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Now on Video: Keynote Address by Dr. William C. Bell
Dr. William C. Bell, president and CEO of Casey Family Programs, gave a moving keynote address at the 2016 NCCD Conference on Children, Youth, and Families. In this video from the conference, Dr. Bell speaks about the important hope-giving role of those who work with system-involved children.
New Houston Project Aims to Prevent Juvenile Justice System Entry
NCCD is partnering with the Houston Endowment to promote cross-agency coordination and collaboration in Harris County, Texas. NCCD will use data from the child welfare, juvenile justice, criminal justice, and educational systems to identify and evaluate pathways to juvenile justice system involvement, in an effort to prevent young people from entering or remaining involved with the justice system.
New Program Manager to Focus on Community Violence Prevention
Aman Sebahtu joins NCCD this month as community violence prevention program manager. An Oakland native, Sebahtu comes to NCCD from the W. Haywood Burns Institute, where he worked as a site manager and collaborated with system stakeholders to help correct racial and other disparities in the juvenile and adult justice systems. He has a BA in sociology and African American studies from Emory University and a JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Sebahtu has worked with system-involved young people in several youth development and community-based programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. At NCCD, Sebahtu will help develop a portfolio of violence prevention research and initiatives and will support some of its ongoing work, including the the girls and gangs project, and the Beloved Community: West Contra Costa Partnership for Youth project, which is funded by California Gang Reduction, Intervention, and Prevention (CalGRIP).
NCCD Associate Director Selected to Present at Juvenile Justice Conference
Deirdre O’Connor, MSW, associate director for strategic initiatives at NCCD, was selected to present at the 2017 National Conference on Juvenile Justice. The conference, convened by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), takes place February 12–15 in New York City. O’Connor’s presentation, scheduled for Monday, February 13, is titled Preventing Delinquency Among Child Welfare–Involved Youth.
Based in Washington, DC, O’Connor has experience working with the child welfare, juvenile justice, and criminal justice systems. Since joining NCCD in 2004, she has partnered with many jurisdictions—both in the United States and internationally—to improve child protection systems and practices. 
For more information about the NCJFCJ conference, click here.
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