Watch NJDC’s Executive Director at TEDxFoggyBottom
In April, NJDC’s Executive Director Kim Dvorchak spoke at TEDxFoggyBottom 2016 on access to counsel for children in juvenile court. “It’s common sense, but not common practice,” she said. See the entire video.
NJDC in the News
- Children Must Be Empowered, Take Active Role in Their Cases, Say Juvenile Justice Experts, The Commercial Appeal (7/27/16)
- Shackling Policies for Minors Under Review by Supreme Court Committee, The Pantagraph (7/8/16)
- Ruling on Dassey Lawsuit may be Months Away, The Appleton Post-Crescent (7/7/16)
- Maryland’s Second-Highest Court Orders Juveniles Unshackled in Court, The Baltimore Sun (7/1/16)
- Kids and Justice: The Legal Battles Ahead, The Crime Report (6/15/16)
- Gault at 50: Ensuring Counsel for LGBTQ Youth in the Juvenile Justice System, Huffington Post Blog (6/13/16)
- Police Routinely Read Juveniles Their Miranda Rights, But Do Kids Really Understand Them?, ABA Journal (6/1/16)
- No Time to Lose on Shackling Reform, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (5/26/16)
- Illinois Pushes Legal Aid for Juveniles in Murder Cases, Associated Press (5/24/16)
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Honoring Gault: Ensuring Access to Counsel in Delinquency Proceedings
In partnership with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, we released “Honoring Gault: Ensuring Access to Counsel in Delinquency Proceedings,” a policy statement to promote judicial leadership in fulfilling children’s constitutional right to representation in juvenile court.
The Juvenile Committee of the National Association for Public Defense (NAPD) and NJDC developed a Juvenile Defense Self-Assessment Tool that is intended to create an opportunity to reflect on practices in public defender offices pertaining to the defense of juveniles in delinquency proceedings.
National Judicial Organization Issue Anti-Shackling Resolution
The National Counsel of Juvenile and Family Court Judges issues a resolution calling for limits on the use of shackles in juvenile courts as part of a trauma-informed and developmentally appropriate approach to juvenile justice.
National Juvenile Defender Center
NJDC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting justice for all children by ensuring excellence in juvenile defense. Through community building, training, and policy reform, we provide national leadership on juvenile defense issues with a focus on the deprivation of young people’s rights in the court system. Our reach extends to urban, suburban, rural, and tribal areas, where we elevate the voices of youth, families, and defenders to create positive case outcomes and meaningful opportunities for children. We also work with broad coalitions to ensure that the reform of juvenile courts includes the protection of children’s rights–particularly the right to counsel.
A New Kind of Training
Developing a specialization in juvenile defense through new and innovative training programs that can be tailored for any jurisdiction.
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