where, in our reasonable opinion, such court or authority would be reasonably likely to order disclosure of that personal information.

4.4     Except as provided in this policy, we will not provide your personal information to third parties.

  1. 5. International data transfers

5.1     Personal information that you publish on our website or submit for publication on our website may be available, via the internet, around the world. We cannot prevent the use or misuse of such information by others.

5.2     You expressly agree to the transfers of personal information described in this Section 5.

  1. 6. Retaining personal information

6.1     This Section 6 sets out our data retention policies and procedure, which are designed to help ensure that we comply with our legal obligations in relation to the retention and deletion of personal information.

6.2     Personal information that we process for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.

6.3     Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Section 6, we will retain documents (including electronic documents) containing personal data:

(a)      to the extent that we are required to do so by law;

(b)      if we believe that the documents may be relevant to any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings; and

(c)      in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk).

  1. 7. Security of your personal information

7.1     We will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information.

7.2     We will store all the personal information you provide on our secure (password- and firewall-protected) servers.

7.3     You acknowledge that the transmission of information over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the internet.

7.4     You are responsible for keeping the password you use for accessing our website confidential; we will not ask you for your password (except when you log in to our website).

  1. 8. Amendments

8.1     We may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version on our website.

8.2     You should check this page occasionally to ensure you are happy with any changes to this policy.

8.3     We may notify you of changes to this policy by email or through the private messaging system on our website.

  1. 9. Your rights

9.1     You may instruct us to provide you with any personal information we hold about you.

9.2     We may withhold personal information that you request to the extent permitted by law.

9.3     You may instruct us at any time not to process your personal information for marketing purposes.

9.4     In practice, you will usually either expressly agree in advance to our use of your personal information for marketing purposes, or we will provide you with an opportunity to opt out of the use of your personal information for marketing purposes.

  1. 10. Third party websites

10.1    Our website includes hyperlinks to, and details of, third party websites.

10.2    We have no control over, and are not responsible for, the privacy policies and practices of third parties.

  1. 11. Updating information

11.1    Please let us know if the personal information that we hold about you needs to be corrected or updated.

  1. 12. Cookies

12.1    Our website uses cookies.

12.2    A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.

12.3    Cookies may be either "persistent" cookies or "session" cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.

12.4    Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

12.5    We use both session and persistent cookies on our website.

12.6    The names of the cookies that we use on our website, and the purposes for which they are used, are set out below:

(a)      we use both session and persistent cookies on our website to recognise a computer when a user visits the website / track users as they navigate the website / improve the website's usability / analyse the use of the website / administer the website / prevent fraud and improve the security of the website / personalise the website for each user / target advertisements which may be of particular interest to specific users;

12.7    Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies; for example:

(a)      in Internet Explorer (version 10) you can block cookies using the cookie handling override settings available by clicking "Tools", "Internet Options", "Privacy" and then "Advanced";

(b)      in Firefox (version 24) you can block all cookies by clicking "Tools", "Options", "Privacy", selecting "Use custom settings for history" from the drop-down menu, and unticking "Accept cookies from sites"; and

(c)      in Chrome (version 29), you can block all cookies by accessing the "Customise and control" menu, and clicking "Settings", "Show advanced settings" and "Content settings", and then selecting "Block sites from setting any data" under the "Cookies" heading.

12.8    Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.

12.9    If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.

12.10  You can delete cookies already stored on your computer; for example:

(a)      in Internet Explorer (version 10), you must manually delete cookie files (you can find instructions for doing so at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278835);

(b)      in Firefox (version 24), you can delete cookies by clicking "Tools", "Options" and "Privacy", then selecting "Use custom settings for history", clicking "Show Cookies", and then clicking "Remove All Cookies"; and

(c)      in Chrome (version 29), you can delete all cookies by accessing the "Customise and control" menu, and clicking "Settings", "Show advanced settings" and "Clear browsing data", and then selecting "Delete cookies and other site and plug-in data" before clicking "Clear browsing data".

12.11  Deleting cookies will have a negative impact on the usability of many websites.

  1. 13. Our details

13.1      This website is owned and operated by The Blue Ribbon Project, Inc.

13.2    We are registered in Maryland under registration number number, and our registered office is at

              The Blue Ribbon Project

              P.O. Box 4412

              Annapolis, MD  21403

13.3    Our principal place of business is at

              The Blue Ribbon Project

              P.O. Box 4412

              Annapolis, MD  21403

13.4    You can contact us by writing to the business address given above, by using our website contact form, or by telephone on 1-800-757-8120.

