Policy Symposium: "Children and the Law in New York"

Our research and work involving child policy in New York reveal a need to address the many problems that confront predominantly minority children. On March 11, 2004, the Children's Studies Center held a Carnegie Corporation of New York–funded policy symposium — Children and the Law in New York — to provide a human rights and child-centered perspective on the major issues of child welfare, education, health, and mental health, and children in the juvenile/criminal justice systems in New York.

The remarks of 28 speakers, representing these myriad perspectives, revealed many other realities that these children face within the compartmentalized systems of child supervision and administration in New York. The symposium directly resulted in the drafting and passage of legislation A06334 for an Office of the Child Advocate for New York and led to a unified bill in the New York State Assembly and New York State Senate.