Policy Priorities

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Advocacy Groups

  • Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA)
    AAIA promotes the welfare of American Indians and Alaska Natives by supporting efforts to: sustain and perpetuate their cultures and languages; protect their sovereignty, constitutional, legal and human rights, and natural resources; and improve their health, education, and economic and community development.
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
    The Brady Campaign, an affiliate of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, works to create an America free from gun violence by advocating enforcement of regulations governing the gun industry. Its activities include working to elect anti-gun officials, organizing grassroots activism and increasing public awareness about gun violence. Annual scorecards from the Brady Campaign (www.stategunlaws.org) rate each state on its gun laws to illustrate what else can be done to protect families and communities from gun violence.
  • Bridge to Benefits (Minnesota)
    Bridge to Benefits is a multi-state project by Children’s Defense Fund Minnesota to improve the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits.
  • Bridge to Benefits (Montana)
    Montana Bridge to Benefits is the product of a partnership between Rural Dynamics Incorporated and the Children's Defense Fund of Minnesota. Bridge to Benefits is a multi-state project sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund Minnesota focused on improving the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits.
  • Building Blocks for Youth
    In response to current research on the overrepresentation in almost every state of African-American, Latino, and Native American youth in the juvenile justice system and recent trends in more than 40 states to increase prosecution of youths in adult court - the impact of which falls disproportionately on youth of color - the Building Blocks for Youth initiative's goals are to: 1) Reduce overrepresentation and disparate treatment of youth of color in the justice system; and 2) Promote fair, rational and effective juvenile justice policies.
  • California Juvenile Life Without Parole Act
    California Juvenile Life Without Parole Act is a movement to eliminate the sentencing of juveniles to life without parole in California. The Juvenile Life without Parole Reform Act recognizes that all young people, even those serving life sentences, have the capacity to change for the better and should have access to the rehabilitative tools to do so.
  • California Kids
    CaliforniaKids is a non-profit organization that is supported by contributions from businesses, foundations, and individuals. Through these partnerships, the cost of the program is subsidized.
  • California State Juvenile Officers' Association
    California State Juvenile Officers' Association is dedicated to safeguarding our youth for the future. Our Association is composed of practitioners from all areas of the juvenile justice system: Law Enforcement, Probation, Parole, Corrections, Judiciary, Social Services and Schools, as well as members from the community at large. CSJOA is devoted to promoting high standards, modern methods and advanced procedures within the field of juvenile justice
  • California Suicide and Hotline Crisis
    Suide Prevention resources and related help (24 hours a day)
  • Californians for Justice
    Californians for Justice is a statewide grassroots organization working for racial justice by building the power of communities that have been pushed to the margins of the political process. They organize youth, immigrants, low-income people and communities of color in order to improve their social, economic and political conditions.
  • Campaign for Affordable Housing
    The Campaign for Affordable Housing is a national nonprofit and nonpolitical organization that provides information, consulting, and training for affordable housing advocates, agencies, developers, lenders and others. It helps them plan their strategies, frame their messages, and dispel myths as they communicate with neighbor groups, elected officials, and the media.
  • Campaign for Youth Justice
    The Campaign for Youth Justice is a national campaign dedicated to ending the practice of trying, sentencing and incarcerating children under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system by empowering those moved to act for youth justice.
  • Campaign to Close the Gun Show Loophole
    A coalition of individuals who advocate for legislative changes to close gun show loopholes to prevent felons, criminals, terrorists, gang members, and other dangerous individuals from purchasing guns without background checks.
  • Carsey Institute
    The Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire conducts research and formulates policy priorities relating to vulnerable youth, children and families in rural communities.
  • CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
    The National CASA Association is a network of 1,000 program offices that are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings. Independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to reenter care.


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