 

DENTON — An Easton woman has been charged with child abuse after allegedly leaving an 18-month-old child along state Route 328 near Denton, state police said.

82E6A743 EE78 433E 8D84 9BBAA4E717C3Elizabeth Newnam, 29, of 29416 Petunia Drive, is charged with second-degree child abuse, neglect of a minor, reckless endangerment, second-degree assault, disorderly conduct and driving under the influence.

Read the full story at Times-Record (MD Eastern Shore)

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Anne Colt Leitess announced today that Arthur Antonio Wiggins, 46, was found guilty of sex abuse of a minor by an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court jury.

Grants Awarded to Improve Child Abuse and Neglect Investigations 
Grants are Part of Federal Children’s Justice Act Funds

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) today announced more than $250,000 in funding from the federal Children’s Justice Act (CJAC) grant program. Funding is awarded to organizations and law enforcement agencies to improve the  investigation, prosecution, and judicial handling of cases of child abuse and neglect, particularly child sexual abuse and exploitation.

“These grants have a tremendous impact in our communities,” said V. Glenn Fueston, Jr., GOCCP Executive Director. “This funding can assist with training or other administrative costs, allowing awardees to focus their funds in more strategic ways to protect children from abuse and neglect.”  

Grants were awarded to the following entities:

  • Anne Arundel County Police Department - $2,143
  • Baltimore Child Abuse Center, Inc. - $4,715
  • Baltimore County Department of Social Services - $3,135
  • Caroline County Department of Social Services - $3,520
  • Carroll County Sheriff's Office - $2,016
  • Center for Children, Inc. - $5,137
  • Community Advocates for Family & Youth - $31,668
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate of Allegany County, Inc. - $23,387
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate Program of Baltimore, Inc. - $17,820
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate of Caroline, Inc. - $7,098
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate of Harford County, Inc. - $7,098
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate of Montgomery County, Inc.- $10,000
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate of Prince George's County, Inc.- $17,778
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates of Washington County, Inc. - $1,980
  • Howard County Police Department - $6,728
  • Maryland CASA Association, Inc. - $18,425
  • Maryland Children's Alliance- $12,000
  • Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services - $71,696
  • Talbot County Department of Social Services - $3,842
  • The Tree House Child Advocacy Center of Montgomery County MD Inc. - $3,088
  • University of Maryland Baltimore - $23,223

This is the 14th year of the grant. Since the program began in 2004, more than $3 million has been awarded from the program.

Information about the federal CJAC program may be found https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/resource/childrens-justice-act&source=gmail&ust=1543340830476000&usg=AFQjCNECqtr3D8h0ZUZC4qev06Fu5exB2w Information about the state program may be found http://goccp.maryland.gov/grants/programs/cjac/%23documents&source=gmail&ust=1543340830476000&usg=AFQjCNFmHynf6NSQ41xT_Z89K11Qai0S0g.  

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catholic follow upThe explosive report about sexual abuse by Catholic priests unveiled by a Pennsylvania grand jury in August has set off an unprecedented wave of investigations over the last several months, with attorneys general in 14 states and the District of Columbia announcing probes and demanding documents from Catholic officials. Those efforts have been joined by a federal investigation out of Philadelphia that may become national in scope.

The swift and sweeping response by civil authorities contrasts sharply with the Vatican’s comparatively glacial pace. While some U.S. dioceses have published lists of priests they say have been credibly accused of sexual abuse and two cardinals have been ousted, the Vatican this month put on hold a vote by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on measures to hold bishops more accountable until after a global synod in early 2019. In the meantime, Rome has done little to address the crisis.

“The Catholic Church has proven that it cannot police itself,” said Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D), whose state is among those investigating. “And civil authorities can’t let the church hide child sexual abuse allegations as personnel matters. They’re crimes. We need a full accounting of the church.”

The new investigations are taking place in a very different climate than existed in 2002, when the Boston Globe exposed decades of abuse and coverups in that city. Many lay Catholics have lost faith in the church’s ability to right itself and are pushing for civil authorities to hold high-ranking church officials accountable. There’s also a greater willingness by law enforcement to do battle with a church that has become a far less formidable local presence. And the graphic grand jury report has spurred widespread public outrage.

