Address Phone Website Type of Work

Audre Lorde Project

The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit and Transgender People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education and capacity-building, we work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. Committed to struggling across differences, we seek to responsibly reflect, represent and serve our various communities.  Among other work, ALP has fought for police and court accountability and justice in cases where GLBT2 people have been victims over of police misconduct, brutality and murder. 

85 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217-1607
Leadership Develop-ment, Court Support, Community Education and Mobilization, Police Monitoring and Direct Action Organizing

CAAAV – Organizing Asian Communities

CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities (also known as Committee Against Anti Asian Violence) was founded by Asian women in 1986 as one of the first organizations in the United States to mobilize Asian communities to counter anti-Asian violence. CAAAV focuses on institutional violence that affects immigrant working-class communities such as worker exploitation, concentrated urban poverty, police brutality, Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) detention and deportation, and criminalization of workers and youth. By organizing across diverse, low-wage and poor Asian communities in New York City, CAAAV exposes and struggles against violence with the goal of building community capacity to exercise self-determination. Building coalitions enables CAAAV to contribute to a unified strategy for a broader, multi-racial and multi-issue movement for social change. CAAAV is a volunteer-driven organization led by members of low-income Asian immigrant communities.

CAAAV’s primary program areas include the Chinatown Justice Project uniting low-income residents for decent and affordable housing and fighting displacement caused by gentrification. The Women Workers Project organizes Asian workers in the informal service economy, particularly domestic workers who face long hours, low wages, no job security or health benefits. The Southeast Asian Youth Leadership Project in the Bronx organizes around welfare, public education and INS detention issues. CAAAV is a co-founder of the Coalition against Police Brutality and has advocated for over 250 police brutality survivors.

Bronx Office:
2473 Valentine Avenue
Bronx NY 10458

Manhattan Office:
191 East 3rd Street
New York, NY 10009

(718) 220-7391



e-mail:General:  justice@
Youth Leadership Project:
Chinatown Justice Project:
Direct Action Organizing; Coalition Building; Community Education and Mobilization; Police and INS Monitoring and Accountability; Immigrant Rights
Address Phone Website Type of Work

CASES – Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services

CASES mission is to increase the understanding and use of community sanctions that are fair, affordable and consistent with public safety. Programs offered are: addiction services including disability/special needs services; educational services; vocational programs including computer training; employment services for adolescent or adult men; and health services.

346 Broadway
New York, NY  10013 
Social Services – Drug Treatment, Job Training and Placement; Alternatives to Detention and Incarceration


Center for Community Alternatives

CCA is a private, not-for-profit agency providing direct services to professionals and clients in the criminal and juvenile justice and related human service systems, as well as research, training and technical assistance in those fields.


115 East Jefferson Street
Suite 300
Syracuse, NY 13202

39 West 19th St.
3rd Floor
New York, NY 10011

(315) 422-5638

Alternatives to Court, Arrest and Incarceration; Training and Technical Assistance; Research

The Center for Restorative Justice at Suffolk University

The Center for Restorative Justice at Suffolk University is a community-engaged academic center committed to the promotion of restorative justice practices, principles, and values in New England.  A Restorative Justice Library provides resource materials on restorative justice practices, programs, and principles to agencies and communities interested in developing restorative responses to harm.  Local partnerships seek to re-establish mutual responsibility for responses to crime that promote healthy and peaceful communities.  Educational events, referrals and program evaluations encourage creative application of restorative justice principles and practices across the entire spectrum of the community.

Training and Technical Assistance is available for Restorative Justice Trainers.

41 Temple Street

Boston, Massachusetts 02114

Restorative Justice Training, Technical Assistance, Research and Public Education

Citizens for Juvenile Justice

A non-profit statewide organization dedicated to improving Massachusetts’ juvenile justice system.

101 Tremont St.
Suite 1015
Boston, MA 02108

Public Policy Development, Advocacy


Address Phone Website Type of Work

The Correctional Association of New York

In 1844, some of New York City’s leading citizens concerned about brutal conditions in prisons and the lack of support services for former prisoners, convened the first meeting of the Correctional Association. Just two years later, the New York State Legislature passed a law granting the organization the authority to inspect prisons and to report its findings and recommendations for improvements to policy makers and the public. This special legislative privilege enables the Correctional Association to shine a spotlight in the dark corners of the prison system, counter debilitating conditions and promote effective prison programs.  The Correctional Association coordinates the Juvenile Justice Project, the New York State Criminal Justice Alliance and the Women in Prison Project.

135 E. 15th St.
New York, NY 10003

Public Policy Development, Advocacy

DRUM – Desis Rising Up and Moving

DRUM is a community-based social justice organization of working class and poor South Asians and other people of color in Queens and throughout New York City.  Desi refers to people of South Asian descent from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the diaspora in Africa, England, Fiji, Guyana, and Trinidad.

The vision of DRUM is to build a social justice movement amongst people of the South Asian diaspora in the United States that is led by poor and working class South Asians, radical and people of color identified. DRUM does this by organizing low-income South Asian immigrant communities in New York City for racial, economic, and social justice both on critical local and global struggles. We believe in challenging globalization and the root cause of poverty in our neighborhoods and home countries through grassroots campaigns, mobilization, and solidarity building. DRUM is committed to actively building radical, social consciousness in the South Asian community in issues of racial, gender, and economic justice. Conversely, we will work in countering conservative trends particular to South Asian immigrant communities, particularly the facets of racism, patriarchy, class oppression and communalism.  DRUM’s organizing campaigns prioritize Desi youth, undocumented and imprisoned immigrants and their families, and young women. Throughout January and February 2000, through community surveys, DRUM identified police brutality and targeting of South Asian immigrant youth and workers as a critical local issue on which to concentrate our work.

