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JustChildren, Legal Aid Justice Center

1000 Preston Avenue, Suite A
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Phone:  434-977-0553
Web:  https://www.justice4all.org/justchildren/justchildren-program/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LegalAidJusticeCenter
Twitter: @LegalAidJustice

Angela Ciolfi, Legal Director
Phone:  434-529-1810
Email: angela@justice4all.org

Organization Profile
The Legal Aid Justice Center’s JustChildren Program is Virginia’s largest children’s law program. We rely on a range of strategies to make sure that Virginia’s most vulnerable young people receive the services and support they need to lead successful lives in their communities.

We provide free civil legal representation to low-income children statewide who have problems with the education, foster care, and juvenile justice systems. While the kinds of cases we take vary, our primary objective is to protect our clients’ right to stay in their communities and in their schools, and to live in safe situations. The children we represent have a wide variety of needs.

To make sure that more clients have strong support, we produce widely read and valued training materials for lawyers and parents alike, and travel throughout the state training parents, lawyers, and other child-serving professionals to become informed and skilled advocates.

To further strengthen the communities we serve, we support local organizing efforts and coalition building in the communities we serve. We have helped parents and community members start groups in Richmond and Petersburg that are dedicated to improving educational opportunities for children in those cities.

The JustChildren Program seeks local and statewide reforms to improve the systems that our children depend on. We change policies to improve public education and the juvenile justice system. Through coalition building, policy advocacy, and litigation, we make lasting improvements for all children in Virginia.


jeree-thomas_juvenile-justice-reformJeree Thomas

Policy Director
Campaign for Youth Justice



Areas of Expertise: School to prison pipeline; de-incarceration; transfer of youth to the adult criminal justice system

Bio: Jeree Thomas is the Policy Director at the Campaign for Youth Justice. Before joining the Campaign, she was a Skadden Fellow and attorney with the JustChildren Program of the Legal Aid Justice Center in Richmond, Virginia where she represented incarcerated youth experiencing education and reentry issues. Jeree also served as the Campaign Manager of RISE for Youth, Virginia’s youth de-incarceration campaign. Jeree received her B.A. in Social Justice & Community Advocacy and Religious Studies from the College of William & Mary, and her law degree from the University of Virginia Law School. Jeree is an alum of the Youth Justice Leadership Institute of the National Juvenile Justice Network, and was the 2016 inaugural recipient of the Youth Justice Emerging Leader Award.

Locale: Virginia
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