JusticeAid Tackles Tough Issues to Help Children
WASHINGTON (JusticeAid) – February 26, 2016
JusticeAid returned to Washington’s historic Lincoln Theatre on Sunday, May 15, at 7 pm, for an incredible evening featuring Grammy Award-winning, multi-genre powerhouse Ozomatli and local go-go legends Trouble Funk to benefit the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) and the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (CFSY). These amazing groups are winning major battles nationwide to expand access to justice for America’s youth.
“JusticeAid is proud to make 2016 our ‘Year of the Child’ by setting our sights on eradicating barriers to justice for young people,” said retired DC Superior Court judge, JusticeAid founder and current President Steve Milliken.
JusticeAid’s campaign kicked off immediately on social media, where the group highlighted its efforts and urged others to share their stories using the hashtag #WhatJusticeMeansToMe. (You can find JusticeAid on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.)
“The United States is the only country in the world that sentences children to life in prison without the possibility of parole, a sentence to die in prison,” said Jody Kent Lavy, Director of the CSFY. “We are grateful to JusticeAid for elevating this issue with its ‘Year of the Child’ concert, and for recognizing the importance of holding children accountable in age-appropriate ways.”
The NJDC was founded to ensure that every child facing prosecution in juvenile court is represented by an attorney, a specialized attorney trained to defend children.
“NJDC protects children’s constitutional right to counsel, and we’re so appreciative of JusticeAid for standing by us and raising awareness about our work. We need more groups like JusticeAid,” said NJDC Executive Director Kim Dvorchak.
Ozomatli is a multigenre, multicultural Grammy winning band that has released eight critically acclaimed albums over the past 18 years. Shifting gears from electrocumbia to garage rock, hiphop, and Pérez Prado mambo, Ozomatli infuses a dance party mix with dynamic live band chops and attitude. Over the years, Ozomatli has become the ultimate jam band, pulling together the strands of creativity into a unique rhythmic machine.
Trouble Funk’s unique sound commands crowds and compels them to dance. Born on and from the streets of Washington, D.C., they have taken their music nationwide and to festivals all over the world. Trouble Funk’s sound is synonymous with the emergence of the non-stop, percussion driven, best-seen-live, homegrown music called go-go. For more than 30 years, they have served as the worldwide ambassadors of this unique genre, a distant, but older cousin of hip-hop.