Third Juvenile Justice Academy Class Commences

Posted: July 8th, 2013 | by Yuval Sheer

We are delighted to announce this month’s launch of the third Juvenile Justice Academy. The Center is home to 20 students from myriad disciplines who have been researching and writing about the impact of trying children as adults. Their work is focused on the capacity of our state to assist sexually exploited children, to deliver mental health services to youth who come into contact with our justice system, and to keep children in the education system and out of the court system.

The summers also played a crucial role in organizing and moderating breakout discussion groups during our June 12th Harlem Community Forum.

As part of the program, the summer associates have been meeting with experts in the Juvenile Justice field including: Ronald Richter, Commissioner of New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services, Elmer Blanco, a youth who came into contact with the adult court system and is now a Youth Counselor at Horizon Juvenile Detention Facility, Judge Judy Harris Kluger, Chief of Policy and Planning for New York State’s Unified Court System; Nancy Ginsburg, Director of the Adolescent Intervention and Diversion Team of The Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Practice, Judge Fernando Camacho, Acting Justice, Supreme Court, Suffolk County; and Amy Albert, Staff Attorney/Policy Analyst at Brooklyn Defender Services. We are grateful for the time and invaluable information that these experts share with our Academy associates.


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Academy member Sawyer Joseph Moderating a group at an RTA forum Photo by Gabriel Johnson of the Children's Village


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