Equal Rights & Non-Discrimination
We are committed to fighting for equal rights for each and every one of our clients.
The most vulnerable and underprivileged young people are disproportionately drawn into the juvenile justice system, and disproportionately hurt – especially minorities, young people who are indigent, or LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning), or who already need help for mental illness and learning disabilities. 98% of the Children’s Defense Team’s clients are African-American. 73% of youth in Louisiana’s juvenile jails have a diagnosed mental illness; more than 50% of system-involved youth have an educational disability; research suggests that at least 15% of the population in our juvenile jails is LGBTQ, and that LGBTQ youth suffer worse court outcomes than other youth.
LCCR has a special commitment to those young people. We fight for equal rights: that means fairness, dignity, and opportunity for every client. It also means sensitivity to every client. And it means that we will work to change the juvenile justice system until it treats every young person fairly and with compassion.
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