The Racial Justice and Youth Defense Fellowship was designed in 2018 to advance racial justice advocacy in the Juvenile Justice Initiative.

During the two-year fellowship, the Fellow works with GJJI staff to improve the systems youth encounter through policy reform and to develop resources to help youth defenders incorporate racial justice arguments into their advocacy. The Fellow’s responsibilities include legal research and writing, project management, community outreach, and policy advocacy.


The 2022 Racial Justice and Youth Defense Fellowship is a two-year, full-time opportunity for a 2022 law graduate, recent law grad, or even a more seasoned lawyer. Applications must be submitted by November 19, 2021. Download the application.