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National Alianza for Latino Youth Justice

National Alianza for Latino Youth Justice

The National Alianza for Latino Youth Justice is a coalition comprised of recognized Latino/a youth justice experts who have united efforts to uplift the visibility of this fast growing population while improving the wellbeing of juvenile justice-involved Latino youth and families. The Alianza promotes and implements healing-informed, culturally specific programming and research, highlighting core detention reform strategies that have proven effective to decrease Latino youth in detention. Our nationally recognized juvenile justice Latino leaders provide consultation to jurisdictions across the country for developing a youth justice system that mandates the reliable collection of Latino youth data, embraces and uplifts Latino culture and language as assets, promotes a healing informed approach to community-based alternatives to detention, and engages system-involved youth and their families by building their capacity to change policy, practice and procedures at every decision-making point in the youth justice system.

Contact us to learn more about our framework for improving positive outcomes and decreasing racial and ethnic disparities for this persistently invisible yet growing U.S. demographic of Latino youth in systems throughout the country:

Dr. Juan Sanchez, El Presidente/CEO, Southwest Key Programs,

Marcia Rincon-Gallardo, Founder, Noxtin: Equal Justice for All,, 408-664-8802

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Who We Are

The National Alianza for Latino Youth Justice (NALYJ) is comprised of Latino/a Youth Justice leaders including practitioners, advocates, elders, scholars and youth working to improve the quality of life for Latino families and communities impacted by the youth justice system.


The Alianza exists to improve the health and wellbeing of Latino youth and families by promoting and implementing healing-informed, culturally specific programming and research, as well as transformative policy advocacy.


The Alianza envisions a youth justice system that embraces and uplifts Latino culture, language and customs as assets. We envision a youth justice system in which youth and families are treated with dignity and respect and contribute to the health and wellbeing of Latino youth, families and communities.


  • We are guided and stand in solidarity with our elders across multiple generations.
  • We believe that Latino youth and families have been impacted by trauma and are in need of culturally based and healing-informed approaches.
  • We believe that the engagement of youth and families are critical at every decision-making point in the youth justice system.
  • We are committed to promote, implement and advocate healing and racial equity across various systems.
  • We believe that youth and families will thrive when youth justice system policies and practices reflect their cultural values.
  • We believe that any effort to develop policies and practices that will impact Latinos in the youth justice system must include qualified Latino representation.
  • We believe in the use of accurate and reliable data to inform the development of programs and services for Latinos in the youth justice system.

Founding Members:

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Dr. Juan Sanchez, Founder/CEO
Veronica Delgado Savage, VP of Youth Justice Services
Austin, Texas |

Southwest Key Programs is a national nonprofit providing safe shelter for immigrant children and community-based alternatives to juvenile incarceration for over 200,000 youth and their families annually.

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Marcia Rincon-Gallardo, Founder
San Jose, California |

Noxtin is a juvenile justice reform think-tank and strategic action organization based in Silicon Valley that works with directly impacted communities and system professionals who are committed to transformative change through our unique consultation.


Patricia Foxen, PhD, Deputy Director of Research
Washington, DC |

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR)—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.


Jerry Tello, Director and Founder
San Jose, California |

The National Compadres Network (1988) is a national effort providing culturally rooted trauma/healing informed capacity building training, TA , policy, advocacy, and evaluation to organizations and systems to develop policies and programs that draw from the resiliency of Chicano/Latino families and communities.


Orlando Martinez, Founder and Senior Partner
Braselton, Georgia |

The Martinez Tjaden, LLP is a unique association of specialists in the planning and development of programs for at-risk juveniles and juvenile offenders.

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Jessica Sandoval, Vice President & Deputy Director
Washington, DC |

The Campaign for Youth Justice is a national initiative whose mission it is to end the practice of prosecuting, sentencing, and incarcerating youth under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system.


Raquel Mariscal, Senior Associate
Gina Peralta, MSW, Site Manager
Brayan Pelayo, Administrative Program Associate
Oakland, California |

The W. Haywood Burns Institute, founded in 2001, works to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in juvenile justice and child serving public systems through equitable, restorative, and community-centered responses to youthful misbehavior.


Dr. Ana Yáñez-Correa, Executive Director
Jennifer Carreon, Youth Justice Policy Coordinator
Austin, Texas |

Texas Criminal Justice Coalition is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization working with peers, policymakers, practitioners, and community members to identify and advance smart justice policies that safely reduce Texas’ costly over-reliance on incarceration – creating stronger families, less taxpayer waste, and safer communities.


Juan Gomez, Program Manager
Rene Casas, Program Coordinator
Salinas, California |

MILPA (Motivating Individual Leadership for Public Advancement) functions as an intergenerational, intercultural and trans disciplinary “think tank” of woman and men focused on braiding and blending the teachings of spiritual elders into a modern day equity framework that resonates with this generations leaders of color.


Teodocia Maria Hayes-Bautista, RN, MPH, PhD
David E. Hayes-Bautista PhD, Prof. of Medicine, Director
Los Angeles, California |

Since 1992, the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA has provided cutting-edge research, education, and public information about Latinos, their health, and their role in California.

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Nane Alejandrez, Founder/CEO
OT (Otilio) Quintero, Assistant Director
Santa Cruz, California |

Barrios Unidos mission is to prevent and curtail violence among our youth by providing them with alternatives. Our belief is that community workers who have experienced and overcome the challenges facing young people today are best able to assist them in choosing life-affirming behavior.


Albino Garcia, Jr., Executive Director
Theresa Gonzales, Assistant Director
Albuquerque, New Mexico |

La Plazita Institute, Inc. is a non-profit grassroots organization using a comprehensive, holistic and cultural approach to engage New Mexico’s youth, elders and communities to draw from their own roots and histories to express core traditional values of respect, honor, love, and


Francisco A. Villarruel, Ph.D., University Outreach and Engagement Senior Fellow and Professor
East Lansing, Michigan |

Committed to improving the health and well-being of diverse individuals and families across the lifespan through research and preparation of graduates for research, teaching, and professional practice.

Luis Cardona, Positive Youth Development Initiative Rockville, Maryland |