"The people we are talking about are more than an acronym. They are more than a legal definition. They are children," said Essey Workie, regional director for HHS's Administration for Children and Families.
"Children are witnessing their mothers being murdered. Children are being raped. Children are being threatened left and right," she said. "I think it is important we keep at the center of our minds who we are talking about — children who have really suffered already."