Vidhya Ananthakrishnan


Vidhya Ananthakrishnan, Director of Youth Justice, has extensive experience and expertise in youth justice, following a decade of managing and overseeing local, state, and national projects aimed at reforming systems at the Vera Institute of Justice. She now leads the Lab’s work to end America’s youth prisons, which includes directing and convening Youth Correctional Leaders for Justice. YCLJ brings together a group of current and former youth justice administrators to publicly call for the end of youth prisons. Through a combination of advocacy, capacity building, technical assistance, and communications, the Lab leverages YCLJ members to help states and localities nationwide reimagine their youth justice systems to be more community-based and oriented toward youth and families.