Martha L. Raimon
She, Her, Hers
I lead our team monitoring New Jersey’s compliance with a consent decree intended to improve outcomes for children, youth, and families in New Jersey. This role involves introducing best practices and other supports to the state and providing regular progress reports to the federal court and the public on the status of the state’s reform. I am also a senior member of CSSP’s Youth Thrive, an initiative that seeks to change policy and practice to improve results for adolescents and young adults.
I do this work because
I am a strong believer in Bryan Stevenson’s admonition: “The opposite of poverty is not wealth. In too many places, the opposite of poverty is justice.”
I am most proud of
My work with New York City’s Department of Probation, especially a memorable meeting in which the officers articulated how the Youth Thrive brain science material would fundamentally change how they worked with their young people.
- Director, The Incarcerated Mothers Law Project, Women’s Prison Association and Home, Inc.
- Director, Family Law Unit, South Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation B
Education and Awards
- J.D., Cornell University School of Law
- B.A., Cornell University
- Cornel Law School Alumni Exemplary Public Service Award
When the day is done
I am an occasional triathlon participant. I enjoy live music, and I’m a member of SOMA Action, a local group in my community committed to nonviolence, diversity, participatory democracy, and taking immediate political action.
- Interactive Guide: Using the Protective and Promotive Factors to Support Youth Well-Being
- The Opportunity is Now: Five Ways to Better Serve Adolescents and Young Adults through the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA)
- Strange Bedfellows: How Child Welfare Agencies Can Benefit from Investing in Multidisciplinary Parent Representation
- Better Outcomes for Older Youth of Color in Foster Care