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Childrens Defense Fund New York

15 Maiden Lane, Suite 1200
New York, NY 10038
Phone: (212) 697-0882   

Website:  www.cdfny.org
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Twitter@CDFNewYork

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.

Juvenile Justice Coalition


2090 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd., Suite 200
New York, NY 10027-4990
Phone:  212-254-5700     

Web: www.correctionalassociation.org
Twitter: @CANY_1844

Organization Profile
The Juvenile Justice Coalition (JJC) is a network of child advocacy groups, legal service providers, alternative sentencing programs, and community-based organizations working to make the juvenile justice system in New York more fair and effective.

A Steering Committee of representatives from 15 organizations sets JJC’s policy agenda and directs the group’s advocacy efforts. In addition to the Steering Committee, JJC is comprised of the following working groups that focus on key juvenile justice issues:

  • Alternatives to Detention 
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth in the Juvenile Justice System 
  • Sexually Exploited Youth 
    • Education and Juvenile Justice




YOUTH JUSTICE LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE ALUMNI MEMBERS

tanesha-ingram_juvenile-justice-reformTanesha Ingram

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ashley-sawyer_juvenile-justice-reformAshley Sawyer

Staff Attorney
Youth Represent
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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.




Locale: New York
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