Maria Ramiu

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 many of the Center’s cases including litigation to secure appropriate services, safe placements and permanency for foster youth and safe and humane conditions of confinement for securely confined youth. Maria has been involved in a variety of advocacy efforts to address disparate treatment of youth based on gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability. She has also served on local, state and national advisory boards and other entities convened to address safety, health and welfare issues of youth in out-of-home care. Prior to joining the Youth Law Center, Maria worked as a staff attorney for Contra Costa Legal Services Foundation in Richmond, California and as an associate with the law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.