72-26 Broadway
4th Floor
Jackson Heights, NY 11372


Direct Action Organizing, Community Education and Mobilization to Challenge Police Brutality, INS Detention and Deportations

Fifth Avenue Committee

The Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc. is a not-for-profit, community-based organization in lower Park Slope and South Brooklyn.  We are neighbors working together for a vibrant, diverse community where all residents have genuine opportunities to achieve their goals, as well as the power to shape the community’s future.  Our mission is to advance social and economic justice in South Brooklyn, principally by developing and managing affordable housing, creating employment opportunities, organizing residents and workers, and combating displacement caused by gentrification.  Activities include housing and support services for people returning to the community from prison.

141 Fifth Avenue

Brooklyn, NY


857-2990 Re-entry, Housing for People Returning to Community from Prison
Address Phone Website Type of Work

Friends of Island Academy

Friends of Island Academy (FOIA) reaches out to youth prior to their release from Rikers Island (NYC jail for youth and adults). Our name reflects the Board of Education school located on Rikers — Island Academy, which is attended by many of the youth while incarcerated.  Upon discharge, FOIA provides job training, counseling, education, mentoring, and youth leadership development. In return, participants are expected to stay out of trouble, take responsibility for themselves, and work to rebuild their lives.

Founded in 1990, the inspiration for FOIA came from a small group of professionals with the Board of Education and Department of Correction staff who were alarmed by the more than 70% re-incarceration rate for adolescents released from Rikers Island.  FOIA evolved from their conviction that with intense support and access to opportunity, many young people could be saved from a life of recurrent criminal behavior.

500 8th Avenue,
Suite 1209,
NY, NY 10018  
760-0755 Direct Services, Counseling and Re-entry


GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Service) provides preventive and transitional services to young women, ages 13-21 years, who are, at risk for or, involved in sexual exploitation and violence.

298B West
149th Street
New York, NY 10039
(212) 926-8089 Social Services and Counseling for Girls

The Legal Aid Society

The Legal Aid Society is a law firm for poor people located in New York City. We call ourselves ‘The Legal Aid Society’ because we were the first of many – founded over 125 years ago. We provide a wide variety of legal services for people who cannot afford a lawyer; our clients pay nothing for the services they receive. Legal Aid is the single largest provider of criminal defense services for the City of New York; represents most of the juveniles appearing in Family Court as legal guardian; and has one of the most diverse civil legal practices of any public interest legal organization in the country. If you are specifically interested in learning about one of our many practice specializations, you may want to have a look at our Practice Areas page. It provides very detailed information about our work throughout the City in all areas of legal practice. For those who want to do further research in any of the areas in our practice, we have a Research and Resources page, which provides information about research resources, and links to other web resources related to public interest law.

1 Battery Park Plaza
NY, New York 10003

577-3649 Legal Defense, Public Policy Development and Advocacy for foster care, juvenile and criminal justice, and juvenile rights.
Address Phone Website Type of Work

New York City Organizing Support Center

The New York City Organizing Support Center (NYCOSC), created in 1997, provides training, technical support and political education to grassroots organizations. “The purpose is to strengthen the use of community organizing as a tool to build power for justice.” NYCOSC works collaboratively with groups across the city to strengthen the infrastructure for progressive social change and designs programs that reflect organizing needs and priorities. NYCOSC’s key objectives are to encourage and strengthen community-organizing efforts by developing local leadership. NYCOSC also provides a space for networking, collaboration and strategizing on key social and economic issues facing low-income communities throughout the City.

180 Varick Street
12th Floor
New York, NY 10014
Networking, Training and Technical Assistance for Direct Action Organizing Groups

Osborne Association

Founded in 1931, the Osborne Association furthers the work and the goals of Thomas Mott Osborne, an industrialist and former mayor of Auburn, NY. In 1913, Mr. Osborne spent a week in Auburn prison as inmate "Tom Brown.” He lived just as other prisoners did, and left that harrowing experience determined to see America’s prisons transformed from "human scrap heaps into human repair shops."

The Osborne Association offers opportunities for individuals who have been in conflict with the law to transform their lives through innovative, effective, and replicable programs that serve the community by reducing crime and its human and economic costs.  We offer opportunities for reform and rehabilitation through public education, advocacy, and alternatives to incarceration that respect the dignity of people and honor their capacity to change as they achieve self-sufficiency, adopt healthy lifestyles, enter the workforce, form and rebuild families, and rejoin their communities.

By transforming the lives of those involved in the criminal justice system, the Osborne Association’s programs demonstrate that there are policies and procedures our nation can adopt that can foster a more effective and efficient criminal justice system and a safer and more just society. We believe that relying only on imprisonment as a response to crime is a costly and counterproductive approach that fails to take into account people’s basic capacity to change.

36-31 38th Street
Long Island City, NY 11101

809 Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10455

175 Remsen Street
8th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201

or (718)


637-6560 Alternatives to Detention and Incarceration
Address Phone Website Type of Work

Prison Moratorium Project

The Prison Moratorium Project, (PMP), was formed in 1995 to end prison expansion and promote a youth voice in the criminal justice policy debate. Since 1970, the number of persons in United States prisons has risen to 2 million. Most newly incarcerated are young people of color ages 15 through 30 convicted of non-violent drug offenses. PMP has mobilized opposition to prison development, built ties between rural and urban youth and helped achieve some changes in New York State budget spending patterns.

PMP organizes through several projects. Its first project was a hip-hop CD "No More Prisons," which was favorably received, and the launch of Raptivism Records to create activists’ materials. "Education Not Incarceration" raises public awareness about the relationship between ballooning prison spending and shrinking public education funding. "Not with Our Money" focuses on educating the public about the corporate role in fueling prison expansion and helped publicize ties between the largest private prison company traded on Wall Street and the top provider of food services to North American schools and hospitals. "Teach Justice!" provides workshops and a summer training institute for young people to build organizing skills and launch campaigns against prison expansion.

