Youth Justice Program

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 systemsimpact litigation, community education and organizing, and statewide policy advocacy. We promote public policies and system reforms that keep young people in school, ouof the youth justice system, and living successfully in their communities. 


Helping You Help Your Child is our comprehensive guide for parents and guardians in navigating educational needs. Here you will find information on how to prepare for special education meetings, how to request that your child receive services, how to advocate for your child in school discipline hearings, how to resolve disputes with the school, and more.

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:

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