Exploitation of Youth & Families: Perspectives on Unregulated Residential Treatment – On August 10, 2006, the American Psychological Association issued a statement reaffirming its unequivocal position against torture and abuse. APA President Gerald P. Koocher, Ph.D., stated, “Our intention is to empower and encourage members to do everything they can to prevent violations of basic human rights – at Guantanamo Bay or anywhere else they may occur. It is not enough for us to express outrage or to codify acceptable practices. As psychologists, we must use every means at our disposal to prevent abuse and other forms of cruel or degrading treatment