Aubrey Edwards-Luce Senior Director

Aubrey Edwards-Luce is the Senior Director of Child Welfare and Juvenile 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

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

New Research Supports Investing in the Needs of Young People in Foster Care During the Pandemic

| October 21, 2020 |

Adulting is hard, but for the 20,000 youth who “age out” of foster care each year, suddenly required to be self-sufficient, it is downright

Congress Must Act Quickly to Pass Additional Relief for Struggling Children and Families

| August 10, 2020 |

Given recent spikes in COVID-19 caseloads, an economic crisis that continues to deepen, and an upcoming school year faced with daunting challenges, it is

Racism is hurting Black children in schools, hospitals — even child care — and it’s up to adults to protect them

| June 29, 2020 |

This article was originally posted on Racism forces non-white children in the U.S. to pay compounding costs with their well-being. It starts early

Why kids need drug money

| June 16, 2020 |

Kids are at risk of being short-changed, again. Over the next two years, courts are expected to award billions of dollars in drug company

Fact Sheet: Aid to Children and Families in the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800)

| May 22, 2020 |

As part of ongoing efforts to address the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting economic crisis, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic