Erin Palacios is a staff attorney at the Youth Law Center. Focused at the intersection points of multiple youth-serving agencies, her work seeks the critical reinvestment of resources required to replace punitive delinquency responses with community-based systems of care. In close partnership with the Young Women's Freedom Center, Erin works to support and build power for directly-impacted people advocating to create and re-imagine systems that will primarily value children, families, and the communities to which they belong. Prior to joining YLC she was the project coordinator for the Youth Justice Project (YJP) at Bay Area Legal Aid, where she remains of counsel. At YJP she worked to provide comprehensive civil legal services to vulnerable and disconnected youth and address systemic barriers to long-term success. Before that she was a staff attorney with The Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Practice in Brooklyn, NY where she represented children ages 0-21 in child welfare, status offender, and delinquency proceedings.
J.D. University of San Diego, 2007
B.A./ M.A. Boston University, 2004