Generation Justice provides free legal representation for abandoned and abused children through its pro bono Children’s Law Clinic. Our 5,000+ members use their voices to support reforms that help children grow up free from violence.
Gen Justice’s inaugural reform package passed in a bipartisan landslide and was signed into law before the organization’s first birthday. The law requires courts to expedite children’s cases in instances of extreme abuse and to move drug-exposed infants into safe families more quickly.
Darcy Olsen founded Generation Justice after an award-winning, 20-year career in public policy. But the seeds of Generation Justice were planted years earlier when she left the hospital cradling a drug-exposed newborn as a foster parent.
It didn’t take long for Olsen to identify the root problem in child welfare. In a nation governed by a Constitution that provides equal justice for all regardless of race, gender, religion or social standing, children were notably missing.
In case after case, Olsen saw how predators have greater legal protections than the children they prey on. Criminals have the right to a speedy trial; children don’t. Criminals have the right to an attorney; children don’t. And while criminals have the right to a public trial, child welfare hearings routinely are conducted in the dark and records sealed, protecting public agencies from oversight, accountability and reform.
Gen Justice believes children deserve better than second-class rights. Please join our mission toward legal justice for children.