Keeping kids out of prison

AFJ’s services are 24/7 and comprehensive.

For 45 years, AFJ has diverted thousands of young people ages 13–24 across New York City from a punitive criminal justice system to a community-based support program designed to help them avoid future crime and lead successful lives. In addition to our main program of on-going court advocacy, we provide our HIRE UP prevention programs for workforce training, education, and mentoring to ATI court-involved and formerly incarcerated participants and to young people at-risk of engaging in crime.

Who we serve

Ages 13 – 24

Court-Involved or At-Risk of Court Involvement

Can live citywide

All gender preferences

Services in Spanish and English

Court Advocacy

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HIRE UP Programs for Court-Involved & At-Risk Participants

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Short-Term Assistance for At-Risk Youth in the Community

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Who we served January – December 2023

*Avenues for Justice serves Participants in the LGBTQIA+ community including Participants who identify as gender non-conforming, non-binary, or transgender.

Where new participants lived in 2023

In 2018 Avenues for Justice expanded its service area from Manhattan to working with youth across all five boroughs of New York City, and in 2023 worked with Participants in 42 out of 51 City Council Districts.


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