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Anti-Recidivism Coalition

Los Angeles Office

1320 East 7th St, Suite 260
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Phone: 213-955-5885
Email: info@antirecidivism.org
Web: http://www.antirecidivism.org/
Twitter: @AntiRecidivism
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ANTIRECIDIVISMCOALITION

Bikila Ochoa
Policy Director

Email: bochoa@antirecidivism.org
Phone: 213-955-5885 

Organizational Profile
ARC's mission is to change lives and create safe, healthy communities by providing a support and advocacy network for, and comprised of, formerly incarcerated men and women. ARC seeks to accomplish this mission by advocating for fair and just policies in the juvenile and criminal justice systems, and providing services, support and opportunities to those in and coming home from the system. ARC's policy advocay aims to reduce crime, decrease the use of incarceration, improve the outcomes of the formerly incarcerated, and increase investment in the people and communities most impacted by crime and incarceration. 

Arts for Healing and Justice Network

830 Traction Ave #3a
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Phone: (310) 962-6000
Email: info@ahjnetwork.org
Web: https://ahjnetwork.org/
Twitter: @AIYNetwork

Elida Ledesma 

Email: elida@ahjnetwork.org

Organizational Profile
The Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network (AIYN) is an interdisciplinary collaborative that provides exceptional arts programming in order to build resiliency and wellness, eliminate recidivism, and transform the juvenile justice system.

AIYN is a network of peers. As such, our norms, guidelines, and expectations of each other are driven by our members. We are an open network in that we are always open to new members who share our collectively articulated values, approach, and principles. New members are brought in through a standardized series of peer interviews, site visit, and exploratory partnership. All members have their own curriculum, disciplines, and pedagogy, while also supporting each others growth and the growth of the field. Membership has no fee, but does come with expectations of behavior in alignment with the following articulated principles:

1) We believe in investing in youth wellbeing, first and foremost.

2) We believe arts are uniquely positioned to strengthen young people, and create pathways for youth success, and catalyze systems change. Arts should be valued as foundational to investing in youth wellbeing.

3) We believe in collaboration as an effective strategy for large-scale systemic, cultural, and political change, and model partnership with each other and with others

California Alliance for Youth and Community Justice

David Muhammad, Director
Email: dmuhammad@hotmail.com 
Phone: 510-746-6111 
Web: www.caycj.org
Email: info@caycj.org
Twitter: @CAYCJ12 


Life After Uncivil Ruthless Acts 

PO Box 11681
Los Angeles, CA 90011

Phone: (323) 816-9651
Email: info@laurala.org
Web: http://www.laurala.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lifeafteruncivilruthlessactsLA
Twitter: @LAURAunity

Adela Barajas

Email: adelab@laurala.org

Organizational Profile

Life After Uncivil Ruthless Acts was founded by Adela Barajas. She and seven other siblings grew up in the South Central Los Angeles area and attended local schools. When her sister-in-law, Laura, was murdered in a drive-by shooting, she was compelled to become a part of the solution. She became a community advocate and is committed to finding ways to turn such tragedies into positive outcomes for her family and community. She has become a support system for Laura’s kids and other victims’ survivors in her community who are dealing with the cruel tragedy of losing a loved one.

Mission Statement L.A.U.R.A. is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of the residents of South Central Los Angeles. We accomplish this by empowering youth, victim-survivors, and their families through civic awareness; facilitating community collaboration; and bringing a wide range of resources to the community.

Our Vision Our vision is to create a thriving, sustainable, safe, and clean community for all the residents of South Central Los Angeles. Through community collaboration, partnership development, and innovative initiatives, we hope to one day have multiple youth resource centers within in our community.

UCLA School of Law Criminal Justice Program 

Organizational Profile

The Criminal Justice Program (CJP) serves as a central hub for UCLA Law’s work in the area of criminal and juvenile law.

