The Interstate Commission for Juveniles is established to fulfill the objectives of the Compact, through means of joint cooperative action among the Compacting states to promote, develop and facilitate a uniform standard that provides for the welfare and protection of juveniles, victims and the public by governing the Compacting states’ transfer of supervision of juveniles, temporary travel of defined offenders and return of juveniles who have absconded, escaped, fled to avoid prosecution or run away.
The Interstate Commission for Juveniles, the governing body of the Interstate Compact for Juveniles, through means of joint and cooperative action among the compacting states, preserves child welfare and promotes public safety interests of citizens, including victims of juvenile offenders. With a focus on racial justice, the Commission provides enhanced accountability, enforcement, visibility, and communication in the return of juveniles who have left their state of residence without permission and in the cooperative supervision of delinquent juveniles who travel or relocate across state lines.
The Interstate Commission for Juveniles will promote public safety, victims' rights, and juvenile accountability that is balanced with safeguarding those juveniles in a fair and equitable way.
The Interstate Commission for Juveniles values:
- We honor the Compact’s spirit of communication, collaboration and mutual respect among all parties in the Compact.
- We hold ourselves accountable to our compact agreements.
- We expect and support continuous knowledge and skill development.
- We seek sustainability of ICJ via leadership development and national visibility.
- We value racial diversity and seek equitable outcomes and experiences for all juveniles served by the Compact and all parties in the Compact.
- We ensure that everything we do supports the outcomes stated in our mission.
All ICJ youth and families are safe, supported, and treated equitably.