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Friday, November 8 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Holistic Legal Responses to the Youth Homelessness Crisis

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From coast to coast, youth homelessness is a growing crisis. Homelessness not only leaves young people without a home but also leaves them vulnerable to illness, discrimination, and criminalization of their poverty. Criminalization then causes additional barriers in accessing employment, education, housing, and more. This presentation will address the underecognized civil and criminal legal issues faced by youth experiencing homelessness, with a focus on the youth most affected – youth of color, LGTBQ+ youth, youth with disabilities, parenting youth, and young people who live at the intersections of these identities. This presentation will utilize an interactive activity that requires participants to reflect on the web of systematic criminalization of homelessness and recognize why multi-disciplinary services are essential. The presentation will also highlight two effective service models: the Homeless Youth Legal and Advocacy Project (HYLAP) out of Think Dignity in San Diego and the Youth Justice Project (YJP) out of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, both of which utilize the power of holistic support in breaking the chains of poverty and increasing autonomy and self-determination for young people.


Jamie Gullen

Community Legal Services, Supervising Attorney
Jamie Gullen is a supervising attorney in the Employment Unit and Youth Justice Project at Community Legal Services. Ms. Gullen began her career at CLS as a law student intern in 2010 and was awarded a Penn Law fellowship sponsored by the Langer, Grogan, and Diver law firm to continue... Read More →
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Race Equity & Inclusion Director, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
Kee Tobar is the Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer at CLS. As CLS’s first Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, she provides vision, leadership, and direction for CLS’ ongoing strategy to support equity, inclusion, diversity, and belonging across all aspects of the organization’s... Read More →

Mitchelle Woodson

Interim Executive Director, Managing Attorney, Think Dignity
Mitchelle Woodson is the executive director and managing attorney of Think Dignity, a homeless advocacy agency in San Diego, California, with a mission to inspire, empower, and organize the local community to advance basic dignity to those living on the streets. She joined the Think... Read More →

Friday November 8, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm EST
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