Brooklyn, NY 11237



Community Education and Mobilization, Direct Action Organizing

Sista II Sista

Sista II Sista is an organization dedicated to the complete development of young women of color in Brooklyn. We address the challenges facing teenage women through our Freedom School for Young Women of Color. Our Freedom School focuses on cultural and creative expression; developing critical thinking skills; physical development; community organizing; and emotional support.  Sista II Sista promotes the principles of self-determination, inter-connected personal and social transformation, and collective action against injustice.

Currently we are working on fighting violence against women of color in our community without relying on the police. We chose to focus on the issue of violence because we found that almost all of us at SIIS have faced violence in our lives and that these experiences are deeply tied to our gender, race, and class. We are looking at ways of fighting violence without the cops because we recognize that the police have been harmful to our communities as opposed to being helpful.

89 St. Nicholas Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11237



Leadership Development; Organizing; Community Building; Alternatives to Arrest

Sister Outsider

Sister Outsider is a grassroots organization run by and for young women of color living in Brownsville and East Flatbush, Brooklyn. Sister Outsider’s priority is leadership development. Young women are trained in legal rights, HIV/AIDS prevention, self-defense, homophobia, CPR/first aid, and others areas. They are trained as public policy experts to do research, analyze data, perform media outreach, negotiate with policy makers and coalitions. S.O.’s  Juvenile Justice Organizing Project works with young women who are currently or have been in juvenile detention at Crossroads, a Brooklyn detention facility.

26 Raleigh Place
2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11226 


Leadership Development, Legal Education and Advocacy
Address Phone Website Type of Work

Voices Unbroken

Voices Unbroken provides poetry and writing experiences to young people as a way "to facilitate a healing of self-worth and a transformation in life-path decisions." Workshops focus on reaching youth living in institutionalized settings such as prisons, correctional facilities, and homeless shelters but also work with youth in public schools and community centers.

    e-mail: Healing Arts, Youth Expression


Address Phone Website Type of Work

Advocates for Children and Youth

Advocates for Children and Youth’s mission has remained unchanged since its founding–to identify problems, promote policies and programs that improve results for Maryland children in measurable and meaningful ways, and evaluate the effectiveness of programs and policies for the state’s children and youth. The agency’s goals include ensuring that children have access to: high quality, accessible health care at an affordable cost; quality educational programs that include supports necessary to learn; homes, schools and communities which are safe and provide opportunities for positive development; adequate economic assistance to meet basic needs; and supports to achieve economic independence.

8 Market Place, 5th Floor,
Baltimore, MD 21202-4034
(410) 547-9200



Public Policy Development and Advocacy


Florida State University Juvenile Justice Role Model Development Program

The goal of the Juvenile Justice Role Model Development Program is to meet a critical shortage of trained professionals for programs that provide young people with strong, positive role models in their communities. The Program emphasizes cultural and academic diversity as students are recruited from a broad range of disciplines including: criminal justice, criminology, sociology, psychology, education, music therapy, and theatre. All of the students in the program share the same interest– working with young people within communities to help curb the growing problem of juvenile delinquency and crime.

Room 322-A
Hecht House

School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL


Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana

To transform the juvenile justice system into one that builds on the strengths of young people, families and communities in order to instill hope and to ensure children are given the greatest opportunities to grow and thrive.  The Juvenile Justice Project works to build a more humane and fair juvenile justice system in Louisiana.  Current efforts include legislation to close Louisiana’s most notorious juvenile prisons.

1600 Oretha Castle
Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70113
Research, Advocacy and Community Mobilization

Project Return

Support for people returning to the community from prison including housing and drug treatment.

2703 General de
Gaulle Drive
New Orleans, LA


Re-entry, Drug Treatment


Address Phone Website Type of Work

New Mexico Criminal Justice Resource Directory

The New Mexico Criminal Justice Resource Directory is a comprehensive listing of local, state, tribal and federal criminal and juvenile justice contacts. Listings include agencies, programs and services in law enforcement, courts, corrections, human services, juvenile, research and other topical areas.

Published by the
New Mexico Sentencing Commission
2808 Central Avenue SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Toll Free: (888)
466-2552 Information Clearinghouse, Networking

Phoenix Copwatch

We believe that police brutality and harassment is widespread and the only way to stop it is to confront it directly. Phoenix Copwatch wants an end to all police brutality in the Valley. We want to help accomplish that by observing and recording police activity on the streets. To do this, Phoenix Copwatch goes out regularly to monitor the police as they stop people or pull over their vehicles. In doing this, we do not interfere with the police, but we do record their activities to prevent brutality and abuse. We also do not provoke confrontations with law enforcement, but we do support the principle of self-defense against police attacks.

Additionally, we support the creation of strong civilian review boards run by citizens (not cops), vested with full investigative and punitive powers. We also demand an end to shoot-to-kill policies among the Valley police departments, in which the police are ordered to shoot to kill a person rather than wound or disable them. Ultimately, we want to make it so that everyone is Copwatch, because we all have the right to watch the police.  Anyone who’s not an employee of a law enforcement agency can join Copwatch. If you are interested, get in touch; we go out on patrols regularly. If you would like to start a Copwatch in your own neighborhood, we can help.

PO Box 1543
Phoenix, AZ 85001

Police Monitoring; Community Education and Mobilization; Public Policy Development and  Advocacy

Victim Services Division
Texas Department of Criminal Justice

The mission of Victim Services Division is to provide a central mechanism for victims and the public to participate in the Criminal Justice System.

8712 Shoal Creek Blvd.
Suite 265
Austin, TX 78757-1032

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13401-3401
Austin, Texas 78711

(800) 848-4284
Victim services, public policy development and advocacy


Address Phone Website Type of Work

Denver Copwatch

DENVER COPWATCH is organized with a mission to increase police accountability through community solidarity, education and action. We are a grassroots community group committed to working for justice through multi-cultural victim- led organizing efforts. COPWATCH trains volunteers to provide victim support, "know your rights" educational workshops and citizen observation of police. COPWATCH believes that community control of the police can be created through speaking the truth and organizing for justice.

