The Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's meeting on September 14, 2012, featured two panel discussionsGirls at the Margin: Risk Factors and Needs, and Girls' Pathways to Success. Speakers included Barbara Guthrie, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and associate professor, Yale School of Nursing; Malika Saar, executive director, Human Rights Project for Girls; Terri Yellowhammer, Futures Without Violence; Jeannette Pai-Espinosa, president, National Crittenton Foundation; and Francine Sherman, clinical professor and director, Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project, Boston College Law School. The moderator for both discussions was Lawanda Ravoira, director, National Girls Institute. For more information, see the lead story, "Coordinating Council Addresses Girls and the Juvenile Justice System," in this issue.
Council members also heard updates on several agency initiatives, including the Office of National Drug Control Policy's National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, Above the Influence, and OJJDP's 2012 National Intertribal Youth Summit.
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The Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is an independent body within the executive branch of the federal government operated under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The council's primary functions are to coordinate federal juvenile delinquency prevention programs, federal programs and activities that detain or care for unaccompanied juveniles, and federal programs relating to missing and exploited children.
The council is made up of 22 members13 ex officio and affiliate members and 9 practitioners. The ex officio members are: the Attorney General; the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Secretaries of the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services (HHS), Housing and Urban Development, and Labor; the Assistant Secretary of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy; and the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Affiliate members are the Secretaries of the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Defense, and the Interior, and the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of HHS. The nine juvenile justice practitioner members are appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Senate Majority Leader, and the President of the United States.