Who We Are

We defend the right of Louisiana's most vulnerable children to fairness, dignity, and opportunity.

Our Team

We are policy analysts, law reform advocates, and community partners who design and build the supports – from safe schools to service provider networks – that strengthen communities, expand opportunity, and keep vulnerable children out of the juvenile justice system.

When children do fall into the justice system, we defend their rights and fight for their legal and life success. Our lawyers, social workers, investigators, and case managers stand up for children in court while helping them navigate the school system, access mental health services, and connect with job training programs. At the deepest end of the system, we bring the promise of release and supervised reentry to children who have been forgotten in prison. Our holistic, cross-disciplinary advocacy improves life outcomes, enhances public safety, and saves public money.

And the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana (JJPL), our policy reform and impact litigation arm, has 17 years of experience working for a safe, fair, and compassionate juvenile justice system that helps children develop and thrive in their own homes and communities.

Read about our impact here, and download an overview of our initiatives here. Our most recent audited financial statements are available by email request.

Mission

We defend the right of every Louisiana child to fairness, dignity, and opportunity.  Our holistic defense helps young people achieve their legal and life goals.  We advocate and litigate for a transformed juvenile justice system that is fair, compassionate, and promotes positive youth development.  And our leadership and partnerships strengthen communities and expand opportunities for all children.

Vision

We envision a Louisiana where all young people are empowered to thrive in their own homes and communities;a fair and compassionate juvenile justice system that promotes positive youth development and protects the rights and dignity of every young person; and a statewide community of skilled, committed, and fully-resourced advocates for children.

Values

  • Empowerment.  We believe that all young people have equal rights, dignity, worth, and humanity. We ensure that their voices are heard on issues that affect them.
  • Loyalty.  We stand up for our clients, advocating for their expressed goals and interests. We stand with our colleagues, allies, and partners to defend young people.
  • Resilience.  We champion children with zeal that is inspired by the courage, perseverance, and resilience that we find in our clients and their families.  We work with diligence and dedication.
  • Creativity.  We use innovative methods to accomplish our goals and the goals of the young people whom we serve. We work in cross-disciplinary teams and with a wide variety of partners to accomplish our mission.

 

To learn more about who we are and where our organization is headed, please view the Strategic Plan for 2015-17.