The National Juvenile Defender Center exists to be a resource for juvenile defenders and others interested in juvenile justice. We welcome requests for assistance from defenders and juvenile justice stakeholders. NJDC’s technical assistance can take many forms and can range from answering one-off questions on issues of juvenile defense to providing in-depth advice and counsel on reform or education campaigns modeled on national best practices.
The kinds of technical assistance that NJDC has provided in the past includes, but is not limited to:
- answering questions on issue unique to the treatment of juveniles in delinquency court;
- providing written materials on a variety of juvenile defense issues;
- helping to identify training needs and develop attainable training objectives in particular jurisdictions;
- facilitating coordination and cooperation among various juvenile court stakeholders within and across jurisdictions;
- consulting on particularly complex or challenging individual cases involving youth;
- helping to identify expert witnesses;
- assessing local policies or legislation and providing feedback on ways proposed reforms;
- connecting defenders and other juvenile court stakeholders with collaborators around the country; and
- speaking at events or training programs on issues related to juvenile court and indigent juvenile defense issues
Ultimately, if there is a way for NJDC to be of assistance in improving the quality of representation of children in juvenile court systems across the country, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Request technical assistance by using the form below or by submitting a request through the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention online portal.
You can also request technical assistance by calling NJDC at 202-452-0010.