The campaign is a partnership of organizations and individuals across the country embarking on a multi-year, multi-pronged strategy to end juvenile justice debt.

We will provide on the ground technical assistance to support strategic litigation, juvenile defender training, and policy advocacy.


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Juvenile Law Center advocates for rights, dignity, equity and opportunity for all youth in the child welfare and justice systems.  Founded in 1975, Juvenile Law Center is the first non-profit, public interest law firm for children in the country. Through litigation, appellate advocacy and submission of amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs, policy reform, public education, training, consulting, and strategic communications, we fight for children who come into contact with the child welfare and justice systems. We strive to ensure that laws, policies, and practices affecting youth advance racial and economic equity and are rooted in research, consistent with children’s unique developmental characteristics, and reflective of international human rights values.

Juvenile Law Center will provide amicus support to local advocating on fines and fees issues; collaborate with local partners on strategic litigation; and engage in impact litigation and appellate advocacy to challenge juvenile fines and fees. Juvenile Law Center will also develop resources for use by advocates across the country engaged in this work. 

The Policy Advocacy Clinic is a law school clinic based at UC Berkeley School of Law. Attorneys supervise interdisciplinary teams of law and public policy students pursuing non-litigation strategies to address systemic racial, economic, and social injustice. The clinic’s approach is bottom-up (grounded in the lives of real people), problem-based (addressing pressing social issues), and client-driven (accountable to advocacy organizations). Current projects include state and national efforts to reduce the harmful and racially discriminatory impact of fines and fees on low-income people in the criminal justice system.

The Policy Advocacy Clinic will provide technical assistance to local advocates interested in ending juvenile fee debt, informed by legal research, stakeholder surveys, public records requests, and key informant interviews.