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June 2019 Roundup

June 27, 2019
Courtney M. McSwain



Funding Opportunities 

  • Third Wave Fund's Mobilize Power Fund is a rapid response fund that supports the leadership of young women of color, trans, gender non-conforming, queer and intersex youth under 35 in social movements. Applications for rapid response funding for youth-led gender justice activism, action, and community mobilization are taken year-round and reviewed monthly. Open to organizations, groups, and coalitions, regardless of 501c3 status or fiscal sponsorship. Apply for up to $7,500 per group or organization by written narrative, phone interview, or short video. The fund prioritizes organizations with budgets under $500,000 USD, in areas with limited access to philanthropic resources, and for groups and organizations led by young people of color and low-income communities. Learn More. 

  • The Circle for Justice Innovations, which funds grassroots organizations to end mass incarceration and state violence, is accepting grant applications through July 9. Funding is capped to organizations whose annual budgets are less than $550,000. Learn More.

Events/Actions 

  • The 2019 Janet Reno Forum will be held on July 16, 2019. This year, the conference seeks to answer the question: what exactly does the ideal juvenile justice system look like, and how do we get there? Join for a dynamic group of interdisciplinary speaking on topics including: achieving equitable treatment and fairness, promoting developmental approaches, engaging and empowering youth and families and collaborating with system partners. Learn More

  • Call for Proposals: The Child Welfare League of America will hold its 2020 conference, “Sharing Ideas that Strengthen Families and Engage Communities to Promote Child Well-Being,” on March 25–29, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The conference has released its call for presentation proposals that share the best ideas and proven strategies from around the world that focus on strengthening families and engaging communities to promote child well-being. Submissions due by August 2. Learn More

  • The Georgetown Juvenile Justice Initiative (Initiative) and the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) are currently accepting applications for the inaugural Ambassadors for Racial Justice Program. The Ambassadors for Racial Justice program is a pilot program for racial-justice minded defenders who are particularly interested in challenging racial injustices in the juvenile justice system. The Initiative and NJDC hope to inspire enthusiastic, dedicated frontline juvenile defenders to assume leadership roles in developing strategies to combat racial inequities in their respective jurisdictions and courthouses, and throughout the country. The 12-month-program will (1) encourage and support defenders to challenge racial injustices through legal advocacy; (2) engage defenders in systemic and policy reform; and (3) equip defenders to facilitate difficult conversations about race. By creating a community of racial-justice minded juvenile defenders to share their challenges and successes, the program also hopes to (4) attract and retain a cadre of attorneys of color into the fight for youth justice. The deadline for application submission is July 15, 2019, 11:59 PM EST. Download a fillable PDF application today! 

Advances 

  • The Kansas legislature restored $6 million to the Evidence Based Program Fund, which holds all funds for juvenile justice reinvestment and was removed last year. These dollars are critically important to continuing to develop and strengthen the array of programs and services available to justice-involved youth and their families in our local communities. Kansas has also seen a 63 percent drop in youth confinement; 99 of 105 counties now operate immediate intervention programs, which divert youth from being formally charged in the juvenile justice system; and according to the 88 counties that reported data for 2018, 89% of youth successfully completed intervention programs.  

Publications/Resources/News  

  • NJJN released the fact sheet, “Using Victims of Crime act Dollars for Restorative Justice,” which outlines how youth justice advocates can influence the use of Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds in ways that help youth and young adults. Tennessee is highlighted as a model for their VOCA supported programs. In 1984, VOCA established the Crimes Victims Fund to allocate funding for crime victims' compensation and victims' services. Since 2016, many states have begun expanding the use of their VOCA funds to meet the needs of underserved victims, including funding innovative restorative justice programs that help victims as well as at-risk and justice involved youth. Read More.  

  • NJJN and the Campaign for Youth Justice released the fact sheet, “The Juvenile Justice System and Immigrant Youth,” to provide key issue points to share with policymakers when discussing youth justice and immigration, especially in light of H.R. 6, The American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 passed by The U.S. House of Representatives on June 4th. The fact sheet highlights concerns regarding H.R.6 barring certain youth with juvenile adjudications and/or gang ties from the Dream Act benefits. Read Full Brief.

  • The Stop Solitary for Kids campaign released, “Not in Isolation: How to Reduce Room Confinement While Increasing Safety in Youth Facilities,” highlighting specific examples and lessons learned from four jurisdictions: Colorado, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Memphis, TN. This first-of-its-kind report is a roadmap to help administrators and staff answer the question, “If not isolation, then what?” in ways that are developmentally appropriate and improve overall outcomes for kids. Advocates, policymakers, and other stakeholders can also use the report to show that it is possible to prevent isolation and to get an inside look into what it takes to do it. Read Full Report 

  • Dream and Promise Act passes out of the House. For further details on concerns regarding H.R. 6, please see this Statement Regarding the Passage of H.R.6 from the National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition (NJJDPC), of which NJJN is a part. You can also find further resources on H.R. 6 from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center Here.

  • Campaign for Youth Justice released a new report, “Removing Youth from Adult Jails: A 50-State Scan of Pretrial Detention Laws for Youth.” The brief was released in response to the passage of the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018 (JJRA), signed into law on December 21, 2018. The JJRA reauthorized the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) for the first time in sixteen years and, in addition to many other important reforms, the law will now require states to remove all youth, from adult jails and lock-ups pretrial. The brief provides a snapshot of where youth transferred to the adult criminal justice system are currently held pretrial across the country, and, as states prepare to come into compliance with the reforms made to the JJDPA, it takes a closer look at states that already house transferred youth in juvenile facilities. Read More

  • The Southern Poverty Law Center released the research brief, “The Data Gap: School Policing in Louisiana,” to explore the state of school policing and data collection on school policing in the state of Louisiana. SPLC found Louisiana school districts are not accurately and consistently collecting data on their school policing programs, making it impossible to measure the effectiveness of school policing programs. Read More

  • The Sentencing Project released the fact sheet, “Incarcerated Women and Girls,” which provides data on the increase in women incarcerations between 1980 and 2017, driven by more expansive law enforcement efforts, stiffer drug sentencing laws, and post-conviction barriers to reentry that uniquely affect women. Among the data presented, the fact sheet notes that Girls of color are much more likely to be incarcerated than white girls, girls makeup a much higher proportion of those incarcerated for the lowest level offenses than boys, and More than half of youth incarcerated for running away are girls. Read the Full Brief.

  • Human Impact Partners has released, “Advancing Racial Equity in Youth Diversion: An Evaluation Framework Informed by Los Angeles County.” The framework measures racial equity outcomes at different stages of a youth development and diversion program. Read More.

Jobs/Opportunities  

  • The Legal Aid Justice Aid Center is seeking an experienced attorney for its Director of Litigation & Advocacy position to develop, lead, support, and supervise its impact advocacy campaigns. The ideal candidate will have significant litigation experience, as well as demonstrated experience working with directly impacted community leaders on anti-poverty and racial justice initiatives.  Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Director of Litigation & Advocacy will work to advance LAJC's ambitious agenda to achieve economic, racial, and social justice throughout Virginia. Read Full Job Description

  • The R Street Institute is seeking an Associate Vice President for Public Affairs. This is not a typical communications or government affairs job and the R Street Institute isn’t a typical think tank. This position will focus on managing and leading; it is not a role as our chief media spokesperson or person who does the most outreach on the Hill. This role requires a visionary who can put all of the pieces together to increase our impact and build a great think tank brand. You will be charged with bringing already successful communications and outreach efforts to the next level by building an integrated branding and marketing strategy for us as an institution. Read Full Job Description.

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