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Founder, President & CEO
Stephanie S. Franklin, Esq.
"Every child has a human right to healthy development, self-determination, and opportunity…they are justice and dignity for our children." – Stephanie S. Franklin, Esq.
Stephanie S. Franklin, Esq. is the Founder, President & CEO of the Franklin Law Group, P.C. Graduating from the University of Maryland – College Park with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law, for over thirty years Ms. Franklin has dedicated her professional career to social justice advocacy, with her most recent efforts focused on human rights issues.
Committed to equity, recognition, and dignity for all people, Ms. Franklin has dedicated her legal career to advocating for and beside marginalized groups – primarily focused on children, youth and women. During her nineteen-year tenure working with children and youth, Ms. Franklin has accomplished a great deal. She is a litigator; policy and legislative advocate; a human rights organizer and activist; facilitated legal empowerment workshops in prisons; trained judges, magistrates, attorneys, social workers and other professionals in the area of child welfare; is published on issues pertaining to the intersection of child welfare and criminal justice and the intersection and impact of education and human rights on Black African-descended girls; and was a radio programmer and host on social justice and human rights issues.
Ms. Franklin is a proven leader. She has designed and built (with staff support) an innovative law firm with creative programming that addresses the needs of marginalized children; was the first to raise the issue of the over-use of psychotropic drugs on African-American girls in foster care at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, Switzerland - leading to the UN's Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) treaty committee mandating that the United States collect and share data on the rate that psychotropic drugs are being administered to Black children in foster care; was the lead organizer for the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent’s first-ever fact-finding mission to Baltimore; sat and is currently sitting on leadership committees within the US Human Rights Network; and was a Board Member of the Feminist Alliance for Rights (FAR) program with the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University.
Her leadership has earned her recognition awards by the Maryland Daily Record's Top 100 Women and Leadership in Law Awards and Maryland's Associated Black Charities Howard "Pete" Rawlings Award for Excellence in Public Policy for her work as the Director of the Baltimore City Family Recovery Program.