Congregate Care & Civil Rights
This webinar is hosted by National Association of Counsel for Children
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) enforces the rights of children placed in congregate care settings (e.g., group homes, residential treatment facilities, secure detention) through the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Participants in this session will learn about DOJ’s enforcement of federal civil rights protections, including the community integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and statutes that protect the rights of incarcerated persons and prohibit a pattern or practice of unconstitutional conduct in juvenile justice systems and facilities. The presenters will discuss the use of concepts from federal civil rights and child welfare laws in individual cases and will consider the leadership role that advocates can play in achieving systemic reform.