Illustration by Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times: Blue, white and black drawing of students walking away from a bus and a man with a clipboard in the foreground.

Accountability and Inclusion

TeamChild attorneys tackle 2 major issues for clients: accountability and inclusion. A true failure of accountability and inclusion at a statewide level is highlighted in last month’s reporting from The Seattle Times and ProPublica about the Northwest School of Innovative Learning (NW SOIL).

Photo of the Capitol Building in Olympia by John Callery. The building is surrounded by evergreen trees.

Partnering to Advance Justice

As we approach the 2023 legislative session, we wanted to look back on the partnerships we’ve cultivated with our legislative champions and the efforts these partnerships have made in transforming the statewide landscape of juvenile civil legal advocacy.

Image by youth artist Kasama Smith: Illustrated letters with mountains, ocean, flowers and a tree against an orange background spell the word HOPE.

Looking Ahead

Heading into the new year we offer an image of hope created by youth artist Kasama Smith. Thank you, Kasama, for sharing your inspiring vision and art with us!

TeamChild Managing Attorney, Dan, is wearing a suit and tie and smiles into the camera.

Justice is Joyful when we Elevate Community

As I reflect on these years that make up a large and meaningful chapter of my life, I am full of gratitude for the community that has formed around me. My community is those clients, all of whom are full of potential and who are ready to be a part of this ever slowly bending arc toward justice.

Green Hill School is pictured with a concrete sculpture of a face in front of it. There is a yellow fire hydrant and a tree to the left. Black text in a green text box reads: Law Library Update, Green Hill School. TeamChild logo appears in lower right corner.

TeamChild Partners with Green Hill School to Begin Law Library for Youth

TeamChild set out to build power and knowledge amongst incarcerated youth by working in partnership with young people at Green Hill School, to plan, develop, and begin building a law library at the Juvenile Rehabilitation facility.

White text in a red thought bubble reads: "Court Costs Are Holding Me Back" - Debt Free Youth Justcie WA

Debt Free Youth Justice

TeamChild has been working for over a decade with individual clients, and with systems as a whole, to eliminate the harms the juvenile legal system creates for young people, their families, and communities. Much of this work has focused on post-conviction relief, which means helping a young person who has been through the legal system reconnect to a productive, inclusive, and supportive environment after that contact with court and incarceration.

Gratitude – In Community

At TeamChild, we are working to find new and creative ways to support each other across our statewide offices – and while I say “new,” in fact one of the most meaningful strategies is the most enduring one. It’s about making space for relationships and our own humanity.

3 young people sit in a classroom listening to someone speaking. White text reads: Youth Matters. Logo for Glover Empower Mentoring appears in upper left corner.

Electing Prosecuting Attorneys: Why You(th) Matter(s)

There are two significant prosecuting attorney races happening in Washington state this November 8th, one in King County and one in Spokane County. For many voters, and especially young people, it may be difficult to meaningfully participate in this election because it’s hard to understand what the job of a prosecutor is all about.

An adult and a young person look at a book together at a desk. They are smiling and another student sits behind them in the classroom.

Back To School – Youth Education Law Collaborative

TeamChild has been working very hard on creating a new Youth Education Law Collaborative (YELC). TeamChild, along with Northwest Justice Project, Washington Autism Alliance, Kids in Need of Defense, Disability Rights Washington, and Seattle University School of Law will provide accessible legal information and education advocacy to students impacted by COVID-19.

3 photos show a youth prison with yellow caution tape in front, a school building with yellow sign that says Safe Space, and a young person in silhouette at a desk. The TeamChild logo appears at the bottom next to the word POLICY spelled out on scrabble tiles.

Policy Goals and Priorities

We hope to make an impact for youth in education, stable and safe housing, removing post-conviction burdens and barriers, and reducing the use of incarceration to respond to the needs of young people.

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