This week we’ve been promoting some great new resources and opportunities, and continuing our momentum from the past few days, we just want to rehash a few things and introduce some other good nuggets for you all:
NCCRED Wants YOU
The North Carolina Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities (NCCRED) has opened applications for a new executive director. The organization seeks an executive director who can provide organizational leadership, racial equity coalition building, and can manage its commission committees and initiatives. Top candidates will have a passion for racial justice and criminal justice reform, excellent communication skills, the ability to manage a wide variety of organizational priorities, comfort with conflict and engaging in robust dialogue with people of differing views and experience in criminal justice reform. Applications will be accepted until Feb. 15. Please find the details about the position and how to apply here.
The North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services (IDS) is excited to announce a new resource for counsel representing appointed clients. As you know, the Supreme Court held in Padilla v. Kentucky, 559 U.S. 356 (2010), that the effective assistance of counsel may require counsel to provide advice about the potential immigration consequences of the possible resolutions of the case. In order to assist counsel in meeting the requirement of Padilla, IDS has contracted with two experienced immigration attorneys who will provide immigration consultations for counsel representing appointed clients. An Immigration Consequences page has been added to IDS’ website, where you will find an explanation of the process, a link to an on-line form that you can use to request immigration advice, and a printable version of the form that you can use when interviewing your client or otherwise gathering the required information.
The National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) has recently launched a Teen Dating Violence feature on its website. This page offers links to the National Dating Abuse Helpline along with various publications and other resources to help victims and others involved with people who need aid or just want to be educated on the issue. Their pages also provide further links to information on domestic violence, sexual assault, and “special populations”, including juveniles.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has also released an updated review on “Interactions Between Youth and Law Enforcement“. This document compiles research from various organizations, analyzing youth-initiated and police-initiated interactions, the impacts of such interactions on the juvenile justice system, police training programs, diversion programs and more. The full review can be found here.
Registration is still open for the “Advocating for Youth Charged with First Degree Murder” training until Feb. 15. We want to make sure that everyone, especially those in the juvenile defense community, have a chance to take advantage of this valuable training. Please be sure to check it out here and we will continue to offer light reminders in the coming weeks.
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) is accepting applications for its Youth in Custody Certificate Program, to be held June 11–15, 2018, at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. This training is designed for juvenile justice system leaders and partners working to improve outcomes for youth in post-adjudication custody. The curriculum covers critical areas, including culture change and leadership, addressing racial and ethnic disparities, family engagement, assessment, case planning, facility-based education and treatment services, and reentry planning and support. Upon approval of a Capstone Project Proposal initiating or building on local reform efforts, participants receive an Executive Certificate from Georgetown University and join the CJJR Fellows Network of more than 850 individuals. Applications will be accepted until March 2.
That will be all for this week. There is plenty more to come in the next few weeks, so check back here early and often. Also, if there is anything anyone in the N.C. juvenile defense community would like to submit to us to promote on our website and other channels, be sure to contact us and let us know. We are always here to support you!