Western professor Raquel Montoya-Lewis selected to join Federal Committee on Juvenile Justice

Raquel Montoya-Lewis, an associate professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University was appointed to serve on the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice.The committee is a 14-member panel that will offer guidance to the President, Congress and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Each member represents geographical areas or stakeholder groups across the nation; Montoya-Lewis will represent the interests of Native Americans.

First, the committee will identify priorities for the federal resources available. She will work to tackle low-level offenses such as truancy and running away from home without using detention and the growing epidemic of domestic minor sex trafficking, she said in a press release.

“I feel so honored to be able to serve on this committee. It is the culmination of a lot of work I’ve done with the tribes in the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest in the past decade,” she said in the press release. “This committee gives me a chance to help shape policies that will affect all of Indian country, and I’m very excited about that.”

Montoya-Lewis has taught at Western since 2003. She serves on the Washington Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice and has served as tribal judge to more than 10 tribes in the state. She graduated from Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Mexico and her master’s degree in social work and juris doctor from the University of Washington.

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