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Juvenile Justice Initiative

518 Davis, Suite 211
Evanston, IL 60201

Phone: 847-864-1567      
Fax: 847-570-0749
Email: jji@jjustice.org
Web: www.jjustice.org
Twitter: @JJInitiative
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JuvenileJusticeInitiative

Betsy Clarke
E-mail: bcjuv@aol.com 

Kanako Ishida
Policy Research Analyst 
E-mail: ki@jjustice.org 

Organization Profile
The Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI) is a non-profit, non-partisan, inclusive, statewide coalition of state and local organizations, advocacy groups, legal educators, practitioners, community service providers, and child advocates supported by private donations from foundations and individuals/entities.

JJI’s mission is to transform the juvenile justice system in Illinoisby reducing reliance on confinement, enhancing fairness for all youth, and developing an adequate range of community-based resources.

JJI as a coalition establishes/joins broad-based collaborations developed around specific initiatives to achieve concrete improvements and lasting changes for youth in the justice system. JJI’s goal is to develop a statewide initiative to decrease incarceration rates and increase prevention services for youth in Illinois.

United Congregations Metro-East (UCM)

113 Church Street
PO Box 1648
Cahokia, IL 62206

Web: https://www.ucmetroeast.org/home
Phone: (618) 646-9712
Fax: (618) 646-9714
Twitter: @ucmetroeast
Facebook: United Congregations of Metro-East

Mike Atty
Email: mikeatty@ucmetroeast.org

Organization Profile
UCM is an interfaith and multiracial organization designed to address social injustice in Illinois by bringing together participants to make an impact on communities.

Communities United

Communities United (Albany Park) Office
4749 N. Kedzie Ave., 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60625

Communities United (Belmont Cragin) Office
2008 N. Lawler Ave.
Chicago, IL 60639

(773) 583-1387
Fax: (773) 583-1487

Email: info@communitiesunited.org
Web: https://communitiesunited.org/
Twitter: @CommsUnited
Facebook: Communities United

Laqueanda Reneau, Youth Organizer & Regional Organizer in Austin & North Lawndale
Email: laqueanda@communitiesunited.org

Organization Profile
Communities United is a grassroots community organization that addresses the root causes of social, racial and economic injustice at a neighborhood, citywide, statewide and national level. Communities United accomplishes this by uniting diverse youth and adults in Chicago's northwest side and through the development of city and statewide coalitions to build powerful and broad based alliances across the city and state. Through a community organizing approach, Communities United develops leaders to build power to address issues and bring about policy change around the areas of affordable housing, education reform, health care justice, immigrant rights, youth rights and living wage.Communities United was formed in 2000 in Chicago's northwest side under the name Albany Park Neighborhood Council (APNC). Building off of years of growth in the scope of the organization's impact, and in the geographic region APNC worked in-- the organization's leadership elected to change the organization's name to Communities United in 2014.


Garien-Gatewood_juvenile-justice-reformGarien Gatewood

Program Director
Illinois Justice Project  


Areas of Expertise: youth reentry, policy reform, poverty, education and human rights

Bio: Garien Gatewood has worked on youth justice issues his entire career, advocating for prisoner rights, access to education, sentencing reform and constitutional rights for youth. He had worked for the Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI), where he focused on creating policies and advocating for youth in the youth justice system across the state of Illinois.

Prior to joining JJI, he had worked for the Children’s Law Center, where he focused on youth returning to society from youth or adult facilities, residential treatment facilities, or youth aging out of foster care. He also clerked for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Juvenile Justice Project and the Mississippi Innocence Project, and currently serves on the board of trustees of Lighthouse Youth Services. Garien is currently working as the Program Director for the Illinois Justice Project.

Locale: Illinois
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