Independent Forensic Gang Expert College

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The Independent Forensic Gang Expert College (IFGEC) was founded in 2020 with the mission to train people in the community with former gang involvement to become independent forensic gang experts for at-risk youth charged with gang offenses and gang enhancements.  The IFGEC was created in response to community input that more needed to be done to counter false narratives from police gang-experts about why teens join gangs.  The IFGEC advances systemic change of the juvenile justice system by challenging the law enforcement monopoly on expert testimony about youth gang involvement.

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JJC Student Luis Gonzalez '24 on Reshaping the Courtroom Narrative Around Gangs

Juvenile Justice Clinic Student Luis Gonzalez '24 Shares His Experience with the Independent Forensic Gang Expert College 

Class of 2024 IFGEC Graduates

Read the professional bios of the 2024 Independent Forensic Gang Expert College Graduates.

IFGEC Alumni Reunion 2023

Center for Juvenile Law and Policy (CJLP) hosted its inaugural Independent Forensic Gang Expert College (IFGEC) Alumni Reunion on Oct. 7, 2023.

Gang Experts Trained by CJLP Are Changing the Juvenile Justice System fro

Gang Experts Trained by Our Grantee Are Changing the Juvenile Justice System from Within

2021 IFGEC Grads

IFGEC Inaugural Graduates

CJLP's Independent Forensic Gang Expert College Celebrates Inaugural Graduates

Sean Kenny CWF CJLP

California Wellness Foundation Grant

California Wellness Foundation Funds Innovative Gang Expert College at Center for Juvenile Law & Policy

Watch the 2024 Graduation Ceremony

Where Are They Now?

Gang Expert Hugo Poses After Graduation

Juvenile Innocence and Fair Sentencing (JIFS) clinic client Hugo Gonzalez served 18-and-a-half years in prison before the multiple life sentences he received as a teenager were commuted by Governor Jerry Brown. Now a Transformational Coach and Alumni Coordinator with the Success Stories Program, Hugo speaks at schools and conferences about gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry.

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"Hugo eloquently and with poise succinctly crystallized the desire for poor, young kids to feel a sense of belonging, why a reformed gang member would still need to claim the gang, and the exact reasons why decedent and his gang were on this violent rampage, culminating in our client having to act in self-defense."

- Jimmy Chu, Deputy Public Defender

"These experts lived the life and can tell the story of our client with gang associations better than anyone. With this Loyola program, they’re now able to tell it in a polished, professional, and relatable manner."

- Jimmy Chu, Deputy Public Defender

"I think it’s a win-win proposition where we serve our clients with the best possible experts and these recent grads not only get to further their blossoming careers, but show other formerly incarcerated people that there’s hope at the end of a seemingly endless tunnel of injustice and despair."

- Jimmy Chu, Deputy Public Defender

Meet Carlos Serna, LLS Student and IFGEC Volunteer

Carlos Serna

Carlos Serna, a 2022 outstanding graduating clinical student of the Juvenile Innocence and Fair Sentencing Clinic, volunteered to support the IFGEC.  He participated in several training sessions, playing a client and later served as the judge in the IFGEC students’ final examinations. Click below to read more about his experiences.


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