March 07, 2013
Juvenile Law Center submitted a letter to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on the human rights implications of imprisoning children in adult facilities in the United States. The IACHR, a regional body that ensures compliance with regional standards and international corpus juris (or "body of law"), will hold a hearing on this issue on March 11.
Our letter argues that children should not be incarcerated in adult facilities for the following reasons.
March 05, 2013
Juvenile Law Center, with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and in collaboration with Open Society Foundations, Pennsylvania Academic and Career/Technical Training Alliance, Racial Justice Initiative, and Robert F. Kennedy Juvenile Justice Collaborative, is convening regional meetings in cities including Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and Atlanta to discuss the quality of education for youth in facilities. Leaders in education and juvenile justice from each region will strive to identify promising and effective strategies for improving the quality of education for youth in the juvenile justice system.
February 04, 2013
On January 28-29, Juvenile Law Center hosted "Trauma and Resilience: A New Look at Legal Advocacy for Youth in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems." More than 35 national experts from the legal, mental health, and public health fields gathered to discuss the effects of trauma—particularly stemming from violence, both on a personal level and within economically disadvantaged communities—on youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.