• 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.

Seek justice and equity with us by joining our team! See our Careers page for open positions at YRJ.

“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

Staff Profile: Celebrating 20 Years with YRJ!
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  Legal Assistant DeWayne Charley is celebrating his 20th anniversary with Youth, Rights & Justice in November. In this interview, DeWayne reflects on his work as an advocate for children in foster care, and the issues that are still faced … Read More

YRJ Announces Major Expansion to SchoolWorks Program
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This year Youth, Rights & Justice received a three-year federal grant for over $700,000 to create the Youth Educational Supports (YES) program. This innovative  program provides educational advocacy and support for youth who are in Oregon Youth Authority custody and … Read More

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