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Miguel A. Garcia is a program associate with the Restorative Justice Project at Impact Justice. As a former public policy fellow with Human Rights Watch, he worked in California’s Inland Empire and Fresno area to educate community members on why the state should not charge 14-and 15-year-olds as adults.

Miguel served as the youngest commissioner ever appointed to the Riverside County Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Committee. He is the former chair, and is currently the western regional representative, of the National Emerging Leader Committee’s partnership with the Coalition for Juvenile Justice. He was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to California’s State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Miguel received his bachelor’s degrees in political science and international relations from University of California, Riverside. He has three associate degrees in social and behavioral science, communications, and arts and humanities from Riverside City College. Aside from his work and academics, he is heavily involved in his community as a youth justice advocate, a passion that began after his own experiences with the justice system as a teenager. Miguel plans to attend law school to continue his advocacy work in youth justice and human rights.