National Center for Youth Law
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.
Judge Tells Agencies to Speed Up Release of Young Immigrants
Move aims to protect unaccompanied youths from spreading coronavirus Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. government has violated its legal obligation to speedily release unaccompanied immigrant children from federal custody and reunify them with relatives or other suitable guardians, a district judge in California ruled late Friday.
California Considers Extending Foster Care Supports for Youth Following Advocates’ Appeal for COVID-19 Relief
In an urgent appeal to the governor and the California state legislature on behalf of the state’s 60,000 children and young adults in foster care, a group of leading advocates is calling for sweeping new measures to ward off devastating impacts from the spread of coronavirus.
California’s Plan to Raise the Age of Its Youth Justice System Heads to the Legislature
A plan to expand California’s youth justice system to include 18- and 19-year-olds is heading to the state legislature. State Senator Nancy Skinner (D) is advancing Senate Bill (SB) 889, which would expand the jurisdiction of the state’s juvenile justice system by using a proposal put forward by the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) with initial support from youth justice advocates.