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August 2020 Roundup

August 28, 2020
Courtney M. McSwain

COVID-19 Resources and Responses

  • Data: “COVID-19 in Juvenile Facilities” The widespread incidence of COVID-19 inflicts devastating impacts on incarcerated youth, their families, the staff who work in those facilities, and the communities they call home. The Sentencing Project is tracking COVID-19 positive diagnoses among youth and staff at juvenile facilities and the number of known cases in each state. Read more.

Racial Justice/Anti-Racism News

  • Article: “Native Americans Feel Devastated by the Virus Yet Overlooked in the Data.” The New York Times, 7/30/20. Statistical gaps can make it difficult to properly allocate public resources to Native Americans. When that’s the case, one leader said, “tribal nations have an effective death sentence.” Read more.
  • Article: “Are Racial Attitudes Really Changing? Some Black Activists Are Skeptical.” The New York Times, 8/11/20. For community activists on the South Side of Chicago, words are insufficient, and an embrace of the Black Lives Matter movement requires caring for communities that both Democrats and Republicans have ignored. Read more.


  • Petition: NJJN member Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children are petitioning for the immediate release of all youth currently incarcerated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sign the petition!
  • Webinar: The Coalition on Human Needs will host two upcoming webinars on voter engagement and mobilization.
     - Tuesday, September 1, 3:00 p.m. Eastern — Opportunities for Supporting Voter Engagement as a 501(c)(3) Social Justice Organization. Read More.
     - Tuesday, October 6, 3:00 p.m. Eastern — Get Out the Vote: Opportunities to Mobilize People. Read More.
  • Summit: The Tom Tom Foundation will host a 7-week long Cities Rising Summit, taking place virtually over September 15 - October 30, 2020. Multi-sector leaders will discuss the innovative, and often under-sung, solutions happening across the country. 


  • Mental Health Support for Advocates: NJJN Member Delaware Center for Justice is sponsoring a group therapy program entitled “Healing Spaces,” for Black social justice advocates, organizers, activists, and community members. This weekly group therapy program aims to provide participants with a language to understand race-related trauma and promote and increase mental health awareness and skills. The program will run from mid-August 2020 to the end of September 2020 and is free of cost to its participants. Contact Javonne Rich at 302-298-5635 or JRich@dcjustice.org for more info and to register.
  • Report: “Labeled For Life: A Review Of Youth Sex Offender Registration Laws.”
    By: Malik Pickett, Emily Satifka, and Riya Saha Shah with Vic Wiener. 8/13/20.
    The Juvenile Law Center released a new report outlining every state’s laws on youth sex offender registration and provides a roadmap for legislative reform to end this harmful practice. Read More.
  • Report: The Alianza for Youth Justice released a report "Latinx Youth Data Gap in the Youth Justice System" in collaboration with UCLA-Latino Policy and Politics Initiative. The report catalogs how each of the 50 states, across counties and institutions, collects highly inconsistent and inaccurate data of Latinx youth in the youth justice system. Learn More. 
  • Toolkit: “Reimagining School Safety Resolution Toolkit.”
    By: Karen Dolan, Cecelia Scheuer and Uma Nagarajan-Swenson. The Institute for Policy Studies has published an extensive toolkit to help advocates push to remove SROs from schools. Read More.
  • Toolkit: “Your Vote Is Your Voice: A Toolkit for Youth Justice and Electoral Advocacy.”
    The purpose of the Your Vote is Your Voice toolkit is to provide you with the information you need to engage in the political process; to make sure those seeking political power in your state understand the issues facing youth involved in the juvenile justice system and stand ready to work with young people and families if elected. Read More.
  • Toolkit: “Making Kentucky Kids Count in the 2020 Election!”
    NJJN Member Kentucky Youth Advocates released a toolkit with for tips and tools to ensure kids' voices are heard in state and federal elections. Read More.
  • Statement & Video: Fair and Just Prosecution and Youth Correctional Leaders for Justice released a joint statement calling for the closure of youth prisons. “As prosecutors, youth correctional administrators, and other concerned individuals, we have too often witnessed the failures of our country’s system of youth justice. The United States has long been the global leader in youth incarceration, locking up young people at a far higher rate than other industrialized nations, resulting in further trauma and fraying family and social ties, rather than improving children’s lives. By any measure, our overuse of incarceration for youth is ineffective, inefficient, and inhumane. Read Statement.  Watch Video.  


  • The Washington, D.C. Office for Students in the Care of D.C., led by YJLI Alum LaShunda Hill, is seeking advocates and organizations working with justice-involved students to apply for the SCDC Coordinating Committee. Read More.
  • The Delaware Center for Justice is hiring an Office and Administrative Coordinator. Read More.
  • The Juvenile Law Centeris hiring for several full-time positions, including:
    • Staff Attorney
    • Paralegal
    • Youth Advocacy Program Associate
    • Staff Attorney or Legal Fellow: Debt Free Justice Campaign 
    • State Policy Advocate, Dept Free Justice Campaign
      Learn More.

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