About Generation Justice
Generation Justice works to fulfill the promise of the Constitution by extending its umbrella of rights and protections to the nation’s most vulnerable children.
The most vulnerable children include those whose parents perpetrate crimes against them, resulting in the removal of the children from their homes. Our Project Lullaby proposes legal reforms to ensure the timely and safe passage of drug-exposed infants to loving families.
Criminals in America have the right to an attorney and to closure of their cases in six months time — yet child victims do not have those rights. Many abused children lack adequate legal representation and some have no representation at all. Learn more >
What’s your agenda? Are you liberals, conservatives, or what?
We are independent and work with people with a variety of political beliefs — just like a family.
We are inspired by Frederick Douglass who said, “I will unite with anybody to do right; and with nobody to do wrong.”
We believe in the promise of the U.S. Constitution.
Throughout history, each generation of Americans has fought to make good on that promise.
In America’s earliest years, women couldn’t vote or own property. The former Three-Fifths Clause said an enslaved man would be counted as three-fifths of a free man. Some laws permitted the beating of wives and children.
Generations of Americans have worked to remedy these injustices and to bind up these wounds. We have made progress. Our justice system has become the gold standard for equal treatment under the law regardless of gender, race, religion and other differences.
But laws for protecting children from severe abuse lag behind. As recently as the 1900’s, laws prohibiting cruelty to animals were used to protect children, as few laws criminalizing abuse of children had been created. Learn more >
Extending the full promise of our Constitution to vulnerable children is the fight of this generation.
Generation Justice Associates
Founder and President, Generation Justice
Darcy Olsen is the founder and president of Generation Justice, a new organization providing reform blueprints and public interest litigation services to extend the full umbrella of constitutional rights to children. “Kids could have no better guardian angel,” wrote National Review.
Olsen served as CEO of the Goldwater Institute for fifteen years. When she took the organization’s reins, it was running in the red. She restructured the enterprise, added litigation to its arsenal, and expanded operations from one state into fifty, creating a national powerhouse. During her tenure, columnist George Will observed, “The Goldwater Institute is simply in the liberty business, and there’s no institution in the country that performs that business better.” In 2015, Olsen published “The Right to Try: How the Federal Government Prevents Americans from Getting the Lifesaving Treatments They Need,” a book that helped lead 41 states to adopt the law, saving countless lives. For her unique contributions to freedom, Olsen received the honorable Bradley Prize in 2014. She speaks and writes on a range of issues, including foster care and adoption and how to drive change through initiatives like the Right to Try.
Olsen earned a bachelor’s degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a master’s degree in International Education from New York University.
In 2010, Olsen felt inspired to foster and is now the adoptive mother of three. She is rarely seen without a foster baby in her arms, and despite declaring “this is my last baby!” her sister keeps winning the bet that the Olsen family has room for one more.
Rebecca Masterson received her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and her juris doctorate from the University of Arizona. In part due to the writing and oral advocacy awards she received during law school, Rebecca was offered an associate position with one of Phoenix’s busiest litigation and trial firms upon graduation. Her practice focused on general tort liability and civil rights and municipal defense. During her tenure as a litigation attorney, Rebecca was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star, invited for membership into Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, and named an Arizona Foothills Trendsetter.
After navigating the complex special education system for her adopted son, Rebecca left litigation and founded Arizona IEP, a special education consulting firm. Rebecca interprets federal and state education laws for parents, collaborates with schools to draft required federally mandated documents, and ensures that her student clients are receiving appropriate educational services designed to maximize their potential.
Rebecca admits to being a workaholic of the ADHD variety, and fills her free time with her many varied interests. In addition to running her consulting practice, Rebecca is a published writer, blogger, Huffington Post contributor, adjunct college faculty, certified yoga instructor, and Etsy shop owner. She has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations, does a substantial amount of pro bono legal work, and is currently learning to play the guitar.
