Juvenile Law Center Honors Advocates in the Field of Child Welfare

Shara Dae Howard, KYW News Radio •

Youth advocates were celebrated at the National Constitution Center as the future of the field.

The Juvenile Law Center's second annual Leadership Prize event honored leading children's rights advocates in the realm of child welfare and reform.

"Tonight's award winners are from all over the country, and we are honoring leading lights in the field of juvenile justice," said Katy Otto, director of communications.

Mayor Jim Kenney was in attendance to communicate the importance of their work.

"It's important that we continue to have a sensible criminal justice system that is actually just," he said, adding that preventative measures must be taken. "Diversion — it's keeping people out of the criminal justice in the first place — is the most important thing we can do."

About the Expert

Katy Otto joined Juvenile Law Center in 2016. With a background in communications, development and government relations, she is responsible for the organization’s overall messaging strategy and implementation. Prior to coming to Juvenile Law Center, Otto worked at a number of organizations dedicated to social justice issues – reproductive health and rights, sexual violence prevention, intimate partner violence, homelessness, and veterans’ issues. She has also worked with arts organizations as both a staff member, consultant, and board member. Otto has a BA in Journalism from the University of