2021 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Conference


November, 1-3, 2021

Omni Louisville Hotel
400 S 2nd St,
Louisville, KY 40202

Each year, CJJ hosts a conference focusing specifically on the issue of racial and ethnic disparities in the youth legal system. These conferences give stakeholders from around the country an opportunity to share strategies and explore solutions to this serious problem. This year’s conference will bring together stakeholders working to fight disparities at the local, state, and national levels, as well as the larger juvenile justice community. To view a draft of the agenda click here

CJJ’s 2021 National Racial and Ethnic Disparities Conference will focus on ways that young people and their communities, as well as law enforcement, court officials, advocacy groups, and State Advisory Groups can work together to combat racial and ethnic disparities (R/ED). Specifically, the conference will focus on:

  • What changes can be made at the system’s front end to reduce R/ED?
  • How can youth advocates, law enforcement, attorneys, the judiciary, and community leaders work together to combat the crisis?
  • What role does data collection play in eliminating R/ED, and how can collection be improved?
  • What lessons have we learned from the pandemic and how can we use these lessons to address and end racial inequities in our education and youth legal systems?

The primary goal of CJJ’s 2021 National R/ED Conference is to help system stakeholders--including policymakers and state DMC Coordinators--combat R/ED through peer-to-peer learning, and expert training. Workshop sessions will provide participants a hands-on opportunity to explore solutions that have been shown to work in other jurisdictions.

To register for the conference click here

To view the draft agenda, click here.

Early Bird Registration
Mar 1-July 31, 2021
Regular Registration
Aug 1-Oct 11, 2021
Late registration
Oct 12-Nov 1, 2021
Member $295 Member $325

Member $355

Non-Member $425 Non-Member $455 Non-Member $485
Student Member $150 Student Member $200 Student Member $250
Student Non-Member $200 Student Non-Member $250 Student Non-Member $300

Want to join the conference, but not sure about traveling? Chose our livestream registration option to receive virtual access to a limited conference agenda, including, conference plenaries, the awards ceremony, and one wrokshop session per time slot. To register for our livestream click here

CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS NOW OPEN - CJJ is now accepting workshop proposals for the 2021 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Conference. 

To view instructions and guidelines for workshop submissions, click here. To submit your workshop proposal, click here.  All workshop proposals are due July 13, 2021. 

AWARD NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN To submit a nomination for the 2021 Andrew Smith Racial and Ethnic Disparities Coordinator Award, click here. You can read more about the award here. The deadline for nominations is September 1st, 2021. 

BECOME A SPONSORS OR EXHIBITOR- Consider joining us as a sponsor or exhibitor for our 2021 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Conference. Sponsorships may be tax deductible. To learn more about this year's sponsor and exhibit opportunities, click here. To let us know you are interested, please click here, or email Naomi Smoot Evans at evans@juvjustice.org

Stay tuned for additional details!