Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network (JIDAN)

 


Mission

Through strategic efforts in selected locations, The Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network (JIDAN) develops and implements new solutions to improve access to and delivery of legal services to youths charged with crimes, to help defense attorneys provide their juvenile clients the highly competent, zealous, client-centered representation to which accused youths are constitutionally entitled, and to strengthen juvenile indigent defense systems nationwide. In service to these goals, JIDAN also functions as a peer network for juvenile defense attorneys, a clearinghouse for juvenile indigent defense materials and information, and a vehicle through which challenges and solutions in juvenile indigent defense can be shared with the public, including legislators, policymakers, and juvenile justice experts nationwide.