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Families and Friends Organizing for Reform of Juvenile Justice (FORJ)

601 E. Capitol Ave. #207
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone (c): 573-837-7346

Tracy McClard, Founder & President
E-mail: forjmo@gmail.com
Twitter: @ForjMO

Organizational Profile

Families and Friends Organizing for Reform of Juvenile Justice is dedicated to ending the practice of placing children and youth under the age of 18 in Missouri's jails and prisons and providing all children involved in Missouri's juvenile or adult criminal justice system the necessary rehabilitation needed to become productive members of society by engaging and empowering families and allies of these children.  During the 2015 legislative session, FORJ will be working on raising the age of juvenile court jurisdiction in Missouri to 17 and removing kids from adult jails pre-trial.

Juvenile Law and Justice Clinic

Washington University School of Law
Campus Box 1120
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
Phone: 314-935-6088
Web: http://law.wustl.edu/clinicaled/pages.aspx?id=8878 

Professor Mae Quinn
Email: mae.quinn@macarthurjustice.org

Twitter: @profmaecquinn

Organizational Profile
Student attorneys in the Juvenile Law and Justice Clinic have engaged in a wide-range of youth advocacy efforts on behalf of Missouri’s young people. Given our holistic approach to juvenile representation our lawyering has taken place in juvenile courts, schools, the child welfare system, administrative proceedings, municipal, criminal and appellate courts, and in post-conviction proceedings. In handling legally, procedurally, and otherwise complex youth-centered cases, our student attorneys are frequently called upon to collaborate with social work, education, mental health, medical, and other non-legal experts. They emerge from the program experienced advocates who have established meaningful attorney-client relationships. They have honed their legal research and writing skills and learned what it means to be ethical lawyers and strategic thinkers who can zealously advocate for individual clients and client populations, frequently on multiple fronts.

Metropolitan Congregations United

4501 Westminster Place
St. LouisMO63108
Phone: 314-367-3484

Web: http://mcustl.com/
Twitter: @MCUStLouis

Organizational Profile

Metropolitan Congregations United is an interdenominational, multi-racial community organization of religious congregations in the St. Louis Metropolitan Region that are working for a common purpose: to create a better life for all residents.

MCU operates on the belief that all people should have access to a living wage, quality education, good housing, affordable health care, and a safe place to raise children. Yet, existing public policies often seem to focus on encouraging and supporting these elements at the region’s edges at the expense of the urban core. Public policy,  has become part of the problem rather than a source of solutions. Systemic change is needed to give citizens, especially lower income families in the urban core, a greater voice in how public policy decisions are made and how resources are allocated in the region.

One solution to this problem is metropolitan organizing: creating coordinated efforts that help individuals become informed about issues affecting the region and encourage them to take an active role in influencing public policy. To this end, MCU was formed to teach citizens how to:

  • Gain access to decision-makers.
  • Bring greater attention to their needs.
  • Create urgency in the community to revitalize the urban core.
  • Impact the social, political, environmental, and economic decisions that affect their lives.

Locale: Missouri
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