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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

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.


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.


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.


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 |