Family, Gender and Juvenile Justice

On Friday, February 10, 2017, the Abbey Institute/Impact Center and Children’s Defense Fund-NY co-sponsored Family, Gender, and Juvenile Justice, a conference that explored the roles of gender and family for New York City youth involved with the juvenile justice system.

The program, video and CLE materials for the event appear below. For more information about the event, please click here.


Opening Remarks, and Data Presentation on Gender and Juvenile Justice in NYC


Opening remarks:

  • Anthony Crowell, Dean and President, New York Law School
  • Elizabeth Powers, Director of Youth Justice, Children’s Defense Fund-NY
  • Gladys Carrión, Esq., Former Commissioner, NYC Administration for Children’s Services & NYS Office of Children & Family Services

Data presentation (PowerPoint presentation is available here):

  • Lindsay Rosenthal, Senior Program Associate and Gender Justice Fellow, Vera Institute of Justice
  • Jennifer Ferone, Research Project Director, Center on Youth Justice, Vera Institute of Justice

Video: Please click here.


Panel 1/ Family and Gender in the Juvenile Justice System: Defining the Issues

This panel broadly considered the role of family and gender in the juvenile justice system, and responded to issues raised by the data presentation.


  • Jeannette Bocanegra, Director of Family Engagement, Community Connections for Youth
  • Hon. Jacqueline Deane, NYC Family Court
  • Jeremy Kohomban, President and CEO, The Children’s Village
  • Sarah Mikhail, Director of Families and Opportunities, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center

Moderator: Lisa Grumet, Adjunct Professor of Law and Director, Diane Abbey Law Institute for Children & Families, Impact Center for Public Interest Law, New York Law School

Video: Please click here.


Panel 2/ Practice Considerations, Challenges and Reforms

This panel considered a hypothetical scenario which raised issues relating to family,
gender, and juvenile justice. The panelists discussed how their agencies would approach the
hypothetical, reforms that are underway, and the challenges or limitations they continue to


  • Angela Albertus, Chief, Family Court Division, NYC Law Department
  • Ana Bermúdez, Commissioner, NYC Department of Probation
  • Felipe Franco, Deputy Commissioner for Division of Youth and Family Justice, New York City Administration for Children’s Services
  • Tamara Steckler, Attorney-in-Charge, Juvenile Rights Practice, The Legal Aid Society

Moderator: Kim Hawkins, Professor of Law, New York Law School

Video: Please click here.


CLE Materials: Please click here.

OJJDP Policy Guidance on Girls and the Juvenile Justice System: Please click here.