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Judy Touzin


Judy Touzin


Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston


Rappaport Public Policy Fellow



Rappaport Public Policy Fellows spend 10 weeks each summer serving within the highest levels of state and municipal governments in the Greater Boston Area. The program includes students from graduate and professional programs at local universities.

Graduate School
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Undergraduate School
New York University Steinhardt School of Education

Brian Doherty, General Agent/Secretary Treasurer of the Building and Construction Trades Council of the Metropolitan District and Rappaport Advisory Board Member and Chrystal Lopez Haynes, former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow

Massachusetts Office of the Child Advocate

Melissa Threadgill, Director of Juvenile Justice Initiatives and former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow

Description of Fellowship
Judy worked with the Office of the Child Advocate (OCA)’s Juvenile Justice Policy and Data (JJPAD) Board to study the Child Requiring Assistance (CRA) system. Specifically, she explored the relationship between schools, courts, and local Family Resource Centers (FRCs) to identify ways they might collaborate to help reduce the filing of truancy based CRA petitions.

Judy concluded her fellowship by presenting to the Community Based Intervention (CBI) subcommittee and drafting a final report summarizing preliminary findings and recommendations on ways the system can be improved.