Policy & Advocacy

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Testimony to New York City Council

General Welfare Committee Hearing on the Juvenile Justice System during COVID-19

February 22, 2021

Sandeep Kandhari, Litigation Supervisor at CFR, testified during a virtual hearing before the City Council General Welfare Committee about the challenges young people are facing in the juvenile justice system due to COVID-19, such as remote hearings limiting the ability to communicate with their attorneys and allowing a decision maker to deprive their freedom without ever meeting them, delayed court appearances, and the risk of contracting COVID-19 while being held in detention.

Read CFR’s testimony here.

Committee on Education Hearing on Students in Emotional Crisis in Public Schools

February 18, 2021

Hope Newton, Parent Advocate at CFR, testified during a virtual hearing before the City Council Committee on Education about what is on every parent’s mind: a safe environment where children feel psychologically, physically and emotionally safe to learn and grow. Ms. Newton stated that a healing-centered approach is needed to address parents’ concerns.

Read CFR’s testimony here.

General Welfare Committee Hearing on Racial Disparities in the Child Welfare System

October 28, 2020

The New York City Council’s General Welfare Committee held a virtual hearing on Racial Disparity in the Child Welfare System. Teyora Graves, Senior Parent Advocate at CFR and Tehra Coles, Litigation Supervisor at CFR, testified as well as representatives from the Brooklyn Defender Services, The Bronx Defenders, Neighborhood Defender Services, Joyce McMillan, the head of PLAN, and other members of the community.

Read CFR’s testimonies here and here.

General Welfare Committee Hearing on the Slate of Bills Proposed by the Progressive Caucus

October 31, 2019

Hope Newton, Parent Advocate at CFR, testified before New York City Council on the importance of parents being informed of their legal rights during a child protective investigation, and prior to any court filing, as well as how outcomes for families could be improved if parents had access to lawyers and social workers during the investigation.

Read CFR’s testimony here.

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