Our Partners

The Colorado Juvenile Defender Center (CJDC) partners with local, state, and national organizations to work towards our vision of all youth experiencing adolescence free from over-criminalization in a just society that promotes their well-being and provides second chances.  We are members of the National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) and the Colorado Safety Coalition.  Find out more information about our partners below.

American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado (ACLU)

CJDC partners with the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado on the Colorado Child Safety Coalition. From 2013 to 2016, a collaborative investigation of the illegal and punitive practices of the Division of Youth Corrections (DYC) which were causing physical and emotional harm to children in their custody was undertaken by the Colorado Child Safety Coalition.  That investigation included interviews with over twenty young people who were or had been incarcerated in eleven facilities run by the Division of Youth Corrections (now the Division of Youth Services) as well as a review of thousands of pages of internal DYC documents, videos, and medical reports.  For more information, or to contact ACLU of Colorado, visit them online HERE.

Chained Voices

Chained Voices art shows enable many incarcerated artists to showcase their artwork while raising awareness and funds for various needs they face as incarcerated youth and adults. Many of the artists were convicted as juveniles. The Chained Voices community believes it is incredibly important to continue this opportunity for artistic expression, awareness and consciousness raising. Chained Voices shines light onto the issues that incarceration creates for individuals, families and communities by giving those incarcerated voices a chance to speak through their art.  For more information, or to contact Chained Voices, visit them online HERE.

Learn Your Rights in Colorado (LYRIC)

The purpose of LYRIC (Learn your Rights in Colorado) is to teach youth about their Constitutional rights. Their programming aims to bring Constitutional law to life for juveniles in schools, juvenile justice facilities, and community settings.  CJDC and LYRIC continue to partner to educate children about their rights.  For more information, or to contact LYRIC, visit them online HERE.

Disability Law Colorado (DLC)

CJDC partners with the Disability Law Colorado on the Colorado Child Safety Coalition. From 2013 to 2016, a collaborative investigation of the illegal and punitive practices of the Division of Youth Corrections (DYC) which were causing physical and emotional harm to children in their custody was undertaken by the Colorado Child Safety Coalition.  That investigation included interviews with over twenty young people who were or had been incarcerated in eleven facilities run by the Division of Youth Corrections (now the Division of Youth Services) as well as a review of thousands of pages of internal DYC documents, videos, and medical reports.  For more information, or to contact DLC, visit them online HERE.

National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC)

CJDC partners with the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) and the Southwest Juvenile Defender Center (SWJDC) on our Access to Juvenile Justice: Rural and Tribal Southwest project.  This 3-year project began in October of 2015 and runs through September of 2018 and seeks to celebrate the exemplary juvenile justice programs in the region, offer training where necessary, and determine the level of access to and quality of representation for children facing charges in the Southwest.  For more information, or to contact NJDC, visit them online HERE.

National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN)
The National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) leads a movement of state-based juvenile justice reform organizations.  NJJN is a membership-led organization that exists to support and enhance the work of state-based juvenile justice advocates, and to join and raise their voices in demanding change both locally and nationally.  Through education, technical assistance, community-building and leadership development, NJJN provides strategic and substantive assistance to state-based change agents to help them address a wide array of juvenile justice reform needs.  For more information, or to contact NJJN, visit them online HERE.

Padres & Jóvenes Unidos

Padres & Jóvenes Unidos is a multi-issue organization led by people of color who work for educational equity, racial justice, immigrant rights and quality healthcare for all. Jóvenes Unidos, the youth initiative of Padres Unidos, emerged as young people became active in reforming their schools, ending the school to jail track and organizing for immigrant student rights. Both Padres and Jóvenes Unidos build power to challenge the root cause of discrimination, racism and inequity by exposing the economic, social and institutional basis for injustice as well as developing effective strategies to realize meaningful change.  For more information, or to contact NJJN, visit them online HERE.

Southwest Juvenile Defender Center (SWJDC)

CJDC partners with the Southwest Juvenile Defender Center (SWJDC) and the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) on our Access to Juvenile Justice: Rural and Tribal Southwest project.  This 3-year project began in October of 2015 and runs through September of 2018 and seeks to celebrate the exemplary juvenile justice programs in the region, offer training where necessary, and determine the level of access to and quality of representation for children facing charges in the Southwest.   For more information, or to contact the SWJDC, visit them online HERE.

YOS Parent/Family Association

The YOS Parent Association is comprised of family members of residents currently in the YOS facility. They are a non-profit organization with no direct affiliation with the Colorado Department of Corrections.  The Association is self-supported, meaning they do fundraising in order to acquire fund for events and activities for the young men and woman at YOS.  For more information, or to contact the YOS Parent/Family Association you can download their fliers below:

YOS Parent Family Association

YOS ASOCIACION de PADRES