• Defending the rights of Oregon's youth and families
    Defending the rights of Oregon's youth and families
  • Providing client-centered representation for parents, children and youth

  • Promoting resilience, dignity and respect

Our Mission

Youth, Rights & Justice advances the rights of children, parents, and families through advocacy in the courts, schools, legislature, and community.

Seek Justice. Promote Equity. Preserve Dignity. Provide Hope.

Youth, Rights & Justice is Oregon’s principal non-profit law firm for youth and families. Through our work, we strive to keep children in school, out of trouble, and at home.

“This is the biggest cause. If we cannot help our kids, we have no hope for our future. They deserve the absolute best, and Youth, Rights & Justice is the absolute best.”

– Janet Steverson, YRJ Board Member and Past President

Our Partners

  • Portland Children's Levy
  • Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation
  • Tonkon Torp LLP Advocates and Advisors
  • Oregon Law Foundation

Latest from the Blog

Youth, Rights & Justice Names Heather Busby Executive Director
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The Youth, Rights & Justice Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Heather Busby as Executive Director effective May 11, 2022. Founded in 1975, Youth, Rights & Justice is an innovative nonprofit law firm based in Portland, Oregon. Busby is … Read More

Staff Profile: Celebrating 25 Years with YRJ!
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Supervising Attorney Lisa Kay Williams is celebrating her 25th anniversary with Youth, Rights & Justice this year. In this interview, Lisa reflects on her work as an advocate for children in foster care, and the issues that are still faced … Read More

Youth, Rights & Justice Announces Partnership with Lewis & Clark Law School’s Criminal Justice Reform Clinic to Expand Expunction Clinic Services Statewide.
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Youth, Rights & Justice Announces Partnership with Lewis & Clark Law School’s Criminal Justice Reform Clinic to Expand Expunction Clinic Services Statewide.   Portland, OR (1/21/2022) – Youth, Rights & Justice (YRJ) is thrilled to announce the expansion of our … Read More