- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris is urging counties to focus more attention on crimes against children.

In a letter Thursday to elected and appointed county leaders, Harris outlined her new Bureau of Children’s Justice.

The bureau will look for crimes against children, including human trafficking; in the foster care, adoption, and juvenile justice systems; and for discrimination and inequities in education.

It will also attempt to deter elementary school truancy, which Harris emphasized in her first four years in office.

Harris’ letter says counties also have a responsibility to protect children’s rights and safety. She’s encouraging county leaders to review their own enforcement and oversight practices.

The Democratic attorney general is running for U.S. Senate. She announced last month that she would form the bureau.

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