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District of Columbia Youth Confidentiality Law and the Media

DYRS is prohibited by law to disclose confidential youth information to the media without the youth’s express written consent. This includes confirming or disclosing whether a person is in the care of this Agency. Specifically, DC Codes §§ 2-1515.06, 16-2331 and 16-2332 mandate the confidentiality of juvenile records and the confidentiality of any and all information pertaining to juveniles associated with the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. 

Media Photography/Filming Access

Unless agency pre-approval and express written permission are granted, media representatives are prohibited from filming, recording or photographing the interior of any DYRS secure facility  or from broadcasting, publishing, or putting to other uses consistent with media coverage any individual DYRS client’s name, face or other identifying characteristics. To request pre-approval, please contact the DYRS Public Information Officer at (202) 727-2034 or dyrs.media@dc.gov.

Media Inquiries

For media inquiries, please contact the DYRS Public Information Officer at (202) 727-2034 or dyrs.media@dc.gov. Outside of normal business hours, please call (202) 297-9088.

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