Executive Director

Marcia Robinson Lowry has dedicated her legal career to protecting the rights of children. Before founding Children’s Rights as an independent organization in 1995, Ms. Lowry served as director of the Children’s Rights Projects of the New York Civil Liberties Union (1973-1979) and of the American Civil Liberties Union (1979-1995). She has pioneered a body of law to protect children dependent on child welfare systems, developing realistic, long-term solutions to improve the lives of abused and neglected children across the country — and bringing increased attention and public scrutiny to systems that are all but ignored.

In 2000, Nina Bernstein highlighted Ms. Lowry’s work in New York City with the publication of The Lost Children of Wilder: The Epic Struggle to Change Foster Care. The book explores the background and aftermath of the landmark 1973 Wilder lawsuit, filed to reform New York City’s seriously inadequate child welfare system.

Ms. Lowry speaks across the country about child welfare reform, has testified before congressional committees, and is the author of several articles. She received her B.S. from Northwestern University and began her career as a journalist. She earned her J.D. from the New York University School of Law.


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