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Barbara Elias-Perciful

Child Protection Connection & Texas Lawyers for Children
Dallas, TX

Barbara Elias-Perciful, Director of Texas Lawyers for Children and the Child Protection Connection™, is a past Chair of the Texas State Bar's Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. Barbara received the ABA’s 2009 Child Advocacy Award for extensive service in the child abuse field and the 2017 Fairy Davenport Rutland Award for Distinguished Service to Children and Families. Barbara took her first appointment to represent an abused child while practicing business litigation in 1993. After witnessing the disparity in legal services provided to corporations and those for abused children, she created an Online Legal Resource and Advocacy Center. TLC's Online Center received the 2010 Award for Excellence in Social Innovation from the Center for Nonprofit Management and received a national award from the Foundation for Improvement of Justice in 2014 for improving the justice system regarding child protection. The Online Center has been replicated in California, Alabama, Florida, and Maryland.