Jessica is a Senior Technical Specialist at ICF and has over fifteen years of experience in law and policy research, writing and analysis and technical assistance provision. At ICF, she provides training and capacity building support to federal, state, and community-based clients. She works on a broad spectrum of initiatives in anti-poverty programming, workforce, human trafficking, juvenile justice, and child protection systems.
Prior to joining ICF, Ms. Kendall was a staff director at the American Bar Association’s Center on Children and the Law, where she directed federal and grant-funded child welfare and juvenile justice reform projects. She is also an experienced litigator, having, for many years, represented children in child protection proceedings. She has authored or directed the publication of over 30 policy and practice books, articles, and practice guides relating to court-involved youth and has spoken at many national and state conferences on issues affecting vulnerable families. Her publications include: The National Standards for the Care of Youth Charged with Status Offenses; Victimization and Trauma Experienced by Children and Youth: Implications for Legal Advocates; Runaway and Homeless Youth and the Law: Model State Statutes; and Creating Employment Opportunity for Our Most Vulnerable Youth: A Policy and Practice Framework. Ms. Kendall is also a member of ICF's Institutional Review Board, has a JD and Certificate of Public Policy from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University, and a BA in psychology and political science from the University of Pennsylvania.