OJJDP Access to Justice Project
The Access to Justice: Rural and Tribal Southwest project is a grant program funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) designed to study juvenile defense representation in rural, remote, tribal, and underserved areas in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico (Southwest region).
This 3-year project began in October of 2015 and runs through September of 2018. Housed at the Colorado Juvenile Defender Center (CJDC) and in partnership with SWJDC, the Access to Justice: Rural and Tribal Southwest project seeks to celebrate the exemplary juvenile justice programs in the region, offer training where necessary, and determine the level of access to and quality of representation for children facing charges in the Southwest.
Focus on the Rural Southwest
The grant’s Rural/Training Subcommittee and Juvenile Defense Consultant, Amanda Powell are are identifying the current needs and strengths of the juvenile defense system in Arizona through a series of structured site visits and discussions. We are sending a team of site visitors to meet with stakeholders across rural Arizona, drafting a report making recommendations for the state based on the ground work, and providing needed training and other resources to address the identified needs.
Want to learn more about NJDC’s State Assessment process? Visit the main website for more information HERE!
Focus on the Tribal Southwest
Defenders representing Native American youth face unique issues, including navigating the interplay between the services available on tribal land and state-offered services. A Voice for Our Youth, the tribal collaboration initiative under the Access to Justice: Rural and Tribal Southwest seeks to identify the individualized needs of Tribal Courts and defenders representing tribal youth across the Southwest through partnerships. The grant’s Tribal Subcommittee will work Tribal Court partners to develop training and resources that respond to the unique needs of defenders representing youth on tribal lands.
Interested in learning more about Tribal Courts in the Southwest? Check out our Southwest Tribal Mapping Project HERE! Want to learn more about our work with Tribal Courts in the Southwest? Download our A Voice for Our Youth outreach packet HERE!
Join Our Team
If you are a law student in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, or New Mexico (Southwest region) and are interested in getting involved with the Access to Justice: Rural and Tribal Southwest project or A Voice for Our Youth initiative, please send your resume and letter of interest to:
Colorado Juvenile Defender Center
Attn: Amanda Butler
1245 E. Colfax Avenue, Suite #204
Denver, CO 80218
This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-ZE-BX-K001 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view or opinions in this webpage are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.