We are organizing to stop police crime and demand police accountability. We want community control over police practice and policy and we want justice for victims of police abuse. Activities include: monitoring of the police – directly observing the police on the street and following up with public pressure in legal proceedings; legal rights education; building a database on reported police misconduct and abuse and publishing of a quarterly report on Police and COPWATCH activity; public demonstrations to pressure public officials on police accountability issues; and coalition building. 

PO Box 181188
Denver, CO 80218



380-4329 Research; Police Monitoring; Legal Education; Court and Public Policy Advocacy; Community Education and Mobilization

Metro Denver Gang Coalition

The Metro Denver Gang Coalition was developed in 1993 in order to provide a coordinated effort to address the increase in gang activity in the Denver metropolitan area. The mission of the Coalition is to build and share resources for youth to reduce violence and reinforce healthy behaviors. The Coalition is comprised of representation from 9News, Denver Public Schools and over 50 non-profit youth service organizations. The Metro Denver Gang Coalition seeks to provide a broad-based effort to address the issue of gang violence through the coordination of prevention, intervention, and community awareness strategies.  The issue of gang violence in Denver and the surrounding communities is a prevalent and growing problem. The Denver Police Department indicated that as of December 31, 1998 there are over 10,000 people on the Denver Police Department’s Gang Bureau Database. Denver Police Department records indicate that of the 10,000 people, 1,570 are under 18 years old.

1212 Mariposa St.
Denver, Colorado 80204
904-3511 Networking, Gang Violence Prevention and Intervention, Program and Public Policy Development


Address Phone Website Type of Work

Multnomah County Department of Community Justice

The Department runs Multnomah Embrace in order to mobilize communities to make a difference in kids’ lives; work with service providers to improve treatment success; address unequal outcomes for minority youth; and develop seamless wraparound case management for youth on probation (240 youth per year.

1401 N.E. 68th Avenue
Portland, Oregon





Technical Assistance and Training to Improve and Expand Direct Services, Prevention and Intervention, and Alternatives to Detention and Incarceration

Seattle Young People’s Project

The Seattle Young People’s Project is a youth-led, youth-driven organization that empowers youth to express themselves and to take action on the issues that affect their lives.  With all of the talk about youth violence, the growing drug problem, and the school dropout rate, adults turn to other adult "experts" for the answers, while youth with first hand experience are ignored.  If society is going to hold young people responsible for the so-called " problems with our youth", then we must include young people — in a meaningful way — in the debates and decisions about how to create positive social change.  SYPP encourages and supports youth-led projects for social change. Our youth members, all under 19, vote on proposed projects that other young people introduce. Once a project passes a vote of SYPP’s membership, it becomes an officially sponsored "initiative" of our organization. Since 1992, young people at SYPP have arranged speaking engagements, held teen forums, met with teachers, administrators and politicians, posted flyers, held phone banks, coordinated conferences, led rallies, organized press conferences and published newspapers and "zines".

2820 E Cherry St.
Seattle, WA 98122
Near the corner of 29th and Cherry



Leadership Development, Resource and Technical Assistance to Support Youth Action


Address Phone Website Type of Work

The Beat Within

The beat within is a publication of the writings and art from Juvenile Halls and beyond. Founded in 1996 by David Inocencio and Sandy Close of Pacific News Service, The Beat began with a single writing and conversation workshop in one of San Francisco’s Youth Guidance Center (Juvenile Hall) units.

275 Ninth Street
San Francisco, California 94103
e-mail: Alternative Media, Activist Arts

California Coalition for Women Prisoners

CCWP raises public consciousness about the cruel and inhumane conditions under which women in prison live and advocates for positive changes. We promote the leadership of and give voice to women prisoners, former prisoners, and their families. Activities include visiting women in prison; The Fire Inside newsletter; annual protests; advocacy, education and outreach; and support for former prisoners.

1540 Market Street
Suite 490
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 255-7036 ext. 4
Public Education, Advocacy, Direct Action Organizing, Outreach and Support to Prisoners and Their Families

California Fund for Youth Organizing

Increasing the ability of young people to shape public policies and institutions is a powerful strategy taking hold in low-income communities throughout California. A new generation of youth organizers is mobilizing primarily low-income youth and youth of color to challenge unacceptable conditions in public schools, juvenile justice facilities and local communities. This burgeoning youth movement draws upon the successes and lessons learned from community organizing and youth development, and weaves together the best of both theories. The resulting strategy is explicitly committed to individual development through civic engagement, as well as community change through political and collective action. While many models of youth organizing are emerging throughout California, they all tend to: train young people in community organizing and advocacy and assist them in using these skills to create meaningful institutional change in their communities; trust in the power, leadership and vision of youth acting on issues defined by and affecting them and their communities; involve young people in the design, implementation and evaluation of these efforts; develop individuals’ and organizations’ capacities in areas such as political analysis, research, campaign development, public speaking, evaluation and direct action; increase civic participation and build the individual and collective leadership of youth.

c/o The Tides Foundation
The Presidio
P.O. Box 29903
San Francisco, CA 94129 
(415) 561-6400 Funding, Training and Technical Assistance to Support Youth-Led Organizing for Social Justice
Address Phone Website Type of Work

Center for Young Women’s Development

The Center for Young Women’s Development is a nonprofit organization located in San Francisco. Our mission is to provide gender specific, peer based opportunities for high-risk low- and no-income young women to build healthier lives and healthier communities. We work to ensure that young women who have been homeless, incarcerated, involved in the juvenile justice system, or otherwise severely impacted by poverty to be able to achieve self-sufficiency and become positively engaged in their communities. All of our programs have been designed using a holistic approach that recognizes each young woman as a whole person who already has the experience and strength necessary to become a powerful leader and agent of change.

