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Celebrating three big wins in the fight for children's rights!
2020 has been a tough year in so many ways, but we still have a lot to celebrate in the fight for children’s rights! Three important laws, including the long-awaited Raise the Age Act, take effect this summer to help kids thrive and protect them from the dangers and long-term consequences of incarceration. This progress is the culmination of years of hard work and collaboration with partners, young people, and families and we are thrilled to share it with you today! Raise the Age LA Raise the Age Louisiana finally went into full effect this month! As of July 1, […]
How We're Working to Bring Children Home During COVID-19
It’s been a month since the COVID-19 crisis upended nearly all of our lives. And LCCR has been fighting harder than ever for the health and safety of children in Louisiana’s justice system. Calling on the Governor – As of right now, Louisiana accounts for a disproportionate amount of all positive COVID-19 cases in juvenile prisons in the entire United States. Three weeks ago, none of Louisiana’s incarcerated kids tested positive. As of today, 27 have (plus four more in group homes). Three weeks from now, how many more will test positive? Juvenile prisons have already proved ripe for outbreak. That’s […]
How We're Continuing the Fight
When the COVID-19 crisis began in New Orleans, there were 45 children locked up in the city’s jail, and hundreds more incarcerated throughout the state–all in settings extremely vulnerable to outbreak. Since that moment, LCCR has been working tirelessly to promote the safety and wellbeing of these children, as well as all of the children in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. We wanted to share this brief update on how, in a pandemic reality, LCCR is continuing to fight for the rights of kids: Family Needs – This past week we contacted all of our client families to see […]
Introducing LCCR’s 2020 Calogero Champion of Justice Awardee: Denese Shervington, MD, MPH
CELEBRATION FOR CHILDREN’S RIGHTS CANCELED With concerns about COVID-19 continuing to weigh heavily on everyone’s minds, we have decided to cancel this year’s Celebration for Children’s Rights event. The safety of our guests is just too important to jeopardize with a party. We hope to see you next year!​ ——————— With our Celebration for Children’s Rights coming up on Thursday, June 18 (6-8pm), we’re excited to introduce our Pascal Calogero Champion of Justice awardee for 2020: Denese Shervington, MD, MPH. “Dr. Shervington’s advocacy over the past decade has been reshaping how our city comprehends and responds to trauma – especially […]
Come Celebrate With Us!
CELEBRATION FOR CHILDREN’S RIGHTS CANCELED With concerns about COVID-19 continuing to weigh heavily on everyone’s minds, we have decided to cancel this year’s Celebration for Children’s Rights event. The safety of our guests is just too important to jeopardize with a party. We hope to see you next year!​ ——————— [slideshow_deploy id=’6688′]   Our lawyers, social workers, and policy advocates work tirelessly in support of our kids all year long. But on this night, we celebrate. Join us on Thursday, June 18th at our annual benefit event: the Celebration for Children’s Rights, presented by Milbank. We’ll be recognizing our successes […]
Corey's journey back from homelessness
At the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, we understand that an arrest can often coincide with other crises going on in the life of a child. That’s why we listen. We learn. And we help. LCCR social worker Nell had been working with “Corey” all summer long on his probation case, and the 13-year-old was making great strides. Then a crisis struck: Corey’s mom lost her job. Soon after, his family was evicted from their home with nowhere else to go. Even though Corey had been doing well on probation, his family’s sudden homelessness put his progress, and his very […]
Jason's Graduation
We know that when a child is arrested, there are usually greater issues going on in their life. That’s why we listen and learn before we work with them on a plan. We met “Jason” after his first arrest in 2016. He was struggling greatly in school and skipping class so frequently that he was eventually expelled. Meanwhile, as the eldest of three children in a single income household, he was under tremendous pressure to go out and get a job to help support the family. He was on the verge of dropping out of school in the 10th grade. Like so many of […]