The mission of the Youth Advocacy Division is to ensure that every child in Massachusetts has access to zealous legal representation that incorporates a Youth Development Approach resulting in both legal and life success. Accordingly, YAD will lead, train, and support a diverse and collaborative juvenile defense bar across the state. Through individual representation and systemic advocacy, YAD also will partner with community organizations and local agencies to work toward creating safer and healthier communities.

Established by the Committee for Public Counsel Services of Massachusetts, the Youth Advocacy Project (YAP) began in 1992 with a goal of protecting and advancing the legal and human rights of children and promoting their healthy development.


YAF Spring Celebration 2012

On the evening of May 3rd, hundreds of YAD's friends gathered at the Artists for Humanity EpiCenter in Boston to celebrate and raise support. The event, entitled "One Vision, Many Voices," included a cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres, silent auction, youth performance, and awards. For more information, click here.

Upcoming Trainings

YAD offers trainings to juvenile defense attorneys throughout Massachusetts. Click here to view a list of upcoming trainings.

Should parents have to testify in court against their kids?

Click here to read the NPR story about parent-child privilege.