1426 Fillmore Street

San Francisco, CA 94115
703-8800 Direct Services, Organizing and Advocacy for Young Women

Children of the Night

Children of the Night is a private, non-profit, tax-exempt organization founded in 1979. We are dedicated to assisting children between the ages of 11 and 17 who are forced to prostitute on the streets for food and a place to sleep. We have rescued girls and boys from prostitution and the domination of vicious pimps and according to our annual follow-up studies, in which we track the children we served the previous year, about 80 percent of these children remain off the streets. Our commitment to rescuing these children from the ravages of prostitution is shared with a small but committed group of detectives, FBI agents, and prosecutors in Los Angeles, Hollywood, Santa Ana, Anaheim, and San Diego, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Portland, Oregon; Billings, Montana; Seattle, Washington; Miami, Florida; New York; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Atlanta, Georgia; Arizona and Hawaii — all stops on the child prostitution ”circuit.“ And our numbers keep growing as more and more dedicated individuals become concerned about the welfare of these children.  Our nationwide, toll-free, 24-hour hotline receives telephone calls from children who have been raped, beaten, have overdosed on drugs, or are trying to escape the streets. Children who call locally are counseled over the telephone while they wait for a taxi to transport them to our home.  Children calling from other states are rescued and placed in local shelters. In most cases there is a lack of specialized services for child prostitutes, and many are brought in from other states for our comprehensive services. We cover the cost of nonstop flights to our home from all over the country.

Van Nuys, California 24-Hour Hotline
551-1300 Direct Services, Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing for Youth Involved in Prostitution
Address Phone Website Type of Work

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles – CHIRLA

The mission of CHIRLA states that “the general purpose and objectives of this corporation shall be to advance the human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees and to foster an environment of positive human and community relations in our society.”  CHIRLA’s Immigration and Citizenship Project provides training and technical assistance to community advocates on immigration issues. The project holds regular meetings for immigration practitioners to reflect on their work, and advocates for fair and humane immigration laws.

Los Angeles has the longest delays in the country for citizenship applications. CHIRLA’s Naturalization Advocacy Working Group monitors the handling of these cases and advocates reform of procedures for citizenship processing.  CHIRLA created the Immigrant Access Project in an effort to ameliorate Welfare Reform’s harshest provisions against immigrants and refugees. The project’s focus is a locus of policy analysis and advocacy, trains non-profit agencies and service providers to enable them to maintain a significant role in providing basic social services to immigrant communities.  CHIRLA responds to the need for information in the immigrant communities when laws pass, documentation procedures change or people need to know their rights on the job. The Community Education and Outreach Program informs immigrants and community leaders of their immigration and civil rights via face-to-face seminars and trainings.  Through the State and Federal Advocacy component, CHIRLA advocates at the local, state and federal levels for health and social service policies and mobilizes the community to protect and promote the rights of immigrants.  The Immigrant Anti-Discrimination & Tolerance Program aims to prevent hate violence in our communities. The program provides educational trainings and workshops for community members, law enforcement, educators, government agencies and youth on issues around anti-immigrant sentiment, hate violence, responses to violence, and preventive measures. Finally, the Wise Up committee is formed of groups of students, parents, educators, councilors, community organizations and concerned community members to advocate and organize around the education rights of all students, so that they may attend public high schools and universities.

2533 W. Third Street,
Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90057
353-1333 Immigration Rights, Community Education and Mobilization, Advocacy, Training and Technical Assistance, Leadership Development

Community Self Determination Institute

After losing 13 of his friends in the gang wars of LA, Aqeela Sherrills and his brother Daude brought the neighborhood gangs together in a Watts "Peace Treaty" between the Crips and the Bloods, and later started the Community Self-Determination Institute.  Projects through CSDI include: Drop Out Prevention and Retrieval Program, Watts Community Passage to Peace (WCPP), Watts Up Los Angeles (providing conflict mediation), Community Re-Entry Program (life skills training), Long Beach Aftercare Project, Y.O.U.R. – Year of Understanding and Reading Phonic and Literacy Program, Artist With A Vision, and Cyberhood (a technology training center).

9101 Hooper Ave.
LA, CA 90002
(323) 586-8795   

Gang Violence Prevention and Intervention; Youth Development

Address Phone Website Type of Work

Community Transitions

The mission of Community Transitions is to engender leadership values for all within the criminal justice system, to break the chronic, costly and seemingly inescapable cycles of violence, and to create better and safer ways of living and being together that respect and enhance the dignity and rights of all.  The values of leadership that form the foundation for all our work are communicating with authenticity; dealing with difficult issues; honesty; welcoming and seeing the strength in diversity; bridging differences with integrity and ethics; and relating in all circumstances with civility and respect.

1720 Pacific Avenue
Venice, CA 90291
Training, Advocacy and Alternative Media

Community Wellness Partnership

Community Wellness Partnership of Pomona is a non-profit community based organization in Southern California.  Our goals are to build healthy communities through our youth leadership development programs and to change public health policies with prevention advocacy efforts and youth violence prevention initiatives in the City of Pomona, California. Our history reflects a “bottom up” grassroots movement cultivating youth leadership by preparing them to become future community activists.

A key aspect of CWP is that we bring a diversity of youth, community residents, collaborative members, opinion and policy leaders together to work on local, county and state youth initiatives.

1196 N. Park Avenue #B
Pomona, CA 91767
469-2299 Youth Leadership Development, Gang and Community Violence Prevention, and Public Policy Development and Advocacy

Comunidad en Movimiento

Comunidad en Movimiento (CEM) was born from the community in 1996. The program was developed from the community’s need to respond to the ongoing violations of the very basic human rights of the poor in this country. CEM organizes the community around issues that affect them and engages them in actions that create institutional change.  Organizing campaigns include working with the local division of the Los Angeles Police Department to work to develop community visions for crime prevention and public safety.

