200 Family Members Attend East Harlem“Raise The Age” Community Forum

Posted: May 24th, 2012 | by Yuval Sheer

On May 8th, NYCJJ, the Child Welfare Organizing Project and Community Connections for Youth convened the first of a series of collaborative “Raise The Age” Community Forums. This event provided families and youth a valuable opportunity to learn about New York’s low age of criminal responsibility. Some pictures from the event that were taken by Rosa Rosado of CWOP can be viewed here.

The Center wishes to thank Mike Arsham, Executive Director of the Child Welfare Organizing Project and his staff for organizing this forum. We also extend our thanks to the evening’s featured speakers–Jeanette Bocanegra from Community Connections for Youth, Elmer Blanco from the Children’s Aid Society, Judge Michael A. Corriero, NYCJJ’s Executive Director, and NYC Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito. We also note with gratitude Council Member Mark-Viverito’s co-sponsorship of this event. Additionally, we extend our thanks to Yasmin Safdie of NYCJJ and Allison Brown of CWOP for their community organizing efforts, and to all the volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this event a marked success.

Finally, we gratefully acknowledge and thank all of the family members and youth who candidly expressed their concerns regarding the impact of New York’s low age of criminal responsibility.


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Jeanette Bocanegra of Community Connections for Youth


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