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Federal Update - YJAM 2022 Edition

September 28, 2022
Melissa C. Goemann



U.S. House YJAM Resolution 

The U.S. House of Representatives is planning to introduce a resolution to commemorate YJAM which expresses support for the designation of National Youth Justice Action Month. If your organization is interested in endorsing the resolution, please complete the Google form here by Sept. 30th.  

Questions? Contact Melissa Coretz Goemann at goemann@njjn.org. 

Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention 

The Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is scheduled to meet on October 26th for the first time in two years. NJJN’s youth justice leaders coming to DC for YJAM will be attending the meeting. The Council is an independent organization in the executive branch comprised of representatives from several federal agencies. It examines how federal youth justice programs and other federal programs and activities can be coordinated among federal, state, and local governments to better serve at-risk youth.  The Council is required to make recommendations to the President, and to the Congress, at least annually. The meeting will be public and members of the public can attend in person or remotely. Further information regarding the time and registration will be forthcoming.

NJJN Young Justice Leaders to Meet with OJJDP Administrator 

NJJN’s young justice leaders--fourteen leaders from across the country, aged 17-29, who have direct understanding of our nation’s youth legal system, will be meeting with Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Administrator Liz Ryan on October 27th from 12:30-2:30 pm ET to present her their vision of youth justice and policy recommendations. Further information regarding registration for this event will be forthcoming.   

National Sign-on Letters and Comments 

Please see below for a list of the national letters that NJJN has signed since our last newsletter and see the federal policy page of our website for a complete list: 

  • 6/28/22 - Transition-Aged Youth Coalition sign-on letter urging Congress to address the mental health needs of children and youth impacted by the child welfare system.  

  • 7/20/22 - Signed onto letter from Lambda Legal to OJJDP Administrator Liz Ryan to ensure that the equitable, safe, and affirming treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (“LGBTQ+) youth in secure and nonsecure carceral and institutional placements and those receiving services through Office of Justice Programs (“OJP”)/Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (“OJJDP”) funded programs is a top priority during her tenure at OJJDP and that the agency takes concrete steps towards achieving those goals. 

  • 7/22/22 - Signed onto letter of opposition for The ADA Compliance for Customer Entry to Stores and Services Act (ACCESS Act) (H.R. 77) organized by the Center for Disability Rights, Inc. This legislation would create barriers and obstacles for people with disabilities to enforce their right under Title III of the ADA. It would impede their ability to engage in daily activities and participate in the mainstream of society. 

  • 9/8/22 - Sign-on letter organized by First Focus on Children urging U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to establish a Children’s Interagency Coordinating Council housed in the Office of the HHS Secretary. 

  • 9/20/22 - Endorsed the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act of 2022. 

  • 9/20/22 - Signed onto Statement of Concerns Regarding Police Funding Bills urging Congress to avoid enacting laws that will only expand resources for policing, prosecution, and other criminal-legal practices that will put thousands of women, families, children, abortion seekers, and others into jeopardy. 

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