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Pathways to Reconnection for Disconnected Youth

We advocate for federal policies that meet the education and training needs of the millions of young people ages 16 to 24 who are disconnected from school and employment.  Read more>>

Building the Capacity of Communities

We work with communities to identify and highlight effective cross-system approaches that can provide opportunities for youth to complete their education, enter the labor market and improve their life outcomes. Read more>>

Supports and Strategies for Youth of Color 

We highlight the depth of the disadvantaged and disconnected youth problem for young people of color in some of the nation's most challenged communities and propose strategic solutions. Read more>>

Sep 18, 2017  |  PERMALINK »

DACA Has Been Rescinded. What Now?

By Duy Pham & Wendy Cervantes

On September 5, the Trump Administration announced it would be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA has provided temporary relief from deportation, as well as work authorization, to more than 800,000 young immigrants who came to the United States as children.

The president’s decision followed months of mixed messages. While he vacillated in public statements about his intention to end DACA, he ramped up enforcement actions that have terrorized the immigrant community. On June 29, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and nine other state attorneys general submitted a letter threatening a lawsuit unless the Administration rescinded DACA by September 5. Rather than uphold the program until a legislative solution could be secured by Congress, President Trump instead chose to jeopardize the lives of nearly one million Dreamers, their families, and their communities by terminating a successful program that has transformed lives and repeatedly held up to previous legal challenges. 

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Realizing Youth Justice

Realizing Youth Justice is an advocacy framework aimed at disrupting the devastating impact that criminal and juvenile justice systems have on youth of color and low-income youth. READ MORE »
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