Elizabeth recently joined Children’s Defense Fund New York as our Senior Juvenile Justice Policy Associate. Beth comes to CDF-NY by way of The Legal Aid Society where she worked as a forensic social worker alongside attorneys representing children in New York City’s Family Court in both Brooklyn and the Bronx. Most recently, she worked on class action law suits on behalf of children in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice systems as part of The Legal Aid Society’s Special Litigation and Law Reform Unit. Beth earned her Master’s in Social Work degree from Fordham University in 2008, specializing in research. She completed her Master’s Thesis as an intern for the Department of Health, analyzing a pilot mental health treatment modality for inmates held in punitive segregation at Rikers Island. Beth is an active volunteer in her community. For the past 5 years she has volunteered for Right Rides, providing free late night safe rides home to women and members of the LGBT community. She is also an active volunteer and core member of Earth Matter, an environmental non-profit dedicated to reducing the waste stream in New York City.