Laws & Policy

We implement policy advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels. Our work includes policy development, lobbying, coalition building, and community organizing.

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Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Protections Act (2021)

AB 1140 (Rivas)

AB 1140 clarifies the responsibilities of the California Office of the Foster Care Ombudsperson, and their jurisdiction, to provide oversight of unaccompanied immigrant children held in state-licensed Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) facilities.

Justice for Survivors (2021)

AB 124 (Kamlager)

AB 124 aims to support survivors of violence, including domestic violence and human trafficking, by providing trauma-informed charging, sentencing, and resentencing relief and trial advocacy considerations.

Implementing the Closure of California’s State-Run Youth Prisons (2021)

NCYL works to implement the historic passage of SB 823 (2020), the law that signaled California’s intention to close its Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and youth prisons, to replace it with a system that honors the potential of youth, not needlessly punish them.

Healthy Futures for Foster Youth (2021)

California Strengthens Reproductive Health Equity for Youth in Foster Care

Three significant investments were included in the 2021-2022 California State budget that improve upon existing laws to strengthen reproductive health equity for youth in foster care.

PROMYSE Act - Promoting Youth Success and Empowerment Act (2021)

SB 493 Bradford

SB 493 improves the Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act by ensuring adequate oversight, equitable decision-making, and effective investments prioritizing our communities’ most critical needs. SB 493 was not successful in 2021.

Mental Health Education (2021)

SB 224 (Portantino)

SB 224 ensures that middle and high school health courses include instruction on mental health and wellness, and requires the state to develop a plan to expand mental health instruction in California public schools by January 1, 2024.

Improving FAFSA Completion for Youth in Foster Care (2020)

SB 860 (Beall)

California's SB 860 advances education equity for youth in foster care by improving coordination to support them with completing Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and ensure they have access to critical financial support to succeed in college.

Miranda Rights for Youth (2020)

SB 203 (Bradford)

In 2017, California passed SB 395, a law that prohibits police from interrogating youth under age 16 until the youth has had a chance to talk with an attorney about their rights. SB 395 sunsets January 2025.

Confidentiality and Sealing of Police Diversion Records (2020)

AB 2425 (Stone)

Ensures that youth diverted from the juvenile justice system are protected from the negative collateral consequences of a police record.