The Office of Justice Programs has posted a new blog discussing Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs) in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Children's Advocacy Centers coordinate the investigation, treatment, and prosecution of child abuse cases nationwide.
Amy Peters shares how her experience growing up the child welfare system shapes her work as a juvenile public defender and discusses the importance of youth engagement with three youth members of state advisory groups.
The Enhancing Juvenile Indigent Defense program will support states and localities in developing and implementing strategies to improve juvenile indigent defense.
The goal of this program is to implement enhancements that improve juvenile indigent defense. Program objectives are to ensure that youth involved with the juvenile justice system have access to legal representation and access to resources that address the collateral consequences of justice system involvement.