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OJJDP Joins the Nation in Commemorating Juneteenth

President Biden proclaimed June 19, 2024, as Juneteenth Day of Observance. Juneteenth marks the effective end of slavery in the United States, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.

On Juneteenth, may we celebrate the essence of freedom that galvanized the country, the progress we have made in our Nation, and all that is possible when we march forward together. 
—President Biden

OJJDP is honored to join the Nation in celebrating this historical milestone and is committed to advancing racial equity and fairness. OJJDP's Title II Formula Grants Programs helps states identify and reduce racial and ethnic disparities among system-involved youth. The Office also awarded $1.5 million to establish the Center for Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice, launched in May 2024. The Center will provide training, technical assistance, and resources to juvenile justice practitioners.


  • Read White House Juneteenth Fact Sheet: Actions to Protect and Preserve Our Nation’s African American History.
  • Watch a video message from OJJDP Administrator Ryan on Pursuing Racial Equity and Fairness.
  • Read President Biden's remarks at the signing of the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act.
  • Follow OJJDP on X formerly known as Twitter and Facebook.
Date Published: June 19, 2024