What We Do
At the Children and Family Justice Center, youth matter. We provide access to justice for youth threatened by the juvenile justice system or already within its grip. Our diverse programs and projects directly represent youth, lobby for the reform of laws that govern them, and educate them beyond the classroom.
Represent and Reform
- Attorneys and students provide representation for youth in delinquency cases.
- CFJC represents youth with the Illinois Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Children to battle juvenile life without parole or JLWOP (pdf).
- Cook County's diverse landscape brings youth and families battling with citizenship to CFJC's doors. The center tackles Immigration and Asylum cases with people seeking aid from around the globe.
- Through the Parole Revocation Representation Project, CJFC serves as the only representation for youth during their parole hearings.
- CFJC also aids youth's progress after being entered into the system. Through Project Off the Record, CFJC represents youth trying to terminate their requirement to register as a juvenile sex offender for life, often scarring their ability to rehabilitate and move forward.
- CFJC hosts workshops and community outreach events for training youth about their rights through the Know Your Rights Project.