Name of Host Organization: Advancement Project
City, State: Los Angeles, California
Issue area: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties
Sponsors: Edison International, Munger Tolles & Olson LLP
Joshua enforced civil liberty protections in Los Angeles communities by challenging unjust gang injunctions through innovative, much-needed representation of individuals, educational outreach, and advocacy.
Need Addressed By Project
Gang injunctions impact youth, families, and communities in both visible and invisible ways. Enjoined individuals are prevented from gathering with family and friends in view of the public; they are restricted by curfews and travel limitations within their neighborhoods; they may be evicted from public housing; and, if convicted of an injunction violation, they may be prevented from gaining custody of relative minors held by the city. Beneath the surface, outcomes include youth expectations of harassment by law enforcement, the strengthening of gang affiliations, and the interruption of service provision within communities.