Aubrey Edwards-Luce (Former Staff) Vice President, Child Welfare and Youth Justice

Aubrey Edwards-Luce is the Vice President of Child Welfare and Youth Justice at First Focus. Before joining First Focus, Aubrey was a senior policy attorney at the DC’s Children’s Law Center (CLC) where she advocated with DC government agencies and the DC Council to improve services and supports children and families involved in the child welfare system, youth who were homeless or at-risk of commercial and sexual exploitation.

Prior to engaging in policy work, Aubrey served as a guardian ad litem attorney at CLC where she directly represented the best interests of children in abuse and neglect, custody, guardianship, and adoption proceedings in D.C. Superior Court. She learned how various human service systems intersect with the child welfare system as she executed her duty to thoroughly investigate her clients’ best interests as it related to permanency, placement, health, and education. Aubrey maintained a small caseload of guardian ad litem cases when she transitioned to policy work, which allowed her to see first-hand how policy translated into practice and to assess whether policy changes were truly making a difference for kids.

Aubrey graduated from Washington University School of Law in 2014. During law school, she worked as a student attorney in two clinics: the Children and Family Advocacy Clinic and the Civil Justice Clinic-Juvenile Rights & Re-Entry Project. Before becoming a lawyer, Aubrey obtained a master’s degree in social work at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work in St. Louis, where she also earned a certificate in violence and injury prevention. During her studies, Aubrey completed practica as an intern victim advocate for survivors of homicide and sexual violence and as an intern in the St. Louis Family Court’s community justice project.

Aubrey also gained three years of primary child abuse prevention experience working at the St. Louis Crisis Nursery. As an intake counselor, she cared for children at risk of abuse and provided neglect and crisis counseling for their parents and guardians. She also worked as the Annual Report Coordinator at the Center for Violence and Injury Prevention for three years.

Resources by Aubrey Edwards-Luce

How Congress can reduce economic hardship & stabilize families now

| October 19, 2022 |

We learned recently that improvements to the Child Tax Credit enacted in 2021 through the American Rescue Plan Act nearly cut our child poverty

How Hidden Foster Care Harms Children and Parents of Color

| July 7, 2022 |

This article originally appeared in The Imprint. I felt an icy cold panic in the core of my being when my ahijada’s (goddaughter’s) mother

One year ago, we proved that we know how to end child poverty — we can’t stop now.

| March 24, 2022 |

2021 was a landmark year for reducing child poverty in the United States. One-year improvements to the Child Tax Credit (CTC) included in the

Issue Brief: How Tax Credits Could Provide Transition-Age Youth Greater Financial Stability

| January 21, 2022 |

Who are Transition-Age Youth?  Transition-Age Youth (“TAY”) are teenagers and young adults between ages 16 and 24 who are making the transition to adulthood.

What’s at stake for kids if Congress doesn’t pass Build Back Better

| December 22, 2021 |

As negotiations have stalled and the fate of the Build Back Better Act hangs in the balance, children stand to lose access to monthly

On World Children’s Day, Has the US Made Progress on Children’s Rights?

| November 20, 2021 |

Today is World Children’s Day, first established by the United Nations in 1954 to celebrate children and commit to improving their well-being.   World Children’s Day is

Why Paris Hilton and I were at the Capitol yesterday

| October 21, 2021 |

You may have heard that Paris Hilton made a visit to Congress yesterday. Social media certainly stood up and paid attention when they heard

For World Children’s Day, the US Should Give Kids Their Rights

| November 20, 2020 |

On November 9, 2020, United Nations member states gathered in person and virtually to evaluate the United States’ human rights record. This process, called

Key Stats on the Effect of COVID-19 on Kids

| November 19, 2020 |

The COVID-19 pandemic is doing more than exposing the racial, ethnic, and economic disparities existing in our society; it is compounding them, and so

2020 State Ratings Report on Human Rights Protections for Children in the U.S. Justice System

| November 5, 2020 |

The advocacy organization Human Rights for Kids released its 2020 National State Ratings Report this week. The first-of-its-kind report evaluates how all 50 states