Houston School Board Refuses To Ban Suspensions

Despite the fact that school boards across the country have banned school suspensions, Texas has yet to join the growing trend. Five Houston ISD school board members voted to keep school suspensions as a last resort for teachers who are “deal(ing) with kids who they can’t contain” in pre-kindergarten through second grade classrooms. The rejected plan also included […]

Education Services for Incarcerated Youth

The Council of State Government Justice Center recently published a report detailing the lack of oversight with education services for incarcerated youth. For example, the study explains that only 13 states provide the same education services to incarcerated youth and students in the community. Although education is not a constitutionally recognized fundamental right, juveniles should have […]

Yes means yes in California High Schools

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Domestic violence affects various types of relationships, whether they be heterosexual or homosexual; married or dating, or even teen dating.  It also takes different forms, ranging from extreme verbal assault and power and control patterns to physical and sexual violence. Not only is sexual violence relevant to the domestic violence […]

Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline

A new study on early childhood education finds that African American preschoolers are suspended at higher rates than their white classmates. African American children make up 42% of preschool suspensions but only 18% of enrolled children. “At the same time that many states and communities across the country are committing to expanding high-quality early learning […]

Girls and Reproductive Justice

    Despite the recent findings that the videos portraying Planned Parenthood selling fetus parts were fabricated, the House Conservatives and anti-abortionists groups have not gone back out on their decision to defund Planned Parenthood. This bill could have devastating effects. Those behind the bill fail to understand and completely undermine the important work Planned Parenthood does and contributes to […]

Day 1 of the Zealous Advocacy Conference!

This year’s Conference topic is the Intersection of Race, Gender, Adolescent Development, and Juvenile Justice. This morning, we had the pleasure of hosting the Honorable Darlene Byrne as our Keynote Speaker. Judge Byrne’s presentation addressed the need to make the juvenile court system a more dignified and less traumatizing process for both children and parents. […]

The Child Left Behind

Studies conducted by the Migration Policy Institute and the Urban Institute show that deportation of a parent has a dramatic effect on the child, similar to when a child’s parent goes to prison. Washington Times reporter, Lydia DePillis, wrote: The Obama administration has already expelled about 3.7 million people who were living here illegally between 2009 and 2013. While the […]

Early Registration Extended to September 18

Early registration extended! Register by Friday, September 18th for the $80 reduced fee The Zealous Advocacy Conference, now in its 14th year, is an annual training seminar organized by the Center for Children, Law & Policy and the Southwest Juvenile Defender Center. The conference is the premier professional development training for juvenile public defense attorneys practicing in […]

LGBTQ Homeless Youth at Risk, Part 1 of 3

Homeless youth, sometimes referred to as “unaccompanied” youth, are individuals under the age of 18 who lack parental, foster, or institutional care. Youth become homeless for a variety of reasons, but rarely by choice. Factors contributing to youth homelessness include family dysfunction, sexual abuse, “aging out” of the foster care system, exiting the juvenile justice system, […]