Labeled for Life: A Review of Youth Sex Offender Registration Laws

Malik Pickett, Emily Satifka, and Riya Saha Shah with Vic Wiener,
shadow of young man looking out window.

Over 200,000 children in 39 states are placed on sex offender registries for juvenile adjudications of sexual offenses. Each state’s laws impose different restrictions on individuals labeled as sex offenders and the consequences of being placed on a registry of sexual offenders are devastating. This report outlines every state’s laws on youth sex offender registration and provides a roadmap for legislative reform to end this harmful practice.

About the Expert
Riya leads the organization’s work on juvenile record confidentiality and expungement. She has written extensively on collateral consequences, expungement, and the right to counsel, and was instrumental in Pennsylvania’s successful challenge to the imposition of harsh registration laws for youth charged with sexual offenses.
Emily Satifka was selected as the 18th Zubrow Fellow. Her work is focused on the abolition of the juvenile sex offender registry and unconstitutional conditions of confinement. She is motivated by a commitment to challenge all dehumanizing systems. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine School of Law where she was a Public Service Scholarship recipient, an editor of the UC Irvine Law Review, and a finalist in the Experian/Jones Day Moot Court Competition. She graduated with Pro Bono High Honors, having completed over 350 hours of pro bono work, and was a recipient of the graduate Legacy Award.
Malik Pickett is a staff attorney at Juvenile Law Center who joined the organization in 2020. He advocates for the rights of youth in the juvenile justice system through litigation, amicus and policy advocacy efforts. Prior to joining Juvenile Law Center, Pickett worked as an associate attorney with the law firm of Wade Clark Mulcahy, LLP where he litigated personal injury and construction defect cases and as a legislative counsel for the Honorable Pennsylvania State Senators Shirley M. Kitchen and Jay Costa. 
Vic Wiener is a 2020 Skadden Fellow. Their project focuses on using movement lawyering to end the practice of placing youth on sex offender registries. Wiener graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law in May 2020.During law school, Wiener interned with the National Center for Youth Law as well as Juvenile Law Center. In 2019, the Oklahoma Bar Association awarded Wiener the University of Tulsa Outstanding Senior Law Student of the Year award.