SPOTLIGHT

The Children's Rights Litigation Committee is working with the Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and the Commission on Youth at Risk to develop the Homeless Youth Legal Network. The Network exists to increase legal services for youth and young adults experiencing homelessness. To learn more about how the Network can support your work or to get on the national network list serve, be sure to visit the website!

 


Lawyers can help by offering legal clinics, enforcing transition planning requirements, and advocating for new laws and policies to improve youth access to vital documents.

More than 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, there is still much work to be done to achieve equality.

The Safe Havens report highlights gaps in law and policy that must be filled in order to protect youth from discrimination.

The ABA’s Homeless Youth Legal Network (HYLN) Pro Bono project provides support to volunteer lawyers as they take on this critical work.

The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 requires that states amend their current definitions of child abuse and neglect to include victims of sex trafficking.

The Child Welfare Oversight and Accountability Act of 2017 are proposals based on a 50-state inquiry focused on how more children, especially those with special needs, are being pulled into the system.

In the coming days, it is important to stay aware of updates and other changes that may come as the immigration debate continues.

The bipartisan bill was approved unanimously.

In Part VI of our series, Ira Lustbader interviews longtime child rights advocate Tami Steckler on how her office works and how it continues to thrive. (19:14 min)

In the next installment in the series, listen as Lourdes Rosado interviews long-time child rights advocate Shari Shink as she reflects on raising money and you may be surprised where she suggests focusing your efforts. (16:43 min)

Listen as Tiffany Friend interviews Jay McManus, the Executive Director of the Children's Law Center of Massachusetts, about the history of his organization and the lessons he's learned through the years. (11:52 min)

The fifth and final program in this series on youth transitioning from foster care will focus on permanency and connections for transitioning youth. The expert panel will have a robust conversation about permanency for older youth, a term which is defined broadly to include adoptions, guardianships, reunification with family, connections to caring adults and more. The use of peer mentors will also be highlighted as an effective strategy for ensuring that permanency is prioritized for older youth and that they are actively involved in all aspects of defining and achieving permanency. (1:32:53)

There has been an increase of local governments instituting court costs, fines and fees for minor offenses which have a devastating impact on the poor. Conversations around these issues do not always focus on the effect of these costs and fees on juveniles specifically. Panelists on this program will discuss efforts specific to juveniles around the country, what has happened thus far, but importantly will look ahead to strategize future work that is needed to ensure that we are not criminalizing poverty for our children. (01:30:07)

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