Proyecto Pastoral at Dolores Mission
135 N. Mission Road
Los Angeles, CA 90033 
Direct Action Organizing for Community Policing and Police Accountability
Address Phone Website Type of Work

Destiny Arts

The mission of Destiny (De-Escalation Skills Training Inspiring Nonviolence in Youth) Arts Center is to empower a diverse community of youth, ages 3-18, through arts education and violence prevention, in a collaborative environment that promotes peace.  We accomplish our mission by: providing dance, martial arts, conflict resolution, self-defense, and youth leadership classes and workshops, taught by professional-level instructors, during after school hours; supporting multi-cultural youth in developing an individualized sense of artistic expression, leadership skills and personal empowerment that they understand has impact on their communities; providing youth with caring adult mentors; giving youth a safe place to practice physical skills at different levels; offering financially accessible programs for all youth; offering outreach programs at local schools and community centers, that serve primarily youth of color; giving youth the opportunity to share the message of peace and empowerment, through performances, events and workshops in the community.  Several of Destiny’s performances have supported the Bay Area’s youth movement for changes in the juvenile justice system including challenging the over-incarceration of youth.

5688 San Pablo Avenue,
Oakland, CA 94608


Healing Arts, Youth Expression, Public Education and Movement Support

DreamYard LA

In 1995, DreamYard/L.A. director Chris Henrikson began teaching a poetry workshop in the L.A. County Juvenile Detention system’s Camp Fred Miller as a volunteer through the Writers Guild of America. In 1997, we became a non-profit organization when we joined forces with the New York City-based DreamYard Drama Project to form DreamYard/L.A.. In that same year, we began working with New Directions School @ Penny Lane, and in 1999, a workshop at Camp Karl Holton was added. In the fall of 2000, DreamYard/L.A. opened an office in downtown Los Angeles from which administrative duties, community events, and alumni workshops are conducted.  The goals of DreamYard/L.A. are to:  Inspire at-risk youth in Los Angeles County’s juvenile detention and social service placement facilities to discover and develop their voices as writers, artists and human beings; and to support these young people in their efforts to use the skills and increased self-esteem engendered through the arts to build positive futures for themselves as they transition back into our community.

2100 South Figueroa St.
LA, CA  90007
749-8545 Healing Arts, Youth Development, Youth Expression
Address Phone Website Type of Work

The Fortune Society

Staffed primarily by ex-prisoners, The Fortune Society is a not-for-profit community-based organization dedicated to educating the public about prisons, criminal justice issues, and the root causes of crime. We also help ex-prisoners and at-risk youth break the cycle of crime and incarceration through a broad range of services. 

53 West 23rd Street
8th Floor
New York, NY 10010 

Public Education; Direct Services; Alternatives to Detention and Incarceration; Prisoner Re-entry

Homeboy Industries – Jobs For A Future

Jobs For A Future is a unique first stop center where gang members, at-risk youth and those recently released from detention facilities can find assistance with job placement, tattoo removal, counseling, community service opportunities and case management services. Although Jobs For A Future was born in the Aliso-Pico housing projects, it now serves all of Los Angeles County.  By giving a gang member a reason to get up in the morning, we provide them with a reason not to gang bang at night. For every gang member that we help get off the streets, we help make the streets that much safer. We believe that our approach provides a longer-lasting remedy than incarceration. Traditionally, the solutions to gang violence are threefold– prevention, intervention and suppression. Prevention and suppression receive ample public support and resources, but true intervention is often neglected. Our motto “Nothing Stops a Bullet like a Job” embodies the spirit of our intervention philosophy, and describes the benefit that Jobs For A Future provides to the community.

1916 East First St.

Los Angeles, CA 90033
(800) 526-1254 e-mail: Job Training and Economic Development; Direct Services

Homie Accents

Established in 1942, All Peoples Christian Center is a private non-profit 501 (c)(3), non-sectarian, multi-cultural, multi-service agency located in South Central Los Angeles.

Wash up and Save a Life!  Homie Accents is a program created by the pastor of All Peoples Christian Church, Greg Turk. He started in 2001 with $100, and a couple of neighborhood guys. The soap business they started has now expanded to include lotion sales.  Homie Accents is located in an area which is typical of many LA neighborhoods – short on economic opportunity and long on violence. Within a 10 block radius of All People’s there are 16 gangs. Young men who don’t see much hope, much less, life past 25, act out suicidal tendencies in homicidal ways.  In November 2001 alone, five homicides were reported within blocks of the Center. The program helps to gainfully employ ex-gang members and parolees and gives them a chance to make lifestyle changes they might not otherwise get to make.

All People’s
Christian Center
822 East 20th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90011
747-6357 x34 Gang Violence Prevention and Intervention, Job Training and Economic Development
Address Phone Website Type of Work

InsideOut Writers

The InsideOut Writers Program was founded in 1997 to provide creative writing classes to  incarcerated youth in LA’s Central Juvenile Hall. InsideOut Writers brings professional authors, screen writers, poets, and film-makers as volunteers into Juvenile Hall to conduct workshops. In 1998, the program published What We See: Poems and Essays from Inside Juvenile Hall.

23679 Calabasas Rd. #621
Calabasas, CA



Arts Healing, Youth Expression, Youth Development

Korean Youth and Community Center

The Korean Youth and Community Center is a non-profit, community-based organization that has been serving the Korean American Community since 1975.  KYCC’s programs and services are specifically directed towards recently-immigrated, economically-disadvantaged youth and their families who experience coping and adjustment difficulties due to language and cultural barriers. Since its inception, KYCC has striven to improve the quality of its programs, as well as to diversify its services to appropriately meet the evolving needs of the Korean Amercian population and of the multi-ethnic Koreatown community.  Programs include street outreach and services to gang-involved youth.

680 S. Wilton Place,
Los Angeles, CA
Youth Development,
Gang Violence
Prevention and Intervention

LA Youth

LA Youth newspaper is a county-wide, teen-written publication with a readership of 300,000 youth and adults. It is published six times a year.

