Institute for Compassion in Justice
1555 GEORGETOWN RD
LEXINGTON KY 40511-1034
Contact Information
Nonprofit Institute for Compassion in Justice
Address 1555 GEORGETOWN RD
LEXINGTON, KY 40511 1034
Phone (859) 327-3990
Fax 859 231-1558
Contact Name Ryan Maxwell
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2016
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer The Institute for Compassion in Justice is currently a purchasing partner with the Amazon Smile Program.  ICJ also accepts checks, and monetary donations through PayPal which may be accessed through the ICJ website.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
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Statements
Mission Statement The Institute for Compassion Justice is an organization of attorneys devoted to securing justice for young people in Kentucky by partnering effectively with others to deliver professional, holistic and zealous legal advocacy, to educate the public and members of the legal community and to advocate for policy reform. 
Background Statement The Institute for Compassion in Justice by Rebecca DiLoreto in 2015.  Rebecca has been dedicated to helping the less fortunate since she began work during college helping native children for the Lakota Sioux tribe on Red Scaffold Reservation in South Dakota.  After over two years in South Dakota, Rebecca returned to her hometown of Lexington, KY to first assist Haitian refugees temporarily housed in Lexington before entering Law School at the University of Kentucky.  After graduating for Law School, Rebecca began her practice as a trial lawyer for the Kentucky Public Defender agency.  Additionally, she covered the state as the agency's recruiter and as the juvenile expert.  In 1996, Rebecca started the agency's first juvenile post disposition branch to serve children in the state's residential facilities.  She was subsequently the agency's first Post Trial Division Director, the first director of the Lexington Public Defender Office and after moving on from DPA, Rebecca became the first Litigation and Policy Director for a non-profit that served the needs for children in the Northern Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana areas.  However, Rebecca along with her colleague Jan Clark saw a need for zealous representation of children and youth in the Bluegrass region.  Thus, the Institute for Compassion in Justice was formed in 2015 and as a result over 100 children and youth in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky as well as throughout the state have received professional holistic and zealous legal advocacy. 
Impact Statement
The Institute for Compassion in Justice 2015-2016 accomplishments: 1) provided legal representation at low or no cost to over 100 children and youth throughout Kentucky, 2) helped in convincing lawmakers to pass an expungement bill that enabled youthful offenders to move forward with their lives, 3) educated many fellow attorneys throughout Kentucky as to the pressing need to represent children and youth within their own communities.
The Institute for Compassion in Justice's 2016-2017 goals: 1) the continued representation of over 100 children and youth as well as accepting new clients at low to no cost, 2) continue to educate fellow attorneys as to the need for zealous representation of children and youth within their own communities, 3) convince lawmakers and decision-makers within our community of the pressing need for juvenile justice reform and 4) continue to be good stewards for the resources that we are trusted with.  
 
Needs Statement The Institute for Compassion in Justice's most pressing needs: 1) funding for five (5) attorneys to continue to represent children and youth and low or no cost to the client, educate the legal community as to the needs of children and youth and persuade lawmakers to consider compassion when dealing with juvenile justice issues, $275,000 2) The funding for law clerks to enable to support our attorneys efforts in advocating for children and youth, $7,800, 3) funding the operations for the Institute for Compassion in Justice, $11,900, 4) providing funding to maintain Insurance $7,800 and 5) Funding for contracting services such as an Accountant and Tax Preparation services, $2,000. 
CEO/Executive Director Statement
The Institute for Compassion in Justice has established a strong legal team in order to effectively represent children, families and young adults on critical legal issues that impact children and youth in our child welfare, family, juvenile and criminal justice systems.  The Institute for Compassion in Justice's legal representation includes school based advocacy and securing access to critical services including health care and housing.  Successful legal advocacy for children and young adults requires partnerships with families, lawyers, youth, community advocates and other system stakeholders.  Multi-disciplinary, holistic legal representation leads to better outcomes for our children and youth.  We bridge the justice gap by providing affordable legal services to low and moderate income clients.  The Institute for Compassion in Justice provides necessary legal representation regardless of ability to pay.  Legal representation is delivered to individuals and on a systemic basis to secure impactful changes for children and young adults as we move into the future.  Furthermore, the Institute for Compassion in Justice's attorneys share advances in youth justice issues through broad educational efforts.  In partnership with a variety of community advocacy organizations, efforts address the entire community about the rights and needs of children, families and young adults.  Finally, the Institute for Compassion in Justice's attorneys and partners pursue legislative and regulatory reform to ensure that our legal system treats children and adults compassionately.  Structural and systemic reform are a critical part of these efforts, including ending implicit and structural racial and cultural biases.
