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Center for Children’s Law and Policy

Added Feb 2, 2009

1701 K Street, NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20006

Phone (202) 637-0377

The Center for Children’s Law and Policy is a public interest law and policy organization that works to reform juvenile justice, child welfare, education, and other systems that affect troubled and at-risk children. Its mission is to protect these children and ensure that they receive the necessary support and services to become healthy, productive adults. CCLP is the successor to the Washington, D.C. office of the Youth Law Center.

Partners and clients

CCLP partners with other system reform and advocacy organizations such as the Justice Policy Institute and the National Juvenile Defender Center, and with major law firms that provide pro bono assistance to juveniles and their families. It works with state and local child-serving organizations, agencies, and leaders at all levels of the system in the Models for Change states.

Strategies and services

CCLP provides a broad range of services, including research, writing, public education, constituency building, media advocacy, training, technical assistance, litigation, and administrative and legislative advocacy at the local, state, and national levels. As part of the Models for Change initiative, CCLP puts all these skills to work to understand and change policies and practices that contribute to overrepresentation of minorities and disparities in their treatment throughout the juvenile justice system. In the selected states it will work, as needed, to:

  • Raise awareness of the problem of minority overrepresentation in order to motivate change
  • Improve data collection and reporting practices,
  • Identify decision points in the process, from arrest to confinement and beyond, where differential treatment occurs,
  • Use the data to examine why and how disparate treatment occurs and what actions can reduce bias in decision making, and
  • Help implement the plans and monitor progress toward improved outcomes CCLP is preparing a report on promising approaches to juvenile justice reform in each of the Models for Change states.

Informing the field of successful reforms, and disseminating the tools and lessons learned along the way, will help create momentum toward reform in other states.

Areas of expertise

Community Organizing and Advocacy, Corrections and Probation, Policy Analysis