National Center for Youth Law
Decades-old Lawsuit to Reform Washington’s Foster Care System Is Resolved
NCYL Leader Jesse Hahnel Steps Down
Jesse Hahnel, longtime executive director of the National Center for Youth Law, is leaving the Oakland-based organization.
California Juvenile Justice Bills Head to Governor’s Desk
California Gov. Gavin Newsom will soon decide on a sweeping plan to curtail the use of probation supervision, a new bill of rights for youth in juvenile detention and limits on how police can interrogate minors.
Federal Judge Says Immigrant Children in Custody Get Due Process
A judge ruled that the Office of Refugee Resettlement must set and abide by clear standards when deciding to detain an immigrant child in a jail-like setting, and must offer an appeals process.
Threatened with Investigations and Foster Care, Texas Parents and Advocates Fight for Transgender Youth
In Texas, an employee with the state child welfare agency is among the first parents to be investigated for accessing gender-affirming medical care for her child after an order from Gov. Greg Abbott.
Children’s Rights Lures Top Litigator Leecia Welch from National Center for Youth Law
Children’s Rights announced earlier this month that it hired Leecia Welch, previously with National Center for Youth Law, as lead counsel.
National Center for Youth Law’s Leecia Welch Wins Janet Reno Leadership Award
Leecia Welch, the National Center for Youth Law’s senior director of legal advocacy and child welfare, has been awarded the Janet Reno Endowment Women’s Leadership Award.
Redlich Horwitz Foundation Hires Jessica Maxwell as New Program Director
Redlich Horwitz Foundation, a major financial supporter of programs to strengthen New York's foster care system, has hired Jessica Maxwell.
Groups Urge Justice Department to Reinstate Obama Stance on Juvenile Fines, Fees
Groups are urging the Biden administration to discourage states from charging fees and fines to incarcerated juveniles, saying they unfairly load debt on low-income youth and their families.
National Center for Youth Law Hires New Deputy Director
The National Center for Youth Law is bringing in a longtime fighter for child, youth and community justice as the Oakland, California-based organization’s second in command. Shakti Belway, a graduate of Stanford University’s law school like the center’s director, Jesse Hahnel, brings with her deep experience in community law, litigation, direct representation, policy development, legislative reform and strategic mobilization.