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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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Julia Davis

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.

The Gathering for Justice

121 W. 36th Suite 251 New York, NY 10018

Website:  https://www.gatheringforjustice.org
Contact: Carmen Perez, Dannese Mapanda 
Instagram: @gather4justice
Twitter: @nyjusticeleague
Facebook: /thegatheringforjustice and /justiceleaguenyc

Organization Profile
The Gathering for Justice is a nonprofit founded in 2005 by Harry Belafonte and led since 2010 by
President and CEO Carmen Perez-Jordan. The mission of The Gathering for Justice is to end child incarceration and eliminate the racial inequities that permeate the justice system. The Gathering for Justice has two state-based task forces, Justice League NYC (established in 2013) and Justice League California (established in 2017), both of which bring together juvenile and criminal justice experts, advocates, artists and individuals who’ve experienced or been impacted by incarceration directly. We believe in an organizing model which draws from diverse communities to utilize our combined power to build the agenda for sustained black and brown liberation. In the footsteps of our legendary founder’s activism, The Gathering for Justice and its Justice League state task forces utilize Kingian nonviolence as a social application for systemic change and civic engagement. Visit our website at www.gatheringforjustice.org and follow @gather4justice on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.




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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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Locale: New York
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