On October 10, 2018, the Columbia University’s Justice Lab is going to host a regional consultation for civil society in support of the United Nations Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty in New York City, United States of America. It will have the presence of the Independent Expert leading the Global Study, Professor Manfred Nowak, and several other experts in juvenile justice, including Melissa Sickmund, Director of the National Center for Juvenile Justice, Candice Jones, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Public Welfare Foundation, former Director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice and Jennifer Nagda, Policy Director, Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights at the University of Chicago Law School.
The consultation will primarily focus on the deprivation of liberty of children in the administration of justice in the United States. It will address the harms caused to children, families, and communities when children are deprived of their liberty in the juvenile or criminal justice system. The intersection with the detention of children on the basis of their status as a migrant will also be discussed.
The aim of this regional consultation is to inform the UN Global Study and increase public awareness. It will provide the latest quantitative and qualitative research on children in conflict with the law in North America. It will also present testimony from youth who have been confined in juvenile justice institutions or criminal justice jails and prisons. Most importantly, it will present a vision of an alternative justice system that responds to youth in developmentally appropriate and effective ways.
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