Identifying, Engaging, and Empowering Families

A Charge for Juvenile Justice Agencies

Past Event
Wednesday, Feb 24, 2016
12:00 PM — 4:00 PM
Vera Institute of Justice

Family involvement is essential for positive youth outcomes. It is particularly important for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. In recognition of this fact, the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy and the Vera Institute of Justice are publishing a paper authored by Ryan Shanahan and Margaret diZerega, Identifying, Engaging, and Empowering Families: A Charge for Juvenile Justice Agencies.

The paper will be released at an afternoon meeting on February 24th hosted by the Vera Institute of Justice. This afternoon discussion will be focused on the critical role families can play in juvenile justice reform. We invite you to participate in a conversation with key stakeholders in the juvenile justice system—family advocates, community-based organizations, government officials, and philanthropic partners—around strategies for identifying, engaging, and empowering families.

National dissemination of the paper will occur after the event on February 24.


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Networking and Light Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Setting the Framework
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Refreshments
2:45 PM - 4:45 PM Lessons from the Field


  • Margaret diZerega
    Margaret diZerega
    Managing Director of Initiatives
  • Ryan Shanahan
    Ryan Shanahan
    Director, Restoring Promise
  • Shay Bilchik
    Founder and Director of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University
  • Courtney Ramirez
    Executive Director, Office of Family Engagement, New York City Administration for Children’s Services
  • Tracey Wells-Huggins
    Associate Director, Justice4Families
  • Eric Kolb
    Clinical Supervisor, CASES
  • Alexandra Frank
    Juvenile Justice Strategy Group, Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Daniel Mendoza-Jacobo
    Youth Partnership Consultant to Annie E. Casey Foundation