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Juvenile Law Center
Juvenile Law Center advocates for rights, dignity, equity and opportunity for youth in the child welfare and justice systems.

Founded in 1975, Juvenile Law Center was the first non-profit, public interest law firm for children in the country. Through litigation, appellate advocacy and submission of amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs, policy reform, public education, training, consulting, and strategic communications, they fight for children who come into contact with the child welfare and justice systems.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 N.H. ex rel J.H. v. Edwards
3:20-cv-00293-JWD-EWD (M.D. La.)
Filed 05/14/2020 - Closed 2021
Governor of Louisiana
Juvenile Institution
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COVID-19 Summary: This is a joint class action lawsuit and habeas petition brought on behalf of children confined in four secure care facilities operated by the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice, seeking release and mitigation in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The plaintiffs alleged that children are at-risk for contracting and transmitting ... [view]
2 In re: the Petition of C.Z., A.O., and Z.S.-W., on behalf of all similarly situated individuals
24 EM 2020 (State Court)
Filed 04/01/2020 - Closed 2020
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Juvenile Institution
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COVID-19 Summary: The Juvenile Law Center, the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project, and DLA Piper filed a petition to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court requesting that they take immediate action to reduce the population of youth detentions in Pennsylvania. While the petition was denied, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania directed the Pennsylvania ... [view]
3 Ms. L. v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
3:18-cv-00428 (S.D. Cal.)
Filed 02/26/2018 - Case Ongoing
United States
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
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On February 26, 2018, an asylum seeker from the Democratic Republic of Congo (Ms. L.) filed this lawsuit and a writ for habeas corpus in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. 2018 WL 1310160. The plaintiff sued the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and its parent agency, the U.S. Department of Homeland ... [view]
4 J.J. v. Litscher
3:17-cv-00047 (W.D. Wis.)
Filed 01/23/2017 - Case Ongoing
Wisconsin Department of Correction
Lincoln Hills School for Boys & Copper Lake School for Girls
Juvenile Institution
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On January 23, 2017, four minor children confined to the state juvenile facilities Copper Lake School for Girls and the Lincoln Hills School for Boys filed this class action in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. The plaintiffs sued various state officials responsible for the facility under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The ... [view]
5 Wallace v. Powell/H.T. v. Ciavarella
3:09-cv-00286 (M.D. Pa.)
Filed 02/13/2009 - Case Ongoing
Robert J. Powell
The Powell Law Group
Juvenile Institution
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This case grew out of the criminal misconduct of two state court juvenile judges who sent hundreds of children to juvenile detention facilities because of bribes paid by the companies that ran those detention facilities. On February 13, 2009, the plaintiffs--children who had been adjudicated delinquent found to have violated their probation and ... [view]
6 Anderson v. Houstoun
00-CV-04148-BWK (E.D. Pa.)
Filed 08/16/2000 - Closed 2005
Department of Human Services of the City of Philadelphia
Child Welfare
Public Benefits / Government Services
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This class action involving adult care givers, either relatives of the children or close friends of the children's parents, caring for Pennsylvania children whose parents are unable to provide care was filed on August 16, 2000, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiffs were represented by the Juvenile Law ... [view]
7 Brian B. v. Stalder
3:98-cv-00886-JJB-SCR (M.D. La.)
Filed 10/21/1998 - Closed 2006
Tallulah Correctional Center for Youth (Tallulah)
Juvenile Institution
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
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This is one of a collection of § 1983 inmate cases filed in Louisiana federal courts to challenge the operation and conditions of confinement in the Louisiana prison system and in parish and city jails through Louisiana. These cases have worked their way through the federal courts over the last four decades and are part of this collection, ... [view]
8 D.B. v. Casey
91-6463 (E.D. Pa.)
Filed 10/16/1991 - Closed 1993
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Youth Development Center
Juvenile Institution
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On October 16, 1991, a class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on behalf of all boys confined, presently or in the future, in the Youth Development Center in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel and the ... [view]
9 T.M. v. City of Philadelphia
89-cv-4630 (E.D. Pa.)
Filed 05/23/1989 - Closed 1996
City of Philadelphia
City of Philadelphia
Criminal Justice (Other)
Philadelphia County
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Five children, represented by attorneys from the Juvenile Law Center and the ACLU of Philadelphia, filed this class action on May 23, 1989 seeking appointment of counsel for all children in Philadelphia County dependency proceedings. Filed under § 1983, the complaint noted that three quarters of children in dependency proceedings in the Juvenile ... [view]
10 Coleman v. Stanziani
81-2215 (E.D. Pa.)
Filed 1981 - Closed 1996
Juvenile Court and Montgomery County
Juvenile Institution
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In approximately 1981, juveniles who had been detained in Pennsylvania juvenile facilities prior to a disposition hearing filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Juvenile Court judges, a juvenile probation officer, the Juvenile Court, and Montgomery County, ... [view]
11 Santiago v. Philadelphia
74-2589 (E.D. Pa.)
Filed 1974 - Closed
Philadelphia Youth Study Center
Philadelphia Youth Study Center
Juvenile Institution
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In October of 1974, juvenile inmates at the Philadelphia Youth Study Center (YSC) filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. §§ 1983, 1985(3), 2000d against the City of Philadelphia and local Family Court judges in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiffs, represented by Community Legal Services, ... [view]
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