National Center for Youth Law

July 2020 Donor Impact Report

Your Dollars at Work: July 2020 Donor Update

As our nation grapples with deeply-rooted, systemic racial injustice and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we at the National Center for Youth Law want to thank you for answering the call to support one of the most overlooked populations in our society: children and youth of color who are impacted by our public systems. Your gift made in the past year has helped to bring significant wins for youth rights.

Celebrating Class of 2020 Graduates

Our Compassionate Systems team works directly within schools in Arizona and California to connect students in the foster care system, students involved in the juvenile justice system, and students experiencing homelessness to the supports and services they need to graduate high school and pursue the college or career of their choice. Despite the additional challenges and disruption COVID-19 presented in their final semester, the seniors we serve persevered and reached an enormous milestone by graduating high school last month. As a small way of recognizing their accomplishments, our staff masked up and delivered personalized gift baskets. Congratulations, Class of 2020!

Demanding Safe and Supportive School Environments

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, NCYL demanded the removal of police officers from school settings, sending letters to Oakland Unified and Los Angeles Unified School Districts. Senior Attorney Atasi Uppal provided commentary to EdSource, a nonprofit journalism site, on the harmful effects of police in schools and resulting disproportionate criminalization of Black students. On June 24, in a victory for advocates led by the Black Organizing Project, the Oakland Unified School Board voted to eliminate the District’s police department.

Pushing Ahead in the Fight for Immigrant Children’s Rights

If you have been following our work, you know that we have been actively defending the Flores Settlement Agreement against the Trump Administration’s attacks, recently through oral arguments in the Ninth Circuit. In addition to this ongoing battle, we filed emergency motions in March to expedite the release of children in Office of Refugee Resettlement facilities in an attempt to mitigate risk of these children contracting COVID-19. After weeks of intense litigation, U.S. District Court Judge Gee granted our Motion to Enforce – ordering the release of detained minors to suitable family members and sponsors without unnecessary delay, and requiring that children without vetted sponsors be transferred to a setting that complies with COVID-19 guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The court also ordered the ORR and ICE Juvenile Coordinators to submit monthly monitoring reports, and the court has continued to hold monthly hearings to ensure the government’s compliance.

In these times especially, we are grateful for your ongoing partnership. Thank you for your generous contribution in the past year – and if you haven’t already, please sign up to receive our regular newsletter updates.