Advisory Committee Members

Garry Bevel is the Children’s Ombudsperson with the System of Care Initiative (SOCI) in Jacksonville, Florida, where he works to ensure the rights of all children. Previously, Garry was Director of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Commission on Youth-at-Risk where he worked to develop policy, strategies, and implementation practices to address the needs of youth […]

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Marty Beyer is a juvenile justice and child welfare consultant (with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology) whose work focuses on the impact of cognitive, moral, and identity development, trauma, and disabilities on youth offenses, Miranda, competency, and rehabilitation planning. Dr. Beyer developed a policy and staff training regarding the treatment of LGBT youth in Hawaii, […]

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Dr. Bidwell is a pediatrician at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF). In his testimony, he discusses the cases of three LGBT youth who prevailed in a federal lawsuit against HYCF for the harassment and assault they faced because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. HYCF staff witnessed the harassment and did not intervene, […]

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Tom Burrows is a Staff Attorney with The Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Practice (JRP), a member of JRPs LGBT Committee and a long-time LGBTQ youth advocate in both NYC and Los Angeles. Tom represents minors on juvenile delinquency matters in the NYC Family Court and is a member of the Equity Project Advisory Committee. […]

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Mishi Faruqee is juvenile justice policy strategist for the national ACLU. Previously, she worked as an advocate for juvenile justice and criminal justice reform in New York, with the Correctional Association of New York, first as director of the Women in Prison Project and later as director of the Juvenile Justice Project, as the director […]

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Barbara Fedders co-directs the Youth Justice Clinic. She writes, lectures, and engages in community education and advocacy in the areas of youth justice and family law. Her current focus is on the intersection between school exclusion laws and policies and involvement in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Before joining the UNC School of Law […]

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Kimberly is the Supervising attorney for the Legal Aid Society’s new LGBT Law and Policy Initiative. The goals of this initiative are to increase Legal Aid’s cultural competency as it relates to LGBTQ civil rights and increase the Society’s litigation, public policy and legislative efforts on behalf of low-income LGBTQ New Yorkers. She has been […]

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Garnette, Chief Probation Officer, began her criminal justice career as a Deputy Probation Officer in 1989 for Santa Cruz County.  Ten years later, she was promoted to Assistant Division Director where she supervised the staff and was responsible for the day-to-day operation of a 24-hour locked detention facility.  She served in that capacity until 2002, […]

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Judge Hepner was appointed to the New York City Family Court in August 1990 by Mayor David N. Dinkins. In February 2008, Judge Hepner became Supervising Judge of Family Court in Kings County. During her judicial career, Judge Hepner was a founding member and Past President of the Association of Lesbian and Gay Judges, and […]

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Angela Irvine, PhD, has more than 20 years’ experience in education and social policy. Raised in Santa Cruz County, CA, Angela earned her BA from UC Berkeley in 1984, her secondary teaching credential from St. Mary’s College of California in 1985, and her PhD in sociology from Northwestern University in 2002 while simultaneously serving as […]

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Jody Marksamer is an experienced attorney located in Los Angeles, CA. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2004 and is admitted to practice in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Central and Southern District Courts of California, and the District Court of Idaho. Before focusing his skills on defending the […]

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Gabrielle Horowitz-Prisco joined the CA in 2010 as the director of the Juvenile Justice Project. She oversees all of the Project’s principal activities, including developing and implementing youth justice reform advocacy strategies and coordinating the Juvenile Justice Coalition. Prior to joining the CA, Gabrielle served as the Project Manager of the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile […]

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Maria Ramiu joined the Youth Law Center as Staff Attorney in 1992 and currently serves and the Center’s Managing Director. She has litigated, trained, written and consulted on a wide range of legal and policy issues relating to children in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. She has served as lead or co-counsel on […]

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Carolyn was born in Miami and raised there primarily by her monolingual Cuban grandmother with a fifth-grade education, who read the newspaper cover to cover and watched “The Price is Right” daily. She fell in love with San Francisco during the semester of college she spent in the City in an Urban Studies program, and […]

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Andy Shookhoff, an attorney and former Juvenile Court Judge of Nashville, Tennessee has been a progressive and effective advocate for children and families for almost four decades. As a legal aid attorney representing children and a law school professor supervising a juvenile law clinic, Shookhoff was involved in more than twenty precedent setting cases in […]

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Wes is the Founding Director of BreakOUT! and a 2011 Soros U.S. Justice Fellowship recipient.  He previously served as the LGBTQ Youth Project Director at the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana (JJPL) where he authored the report, Locked Up & Out: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in Louisiana’s juvenile justice system.  Wes also serves […]

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Rob Woronoff, MS, has worked with LGBT children, youth and families in nearly every state in the country for more than twenty years, most notably as Director of LGBT Services with the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) in Washington, DC where he coordinated national efforts to strengthen the capacity of America’s child welfare system […]

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Judy Yu, MPH, MFA is the Associate Director of LGBTQ Youth Issues for the Juvenile Justice Project at the Correctional Association of New York, where she advocates for the humane, equitable, and fair treatment of court involved LGBTQ youth, and oversees an initiative to evaluate the safety of LGBTQ youth incarcerated in New York. She […]

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