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Starcia Ague currently works as a Session Aid for Senator David Frockt (46th District).  Prior to being selected for that position, she was working as a legislative assistant to Senator Jim Hargrove (24th District).  Prior to working in the state legislature she was employed as a Youth and Family Advocate Program Administrator with the Juvenile Justice and Rehabilitation Administration in the Washington Department of Social and Health Services.  Her goal of empowering at risk youth is the principal reason Starcia earned a degree in Criminal Justice from Washington State University in 2010.  Her first job after college was that of a Program Coordinator at the Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy in the School of Medicine at the University of Washington working with Dr. Eric Trupin.

Starcia received the 2009 Spirit of Youth Award for rehabilitated juvenile offenders, and was part of the MacArthur Foundation's Models for Change program, a 5-year juvenile justice reform initiative in seven U.S. states, including Washington.  In 2012 she was awarded “a Champion for Change” award at the annual Models for Change conference in Washington, DC for her contributions to the program in work done both at Washington State University and the University of Washington.  Starcia has achieved three other major distinctions in recent years.  First, she got an article entitled “Trouble to Triumph: Fighting for Education Equality as an Incarcerated Youth” published by the Harvard Educational Review.  Second, she was nominated to be the first Crosscut Courage Award winner in Public Service in 2014.  And finally, she was selected to serve as a 2014 Soros Justice Fellow through the Open Society Foundation.

In pursuit of Starcia’s interest in – and passion for – ensuring that the juvenile justice system actively engages incarcerated youth with empowering programs and measures she has served on the Governor's Washington State Partnership Council for Juvenile Justice for the past seven years, and recently she was reappointed to the Council by Governor Jay Inslee.  She is a member of Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, and she sits on Washington’s ACLU Board of Directors as an elected member.  Starcia is a frequent contributor to continuing legal education (CLE) training programs for attorneys working in the area of youth legal services. Click here to view her Emmy winning documentary titled “STARCIA” created by TVW.