Statement from Juvenile Law Center on White Supremacist Violence in Charlottesville

As an organization serving all youth impacted by the child welfare and justice systems, Juvenile Law Center forcefully condemns the white supremacist violence and hatred from this past weekend in Charlottesville. Racism in our country, which has been a part of our history and legacy, was there before this weekend’s brutal display and remains after. Many young people we advocate for are targets for this kind of extremism. This has no place in our society. We advocate for all youth in the justice and child welfare systems and know youth of color, youth with disabilities and LGBT youth are overrepresented in these systems. Racism and endemic discrimination lead to this overrepresentation. We are committed to standing with all youth we serve and represent, and for a more just world in which such despicable hatred is unacceptable.

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