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Carmen Daugherty

Carmen Daugherty

Carmen Daugherty is the Policy Director for Youth First Initiative. In this capacity, Carmen supports the state-based campaigns by developing policy options, reviewing legislation, proposed budgets, and creating state and national reports on youth incarceration. Before coming to Youth First, Carmen served as Policy Director for Campaign for Youth Justice focused on ending the prosecution and incarceration of youth in the adult criminal justice system. Carmen also served as Deputy Director and staff attorney for Advocates for Justice and Education, a DC based non-profit, formed to educate parents, youth, and the community about the laws governing public education, specifically for children with special needs. In 2008, Carmen was appointed to the D.C. Mayor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Group where she works with city stakeholders to provide recommendations on compliance with the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. She also co-chairs the American Bar Association,Section on Civil Rights and Social Justice’s Criminal Justice Committee. Carmen received her undergraduate degree from Vassar College and her Juris Doctor from Tulane University School of Law.