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Youth, Rights & Justice Presents
Justice is Sweet
Join us at the Hilton Portland Downtown for an evening benefiting Youth, Rights & Justice's work defending the rights of children and families in Oregon.
Thursday, November 7, 2019
Hilton Portland Downtown
Individual Tickets: $175
Early bird discount now available!
Two Tickets for $300
Offer ends October 1st
Youth, Rights & Justice
To improve the lives of vulnerable children and families through legal representation and advocacy in the courts, legislature, schools and community.
What We Do
We are dedicated exclusively to defending the rights of children and families in Oregon. YRJ is the state’s oldest and largest nonprofit law firm of its kind. We make Oregon a better place for children and families through our zealous representation and advocacy in the courts, legislature, schools and community. YRJ has represented over 25,000 children, youth and parents since our founding in 1975. We often open more than one case per client, representing them over time in different legal matters and in different forums, from the courts to the schools. YRJ has handled over 60,000 cases since 1975.
This program is the only educational advocacy program of its kind in the state. We know that access to a public education is something that we can’t take for granted for our foster children, which is why our direct services to children and families and our legislative efforts have focused on supporting the school inclusion, stability and success of our state’s foster children. We created the SchoolWorks program in 2002 to assist students in foster care and in the juvenile justice system to stay in school and out of trouble. As a group, students like our clients are far more likely than their peers to change schools, to face suspension and expulsion, and to drop out of school. They are also far more likely to have learning or other disabilities that impact their abilities to succeed in school. Our program goals are to help vulnerable students get into school, stay in the same school despite foster home moves, and receive the emotional and educational services needed to graduate and succeed.
Through our representation caseloads and SchoolWorks, we often see the same circumstances and challenges arise for our clients over and over again. These difficult situations are a result of the systemic failures that exist in Oregon for children and families. So, we have turned our gaze toward the state legislature, advocating for better laws and policies that affect our clients. Over 500,000 Oregon children and families have been helped by the laws, policies, and system reforms we’ve championed. This advocacy work supports all of Oregon’s vulnerable children.
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