5967 W. Third Street,
Suite 301
Los Angeles CA 90036



Alternative Media
Address Phone Website Type of Work

Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County

The Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County (LAS) is a non-profit corporation founded in 1960 to provide free, civil legal services for those low-income persons unable to obtain access to the judicial system through other avenues. As Silicon Valley’s economy has grown, the unique diversity of the area has made the needs of families in poverty more complex.  Our representation ensures that our clients have equal access to the justice system and our outreach and education programs provide the community members with needed tools to advocate for themselves and to lead more independent and knowledgeable lives. To meet this challenge LAS has established a Family Law  Unit with four full time attorneys and two paralegal assistants that provide legal services that include dissolutions, child custody and support, guardianship, conservatorship and juvenile law case work.

W. Robert Morgan Legal Services Center
480 North First Street (at Empire Street)
San Jose, California 95112

Mailing Address:
Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County
P. O. Box 103
San Jose, CA 95103-0103

Voice Mail: (408)
e-mail: Legal Defense, Court Support

Liberty Hill Foundation

Liberty Hill is building the foundation for a new Los Angeles by bridging the divides between privilege and poverty, the powerful and the voiceless. The "City of Angels" we envision celebrates social and racial equality, environmental sustainability, economic justice, and shared social responsibility. Liberty Hill creates change by: (1) Making grants to grassroots groups in L.A. County that empower people to challenge the policies, institutions and attitudes fostering inequality; (2) Providing training and technical assistance to organizations, increasing their ability to transform lives and communities; (3) Convening activists and donors around critical issues facing our region; and (4) Strengthening the progressive voice in philanthropy.

2121 Cloverfield Boulevard
Suite 113
Santa Monica, CA 90404 


Funding, Training and Technical Assistance to Social Justice Groups in LA County

Loco Bloco

The mission of Loco Bloco is to provide youth with a "hands on" introduction to musical, dance and theater traditions of the Americas, as well as to offer a vehicle to acquire experience in public performance.  Loco Bloco is a youthful explosion of rhythm, motion color and passion. The group, rooted in the Mission District of San Francisco, is the reigning Grand Champion of the SF Carnival Parade. Filling the air and space with funky, booming beats, high energy dance and multi-colored costumes, "los locos" invade community festivals, conferences and gatherings, lifting everyone´s spirit..  Loco Bloco integrates the arts with social action, and provides cultural and spiritual strength to the youth movement for justice in the San Francisco Bay Area.

450 Church Street,
Room 19
San Francisco, CA 94114
626-5222 x30
Arts Activism, Youth Expression
Address Phone Website Type of Work

Los Angeles Archdiocese Office of Restorative Justice

The Office of Restorative Justice at the Los Angeles Archdiocese provides religious services, counseling and advocacy to youth and adults detained or incarcerated in Los Angeles.  The Office also coordinates a county-wide interfaith network of clergy leaders that advocate for improvements in conditions and opportunities for youth in detention.  The mission of the Office of Detention Ministry is to spark the radical transformation of society’s treatment of the incarcerated from retribution and punishment to restoration and reconciliation. Through moral leadership and pastoral care, we respond to the Gospel mission, seeking the full participation of every priest, parish, diocesan office and agency, chaplain and volunteer to bring expertise toward the development and delivery of effective pastoral care programs and support services. We supplant the retributive model of justice with a restorative one, which seeks to reconcile and restore persons, faith communities and society at large.

Archdiocese of LA
3424 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
637-7649 Ministry to Youth and Adults in Detention and Prison; Advocacy

Peace Over Violence Formerly Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women – LACAAW

Peace Over Violence is a non-profit, multi-cultural, feminist, community-based volunteer organization. Our mission is the elimination of violence against women, youth and children through working toward social change, equality and social justice.  We have adopted several approaches in our work: education, prevention and intervention. Since 1971, we have served the Los Angeles community, empowering survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse.

Metro Headquarters:
605 West Olympic Boulevard,
Suite 400
LA, CA 90015
Self-Defense: (213)
24-Hour Hotlines:
(310) 392-8381
(213) 626-3393
(626) 793-3385
Violence Prevention, Counseling, Advocacy and Support to Survivors of Rape and Sexual Assault including Services to Girls in Juvenile Halls and Prisons

Pat Brown Institute

The Pat Brown Institute at California State University Los Angeles offers perhaps the nation’s only certification programs in gang outreach, intervention and violence prevention.  Course lessons include street outreach, conflict resolution and truce building and program administration.

5151 State University Drive.
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8261

Certification Program for Gang Intervention Workers
Address Phone Website Type of Work

Prison Moratorium Project

The California Prison Moratorium Project seeks to stop all public and private prison construction in California for five years. During this time, money will be diverted from California’s prison construction budget to fund and actively pursue alternatives to incarceration for as many people as possible. As a result, communities will have the power to examine the reasons people break the law, and seek alternatives to prison.   We believe most people who are being put in prison do not need to be removed from society, and could effectively be diverted into community-based programs. Since the most people are being sent to prison for non-violent drug-related or economic crimes, we believe these people should receive drug treatment and/or economic assistance (such as education, affordable childcare, job training and placement, or welfare) instead of prison terms. Even the diminishing percentage of people convicted of violent offenses can be helped outside the prison system, through intervention and support for getting out of abusive relationships, anger management and conflict resolution workshops, and drug and alcohol treatment.

PO Box 339
Berkeley, CA 94701
Direct Action Organizing, Advocacy

Tia Chucha’s Cafe Cultural

Tia Chucha’s Café Cultural is a dream of community empowerment. Three San Fernando residents came together in 2000 to create a partnership. Our aim is to provide great books; workshops on the arts and literature; spoken word, musical, and theatrical performances; an art gallery and workspace; and a technological center to help bridge the digital divide in our communities.  We want a place where the community can dialogue, share ideas, organize, and get skillful in the various communicative and visual arts. We want a place where families can be stimulated to read books, participate in intellectual activity, and are surrounded by the healing power of art and the word. A place where creativity can be brought fully to bear and where we can positively transform the quality of our individual lives as well as the lives of our diverse communities.

