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Senate Bill 439 (2018) Implementation Guide

In 2018, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 439 (Senator Holly J. Mitchell) into law. SB 439 established a minimum age of juvenile court jurisdiction...
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Strengthening Child Welfare Practice for Immigrant Children & Families: A Toolkit for Child Welfare Professionals in California

Immigrant children and families in the child welfare system face unique barriers to permanency and well-being. In some cases, their involvement in the...
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The Flores Settlement Agreement & Unaccompanied Children in Federal Custody

This briefing document is focused on issues relating to unaccompanied children in federal immigration custody. The Flores Settlement Agreement also...
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Primer for Juvenile Court Judges: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Judicial Decision-Making for Newcomer Immigrant Youth in Juvenile Justice Proceedings

This primer and accompanying benchcard for juvenile court judges presents a trauma-informed approach to judicial decision-making for newcomer...
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Crisis on the Coast: The Bay Coastal Foster Youth and Homeless Student Populations

This report produced in partnership with Pivot Learning highlights the impact homelessness has on students in Monterey County and the efforts our two...
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Commercially Sexually Exploited Girls and Young Women Involved in Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice in Los Angeles County: An Exploration and Evaluation of Placement Experiences and Services Received

Conducted in collaboration with the National Center for Youth Law, Cal State LA, and Los Angeles County, this first-of-its kind study explores the...

Trauma-Informed Legal Advocacy: A Resource for Juvenile Defense Attorneys

This resource is intended to provide juvenile defense attorneys with an increased understanding of what trauma-informed legal advocacy entails, how...