We're #GivingForSandy to advocate for and nurture a more just and kind community in honor of Sandy Larson, a forever public defender, advocate for children, and believer in the goodness of people.
On March 1, 2020, we lost Sandy Larson. As a public defender and a fierce advocate for social justice and one of the few humans who truly believed in the goodness of people. Sandy Larson will be remembered for fearlessly spotlighting injustice, being a bridge in our toughest moments, making friends at hello and filling a room with laughter.
Join us as we launch the Sandy Fund, a non-profit organization to sustain Sandy's legacy. Together, we can make our community more kind and just.
Sandy lived her values and dedicated her career to tackling civil rights issues and supporting children and families. Through her work as an Attorney with the Middlesex County Office of the Public Defender, Sandy developed projects to document and address disproportionate rates of arrest and incarceration for people of color. As Director for the Governor’s Committee on Children’s Services Planning, Sandy developed key reports that continue to provide the basis for broad advocacy efforts for children in New Jersey. She is also credited with helping to develop the New Jersey Youth Services Commission established to stimulate change in how the Courts handled youth-at-risk incarceration.
Committed to a lifetime of service, Sandy shared her time and expertise with a wide range of community organizations, such at the Metuchen-Edison NAACP and the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey. She served on the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Training School for Boys, the Children’s Trust Fund of New Jersey, the Coalition for Hispanic Rights in Criminal Justice, the Middlesex County Local Advisory Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and the ASAP program.
Sandy was the person you wanted on your side, in the courtroom or at home. Her friends and family happily accepted her lovable tardiness in exchange for the warmth, guidance and humor that accompanied her.
Sandy Larson believed in advocating for institutional change while meeting her community's immediate needs. Through a lens of social justice, the Sandy Fund expects to follow two paths of work:
People - Bridge grants for children and families in need of emergent financial or emotional support.
Policy - Strategic support for community organizations advocating for systematic change to build equality within our education and justice systems.
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