12737 Glenoaks Blvd. #22
Sylmar, CA 91342
362-7060 Activist Arts

Underground Railroad

Corporations have taken Hip-hop and sold it back to us in unrecognizable form!  If the late eighties saw the ascendance of hip hop from underground art to corporate phenomenon, then the late nineties have seen a return to the underground. Underground Railroad is an Oakland-based raptivist collective, formed in 1997, whose core beliefs express a vision of hip hop as positive, life affirming culture featuring lyrical] battles without violence and productions that are conscious attempts to create liberated zones, both against the repressive institutions of our day and the parts of our cultures that are foul – including disrespect of women, young people, people of color, or queer people.   Underground Railroad’s work is fully integrated into community struggles and the organization provides youth with spoken word workshops and events in order to help give voice to the growing youth movement in Northern California and beyond. 

c/o Youth Empowerment Center
1357 Fifth Street
Oakland, CA
451-5466 Activist Arts, Youth Expression
Address Phone Website Type of Work

Unusual Suspects

The Unusual Suspects Theater Company works in LA County’s juvenile halls and exists to bring theater arts to at-risk teens.  Through improvisation and writing exercises, professionals in the arts work to help young people create original theater and to foster pride, self-confidence and racial tolerance.  The program was created in 1993 after the Los Angeles riots to empower young people by giving them a voice, and to ease racial tensions. The Unusual Suspects gives the kids an effective tool for communication by helping them to create original theatre drawn from their lives.

P.O. Box 360975
Los Angeles, CA
e-mail: Healing Arts, Youth Expression

Youth ALIVE!

Youth Alive is a non-profit public health agency dedicated to preventing youth violence and generating youth leadership in California communities.

3300 Elm Street
Oakland, CA 94609
594-2588 Violence Prevention, Leadership Development

Youth in Focus

Youth in Focus is a non-profit consulting and training organization that pursues this vision by supporting Youth-led Research, Evaluation and Planning (Youth REP). Our work is rooted in the belief that youth can effectively partner with adults to address social and organizational challenges, and that these partnerships are crucial to making just, democratic, and sustainable social change.

Bay Area:
1611 Telegraph Ave. #510
Oakland, CA 94612

Central Valley:
1930 East 8th Street, #300
Davis, CA 95616

251-9800 x301

758-3688 Training and Technical Assistance 
Address Phone Website Type of Work

Youth Justice Coalition/Free LA!

The Youth Justice Coalition (YJC) was founded in March of 2003 when 38 people from throughout LA County — the majority young people who had direct experience with the system — came together to share their stories, concerns and opinions. The goals of the YJC are to:  (1) Build a well-trained outh, family and prisoner movement that is united in its vision, clear and consistent in its message, powerful in its ability to demand change, and that can respond quickly and efficiently in times of crisis.  (2) Mobilize the voice, vision, talents and power of young people and our communities through direct action organizing, advocacy, political education and activist arts.  (3) Unite the YJC’s membership with organizational allies in order to challenge the race and class-based inequities in the Los Angeles County, Califirnia’s and the nation’s juvenile/criminal injustice systems.  (4) Dismantle systems and institutions that has ensured the massive lock-up of young people of color, police brutality and corruption, vast disregard for youth and communities’ Constitutional and human rights and the build-up of the world’s largest prison system.   We believe that the system cannot be reformed — rooted so deeply in discrimination, punishment and dehumanization.  It must be replaced with programs that are fully committed to equality, problem solving and transfomrative justice and that are intent on bringing peace to youth, families and communities.  The project represents one of the nation’s few direct action organizing initiatives led by young people who have been, or are currently under arrest, on probation, in detention, in prison or on parole.

Mail: PO Box 73688
LA, CA 90003

Chuco’s Justice Center
1137 East Redondo Blvd.
On the border between South Central LA and Inglewood, CA  90302




Direct Action Organizing, Youth Leadership Development, Community Education and Mobilization, Legal Education and Court Support, Public Policy Development and Advocacy, Alternative to Detention/Incarceration, Transformative Justice

Youth Justice Institute

The Youth Justice Institute (YJI) promotes, strengthens, and mobilizes the human and collective potential of underrepresented communities of the Central Valley through research, education, organizing, and leadership development. The Institute strives to create systemic change in the educational, health, and juvenile justice systems.

c/o Youth In Focus
1930 East 8th Street, #300
Davis, CA 95616
Research, Training and Technical Assistance to Youth Organizing and Advocacy Groups

Youth Making a Change

Youth Making a Change is a nationally recognized youth organizing project in the San Francisco Bay Area working to fight the criminalization of youth.  YMAC has supported enlightened juvenile justice polices and opposed repressive ones – including alternatives to incarceration, a significant reduction in the Juvenile Hall population, and the implementation of the Juvenile Justice Action Plan, the city’s on-paper plan for reform. We want to see kids rehabilitated, not warehoused or punished, and we condemn repressive practices in the Juvenile Hall.

Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth
2601 Mission Street Suite 400
San Francisco, CA  94110
Leadership Development, Youth Education and Mobilization, Direct Action Organizing
Address Phone Website Type of Work

Youth Media Council

Launched in April 2001, the Youth Media Council is a youth organizing, leadership development, media capacity-building and watchdog project dedicated to amplifying the public voice of youth and their communities.  We believe that youth and other marginalized communities need the tools, resources, strategies and skills to become strong and effective media spokespeople and advocates for social justice.

Made up of representatives from eleven of the (San Francisco) Bay Area’s most vibrant progressive youth organizations, the YMC aims to strengthen the growing youth movement in Northern California.

We are dedicated to: developing youth, particularly youth of color and low income youth, as media activists and leaders; building the media capacity of youth organizations and the youth movement to support organizing campaigns; increasing strategic media coordination between Bay Area youth organizations; building long-term relationships between youth and news media outlets to improve news coverage of young people and youth issues; and organizing youth-run campaigns that help keep the media accountable to the public.

1611 Telegraph Ave.
Suite 510
Oakland, CA 94612




Leadership Development, Media Literacy and Access for Youth and Youth Activist Groups; Media Monitoring, Education and Advocacy