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Stacy Nuñez

  • Hosted by Center for Juvenile Law & Policy
  • Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Service location Los Angeles, California
  • Law school Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
  • Issue area Disability Rights, Education/Special Education
  • Fellowship class year 2022
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Stacy will advocate for Los Angeles County’s secure track youth with disabilities to ensure their right to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) through direct representation, education, and policy reform.

With the closure of the state-run Division of Juvenile Justice in California, over 800 secure track youth now depend on individual counties to house them, educate them, and provide them adequate programming. Secure track youth will be detained in county detention facilities for long periods of time, and advocates are still brainstorming how to ensure robust programming for these youth.

Secure track youth with disabilities will now depend on counties, such as Los Angeles County, to meet their needs. However, despite having a legal right to an appropriate education, detained students with disabilities in Los Angeles County rarely receive an appropriate education and related services.

Stacy’s passion for education equity motivates their commitment to ensuring every student’s right to an appropriate education that meets their needs.

Fellowship Plans

During their Fellowship, Stacy will represent secure track youth to address their individual FAPE violation claims. They will collaborate with other advocates, such as community-based organizations and formerly detained persons, to inform the development and implementation of Los Angeles County’s reimagined youth justice system. Additionally, they will develop a policy report discussing the issues impacting access to appropriate services for detained youth with disabilities.


Greenberg Traurig Names its 2022 Equal Justice Works Fellows

An appropriate education has given me so many opportunities to lead a fulfilling life, and I believe everyone should have the opportunity to lead a fulfilling life too.

Stacy Nuñez /
2022 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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