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The Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights (LCCR) is a nonprofit law center that promotes fairness, dignity, and opportunity for Louisiana’s most vulnerable children.

Transforming Juvenile Justice. Through policy advocacy, public education, and impact litigation, we are working towards a transformed juvenile justice system.  We believe in a system that is safe, smart, cost-effective, and fair.

Defending Children. When children fall into the justice system, LCCR defends their rights and fight for their legal and life success. We provide holistic legal representation; leadership in juvenile defense reform; and training and practice resources for public defenders.


LCCR’s expert staff is available to offer perspective and expertise on a variety of topics related to juvenile justice, youth development, criminal justice, and public defense.  Our leadership team includes:

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Rachel Gassert

Rachel Gassert is the Policy Director of the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights. She manages LCCR’s New Orleans juvenile justice policy reform portfolio. She is also responsible for statewide reform initiatives including Raise the Age Louisiana and LCCR’s campaign against juvenile mass incarceration.

Rachel is an expert in data-driven juvenile justice policy reform. Prior to joining LCCR, she was a Program Associate with the Juvenile Justice Strategy Group at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. At Casey, Rachel was responsible for the design, implementation, and management of the Foundation’s efforts to help jurisdictions across the country reduce their reliance on juvenile incarceration. Rachel received a Master’s of Arts in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College at Columbia University and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Meghan Garvey

Meghan Garvey is the Managing Director of the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights. Her portfolio and areas of expertise include holistic approaches to defense advocacy for children; incorporating social work and civil legal services into defense teams; coordinating services for vulnerable youth in New Orleans; and engaging youth voices in juvenile justice reform.

Prior to joining LCCR, Meg worked as a supervising attorney with the Orleans Public Defenders, where she was a member of the office’s founding post-Katrina reform team. Meg has worked as a capital appeals investigator for the Habeas Corpus Resource Center and as a residential case manager for adults in group homes and SROs in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. Meg began her advocacy career in 1996 as a residential aid in a group home for adults with severe and persistent mental illness, and ever since has been working to address the roots of families’ interactions with the justice system.

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