2020 Annual Conference

CJJ's 2020 Annual Conference, Hill Day, and Council of State Advisory Groups

Dreaming Big Together: Youth Justice Reimagined

November 18-21, 2020 
Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Each year, the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) hosts a national conference uniquely focused on improving juvenile justice and delinquency prevention systems, services, practices, and policies. More than 400 juvenile justice practitioners and advocates from across the U.S. and its territories attended. 

CJJ’s 2020 Annual Conference will focus on the latest research, developments, and challenges facing our field today. Specifically, the conference will focus on:

  • How can states and communities serve as leaders in shaping a better juvenile justice system for our most vulnerable youth?
  • How can we improve collaborations with young people with lived experiences in the systems we work with?
  • What can be done to build on successes and continue to improve systems so that they best serve young people, including those touching multiple systems?
  • What role do advocacy and public health play as communities seek to improve services and provide for trauma-informed care that addresses and heals multi-generational trauma?

To view a draft agenda, click here


To register, please click here

Early Bird Registration

Dec.11 - Feb.9



$175/ Full-time Students

Regular Registration

Feb.10 - Oct. 2

$395/ Members

$495/ Non-Members

$185/ Full-time Students

Late Registration

Oct. 3 - Nov. 6

$455/ Members

$565/ Non-Members

$195/ Full-time Students

Hotel Accommodations 

Rooms will be available at a discounted rate for attendees. The link to book rooms at the conference rate will be available soon.

Award Nominations

Each year, CJJ recognizes leaders in the field of juvenile justice through our Annual Awards. The Tony Gobar Award is given in honor of a state juvenile justice specialist who has done outstanding work to improve juvenile justice. The A.L. Carlisle Child Advocacy Award is awarded to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to youth, juvenile justice improvement efforts, or in the broader area of juvenile justice and delinquency prevention concerns. The Spirit of Youth Award recognizes and celebrates a young adult who overcame personal obstacles in their life but is now making significant contributions to society. 

Executive Board Nominations

As part of the 2020 Annual Conference, CJJ will hold elections for the following Executive Board positions: 

  • National Juvenile Justice Specialist
  • Regional Chairs (Midwestern, Northeastern, Southern, and Western)

To apply or nominate someone else, please click here. Applications are due May 15. 

Sponsors and Exhibitors

CJJ invites you to consider sponsoring our 2020 Annual Conference. Your sponsorship is an easy and affordable way to promote your program, publication, or institution to a targeted professional audience while supporting CJJ’s continuing efforts towards juvenile justice reform and leadership development. Sponsorship dollars help support a broad range of necessary functions, including materials production, speaker and workshop support, youth engagement, and other general functions. 

CJJ also has a limited number of exhibitor spaces available on Nov. 19-21. Exhibiting at CJJ’s Annual Conference allows your organization an even greater opportunity to reach CJJ’s members and partners. The Exhibit Hall is located in a prime location, ideally situated alongside the conference registration areas and outside of the general session and breakout rooms.

For more information, click here.  To become a sponsor or exhibitor, click here


CJJ is able to waive registration fees for conference volunteers. Volunteers are selected on a first come first serve basis. Please contact Naomi Smoot Evans at evans@juvjustice.org for more information. 


For questions, please contact Laura Armstrong at armstrong@juvjustice.org