Our Vision

CJDC believes all children and youth should experience adolescence free from over-criminalization in a just society that promotes their well-being and provides second chances.  We Believe in Youth!

Our Mission

The Colorado Juvenile Defender Center is a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring excellence in juvenile defense and advocacy and justice for all children and youth in Colorado.

CJDC strives to elevate the practice of juvenile defense and advocacy, by holding up juvenile defense as a skilled specialty practice, presenting continuing legal education seminars, developing resources and materials for juvenile defenders and advocates, and by supporting indigent defense through ongoing litigation support and assistance.

CJDC seeks to protect the rights and improve the treatment of children and youth in the juvenile justice system through public advocacy, community organizing, non-partisan research, and policy development.