This issue's Message from the Administrator and top story introduce new OJJDP Administrator Liz Ryan, a staunch advocate for juvenile justice reform for more than 20 years. Additional stories highlight OJJDP’s Court Appointed Special Advocates program, the Department of Justice's commemoration of National Missing Children's Day, and OJJDP’s efforts to support youth who identify as LGBTQI+ or Two Spirit.
In her video message, new Administrator Liz Ryan said she will pursue three key priorities as she leads the Office—treating children as children, pursuing alternatives to detention so that children can remain at home in their communities, and providing opportunities for young people who come into contact with the juvenile justice system—while maintaining a focus on addressing racial equity and fairness. She also discusses upcoming listening sessions for OJJDP’s stakeholders. Features in this issue of the newsletter include volunteers with the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)/Guardians ad Litem (GAL) Association for Children, the 39th annual National Missing Children’s Day and OJJDP's expanding efforts to protect youth who identify as LGBTQI+ and Two Spirit.