Today, we continue sharing the writing of young women as we again call attention to the existence of the silent epidemic of violence against girls and young women raging across the United States – one that injures, demeans, oppresses and marginalizes girls from coast to coast. And yet, somehow, pushed by their will to survive, the courage to conquer another day and the resilience, grit and fortitude that is born out of determination to thrive they stand tall.
The greatest privilege of my role as President of The National Crittenton Foundation is the opportunity to be led by young women and women whose journey as children began marked by the kind of exposure to violence and adversity that most would deem unimaginable. If seen in a movie you would think it is fiction and yet, it reflects the real life experience of many many girls in this land of opportunity.
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.
Today, April 19, 2016, The National Crittenton Foundation (TNCF) celebrates our 133rd Anniversary. We pay tribute to the advocacy of Charles N. Crittenton opening Florence Night Mission, the first Crittenton home in 1883, as the beginning of the Crittenton social welfare movement dedicated to the needs and potential of the most marginalized girls, young women and women in communities across the country.
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!
TNCF and the Crittenton family of agencies has been working diligently for more than 130 years to ensure that the needs and potential of girls and young women who have faced adversity and survived violence have the supports they need to heal and thrive.
We have a long history as advocates for young women and girls
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