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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Braam v. DSHS

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This case was originally brought by 13 current and former foster children for housing instability.

Henry A. v Willden

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This lawsuit charges Nevada and Clark County officials with failing to protect the health and safety of children in foster care.

Loleta Schools Civil Rights Complaint

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This civil rights complaint alleges continuing racial discrimination by employees of the Loleta Union School District including disparate treatment and harassment of Native American Students.

Brazwell v. Wagner

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This case challenged California's policy of denying cash assistance to relative caregivers when the children they care for get in trouble with the law and are returned home on probation.

Katie A. v. Bontá

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The suit challenged county and state agencies for neglecting their duties to provide necessary and legally mandated health care services to California’s foster children with mental health needs.

Dyer v. California Interscholastic Federation

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NCYL won a major case in California, securing fair and equal treatment of foster youth who play high school sports. This victory could potentially affect thousands of foster youth in the state.

Clark K. v Willden

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This lawsuit charged the defendants with causing serious harm to children in the child welfare system, and called for sweeping, system-wide reform on behalf of the more than 3,600 children in the legal custody of Clark County.

Flores v. Reno

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The Flores Settlement Agreement established national minimum standards for the treatment, placement, and release of detained immigrant children.