On Monday, November 16, 2015 the Children's Law Center, in collaboration with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, put on an amazing event that built upon a powerful conversation about juvenile justice issues in Cincinnati. The following issues were highlighted:
-Safely reducing youth arrest and detention rates
-Improving youth/police relationships
-improving educational opportunities
-Reducing racial disparities at key points
-Facilitating successful youth re-entry
Nearly 200 people, including youth leaders, community organizations, and national experts in the area of juvenile justice, were in attendance. The Youth Lives Matter Forum featured James Bell, the founder and executive director of the Burns Institute, Lisa Thurau, the founder and executive director of Strategies for youth, and Carter Stewart, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Ohio. A big thanks to our speakers, our sponsors, and everyone who participated in the event!