Yumari Martinez ’01 has been appointed assistant commissioner of Juvenile Justice Planning and Policy in the Division of Youth and Family Justice (DYFJ). The DYFJ is part of New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services.

In his new role, Martinez will expand the division’s services, with an emphasis on bolstering community-based services. Among his many responsibilities, he will oversee the division’s program development process and evaluate provider agency services.

Martinez brings over 13 years of experience in the juvenile and criminal justice fields to this role. Prior to accepting this position, he managed several juvenile justice sites for the Annie E. Casey Foundation,  providing technical assistance to jurisdictions needing to safely reduce the number of young people in out-of-home placement or detention. He also served as the associate director at the Vera Institute of Justice’s Center for Youth Justice.

His first role in juvenile justice was as a law guardian for the Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Division.

Posted September 29, 2014