The OJJDP-funded National Girls Initiative and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) convened a roundtable to discuss the unintended consequences of mandatory and pro-arrest policies for domestic violence on girls and young women. The purpose of the roundtable was to foster collaboration between juvenile justice advocates, advocates for girls, and advocates for victims of domestic violence.
Seven nonprofit alliances and organizations have been selected as the first recipients of the National Girls Initiative’s Innovation Awards, a program designed to spotlight and support creative efforts to advance systems-level juvenile justice reforms for girls.
Gender Injustice: System-Level Juvenile Justice Reforms for Girls
Despite decades of attention, the proportion of girls in the juvenile justice system has increased and their challenges have remained remarkably consistent, resulting in deeply rooted systemic gender injustice. The literature is clear that girls in the justice system have experienced abuse, violence, adversity, and deprivation across many of the domains of their lives—family, peers, intimate partners, and community. There is also increasing understanding of the sorts of programs helpful to these girls. What is missing is a focus on how systems—and particularly juvenile justice systems—can be redesigned to protect public safety and support the healing and healthy development of girls and young women.
This week we were honored to host the national meeting of the National Girls Initiative Innovation Awardees in Portland. Amazing organizations and women from Hawai’i, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Texas, Iowa, and across California. Thanks to OJJDP and the NoVo Foundation for their support. It’s all about the girls!
We have a long history as advocates for young women and girls
- 135 Stories
- 135 Years
- Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)
- BOLD Program
- Commercial Sex Trafficking
- Crittenton Family of Agencies
- Foster Care
- Girls at the Margin
- Guest Post
- Juvenile Justice
- National Girls Initiative
- Opportunities for Girls
- Two Generation Approaches
- Young Moms