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.
In Virginia, Black girls are 5.2 times more likely to be suspended than white girls, yet there is a lack of evidence that Black girls misbehave more often. Research also shows Black girls are often punished for minor and subjective offenses like dress code violations, and youth suspended from school in Virginia are more likely to experience adverse academic outcomes.
To address the impact of school discipline on equal access to education for Black girls, students, policymakers, and community leaders from across the state will host a forum on Saturday, co-hosted by Virginia Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy and National Women’s Law Center. National Crittenton is a co-sponsor of the forum.
A new interactive data tool from Pew Charitable Trust shows a national problem on a state-by-state level: the incarceration of youth for status offenses and technical violations. Pew shares that “nearly a quarter of the 48,043 juveniles held in residential facilities across the U.S. on a single day in 2015 were confined for status offenses or technical violations of supervision, according to the Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement from the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.”
Today National Crittenton president Jeannette Pai-Espinosa issued the following statement in response to New York Times’ October 21 article “‘Transgender’ Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration“:
National Crittenton president Jeannette Pai-Espinosa published an op-ed today in Juvenile Justice Information Exchange:
“The Trump administration removed the “Girls at Risk” page from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention website, the Sunlight Foundation reported on Oct. 4. It included information about the work of the OJJDP-funded National Girls Initiative (NGI), which has been led in cooperation with OJJDP by the organization I direct, National Crittenton.
Sunlight Foundation discovered the page had been taken down by July — well before the deadline for OJJDP to offer us the third-year renewal of our NGI cooperative agreement. Receiving no formal notice, our agreement simply ended on Sept. 30, leaving us to conclude that the National Girls Initiative would not be continued.
National Crittenton has served as the content expert for NGI since 2013 and took over leadership in 2016. We began this work under the Obama administration and helped develop the 2015 policy guidance “Girls and the Juvenile Justice System,” which called for the juvenile justice system to understand the drivers of girls into the system; to reduce the impact of intersectional disparities on girls in and at risk of entering the system, and to reduce reliance on confinement for girls who pose no risk to public safety. The guidance served to support states in understanding and better addressing the needs of girls.
This policy guidance, identifying improving responses to girls as “an urgent need,” was taken down by this current administration for review before or by February. But months later it has neither been rescinded nor reinstated. No official decision on its status has been announced.”
This International Day of the Girl we’re grappling with distressing developments in our country: two-year-olds in immigration court; teenagers reflecting on witnessing “clear disregard for women’s safety at the highest levels of the government”; and a federal judge declaring the Indian Child Welfare Act unconstitutional. On a day “aiming to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights” we are keeping our focus and energy on the work happening across the country to advance justice for girls.
National Crittenton invites proposals for a national gathering focused on healing, opportunity, and justice for girls and gender nonconforming young people.
We invite proposals for one-hour Innovation in Motion sessions. Sessions can be interactive workshops, presentations, performances, film, panels, or other creative formats. Innovation in Motion sessions are dynamic, interactive sessions that share exciting, creative models and ideas for programming, community organizing, communication, and policy reform from folks’ on-the-ground work in communities. Sessions can range from sharing successful campaign efforts to workshopping a new initiative or idea.
Proposals can be submitted via the form below, or at this link. Proposals are due December 1, 2018.
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