Patria Frias-Colon, Borough Chief of the Brooklyn Family Division of the NYC Law Department, gave the Partner Address. She praised our youth courts for doings their part to reduce the disproportionate contact our criminal justice system has with minority youth.
Captain Justin Lenz and Community Affairs Officers Vincent Marrone of the 76th Precinct were also present. They joined dozens of family members, friends, and staff to celebrate the great achievements of our youth courts.
This was the first time Brownsville and Red Hook held a graduation together and the first time we hosted the graduation at the US District Court. There were 17 graduates and 12 inductees from the Red Hook Youth Court. There were 14 graduates and 8 inductees from the Brownsville Youth Court. A total of 7 seniors from both youth courts are graduating high school and starting college in the Fall.
Greg Berman, Director of the Center for Court Innovation, Greg Berman also came to celebrate, and you can read his take on the graduation here: http://www.gregberman.org/2014/07/youth-court-in-brooklyn.html.
We are very grateful to the staff at the US District Court of the Eastern District of New York for their contributed support of our Youth Court program.