2000 - David Dow founds Texas Innocence Network, Texas' oldest innocence network, at the University of Houston Law Center


2014 - David Dow recognizes the need for juvenile specialization and establishes Juvenile and Capital Advocacy Project at the University of Houston Law Center


2016 - Juvenile and Capital Advocacy Project of Texas celebrates successful representation of over 200 clients in Harris County


2017 - Katya Dow and Tressa Surratt develop JCAP's Guardian Ad Litem Representation for Dual-Status Youth program

AD LITEM REPRESENTATION 

JCAP seeks to prevent dual-status youth, juveniles in both the juvenile justice and child welfare system who are also at increased risk of mental health concerns, educational problems, occupational difficulties, and public health and safety issues, from falling through the system's cracks.

DAVID DOW, Director of Texas Innocence Network, Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center

Tressa Surratt
Director, Guardian Ad Litem Representation for Dual-Status Youth

YOUTH mentorship

JCAP partners with First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston to provide individualized mentorship to eighth graders at the Lawson Academy, a charter school in the nearby Third Ward.  Learn how you can become a JCAP mentor to local "at risk" and economically disadvantaged youth here.

Ingrid Norbergs
Staff Attorney, Legal Clinic Supervisor

our team

In the course of doing this work, I’ve concluded that if my client had a legal and social support network when he had been much younger or in middle school, he wouldn't have ended up as my client...Kids in Texas particularly who get arrested or charged with nickel and dime felonies when they’re a juvenile and commit what are just youthful missteps can be haunted by them for the rest of their lives. What we’re doing is fishing in the pond.

Our founder

Katya Dow
Legal Program Director

Juvenile record sealing

JCAP provides free legal services for the sealing of juvenile misdemeanor and felony records, having represented over 200 clients with a 100% sealing success rate. If you or someone you know is in need of record sealing or expunction, please contact us here.

David Dow
Founder

Juvenile and Capital Advocacy Project of Texas

OUR History