Lucy Salcido Carter

Policy Advocate

Lucy Salcido Carter joined the Youth Law Center in 2016 to serve as policy advocate, providing policy leadership and support to a wide range of YLC efforts including the Quality Parenting Initiative, grant-funded projects, and legislative reforms. For 25 years, Lucy has worked with nonprofits, public agencies, foundations, education institutions, and law firms to advocate for better laws, improve public systems, enhance communications, and implement innovative programs and policies for a wide range of issues including child welfare, violence prevention, higher education, racial equity, and criminal justice. Prior to working at YLC, Lucy was the policy director at a California-based innocence project where she successfully lobbied for the passage of key California bills to prevent wrongful convictions, strengthen legal claims of innocence, and increase compensation and services for exonerees. She also spearheaded innovative partnerships among innocence attorneys and prosecutors and facilitated restorative justice retreats for individuals harmed by wrongful conviction. Lucy’s other policy accomplishments include bringing national visibility and federal funding to the issue of child exposure to domestic violence.


J.D. Stanford University
M.A. New York University
B.A. Princeton University

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