Kenya Brumfield-Young is a juvenile justice subject matter expert (SME) with special knowledge in disproportionate minority representation in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Kenya has been developing, analyzing, evaluating, and implementing programs in the courts, communities, and group home settings that strengthen young people and their families for over 20 years. Kenya’s expertise allowed her to work closely with the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, Judicial Officers, and other stakeholders across the state of Arizona to assist in implementing new protocols in the case handling of Dually Adjudicated Youth (Crossover Youth).
Kenya was introduced to the court through her mentor Sarah Buel, a professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and founder of the Diane Halle Center for Domestic Violence in 2014. Kenya always had a passion for advocacy work but while under the tutelage of Professor Buel she was introduced to many resources that allowed her to further that work.
Kenya has been contacted on many occasions to speak on topics such issues pertaining to the School to Prison Pipeline, Positive Behavior Intervention Supports in Education (PBIS), Values of Trauma Informed Policing with Juvenile Offenders, and many others. She has also moderated panel discussions on such historic events such as the Scottsboro Boys – An American Tragedy.
When asked, about which lectures are her favorites, she often says the one’s that her students prepare.