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  • March 7, 2018

    At the Polls Part 4: 24/7 Juvenile Detention Review

    The Moran Center supports the 24/7 review of children’s detention. Currently, when a child is placed in custody, they are subject to waiting up to 40 hours before appearing before a judge. Whether a youth is detained or not has lasting ramifications for that youth’s future behavior and opportunities. Carnegie Mellon researchers have shown that …

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  • March 5, 2018

    At The Polls Part 3: Court Reform – Raising the age of juvenile court to 21

    Part 3: Raising the age of juvenile court to 21. The Moran Center supports raising the age of juvenile court jurisdiction to 21. Read more about this issue from our partners at The Campaign for Youth Justice and the Juvenile Justice Initiative! #VoteYouthJustice #IllinoisPrimary2018 #Midterms2018

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  • March 2, 2018

    At The Polls Part 2: Voters’ Guide

    The Illinois Primary Election will take place on Tuesday, March 20th, with the polls open from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM. As a state with an open primary, voters do not have to declare a party affiliation in advance of the Primary Election, but instead are given the opportunity to select a party ballot at …

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  • March 1, 2018

    At The Polls Part 1: Why the Illinois midterms matter

      Welcome to Part 1 of our midterm 2018 primary series! Over the next 20 days, we will be highlighting how the outcome of the 2018 primary elections could impact youth justice in our state and our community. Part 2 thru 9 will be posted on social media. Follow along as we “march” toward the primary… #YouthJustice …

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  • February 4, 2018

    Patricia Gladden: A Decade of Putting Justice In Action

    Pat Gladden has been involved with the Moran Center for over 10 years! After becoming exposed to the Moran Center (then called the Evanston Community Defender) in 2008 while working on a project for the Evanston Community Foundation, Pat jumped in with both feet in 2009 when she assumed the role of Board President and, …

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  • Access to Mental Health Care

    Improving access to mental is a keystone of our “going deep” strategy. During the past couple of years, we have developed several key partnerships that are now primed to create a network of supports by which we can address the gap that persists for low-income minority youth who need access to urgent psychiatric care. In …

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  • Diving Deep Into 2018

    From Executive Director and Juvenile Justice Attorney Patrick Keenan-Devlin: I was fortunate enough to kick off 2018 by spending a special day at the Kennedy Forum of Illinois’ Annual Meeting. “Bending Toward Justice: A Summit for Mental Health Equity” was a powerful day of inquiry, exploring the intersection of justice, mental health, and education.  There …

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  • November 9, 2017

    Meet Reggie

    We met Reggie when he was just eight years old, making him one of our youngest clients. While his story is still evolving, we would like to share it with you because we think it illustrates how your donation to the Moran Center for Youth Advocacy puts the wheels of justice into action for youth in our …

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  • November 5, 2017

    Justice League Meets Justice Challenge – Press Release

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 6, 2017 MORAN CENTER MEETS FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE Evanston Community Foundation’s Partners for the Future Grant Supports Youth Justice The James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy (“Moran Center”) has successfully completed a“Partners for the Future” (PFF) challenge grant from the Evanston Community Foundation (“ECF”), receiving $100,000 in matching funds. The Moran …

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  • September 6, 2017

    Directors’ Showcase: Jonathan Samuels Advocates for Local Youth

    From a very early age, Jon Samuels witnessed his family’s commitment to the community. “My parents never pushed politics but they were passionate through their work in the medical and mental health fields as well as their broader commitment to the community. They strongly believe in fairness and justice for everyone. That had a big …

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