National Juvenile Defender Center
Added Feb 2, 2009
1350 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone (202) 452-0010
The mission of NJDC is to ensure excellence in juvenile defense and promote justice for all children. NJDC provides support to public defenders, appointed counsel, law school clinical programs and non-profit law centers to ensure quality representation in urban, suburban, rural and tribal areas and offers a wide range of integrated services to juvenile defenders, including training, technical assistance, advocacy, networking, collaboration, capacity building and coordination.
NJDC focuses on a wide range of issues, from juveniles’ access to effective counsel to their competency to stand trial with particular expertise in adolescent development and its implications for juvenile justice policies and practices. NJDC is instrumental in the development, testing, and dissemination of Juvenile Court Curriculum, and in Curriculum-based training.
The National Juvenile Defender Center develops and advocates policy reform in partnership with governments, philanthropic foundations, agencies, and advocacy organizations at local, state, and national levels. Much of our policy work is focused on implementing the reforms in access to counsel and quality of representation.