Name of Host Organization: Youth Represent
City, State: New York, New York
Issue area: Children/Youth
Sponsors: Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Sean is representing youth aged 24 and under in New York City Family Court proceedings, to facilitate and promote the family stability necessary for successful re-entry, following involvement in the criminal justice system.
Need Addressed By Project
Family support is an essential element of successful re-entry for youth involved in the criminal justice system, yet many family relationships are strained by the emotional and financial toll of justice system involvement. This destabilization frequently manifests itself in family court matters, where youth are frequently unrepresented, and lack the requisite maturity and judgment to effectively advocate for themselves. This project will provide the Family Court representation this youth population needs to remain outside of the criminal justice system.