Youth Represent and STRIVE International Select CCA for Fellowship
July 7, 2017
A conviction, an arrest, or even a simple interaction with police can have lasting consequences for young people, threatening the stability they need to thrive.
When the justice system creates barriers to success for youth, Youth Represent uses the law to help them leave the stigma of a criminal record behind. A community-lawyering model ensures that youth age 24 and under have access to reentry legal representation to be able to pursue the cornerstones of stability—housing, employment, education, and family support—both during and after involvement with the justice system.
A new initiative to support justice-involved youth will provide advice and legal assistance in Hartford, Baltimore and New Orleans. The Center for Children’s Advocacy has been selected for the fellowship awarded in Hartford, CT, with the award going to CCA attorney Marisa Halm. Attorney Halm will provide direct legal representation, and Youth Represent will provide support to collect data and monitor results.