Rebecca has always been, no matter the job title, a champion for vulnerable children. She chose adoption as her path to motherhood, and recently became a foster parent to a teenage boy. Rebecca is thrilled to be a part of Generation Justice so she can bring her diverse skillset, energy, and non-stop brainstorming together to help children.
Director of Finance and Administration
Berry Nelson brings to Generation Justice her extensive background in finance, accounting, operations, and event planning, including as an event manager for the FBR Open. She was an auditor at Ernst & Young, where she worked with clients to ensure SEC compliance, improve audit procedures, and analyze financial statements and disclosures.
Berry joined the non-profit accounting world in 2004, when she oversaw accounting and operations for the Goldwater Institute. At Goldwater, she helped more than double the operating budget, increased interest income over 40 percent through better management of the cash position, and reduced property taxes by over 50 percent.
Berry’s expertise has helped put employers and clients on firm financial ground so they can better accomplish their missions. As a mother of three young boys, and as the former president of the Scottsdale Parenting Group that offered parenting classes, Berry is committed to the well-being of children and sees her work at Generation Justice as an opportunity to use her business expertise to help some of society’s most vulnerable children.
Catherine Putnam grew up in Minnesota as the middle child sandwiched between her two brothers. She was adopted at 4 months old from South Korea. Being an adopted daughter, she was given the opportunity to lead a life full of opportunity, travels and education. But more important, she was given a forever family that loved her, cared for her, and took her in as their own. Catherine realizes what a privilege it was to be able to have that forever family and through Generation Justice, she wants to be a champion for all children to have that forever family.
Catherine has a degree in speech communication and an MBA from North Park University in Chicago. Two of her passions are the love for travel and trying new restaurants. She says that if she won the lottery she would travel the world. She also loves her pantry to be organized and thinks everything should be labeled!
Before joining Generation Justice in 2017, Ann served as group vice president of communications and development at the Goldwater Institute. She was responsible for managing the organization’s fundraising activities, including donor relations, major gifts, foundation and corporate relations, and communicating the organization’s mission and effectiveness to its members and the media.
From 2012–2016, Ann provided leadership as the chief development officer and president of Hamot Health Foundation in Erie, Pennsylvania. In that role, she provided direction for all philanthropic programs and initiatives, including fundraising, community outreach, employee and patient support, and collaborated with the Hamot Health Foundation Board of Corporators on the group’s annual fundraising campaign.
Ann served in various capacities from 2002–2012 at The Heritage Foundation, a nationally recognized research and educational institution in Washington, D.C., that formulates and promotes public policy. She led the department of special events where she oversaw the yearly planning and execution of 75 national events attended by world leaders, members of Congress, and Supreme Court justices. Ann managed a multi-million-dollar budget and a team of 11 members.
Project Lullaby is especially important to Ann. In 2015, she and her husband, Tom, experienced a significant loss in their life. Their son, William, was stillborn. During their time in the hospital, they learned of the many newborns that already faced drug and alcohol addiction. Because of this, Ann and Tom fight for the right of each and every baby and child to have a safe, healthy, and happy home. They believe babies are miracles and deserve to be loved and cared for unconditionally.
Ann holds a management certificate from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Mercyhurst College. Ann and Tom have two daughters, Addison and Molly.
Before joining Generation Justice, Andrea held a variety of positions in her 12 years at the Goldwater Institute, including senior editor and director of communications. She has collaborated with numerous scholars, policymakers, and journalists on public policy research and content development. She has also taught university courses in history, government, and economics. She holds a degree in political science from Brigham Young University, where she was a Trustees’ Scholar.
With Generation Justice, Andrea is able to combine her writing and policy skills with her passion for children. As a mother to five biological children, one adopted child, and three additional foster children, Andrea is committed to ensuring that every child has a safe, loving family.
Andrea is an accomplished pianist and enjoys teaching piano lessons to her children. In her quiet moments, she can be found learning Hebrew and planning ways to satiate her travel bug.