 -Rebecca Ballard DiLoreto
 Executive Director-Attorney at Law
 
Board Chair Statement
Justice can only be achieved when the Law is practiced with compassion and responds intelligently to the realities of children and youth development.  Further, all children and young people deserve to be treated justly, regardless of economic status, ethnic or racial background, gender or sexual orientation, religious practice or beliefs, or disability status.  Moreover, children and young adults deserve protection and compassionate treatment to be held appropriately accountable for their actions.  Finally, families need support to help raise their children well and the Institute for Compassion in Justice abundantly fills that role.
-Reverend Willis Polk
 Board of Directors President
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Education / Educational Services
Tertiary Organization Category Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy / Children's Rights
Geographic Areas Served
Areas
Kentucky
The Institute for Compassion in Justice serves the area of the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky consisting mainly of Fayette, Clark, Jessamine, Woodford, Bourbon, Madison, Scott as well as Jefferson Counties.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. The Institute for Compassion in Justice guiding principle is that a just society makes room for compassion. The Institute for Compassion in Justice goal is to build capacity for creative and sustaining legal and community-based advocacy for young people and their families in Kentucky.  As advocates we strive to focus on three pillars in our organization.  We will work to impact policy, share advances through education and provide legal representation in the most critical areas impacting the well-being of Kentucky's children and youth.  As an organization we operate under the valid assumption that every child and youth has value and our success as a society is based on our ability to put in place individually tailored supports to give every child and youth we come in contact with what they need to flourish. Furthermore, as an organization we have determined that the most pressing need in our community is to provide our services to the most vulnerable at low or no cost.  Therefore, the Institute for Compassion in Justice must partner with individuals in our community who share our vision in order to zealously provide representation to children and youth. 
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?   1) Represent children and families on critical legal issues that impact children in our child welfare and juvenile and criminal justice systems.  Legal representation will include school based advocacy and securing access to critical services including health care and housing. 2) Pursue reform to ensure that our legal system treats children compassionately. 3) Educate the entire community about the rights and needs of children and families.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? Currently the Institute for Compassion in Justice employees four (4) attorneys that on average are able to handle forty (40) cases per year.  Representing a child or youth may consist of insuring that they receive the supports necessary to overcome a learning disability and at the same time representing them in the criminal setting due to an offense they were charged with as a result of the aforementioned disability.  This requires that the attorneys at the Institute for Compassion in Justice be versatile in multiple areas of the law in representing the client zealously in each arena.  Furthermore, the attorneys at the Institute for Compassion in Justice have developed vital relationships with stakeholders throughout every arena in which they practice to ensure productive outcomes are obtained. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Reverend Willis Polk
Company Affiliation Volunteer
Term Dec 2015 to Dec 2016
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Ms. Marion Gibson VolunteerVoting
Ms. Mary Horvay Hicks VolunteerVoting
Reverend Willis Polk VolunteerVoting
Ms. Rebecca Swisher Sagan VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Hon. Rebecca Ballard DiLoreto Esq.
Term Start Dec 2015
Email rbd@icj-ky.org
Staff
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 0
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Chief Operations Officer
Experience/Biography Ms. Sims is a licensed attorney in the Commonwealth of Kentucky who was admitted to the Bar in October of 2011.  Ms. Sims also holds a Masters of Arts in Organizational Management with over ten years organizational experience in strategic planning, work-flow process design, and operational oversight.  Prior to law school, she worked as an Executive Officer in Administrative and Fiscal Affairs at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. 
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Description We currently chair the Race Community and Child Welfare and Disproportionate Minority Confinement Committees for Fayette County.  We have combined these committees, comprised of child welfare and juvenile justice professionals as well as impacted community members to address racial disparities in our child welfare and juvenile justice systems in Fayette County. 
Budget 10000
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Description We provide legal representation to children at the Child Advocacy Today Legal Clinic at the University of Kentucky.
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Description We run the Institute for Compassion in Justice Externship Program collaboration with the University of Kentucky College of Law to teach law school students how to advocate on behalf of children in arenas of education, child welfare, juvenile justice, access to mental health care, race disparity and disability rights. 
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Description We provide legal training through the Kentucky Bar Association for children, families and attorneys, teaching self-advocacy and encouraging attorney advocacy on behalf of civil rights of all children, to allow our young people to become self-sustaining adults. 
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Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Financials
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $50,000.00
Projected Expenses $20,300.54
Spending Policy Income Only
Detailed Financials
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments This organization received its 501c3 IRS designation in 2016 and does not yet have three years of financial information. 
Address 1555 GEORGETOWN RD
LEXINGTON, KY 405111034
Primary Phone 859 327-3990
Contact Email rrm@icj-ky.org
CEO/Executive Director Hon. Rebecca Ballard DiLoreto Esq.
Board Chair Reverend Willis Polk
Board Chair Company Affiliation Volunteer