Fighting for procedural due process, access to counsel, and promoting racial and economic justice.
Since its founding in 1975, Juvenile Law Center has fought to ensure that youth in the child welfare and justice systems have skilled and well-resourced attorneys to advocate for them. Our society’s most vulnerable youth need the assistance of qualified, effective counsel to enforce their due process rights, protect them from harm, and promote their well-being. Without the zealous advocacy of attorneys, children involved in the courts can experience negative and life-changing outcomes such as removal from their homes, separation from family, multiple placements, disruptions in education, and incarceration. Attorneys hold courts and state agencies accountable under the law and ensure that the systems that are supposed to help these children actually do so.