Q&A: Legal Perspectives on Juvenile Justice and Abolition

I have a tool box that not everybody has and so I can lament and complain about how this tool box is messed up in its privilege, or I can say let me open this up and let's figure out how I can wrench this thing to work for the people that I care about.

Ashley Sawyer, Esq is a staff attorney at Youth Represent, an organization whose aim is to provide holistic legal representation to young people ages 16-24 who have had contact with the criminal legal system. Ms. Sawyer collaborates with Dr. Shabnam Javdani and the NYU RISE team through their work on the Task Force with the […]

Underperforming Schools: A Primer for our Education Secretary

Last week, we learned that the United States Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, has never “intentionally visited schools that are underperforming.” This statement comes during a year of education protests: parent activism over unheated classrooms, teacher strikes over insufficient pay, student marches against gun violence, and online campaigns to fight inadequate school resources. If DeVos […]