National Center for Youth Law

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Youth Justice COVID-19 Statement

April 5, 2020
As the country works to address the COVID-19 public health crisis, the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) maintains its focus on ensuring the health, safety, and wellbeing of children and youth involved in or at-risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system. As we…

Mental Health COVID-19 Statement and Resources

March 31, 2020
COVID-19 has dramatically changed the lives of most children and families – and will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the mental health and wellness of children. This requires us to think about immediate and long-term solutions to mitigate harm and proactively improve our systems…

Response to the $2 Trillion COVID-19 Stimulus Package

March 26, 2020
The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) commends the Senate for passing legislation with much crucial assistance for the nation to address the impact of COVID-19. While this is a useful start, Congress must act quickly to provide additional assistance to schools to ensure that,…

Protecting Children and Youth During the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 20, 2020
The COVID-19 crisis has created unprecedented challenges for youth and families across the country. The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) is leading efforts to protect children and ensure they receive the supports and opportunities they need in this time. Impact Litigation  Expediting the release…

One Year Ago at NCYL: COPAA v. DeVos

March 10, 2020
In March 2019, a U.S. District Court agreed with the National Center for Youth Law that the U.S. Department of Education had engaged in an “illegal delay” of the 2016 Equity in Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regulations. The federal court’s ruling required those…

NCYL Files Flores Brief with Ninth Circuit

January 21, 2020
NCYL and co-counsel filed a brief in the Ninth Circuit January 21 as part of our ongoing efforts to combat the Administration’s attempts to undermine the Flores Settlement Agreement and the protections it provides to all children in federal immigration custody.  In September 2019,

A Reflection on the Work of a Champion for Children

December 6, 2019
Today, the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) celebrates another victory for children as a federal judge has granted final approval of a groundbreaking settlement designed to ensure that children in foster care in Missouri are administered psychotropic medications only when safe

Oral Arguments highlight the Dept of Ed’s attempts to destroy protections for students who experience sexual harassment. - Betsy DeVos's hypocrisy in addressing sexual harassment in schools continues

October 17, 2019
We sued Betsy DeVos more than 20 months ago about her decision to remove important federal protections for people experiencing sexual harassment, including sexual violence, in schools.  These changes and reversals are based on unfounded generalizations about women and girls, particularly their credibility regarding reported