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OJJDP's 2011 Conference for Children's Justice & Safety
Unite, Build, Lead

Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center
October 12–14, 2011


OJJDP Hosts Its 2011 National Conference for Children's Justice and Safety

Juvenile justice researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and advocates came from across the country to the OJJDP National Conference, "Children's Justice & Safety: Unite, Build, Lead" to discuss the latest research findings and developments in the field and learn about Department of Justice initiatives.

The conference drew more than 2,300 public officials, tribal representatives, juvenile justice practitioners, policymakers, law enforcement professionals, child advocates, educators, and researchers to address key issues in the juvenile justice field. The event featured 7 plenaries, 330 speakers, and more than 65 workshops and sessions. This event for children's justice and safety was the first national conference OJJDP has held since 2006.

Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden; Attorney General Eric Holder; Deputy Attorney General James Cole; Deputy Associate Attorney General Karol Mason; General Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army; and Congressmen Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) were among the many dignitaries who attended.

The conference featured special tracks on children's exposure to violence, anti-gang strategies, child protection and advocacy, truancy and dropping out, at-risk and delinquent girls, trends in tribal youth policy, evidence-based practices, and reforming the treatment of juveniles in custody, among other topics.

To view a photo gallery of conference events, click here.

OJJDP news@ a Glance, September/October 2011 offers more reports on the conference.

Access the conference program to learn more about the conference tracks, agenda at a glance, conference agenda, plenary speaker biographies and more.

OJJDP Releases Multiple Publications at National Conference

During its 2011 National Conference, OJJDP released several new publications. These new publications will provide information about children's exposure to violence, emergency planning, hot spots of juvenile crime, and youth in corrections.

OJJDP Conference Resources

A list of resources available at the OJJDP exhibit is available.