Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $500,000)
The OJJDP FY 09 Earmarks Programs further the Department's mission by providing grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance authorized by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended, to organizations identified in the Explanatory Statement Regarding H.R. 1105 (Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009), 155 Cong. Rec. H1653 (daily ed. Feb. 23, 2009) (statement by Rep. Obey, Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations of the House).
The Juvenile Justice Center (JJC) at Suffolk University Law School is a nationally recognized legal program located in Boston, Massachusetts. Through the combined work of clinical professors, staff attorneys, student attorneys and professional staff, the Juvenile Justice Center endeavors to increase positive outcomes for youth through its multi-disciplinary approach to legal representation. Starting with excellent and ethical legal representation for children in the juvenile court system, the Center also assists youth with social services support and education advocacy. The Center will improve its current program of services, expand the scope of youth representation, and allow for more education and training of legal and service providers throughout the region and the country. Specifically, this grant will allow the JJC to expand services to youth who are charged with delinquency; are in need of education advocacy in suspension, expulsion, or special education needs; increase the holistic nature of representation for clients and their families originating in juvenile court; and expand legal resources for juvenile courts, prosecution offices, youth agencies and other child advocate groups. The funds will also support conferences, trainings, and presentations regarding best practices in interdisciplinary youth representation.