National Center for Youth Law

February 2020 Donor Impact Report

Our Impact is Your Impact

How we’ve put your gift to work in recent months

We wanted to write and provide you with a glimpse of what we’ve been up to at the National Center for Youth Law over the past few months. Read on below for key developments in our efforts to seek justice for children at the federal, state, and county levels – all made possible thanks to your support.

Fighting for Immigrant Children’s Rights

You may have seen that we filed a new brief in defense of the Flores Settlement Agreement in the Ninth Circuit last month. But our work to uphold protections for all children in federal immigration custody spans far beyond litigation. In December 2019, NCYL and the Social Emergency Medicine & Population Health Program at Stanford University released a new congressional briefing book – a guiding document to federal policymakers on the basic standards governing the custody, detention, and release of children in federal immigration custody based on child welfare research. This briefing was highlighted in a CBS News article and on-air television segment.

Advocating for Trauma-Informed Approaches in the Justice System

We’ve also just developed a first-of-its-kind mental health resource guide and accompanying bench cards for California’s Judicial Counsel that will guide juvenile court judges throughout the state on how to treat newcomer immigrant youth with compassion and understanding. NCYL attorneys have presented these new materials at multiple conferences, including the National Association of Counsel for Children Conference in August 2019, and the Beyond the Bench Conference in December 2019 to spread best practices.

Modeling Relationship-Centered Education Equity

In the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD), our Compassionate Systems team is working with the Contra Costa County Office of Education, and the Contra Costa County Child and Family Services Department to support youth in the foster care system to excel in school and beyond. WCCUSD recently upped its investment in our relationship-centered approach to serving youth by creating a new Foster Youth Academic Counselor position.

We’ve come a long way, and still have a long way to go – but we’re in this together. Thank you for partnering with us to effect systemic change for children and youth!