A Special Conversation: Fighting against the Troubled Teen Industry. We'll be talking with Chelsea Maldonado and Robert Bucklin about what is it like being inside a troubled teen facility and what they are doing to save others from the trauma they endured.
Chelsea Maldonado is an Atlanta-based activist and investigative researcher with a focus on youth rights and criminal justice reform. She is a survivor of the so-called "Troubled Teen Industry," having attended the notorious WWASPS' program, Tranquility Bay, in 2001. Chelsea has used her lived experience to inform her activism while participating in a variety of anti-TTI organizations and initiatives. Her research has been utilized by Salon, HuffPo, Business Insider, The New York Times, Reason, NBC, Warner Brothers, I Heart Media and a variety of independent outlets. She is currently working on Season 2 of Trapped in Treatment podcast.
Robert Bucklin is an Agape Boarding School Survivor who is working tirelessly to shut down the facility. Robert is a healthcare worker and a campaign member with We Warned Them. The We Warned Them Campaign is a progressive grassroots movement that's calling on local, state, and federal officials to take immediate action to end the "troubled" teen industry's (TTI) habitual malpractices and unsafe treatment on at-risk youth in residential care.Support the show