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ABOUT CPLI

Founding, Mission, & Vision

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CPLI was established in 2013 to reform laws, policies and practices that contribute to the criminalization of children in Indiana. It is one of 60 organizations in 43 states that belong to the National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN). The NJJN leads a movement of state-based advocacy groups working toward a fairer youth justice system.


​Mission Statement: CPLI advocates for systemic changes for children so that programs, policies, and practices are developmentally appropriate, equitable, administered and fair, and provide the necessary support for a child’s successful transition to adulthood.

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Affiliate of the National Juvenile Justice Network

The National Juvenile Justice Network leads a membership community of 60 state-based organizations and numerous individuals across 42 states and D.C. We all seek to shrink our youth justice systems and transform the remainder into systems that treat youth and families with dignity and humanity. 

Program Staff 

Board Executive
Committee

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JauNae Hanger, JD

President and Executive Director 

jhanger@wapleshanger.com

Christy Gauss (Chair)

Owner, School Community Partnerships (SCP) Consultants 


Gwendolyn Kelley, Ph.D. (Vice-Chair)
Education Consultant

Lori Chambers (Treasurer)
Central District Vice President, United Women in Faith 

Ashley Hogue (Secretary)
Purpose for Life Ministries; Concerned Clergy of Indianapolis 

 

Calvin Roberson, Jr.

(Member at-large) 
Director of Operations, Office of Community Outreach and Engagement, IU Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center 

 

Board Members

Teresa Baker
Former Educator, Indianapolis Public Schools 

Jarell Blakeley
Director of Government, Community, Racial and Social Justice, Indiana State Teachers Association 

Warren Dukes, Ph.D.
Vice-President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, United Way of Central Indiana 

Amy Karozos
Indiana State Public Defender 

Jan Nichols
President, Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Indianapolis

Dr. Shannon Thompson
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine 

Interns

The work of Children’s Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana (CPLI)  would not be possible without the hard work of our interns, who are instrumental to the success of our organization. CPLI has had the pleasure of working with undergraduate and graduate students at the following universities:

  • Butler University

  • Indiana University

  • Indiana University Bloomington

  • Ball State University

  • Marian University

 

Here are the CPLI 2023-24 interns:

  • Kristen Lee, Psychology Major | LAS Neuroscience Minor | Computer Science Minor

  • Kayla Miller, Secondary Education and History Major

  • Selena Garcia, Indiana University - Indianapolis ‘23, BSW ‘23

  • Dayanara Carvajal Estrada, International Studies Major and Political Science Minor

  • Damica Marshall, Psychology and Criminology Major

  • Chase Cooper, Political Science Major and Minor in Criminal Justice

  • Carissa Seying, Master of Public Affairs

  • Jazman Moore, Double Major in Social Work and Public Health

  • Nikolas Weidner, Law and Public Policy Major and Political Science Minor

 

If you or any other student is interested in a CPLI internship, please complete "Intership Application" and a member of our team will contact you.

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