Eric Garcetti


New York Lawmakers Want Limits on Collection of Kids’ DNA
Illustration by Christine Ongjoco

In New York City, a middle-schooler pulled over by police could end up in a largely secretive DNA database simply for sipping a soda during questioning, whether or not they are ever implicated in a crime — a practice some lawmakers and justice advocates want to eradicate statewide.


New York Moves Closer to Barring Dangerous Physical Restraints for Foster Youth, Following Michigan Child’s Killing
After years of public pressure, a high-profile death of a child and the nation rising up in protest over police brutality, New York will ban disciplinary tactics for foster youth that advocates have described as “dangerous and barbaric.”


The Disenfranchisement of Black Foster Youth

Black foster youth are caught in a nexus of incarceration which is formed by their engagement with child welfare, education and policing. Our recent brief published by UCLA’s Black Male Institute on Los Angeles County public schools serves to elucidate these grim realities.


California Justices Hear Challenge to Law Keeping Young Teens Out of Adult Court
The California Supreme Court in session, before the pandemic. Photo courtesy of the California Judicial Council

After a prolonged effort by county district attorneys to reverse a 2018 state law, the California Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that will determine whether children under age 16 can be prosecuted in adult court, regardless of the severity of their crime.


Settlement Expands Rights of Homeless and Runaway Youth in New York City

A federal judge has greenlighted a class-action settlement that expands the right of homeless or runaway youth in New York City to access essential programs and services, including group home beds, mental health services and a chance to appeal expulsions they consider unfair.

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Coronavirus Relief: For Us, This Is Personal

The child welfare system is expansive, sometimes overbearing, and complex in the outcomes it can deliver. Equally as complex are the young people who enter and exit and the lives they choose to lead. 



Los Angeles Shares Model for Fighting Sex Trafficking of Minors

In 1996, about 1,000 delegates from 130 nations gathered in Stockholm to finally get serious about a global effort to curb a problem to which it had long turned a blind eye: the commercial sexual exploitation of children.



Engagement With Remote Learning Alarmingly Low Among New York City Disadvantaged Youth

Amid a fresh wave of coronavirus infections washing over New York City — a development that has reversed the city’s halting efforts to slowly ease more students back into the classroom — comes a new report finding that thousands of students “failed to connect” at all with remote learning opportunities last spring.


Foster Youth Nationwide Gain Priority for Free Online Tutoring

As students across the country struggle to keep up with their schoolwork while sheltering from the coronavirus, tens of thousands of foster youth will now have access to one-on-one support from a free tutoring program being rolled out nationwide.