However, hope for action won’t be satisfied quickly. Following an initial flurry of news conferences and calls to hotlines set up for the public to report abuse, there is likely to be an extended period of silence while prosecutors gather evidence.

Read The Full Story in the Washington Post

Erin Cole was six months old when her parents divorced caused her life to spiral out of control. Read on to learn how she not only overcame years of abuse and trauma but also used her troubled past to fuel her dreams.

jessup sex abuseAn Upper Marlboro man who coached at a Jessup sports center was accused Tuesday of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl in Howard and Anne Arundel counties, according to police.

Marc Stephen Moore Jr., 46, has been charged by Anne Arundel County police with multiple counts of sex abuse of a minor, solicitation of a minor, fourth-degree sex offenses and distribution and possession of child pornography. Moore faces similar charges in Howard County.

Police in Howard County said they got a report from the girl, who claimed she had been sexually abused by Moore at the Maryland Junior Sports Center in Jessup, where police said he was a volleyball coach.

READ THE FULL STORY IN CAPITAL GAZETTE

 

For Immediate Release
2018-029
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 9:00am

“Backpacks of Love” to Assist Victims of Child Abuse and Neglect

During the month of February, Charles County Government, in partnership with the La Plata Police Department, is supporting The Blue Ribbon Project’s Backpacks of Love program with several Charles County drop-off locations. The Backpacks of Love program supports victims of child abuse and neglect by providing children with a backpack of essential necessities to assist them the first 24 to 48 hours when they enter foster care at a moment’s notice. 

Backpacks are filled with age and gender specific items. If you are interested in building a backpack to donate or donating individual items, visit www.blueribbonproject.org/how-to-help/build-a-backpack-of-love.html for a full list of items. 

County drop-off locations:
Charles County Government (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata)
Mattawoman Utilities Office (5310 Hawthorne Road, La Plata) 
Department of Public Works/ Department of Emergency Services (10430 Audie Lane, La Plata)
Department of Community Services (8190 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco)
La Plata Police Department (101 La Grange Avenue, La Plata)

Those who would like to support the Backpacks of Love program with monetary donations, visit www.blueribbonproject.org/how-to-help/donate.html to learn more. If you would like to donate items from the comfort of your home, visit www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2QNS0JI0VESCX. For more information about The Blue Ribbon Project, visit www.blueribbonproject.org

Source: Capital Gazette Annapolis, MD

Aziah is one of the lucky ones.

The 11-year-old who spent the last six years in 11 foster homes will share Christmas morning with his new family — his forever family that adopted him last month.

He is one of nine siblings placed in foster care to remove them from a neglectful and abusive home. He was adopted Nov. 16, National Adoption Day, along with 11 other children in ceremonies at the county courthouse.

christmas photoBut now Aziah has found a safe grounding place.

“I feel excited, not having to move again. I hated moving,” the sixth-grader said. “ ’Tis the season to be jolly … I am happy.”

“It has been a journey, but we made it … Happily ever after,” he said, singing the last part.

The “we” means not only his family — mom and dad, Wendy and Chris Newcomb, and a baby sister the couple is adopting as well — but a team from Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services, counselors and his court-appointed special advocate case worker, Caryn Weaver.

There were still 142 children in foster care in the county at the end of November, nearly half the number of children who were in the foster system in 2005 when numbers peaked at 266.

A statewide effort to reduce the number of children in foster care, Place Matters, launched in 2007. The lives of children caught up in the foster system — bouncing from home to home, changing schools, social workers and families — become more chaotic the longer they are in the system.

Foster care and other rules preclude the Newcombs or anyone else from providing details about the environment from which Aziah was saved. One would only say it was heartbreaking..

See The Full Story about Aziah and his family in The Capital Gazette Newspaper

A former Bible study instructor at an Annapolis church was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing a child.

Erick Ernesto Granados-Zeledon, 39, of Edgewater, was arrested in June and charged with sex abuse of a minor and several related crimes. A 10-year-old child told investigators that Granados-Zeledon sexually abused him.

On Tuesday, Circuit Court Judge Michael Wachs sentenced him to 10 years in prison with five years probation. Granados-Zeledon is required to register as a tier three sex offender for the rest of his life and has been barred from any unsupervised contact with minors.

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