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Overcoming the Collateral Consequences of Juvenile Court Involvement

with Serena Holthe & Sabrina Forté

Difficulty obtaining housing, employment, and education: the collateral consequences of involvement with the criminal justice system are well known. But many youth who have been involved in the juvenile court system face these same barriers. A partnership between juvenile defenders and civil legal aid can give youth the comprehensive legal representation they need to overcome these collateral consequences.

In our April 2018 episode of the Advocacy Exchange, our monthly conversation with advocates advancing change, we talked with a juvenile defender and a civil legal aid attorney who have partnered with their counterparts to represent youth facing the collateral consequences of juvenile court involvement. Serena Holthe, Special Counsel, Post-Disposition at the National Juvenile Defender Center, and Sabrina Forté, Staff Attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid’s Youth Justice Project, explained how these partnerships work and why they are effective.

For more, be sure to read Serena Holthe and Hillela Simpson’s Clearinghouse article, “Collateral Consequences of Juvenile Court Involvement: An Opportunity for Partnership.” 

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