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, […]

Register Now for the 14th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference

About the Conference 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 the Southwestern United States. Topic: Intersection of Race, Gender, […]

Kids and justice

A fascinating new study from the University of Manchester finds children may have a sense of justice at a very early age.  An article by Sindya N. Bhanoo in the New York Times reported: Children as young as age 3 will intervene on behalf of a victim, reacting as if victimized themselves, scientists have found. “The children treated these two violations […]