Today we continue our series of interviews with people making a difference in juvenile justice. Tania Galloni, the managing attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Florida office, was kind enough to tell us about their current lawsuit against the Polk County Sheriff.
It is a cautionary tale about the perils of incarcerating children in adult-oriented facilities.
(Last week we wrote about the background of the lawsuit - Southern Poverty Law Center sues Polk County Sheriff for abusive conditions.)
Tania Galloni serves as managing attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Florida office, where she guides education and juvenile justice reform efforts in the state. Before joining the SPLC, she worked at the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, defending and advancing the rights of immigrants. She also worked to secure better working conditions for farmworkers as an attorney with Florida Legal Services. She previously served as a clerk to Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and to Judge Rosemary Barkett in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and Yale Law School.
Many thanks to photographer Carrie Pratt for the use of her photo of Ms. Galloni!