527 North Boulevard - 4th Floor
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Our thanks to the John Shaw Field Foundation

for a grant that made this Conference possible

Audience pic at JJC with some of the high school students in the front


Guest Speakers:

In order of appearance

Session One:

1st panel of speakers at JJC

Dr. Mary Livers, Deputy Secretary, Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice http://ojj.la.gov/
Ms. Gina Womack, Director of Families & Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children  http://www.fflic.org/

Tracie L. Washington, Esq., President/CEO of Louisiana Justice Institute




Session Two: 

       (see Keynote Speaker)


Session Three:

Session Three -  panel of speakers at JJC

Rev. Donald Hunter, Founder of the Black Family Initiative in Baton Rouge


Rev. Lisa Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, APEX Youth Center of New Orleans


Dr. Juan Barthelemy, Assistant Professor, LSU School of Social Work


Session Four:

Session Four -  panel of speakers at JJC

Representative Patricia Haynes Smith, of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus



Representative Edward 'Ted' James, of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus



Ms. Dana Kaplan, Executive Director of the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana http://jjpl.org/

Click here for a list of short bios on all Speakers, including photos of each

Our thanks to all of our speakers and participants!



It takes a lot of work to plan a meeting such as this.   Thanks to all on the JJC Planning Committee as well!   Pictured below are some of that group:

JJC planning group pic


JJC planning group pic


Pictured on left side of table are: Linda Fjeldsjo – Chair, Catherine Conrad, & Dr. Bill Ryder.  On right side of table are: Jeanne Delahoussaye, Mary Collins, Laverne Klier, & Fr. Dan Krutz.



Link to get Flash Paper by Adobe

Juvenile Justice Conference

     held in Baton Rouge on

   February 13, 2014


Hope is in working hands -

Ours and Theirs

 Louisiana Juvenile Justice Reform:

At-Risk Youth

In an era of racial

and social inequality

Around 120 people attended from around the State.  Attendees included Judges, Lawyers, Social Workers, Teachers, Students,

and more...

Mr. Bryan Stevenson

Mr. Bryan Stevenson

Executive Director of
Equal Justice Initiative

 Keynote Speaker:

Mr. Stevenson spoke on the current state of youth advocacy, particularly concerning indigent persons and youth of color.  His experiences offered help to guide attorneys and other youth advocates on developing advanced methods and practices for the representation of these vulnerable populations.

Mr. Stevenson has won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color in the criminal justice system. Since graduating from Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, he has assisted in securing relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, advocated for poor people and developed community-based reform litigation aimed at improving the administration of criminal justice. While based in Alabama, he also is on the law faculty at New York University School of Law.

Find out more about Mr. Stevenson and his work through Equal Justice Initiative at:  http://www.eji.org/

Additional info. can be found on Mr. Stevenson at:


Racial Calendar Cover

  Calendar Cover

Mr. Bryan Stevenson
Mr. Stevenson and EJI generously provided all participants with a copy of their 2014 calendar:   A History of Racial Injustice. The large, full-color wall calendar includes many historical entries and short essays highlighting historical events and issues in our nation's racial history.   More info. on the calendar can be found at:  http://www.eji.org/node/840 .  


Audience and stage pic at JJC

The Conference was held at the Bishop Tracy Center, in the main auditorium.   It started at 9:45 am and ended at 4pm. 

Speakers presented information from their areas of expertise/background, with time allotted for feedback/commentary from members of the audience via a floor microphone. 

Information presented included very encouraging grass roots efforts to reach families and youth BEFORE they should stray, as well as efforts to address the situations of those already in the Justice system.

Schedule, with subject lines:

9:45-10:00   Introductions and Welcome


10:00-11:15  Session I: Juvenile Justice Reform: successes & challenges.  Dr. Mary Livers, Speaker;  Ms. Gina Womack, and Tracie Washington, Esq.  (Panel presentation)


11:30-1:00   Lunch and Session II presentation: Children, Justice, and the Problems Caused by Mass Incarceration with Keynote Speaker, Mr. Bryan Stevenson of Equal Justice Initiative, and with special intro poem read by Chancelier ‘Xero’ Skidmore.  (Followed by Q & A session)


1:15-2:30     Session III: Community Initiatives:  Rev. Donald Hunter, Rev. Lisa Fitzpatrick, and Dr. Juan Barthelemy


2:45-4:00     Session IV: Advocacy and Legislation.  Rep. Patricia H. Smith, Rep. Edward ‘Ted’ James, and Ms. Dana Kaplan


A few of our Speakers provided electronic information afterwards that we are pleased to be able to share with you:

Rev. Lisa Fitzpatrick

Rev. Fitzpatrick

Rev. Lisa Fitzpatrick, founder and Executive Director of APEX Community Advancement, Inc., provided an information sheet on the APEX Youth Center in Central City, New Orleans.  This Center is a 'safe' place for kids of all ages to go, free of charge, with various activities and a wholesome environment.   Some have previous criminal histories and come there because they desire a new lifestyle.

Rev. Donald R. Hunter, Sr., founder of the Black Family Initiative in Baton Rouge, provided an informational paper on this initiative.   With door to door canvassing, mentoring, and free counseling, Dr. Hunter and other volunteers are making a difference in the lives of families.   And when the overall family is healthy, we will see the success in our youth.

Rev. Donald Hunter

Rev. Hunter

Ms. Gina Womack

Ms. Gina Womack

Ms. Gina Womack, Director and co-founder of Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC), provided her power point presentation on the current state of reform.   

She cites this quote: 

"For these are all of our children, we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."  by James Baldwin


Again, thanks to all - who are working to make a difference for the betterment of our Youth!

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