Insufficient Data Renders Latinos in Illinois Juvenile Justice System Virtually Invisible
December 09 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Experts to discuss impact of information gap, potential remedies offered in report
Chicago—On Monday, December 12, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) and Enlace Chicago will convene a panel of leading juvenile justice experts at the DePaul University Steans Center to discuss the critical lack of information and data about Latino youth in Illinois’ juvenile justice system. The panel discussion coincides with the release of Counting Latino Youth in the Illinois Juvenile Justice System, a report authored by NCLR.
The report details the inadequacy of information on Hispanic youth, who constitute one of the fastest-growing segments of the population, and highlights this lack of data as a major barrier to developing strategies and policies that can effectively prevent young Latinos from becoming caught up in the justice system. Panelists will discuss the problems posed by the insufficient data and review recommendations offered in the report.
Maricela Garcia, Director of Capacity-Building, NCLR
Michael D. Rodriguez, Executive Director, Enlace Chicago
Sen. Mattie Hunter, D-Chicago, author of Racial and Ethnic Impact Research Task Force Act
Julie Biehl, Director, Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University Law School
Layla Suleiman Gonzalez, Director, Strategic Planning and Performance, Illinois Department of Human Services
WHAT: Panel Discussion on Counting Latino Youth in the Illinois Juvenile Justice System
WHEN: Monday, December 12, 2011, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. CST
WHERE: DePaul University Steans Center
1 East Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL. 60604
TO COVER: Please contact Julian Teixeira at email@example.com, or call (202) 776-1812
NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Issues: Children and Juvenile Justice, Children and Youth Publications, Criminal Justice System, Juvenile Justice, Latino Juvenile Justice Network, Youth
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