Annual Fund Drive

For over a decade, CJDC has strived 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 though ongoing litigation support and assistance.

So far in 2018, the Colorado Juvenile Defender Center has:

  • Helped over 30 clients successfully petition to expunge their juvenile records and/or de-register;
  • Worked with the 2018 Colorado legislature on the passage of HB18-1156 which limits penalties of juvenile truancy for Colorado youth;
  • Jointly published a 716-page Juvenile Defense Manual to guide attorneys through juvenile court;
  • Trained over 300 attorneys, social workers, investigators, and advocates on topics ranging from immigration advocacy and competency, to direct file and transfer, education advocacy, raising race and beyond;
  • Participated in a statewide investigation of Colorado’s juvenile justice system with the Counsel of State Governments;
  • Wrote an amicus curiae in the Bredhold case, filed in the Kentucky Supreme Court;
  • Worked with state, regional, and national partners to develop partnerships with tribal courts;
  • Developed a new rural-focused attorney training model;
  • And successfully secured funding to begin direct representation in education proceedings.

As CJDC gears up for its eleventh year of youth justice advocacy, we are raising $10,000 in our Annual Fund Drive and hope that you can make a contribution to CJDC part of your giving this holiday season .  Every penny helps.  $100 would pay for 1 community newsletter; $150 would pay the fees for one attorney to represent one client on an expungement case; $250 would pay the costs associated with holding a two-hour continuing legal education session for juvenile defense attorneys; and $500 would pay for the cost of hosting one summer legal intern.

Click the “Donate” button to make an online contribution:

Colorado Juvenile Defender Center
1245 E. Colfax Ave, Ste. 204
Denver, CO 80218