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NJJN Sign-On Letters


2/8/18 -  Letter in support of the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program. National Criminal Justice Association.

1/24/18 - Letter to Congress urging adequate funding for non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs and opposing efforts to make deep cuts in these programs. NDD United. 

1/18/18 – Letter to Sec. Nielsen, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, condemning the targeting of immigrant rights leaders and individuals associated with the sanctuary movement. National Immigrant Justice Center.

1/16/18 – Urgent appeal to Sec. Nielsen, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, to halt plans to separate children from parents when they arrive at or are found near the U.S. border.

1/11/18 – Letter in support of the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program. National Criminal Justice Association. Letter not yet released.

1/5/18 - Joint statement in opposition to HUD’s suspension of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation. The regulation provided jurisdictions with a roadmap and tools for compliance and included measures for accountability. National Fair Housing Alliance.


12/13/17 – Request to congressional leaders to immediately enact a strong, five-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). First Focus.

12/11/17 – Letter to House and Senate Appropriations leaders to ensure the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) Youth formula program funding is left intact in the coming supplemental appropriations bill and oppose any new transfer authorities. National Youth Employment Coalition.

12/7/17 – Letter to Sec. DeVos expressing strong support for robust enforcement of the regulation implementing the IDEA’s disproportionality requirements and opposition to any effort to delay its implementation. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

12/6/17 – Urges Congress to take action before they leave for winter holidays on the following issues: CHIP, DACA, disaster relief, and to lift the sequester caps. Coalition on Human Needs.

12/1/17 – Comment to the American Correctional Association offering support for their new proposed standards on youth isolation and recommendations for improvements. Stop Solitary for Kids.

11/9/17 – Urges leaders of the Appropriations Committees to continue funding of federal innocence and forensic science programs at the Department of Justice and the National Institute of Standards and Technology at the Department of Commerce in the final FY 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. Innocence Project.

9/26/17 – Letter asking the 2017 Dream Act sponsors to adopt more flexible requirements in regards to expungements and misdemeanors. Immigrant Legal Resource Center.

9/20/17 - Urges Senate Judiciary Committee Chm. Grassley and Ranking Member Feinstein to oppose the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, H.R. 3697. National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition (NJJDPC).

9/12/17 – Urges House to oppose the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, H.R. 3697. Coalition letter.

9/5/17 – Senate letter and House letter to Chm. and Ranking Members of Armed Services, Judiciary, and Oversight and Govt. Reform Committees to put a moratorium on the U.S. Dept. of Defense’s 1033 program, which provides police departments with military equipment, until congressional hearings can be held to consider legislative proposals on this issue. Constitution Project.

8/25/27 – Letter to Appropriations Committee leaders in support of continued investment in the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). ABA Center on Children and the Law.

8/10/17 – Urges the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to maintain their Equal Access Rule, codified in 24 C.F.R. Part 5, and reject any effort to repeal it. The Equal Access Rule provides clear and comprehensive protection for individuals seeking assistance from HUD-funded programs from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and marital status. National Center for Transgender Equality. Letter not public at this time.

5/4/17 - Letter to Representatives opposing a potential amendment to the FY17 appropriations bill that would repeal HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation, require HUD to use its limited resources to duplicate previous consultations with state and local governments about how to fulfill their fair housing obligations, and block access to government geo-spatial data. National Fair Housing Alliance.

 3/10/17 – Urges majority and minority leaders of House and Senate to keep the unique needs of children front and center and adopt a “do no harm” standard for children as they consider any changes to the nation’s health care system. Children’s Defense Fund.

3/6/17 - Letter of Opposition to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Education and Reform act of 2017 (H.R. 620). H.R. 620 would create significant obstacles for people with disabilities to enforce their rights under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to access public accommodations, and would impede their ability to engage in daily activities and participate in the mainstream of society. Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and Coalition Partners.

3/1/17 – Letter of support for the MERCY Act. Sponsored by Sen. Cory Booker to protect young people from solitary confinement. Juvenile Law Center.

2/27/17 – Letter to Congress highlighting the importance of the programs supported by domestic spending and calling on them to work together with the President to protect these programs from further cuts and end sequestration. NDD United.

1/25/17 – Letter to President and Congress in support of four principles for Strengthening America’s Values and Economy (SAVE) for All. Federal priorities must (1) protect and assist low-income and vulnerable people; (2) invest in broadly shared economic growth and jobs; (3) increase revenues from fair sources; and (4) seek savings from reducing waste in the Pentagon and elsewhere. Coalition on Human Needs.