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Childrens Defense Fund New York

815 Second Avenue, 8th Fl.
New York, NY 10017

Phone:  212-697-2323
Website:  www.cdfny.org
Email: messages@childrensdefense.org
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Beth Powers, Director, Youth Justice

Email: epowers@childrensdefense.org  

Organization Profile

Established in 1992, the Children's Defense Fund-New York (CDF-NY) office has a unique approach to improving conditions for children, combining research, public education, policy development, community organizing and advocacy. A recognized authority in the endeavor to protect children and strengthen families, CDF-NY serves as a resource and partner for children, families and organizations throughout New York City and State. We leverage our national influence to eliminate the harmful and disproportionate impact that poverty has on children in New York and to eliminate race and gender inequities in the areas of justice, early childhood, education, health and housing.




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Ashley Sawyer

Staff Attorney
Youth Represent

Areas of Expertise: Special education/education rights of youth in the juvenile justice system; school pushout/school-to-prison pipeline work; with an emphasis on issues affecting Black girls.

Bio: Ashley is a staff attorney at Youth Represent, a New York-based holistic youth defense and advocacy organization. Prior to joining Youth Represent, Ashley was a Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellow at the Education Law Center-PA, where she did policy projects and special education representation on behalf of incarcerated youth, work to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline, and led a project focused on reducing disproportionate school exclusion of Black girls in Philadelphia. Ashley played a key role in eliminating suspensions for Kindergarteners in Philadelphia schools. She developed education accountability metrics for juvenile prisons that contract with Philadelphia, and led the policy advocacy work to increase the oversight of the education being offered in juvenile prisons. Ashley was formerly the co-chair of the Legal Rights of Children Committee for the Philadelphia Bar Association and she is a 2015 alumna of the Youth Justice Leadership Institute. She is a graduate of the Howard University School of Law. She earned a B.A. from Douglass College at Rutgers University.

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