President Biden declared November 2021 National Native American Heritage Month, honoring the contributions of tribal peoples and their perseverance. OJJDP is dedicated to partnering with tribes to improve outcomes for tribal youth.
OJJDP has launched a comprehensive national initiative to prevent youth hate crimes and identity-based bullying.
The Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018 (JJRA) reauthorizes and substantially amends the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974. The JJRA Redline tracks changes implemented by the new law.
The September/October newsletter highlights an OJJDP symposium on understanding and preventing youth hate crimes and identity-based bullying, remarks by the Acting Administrator about expanding AMBER Alert in Indian country, and OJJDP's commitment to youth impacted by the opioid epidemic.
The OJJDP Tribal Consultation Response report summarizes findings from the Tribal Consultation held on June 25, 2020, OJJDP's responses for resolving the issues discussed, feedback received during the comment period, and OJJDP action items to help build and maintain its support of tribal communities and their juvenile justice programs.
Videos from OJJDP's National Virtual Symposium
On October 27-28, 2021, OJJDP held "Understanding and Preventing Youth Hate Crimes and Identity-Based Bullying: A Virtual Symposium". View virtual remarks from OJJDP Acting Administrator Chyrl Jones and watch panel discussions from both days of the event.
This virtual symposium addressed important topics such as current trends and research on identity-based bullying, cyberbullying, youth-related hate crimes, and how hate groups use social media and technology to reach, recruit, and radicalize youth.
"Empowering youth to lead productive lives is at the core of our Office's mission," said Acting Administrator Jones in her virtual remarks. "No one can build a productive life if they are bullied or targeted because of their race, gender, sexual orientation or any other difference."
Understanding and Preventing Youth Hate Crimes and Identity-Based Bullying (Day 2)
Panel discussions provided programs, best practices, and evidence-based strategies on how schools, families, law enforcement, and communities can work together to build protective factors in youth and help youth resist and disengage from extremist hate groups.