On average, youth incarcerated at New Beginnings (DCís long-term, secure juvenile facility) have already been arrested five times. When they return home, poverty, violence, under-resourced schools, and staggering unemployment await them. Against these steep odds, Open City Advocates re-envisions legal advocacy and each year provides holistic support to 40 youth before, during, and after re-entry. Under the supervision of staff attorneys, law students from Georgetown University serve as trusted confidants and zealous advocates: helping clients develop goals for re-entry, ensuring their due process rights, and seeing that each clientís school, housing, and support services meet his or her needs. Law students receive weekly instruction on post-sentencing representation, and extra support to troubleshoot any challenges. For clients, the results are transformational, with a reconviction rate of just 10%. These kids are living proof that a new start is possible. Letís give them that chance.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 7

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; We work specifically with youth re-entering the community from New Beginnings, most of whom live in Wards 7 and 8.

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

  • % of mentees who re-enroll in high school, GED classes, college, and/or vocational training after incarceration:   94%
  • % of mentees who obtain full or part-time employment after incarceration:   97%
  • Re-conviction rate after completing our program (compared to DC's rate of 31% for all youth returning from incarceration):   17%

Awards & Recognition

American University's Washington College of Law awarded our Co-Founders the 2010-2011 Peter M. Cicchino Award for Outstanding Advocacy in the Public Interest


Budget (FY2016)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Open City Advocates is: Less than $500k

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