Juvenile Law Center honors advocates in the field of child welfare

Shara Dae Howard
May 09, 2018 - 10:06 pm
Mayor Jim Kenney was in attendance to communicate the importance of the Juvenile Law Center's Leadership Prize.

Shara Dae Howard | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Youth advocates were celebrated at the National Constitution Center as the future of the field.

The Juvenile Law Center's (JLC) second annual Leadership Prize event honored leading children's rights advocates in the realm of child welfare and reform.

"Tonight's award winners are from all over the country, and we are honoring leading lights in the field of juvenile justice," said Katy Otto, JLC director of communications.

Mayor Jim Kenney was in attendance to communicate the importance of their work.

"It's important that we continue to have a sensible criminal justice system that is actually just," he said, adding that preventative measures must be taken. "Diversion — it's keeping people out of the criminal justice in the first place — is the most important thing we can do."

The prize winners include Judge Steven Teske of Clayton, Georgia; Francis V. Guzman, a juvenile justice attorney; and Teen Vogue, for its kids incarcerated series.