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April-June 2013

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April – June 2013 VOLUME XXXII No. 2


Meet the Artists

July 1, 2013
NCYL is interested in publishing drawings, poems, and other art by youth. Please contact interim Communications Director, Stephen Texeira, with submissions. stexeira(at)


Junior is 17 years old and entering his senior year of high school. He loves drawing animals and portraits of people. Recently

Alumni News — Apr-Jun 2013

July 1, 2013
Former NCYL law student Novella Coleman has finished her fellowship at the Equal Justice Society and has accepted a staff attorney job with the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California. Former intern Whit Griffinger married Morgan Caplane on June 8th.  The wedding was performed

At the Center — Apr-Jun 2013

July 1, 2013

NCYL’s Francis Guzman Speaks at Law Day in Albuquerque

Realizing the Dream: Equality for All Francis Guzman spoke at the first Law Day ever held at the Children’s Court in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The event focused on empowering troubled youth to believe in themselves and

Funding News — April – June 2013

July 1, 2013

Sandler Foundation Offers Challenge Grant

NCYL is honored to be the recipient of a $250,000 grant from the Sandler Foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund, $100,000 of which is structured as a challenge grant. The Sandler grant is dependent on NCYL raising new or…

Sara Kruzan One Step Closer to Freedom

July 1, 2013
After years of efforts to free Sara Kruzan, convicted of life without the possibility of parole for killing her pimp at age 16, it is now likely that she will walk free within the coming months. The pimp had sexually abused her since she was…

NCYL Seeks to Protect Alaska’s Vulnerable Teens

July 1, 2013
The National Center for Youth Law, Juvenile Law Center, and Legal Voice have filed an amicus curiae brief in the Alaska Supreme Court urging the court to consider the Equal Protection implications for a state law requiring minors to notify their parents prior to obtaining…

CSEC Action Project Approved by Council

July 1, 2013
The California Child Welfare Council voted unanimously to approve the Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Action Project. The Action Team is tasked with helping to implement recommendations, based on the National Center for Youth Law’s report, “Ending Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: A call for…

California Budget Helps Foster Children with Their Educational Needs

July 1, 2013
With the budget bill passed this week by the legislature, California is poised to become the first state to hold itself accountable for the educational outcomes of foster children. Foster children suffer from tragically poor educational outcomes: 75% perform below grade level; 80% have repeated…

NCYL Files Civil Rights Complaint Over Texas Truancy Practices

July 1, 2013
Michael Harris and Hannah Benton of the National Center for Youth Law, along with representatives from Texas Appleseed and Disability Rights Texas, filed a civil rights complaint last week with the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of students in Dallas County truancy court. The…

Maryland Passes a Bill to Reduce Juvenile Detention

July 1, 2013
On May 16, 2013, Maryland’s Governor signed into law House Bill 916, which establishes that youth with certain minor offenses should not be sent to long-term juvenile detention facilities. The Maryland Department of Legislative Services estimates that the law will reduce juvenile incarceration by up…

NCYL Provides Support to Legal Services Programs

July 1, 2013
As a state support center, funded in part by the State Bar of California’s IOLTA program, NCYL provides services to qualified legal services programs free of charge. NCYL attorneys are available to assist advocates representing children and adolescents in need. NCYL’s priority areas are: child…

Recent Controversy Around Morning After Pill Centers on Teen Access

July 1, 2013
By Bryn Martyna Teen access to emergency contraception (the so-called “morning after pill”) has been the subject of a recent flurry of activity in and out of the courtroom. The heart of the recent debate has been whether there should be age limits on nonprescription…

The Effects of Sequestration on Juvenile Justice in Colorado

July 1, 2013
Many state juvenile justice and delinquency prevention programs have yet to see cuts due to sequestration, but the impacts may be felt when 2013 funds are distributed in the fall, said Meg Williams, juvenile justice specialist for the State of Colorado. Although the federal Office…