New Orleans, Louisiana – – The Board of Directors for the National Juvenile Justice Network unanimously voted to select John S. Williams the president of the board. The National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) leads a movement of state based juvenile justice reform organizations and alumni of its Youth Justice Leadership Institute to fight for a fairer more just juvenile justice system that is appropriate for youth and their families. NJJN advocates for policies and practices that treat youth in trouble with the law with dignity and humanity and which strengthens them, their families and their communities. NJJN is a Washington D.C. based not-for-profit organization founded in 2005. NJJN is comprised of 53 organizational members in 43 states all doing work to improve the juvenile justice system. NJJN is the only organization of its kind in the United States, a membership-led organization that exists to support and enhance the work of state based juvenile justice advocates in raising the voices of young people and advocates demanding change both locally and nationally.
John S. Williams is honored by the opportunity to continue pursuing his personal and professional passion of addressing social and juvenile justice inequities.
John said, “This new position allows me to bring my talents, energy and experience to the fight to help our most vulnerable population, our young people. In the words of Frederick Douglass, ‘it is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.’ I pray I can add to all the powerful work NJJN has been a part of or led locally and nationally to improve the way we treat our juveniles, their families, and our communities.” John is an active volunteer also serving as Chair of the Pastoral Council at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church and Chair of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society New Orleans Chapter Community Council.