Institute for Compassion in Justice
P.O. Box 911131
LEXINGTON KY 40591-1034
Contact Information
Nonprofit Institute for Compassion in Justice
Address P.O. Box 911131
LEXINGTON, KY 40591 1034
Phone (859) 444-8959
Contact Name Ryan Maxwell
Web and Social Media
ICJ working to spread the word about our Youth Justice Advocacy Network event.
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.  Also, ICJ will participate in the 2017 GoodGiving Challenge.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Statements
Mission Statement

The Institute for Compassion Justice is an organization of attorneys devoted to securing justice for young people from birth to age 25 in Kentucky by delivering professional, holistic and zealous legal advocacy, educating the public and members of the legal community and championing 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 established by four attorneys in late in 2015 to advocate for young people from provide legal advocacy, policy reform and public education for the benefit of all young people from birth to age 25 in Kentucky 

Impact Statement

The Institute for Compassion in Justice 2016 accomplishments:  1) Provided Legal Representation  to over 100 children, youth and their families throughout Kentucky; 2) Advocated with policy makers to  pass an expungement bill that helps young people move forward with their lives,; 3) advocated for policy changes with the Kentucky Department of Education and the Fayette County Public Schools; 4) Educated many fellow attorneys throughout Kentucky about the pressing need to represent children and youth within their own communities.

The Institute for Compassion in Justice's 2017 accomplishments:  1) Provided Legal Representation to  over 100 children and youth;2) Educated young people and their families about their legal rights; 3) Advocated on behalf of young people with the Fayette County School Board; 4) Educated members of the legal profession about the need for zealous representation of children, youth and young adults within our communities; 


 
 
Needs Statement

The Institute for Compassion in Justice's most pressing needs:  1) funding for three attorneys focused in Fayette County to represent children and youth (with only a small assessment fee of fifty dollars per case for those families able to contribute), and to educate the legal community as to the needs of children,  youth and young adults and persuade lawmakers to employ compassion when dealing with minors and young adults in our education, child welfare and court system and  funding for a business manager to handle fiscal matters professionally -  $200,000; 2) Funding to train law students in how to advocate and pursue civil rights for most needy among us - $7,800; 3) Funding operations for the Institute for Compassion in Justice-$20,000;

CEO/Executive Director Statement

The Institute for Compassion in Justice has established a strong legal team in order to protect the civil rights of children, families and young adults on critical legal issues that impact children and youth in our educational, 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 in public presentations.   In partnership with a variety of community advocacy organizations, ICJ addresses 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 Crime & Legal - Related / Legal Services
Geographic Areas Served
Areas
Kentucky

Funding for GoodGiving will be used to support the work that ICJ does to serve the youth of Fayette County.

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. Patricia Ballard Community Volunteer
Ms. Mary Horvay Hicks Esq.VolunteerVoting
Ms. Trish Hicks Community Volunteer
Reverend Willis Polk VolunteerVoting
Ms. Rebecca Swisher Sagan VolunteerVoting
Mr. Mark Saunier Community Volunteer
Mr. Scott White Esq.Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 16%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 84%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
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. 
Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Children's Rights
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Children Only (5 - 14 years)
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. 
Category
Population Served , ,
Description

The Institute for Compassion in Justice represents the civil rights of youth in our schools, child welfare and court systems. 

Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Children Only (5 - 14 years), Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Description

ICJ partners with The University of Kentucky Pediatrics to promote child health and well-being using a team of interdisciplinary team of pediatricians, nurses, lawyers and social workers.  ICJ provides direct legal assistance for children who are patients of UK to address their legal issues, including safe housing, public benefits application support, educational resources and support. 

Category Education, General/Other Special Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Children Only (5 - 14 years), Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance 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, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $64,647.50
Projected Expenses $104,601.30
Spending Policy Income Only
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$11,000----
Administration Expense$17,744----
Fundraising Expense$20,000----
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.18----
Program Expense/Total Expenses23%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue21%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$65,809----
Current Assets$65,809----
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$8,345----
Total Net Assets$57,464----
Form 990s
2016 Form 990
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 P.O. Box 911131
LEXINGTON, KY 405911034
Primary Phone 859 444-8959
Contact Email rrm@icj-ky.org
CEO/Executive Director Hon. Rebecca Ballard DiLoreto Esq.
Board Chair Reverend Willis Polk
Board Chair Company Affiliation Volunteer