LAJC’s Youth Justice Program envisions a Virginia where all young people have access to high-quality public education, evidence-based community supports, mental health services, and a truly restorative youth justice system.
We partner with youth, their families, and their communities to achieve racial justice, social justice, and economic justice for all young people by dismantling systems that create and perpetuate poverty.
Our strategies include individual legal representation for youth with unmet needs in the education, foster care, and juvenile justice systems, impact litigation, community education and organizing, and statewide policy advocacy. We promote public policies and system reforms that keep young people in school, out of the youth justice system, and living successfully in their communities.
- Know Your Rights: Bullying
- Know Your Rights: School Discipline
- School Enrollment: Rights and Responsibilities
- Frequently Asked Questions Around Bullying and Virginia law
- Know Your Rights: Language Access and English Language Instruction
- Know Your Rights: Special Education Services
- Know Your Rights: Expulsions
- Helping You Help Your Child: A Focus on Education
- Ayudandole a Ayudar a su Hijo: Un Enfoque en Educacion
Many parents are unsure of what to do if they disagree with their child’s IEP (Individualized Education Program) team about services, accommodations, or placement. The resources below focus on the options available to parents in Virginia to resolve these disputes: