Children's Defense Fund - CA
The Children’s Defense Fund – The Children’s Defense Fund is a national nonprofit child advocacy organization committed to giving children a fair and healthy start in life and ensuring they have a successful transition to adulthood. The Children's Defense Fund grew out of the Civil Rights Movement under the leadership of Marian Wright Edelman, founded in 1973. The first Black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar, Mrs. Edelman directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Miss.; worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as counsel for his Poor People's Campaign; and dedicated her early career to defending the civil liberties of people struggling to overcome poverty and discrimination.
CDF - California is committed to dismantling the cradle-to-prison pipeline by addressing the needs of our most vulnerable children: children in danger of dropping out of school or who have already dropped out or been pushed out of school; children who have been suspended or expelled and/or arrested; and children residing in or leaving the juvenile justice system.