About Youth, Rights & Justice

Who We Are

Established in 1975, Youth, Rights & Justice is Oregon’s leading nonprofit law firm dedicated exclusively to children and families. We bring a trauma-informed lens to all of our work; seeking to promote resilience, dignity and respect.

We provide excellent client-centered representation for parents, children, and youth.

Our legal teams zealously represent our clients, fighting to make sure their voices are heard.

We narrow the achievement gap for children in foster care.

Our innovative SchoolWorks program ensures that foster children aren’t left behind when it comes to education. We provide school advocacy to ensure that our clients can enroll, attend, graduate, and succeed in school.

We reform and transform the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

By leveraging the authority of the courts and the power of the legislature, we enact system-wide reforms that benefit young people and families across the state.


25,000+ children, youth, and parents represented since 1975

3,200+ cases helping children and young people through SchoolWorks since 2002

500,000+ Oregon children and families helped by the laws, policies, and system reforms we’ve championed


Our Staff

Case Managers:
Ivan Denizac
Josue Gomez
Tara Knight

Data Integrity Manager:
Natalie O’Neil

Investigator:
Sean Quinn

Paralegals:
April Brix
Sue Pasi

Legal Assistants:
DeWayne Charley
Fernanda Manzo
Leticea Cruz
Michelle Zavala
Vicky Morales

Records Clerk:
Chad Lucero


Our Board

President: David Rabbino, Jordan Ramis PC

Vice President: Nakia Bradley-Lawson, Gevurtz Menashe

Treasurer: Rebecca Boyette, PeaceHealth

Secretary: Tiffany Uranga

Liz Fouts, The Standard
Alan Galloway, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Rohini Ghosh, PacifiCorp
Sue Ann Higgens, Portland Public Schools (retired)
Lissa Kaufman, Lissa Kaufman Law
Bryan Leinwand, Performance Software Corporation
Ann Phillips, Zappos.com (retired)
Megan Reuther, Tonkon Torp LLP
Jacqueline Roebuck Sakho, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Jilian Saurage Felton, Community Partners for Affordable Housing
Liz Schlosser, The Standard
Janet Steverson, Lewis & Clark
Penny Sweeting, Geffen Mesher & Co., PC
Dana Walton-Macaulay, Independent Police Review for the City of Portland
Joel Willard, Intel


Annual Reports

2021 | 2020

Financial Statements

2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016