Girls in D.C.’s Wards 7 and 8 do not have equitable access to safe, challenging, and supportive learning environments, according to a new report released by Crittenton Services of Greater Washington. The report,Declare Equity for Girls, is based on focus groups with more than 70 girls and young women in Washington, D.C. about their experiences and needs, seeking to determine the major barriers to academic success for girls living in communities of concentrated disadvantage, and what can be done to reduce those barriers.
On December 13, 2018, National Crittenton released the following statement in response to Congress passing the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018:
Today Congress passed the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018, the first reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 since 2002.
For more than four decades, the JJDPA has provided critical protections for young people involved in the juvenile justice system, including the core requirements to address racial and ethnic disparities and the deinstitutionalization of status offenses. This reauthorization also requires states to create plans to eliminate the shackling of detained or incarcerated pregnant youth.
National Crittenton is seeking submissions for original art to be featured on the official t-shirts for the 2019 event, In Solidarity We Rise: Healing, Opportunity, and Justice for Girls.
National Crittenton director of advocacy and communication Sara Kugler published an op-ed today in Juvenile Justice Information Exchange:
“The top three offenses for committed girls — the deepest end of the system, ostensibly for youth with the most serious offenses — are all nonviolent crimes: technical violations, simple assault and status offenses. These nonviolent offenses make up the most serious charges for a full 50 percent of committed girls.
On October 23rd, National Crittenton President Jeannette Pai-Espinosa moderated the panel discussion, “Supporting Families Post Permanence and Pregnant & Parenting Young People in Care: Family and Youth Perspective” at the eighth Wicked Problems of Child Welfare conference presented by the Children’s Home Society of America and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work’s Jordan Institute for Families.
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