Youth Justice Coalition

7625 S. Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90001

Phone: 323-235-4243
Fax: 323-846-9472
Email: action@youth4justice.org
Web: https://youthjusticela.org/
Twitter: @YouthJusticeLA
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YouthJusticeLA/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/youthjusticela/

Anthony Robles

Organization Profile
The YJC is working to build a movement to challenge race, gender and class inequality in Los Angeles County’s, California’s and the nation’s juvenile injustice systems.  We are working to dismantle policies and institutions that have ensured the massive criminalization, lock-up and deportation of people of color, widespread police violence and distrust between police and communities, violation of youth and communities’ Constitutional and Human rights, and the build-up of the world’s largest prison system.  We use coalition building, direct action organizing, public policy advocacy and activist arts to mobilize youth and their allies to reduce America’s addiction to incarceration, increase community-based alternatives, decrease police suppression tactics (including “broken windows” and the “wars” on gangs and drugs), end the school-to-jail track, and to improve conditions of confinement including working to end Life Without Parole and other extreme sentencing of youth.  The YJC is one of the nation’s few organizing projects led by system-involved youth, liberated lifers and our families.

In the fall of 2007, the YJC founded Free L.A. High School ages 16 to 24 to build stronger youth leadership, through a curriculum that trains young people in direct action organizing, campaign research, media and communications, arts activism, and public policy development and advocacy.  Free L.A. High School also serves as an alternative to detention and incarceration for youth who face confinement, an educational site for youth who have been suspended or expelled from schools or entire districts, a school for youth returning home from lock-ups, and a more respectful and smaller program for youth who have left traditional schools discouraged.  

Goals of Youth Justice Coalition:

    • Shut Down CYA! Replace CYA facilities with small community based facilities that focus on youth development, education, job training and drug treatment, and separate the management of these facilities from state corrections.
    • Eliminate the “War on Gangs!” End the practices used by guards to stir up conflict between rival gang members and different races. Develop practices that end the overuse and abuse of the gang database system. Stop the police tactics that stir-up conflict and get people killed. Push law enforcement to support the ongoing gang truces and build similar truces in other neighborhoods.
    • Keep youth out of adult prisons! Prevent state policies that increase the rate of youth transfers to adult prisons. Push for a state law prohibiting the future lock-up of anyone under age 18 in adult jails and prisons, and reject state proposals to increase the CYA’s age of jurisdiction from 25 years old to 21 years old.
    • Improve CYA conditions! Establish a task force to address the conditions in CYA facilities in order to improve the mental health needs of youth, stop over medication and misdiagnosis of youth, facilitate and encourage family contact, eliminate the use of solitary confinement, and establish an independent agency to investigate youth complaints and staff conduct.
    • End the school-to-jail tracking in public schools! Stop the criminalization of students and the practices that make schools look and act more like prisons. End the unequal funding of schools in poor communities and the under funding and quality of probation and continuations schools. Speed up and facilitate the enrollment of students coming out from lock-up into public schools.
  • Enforce voting rights for people in the system! Stop blocking, discouraging, and violating the rights of youth in custody to register and vote.


anthony-dimartino_juvenile-justice-reformAnthony DiMartino

Legislative Aide, Office of California Assemblywoman Shirley Weber
California State Assembly

Phone: 916-319-2079  


Areas of Expertise: Mental Health, Trauma, Community Violence, Gang Affiliation/Association

Bio: Anthony DiMartino earned a BA in psychology from the University of Redlands and a master’s degree in social welfare from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. After graduating from UCLA, Anthony worked for the City of Long Beach, helping develop the City’s Violence Prevention Plan.  Shortly after, Anthony served as the grant writer for the L.A. Mayor’s Gang Reduction and Youth Development Department. In 2014-2015, Anthony completed the NJJN YJLI fellowship. Anthony currently serves as a California State legislative aide in the office of Assemblymember Shirley Weber, staffing Dr. Weber on Public Safety and Education issues.

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