Legal Advocacy & Impact Litigation

We work strategically and collaboratively with co-counsel partners, community organizations, and named plaintiffs to bring impact litigation that represents broad classes of children and youth across multiple public systems.

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Antioch Unified School District Settlement

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This agreement addresses the District's failure to identify, evaluate and provide special education services and supports to African American students with disabilities, and the unnecessary exclusion of African American students through excessive discipline.

Planned Parenthood V. Promesa Behavioral Health

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Alleges group home staff denied foster youth access to reproductive health care services, forced youth to waive their right to confidential medical care, confiscated foster youths’ contraceptives, and forced foster youth to allow staff into youths' exam rooms during gynecological appointments.

Alicia B. V. Dannel Malloy

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This Superior Court lawsuit contends that the sub-standard alternative education offered to expelled children, who are disproportionately students of color, violates equal protection guarantees of both the state and U.S. Constitutions.

Texas Education Agency Administrative Complaint

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This complaint concerns the unlawful practice of thirteen Texas school districts forcing their most vulnerable students out of school through court procedures for truancy.

Sanchez v. California Interscholastic Federation

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This case asserts the rights of homeless youth to fully participate in school, including extracurricular activities.

Dallas County Truancy Court

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This federal civil rights complaint concerns the use of criminal courts to prosecute youth for truancy, and the way that school district's violations of students' civil and educational rights directly contribute to this problem.

Bryan Independent School District

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Bryan Independent School District's use of school resource officers to issue criminal sanctions for a range of minor student misbehavior unlawfully impacts African-American students, who are "cited" at a rate four times that of other students.

Jessica K. v. Eureka City School District

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NCYL brought this case on behalf of four students to challenge years of intentional discrimination by the District based on their race, sex, and disability status.

T.R. v. Dreyfus

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In Washington state, Medicaid-eligible children with serious mental health issues are often forced to seek the intensive care they need in state institutions and foster care.