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NJJN Forum 2018

Join Us in Durham, NC!

We are excited for you to join us July 16-18 in Durham, NC for NJJN's 2018 Forum, co-hosted by the Youth Justice Project of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice and Duke Children's Law Clinic. Our annual event brings advocates together for youth justice reform training, networking, strategy-sharing and fun! 

The National Juvenile Justice Network is a membership led, membership driven advocacy community. As such, we reserve the first two days of our Forum to gather as a membership body to celebrate, network and tend to business. We then open up our Forum to all allies in the youth justice reform movement on Wednesday, July 18th to hone in on the issues that face youth and provide solutions to push for fair and equitable treatment of all young people.

Please note that we have separate registration pages for members and non-members below. Not sure if you are a member? Check out your state page.

Registration is now closed.

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The Forum will be held at Duke University School of Law in Durham, NC (210 Science Dr, Durham, NC 27708). A special reception will be held on the evening of Tuesday, July 17th to honor our youth justice award winners.   

Ways to Help



Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15 (YJLI Alumni Retreat)

Day 1: Monday, July 16, 2018 (Members Only) 

10:00 AM - 8:00 PM Young Leaders Field Trip to Greensboro

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM NJJN Board & Membership Advisory Committee Tour Pauli Murray House 

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM NJJN Leadership Meetings

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Afternoon Pauli Murray Racial Justice Walking Tour

6:00 PM Collective Action: Demand Justice for Niecey

Dinner on your own.

Day 2: Tuesday, July 17, 2017 (Members Only) 

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast and Welcome from Law School

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Opening Plenary: North Carolina's Pursuit of Justice

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Breakouts

  • Positioning Youth at the Head of the Table
  • Identifying How Systems of Oppression Become Institutionalized in Organizations
  • Tap into Funding by Tapping into Your Confidence

12:00 PM - 2:30 PM Lunch and Membership Meeting

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Racial Justice Community Conversation                            

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Young Leader Breakouts

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM World Quilt Activity

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM NJJN Awards Reception

Day 3: Wednesday, July 18, 2017 (Open to the Public)

8:00 AM - 8:50 AM Breakfast 

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Keynote: "The Struggle for a More Perfect Union," James Williams Jr. 

10:15 AM - 11:45 AM Breakouts

  • Fortifying Public Defense 
  • Defining Safety: Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline 
  • Gang Databases and an Anti-Immigrant Climate- the Perfect Storm and How We Push Back

11:45 AM - 1:15 PM  Lunch and Table Talks 

  • Continuum of Care
  • Diversion
  • Emerging Adults
  • Expungement
  • Juvenile Bail

11:45 AM - 1:15 PM Young Leader Debrief

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Breakouts

  • No Kid Left Behind: Reforming System Responses to Young People Who Commit Violence
  • Restorative Justice 
  • Intersectional Justice in Practice                              

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Forum Closing

This event will be photographed and videotaped.