For John,* a youth client of YSRP, violence and tragedy permeated his childhood. At just 10 years old, John’s father was murdered at the hands of a Philadelphia Police Officer, turning his life upside down.
The American Constitution Society, the nationally-focused progressive lawyers group based in Washington, DC, awarded The Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project and its co-founders and Co-Directors Lauren Fine and Joanna Visser Adjoian the 2018 David Carliner Public Interest Award. The Carliner Award typically honors one mid-career public interest lawyer whose work builds on the legacy of powerful, creative advocacy for justice on behalf of disenfranchised communities that David Carliner himself championed.
This year, the prize committee recognized the leadership of YSRP’s Co-Directors and presented the award at the Welcome Dinner of the American Constitution Society’s National Convention in Washington, DC.
According to Caroline Fredrickson, president of the American Constitution Society,
The ACS national convention is a gathering of legal luminaries who are making change and creating a difference in the lives of Americans. Our award winners this year are rising stars and inspirational changemakers.
YSRP is grateful to be honored with this prestigious prize. The $10,000 prize includes a $2,500 award to YSRP. The award is generously endowed by the family of David Carliner (1918-2007) in his memory.
Lauren Fine accepted the award at the national convention on behalf of the organization and fellow Co-founder and Co-Director Joanna Visser Adjoian.