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Lisa Thurau

Lisa Thurau
Cambridge, MA United States
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Lisa H. Thurau, Esq.  is a graduate of Barnard College and holds a Masters degree in Anthropology from Columbia University. She graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University in 1991. Before becoming an attorney, Lisa worked as a researcher and advocate for reform and improvement of the public education system in New York City. She worked as an Associate in the litigation department of Coudert Brothers, an international law firm on copyright and commercial litigation matters.

From 1999 to 2008, Lisa served as policy specialist and then as Managing Director of the Juvenile Justice Center of Suffolk Law School. There, Lisa focused on public policy advocacy on behalf of court-involved teens. She monitored juveniles' civil rights issues regarding police treatment, tracked trends in the Center's cases, monitored and challenges legislation affecting youth in the juvenile justice system. 

In 2004, Lisa initiated a training initiative with 180 officers in the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) Transit Police to improve police/youth interactions, to increase officers’ skills in working with youth, and to support officers’ development of innovative approaches to policing large groups of teens in public transit areas.  She conducted a training over with 100 officers in Everett Police Department.  Her assessment and training of 235 officers in Cambridge Police Department led to a reorganization of the way the Department provides services to youth.

In 2009, Lisa founded Strategies for Youth, Inc., a non profit advocacy and training organization dedicated to improving police/youth interactions. Working with Dr. Bostic, Director of School Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Lisa built Strategies for Youth from the ground up without formal institutional or foundation support. In its first year, SFY has worked with police in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Ohio, published over 10 articles on police/youth issues in national publications, and presented at over 5 national police and criminal justice forums. Lisa and SFY are now listed as technical advisors for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).



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