Avery Irons Ms. Irons has an M.F.A. in fiction and a B.A. in political science from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. Prior to joining NCMHJJ, she worked at the Children’s Defense Fund and the Correctional Association of New York, among others, and most recently worked for the Los Angeles LGBT Center for Children, Youth, and Family Services, where she was a training and coaching manager supervising the delivery of LGBTQ competency trainings to child welfare and juvenile justice professionals statewide. Ms. Irons is taking the lead on NCMHJJ’s efforts to test a framework for better identifying and responding to substance use in pre-adjudicatory juvenile justice settings.