National Girls Initiative
Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance: Centering Girls’ Voice and Choice in Juvenile Justice Reform
We spoke to Christina Quaranta at Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance about their work to center young women in state-based juvenile justice reform as a model of innovation and lessons for the field from the process. This interview has been edited and condensed.
Across the country dedicated organizations and agencies are working to implement gender-affirming and trauma-informed reforms in the juvenile justice system. These resources highlight some of the latest publications and toolkits documenting these efforts.
Recent Publications and Materials
Breaking Down the Walls: Lessons Learned from Successful State Campaigns to Close Youth Prisons
Despite the progress that has been made, youth prisons still exist in almost every state, with the juvenile justice system incarcerating youth of color at much higher rates: African-American youth are more than 4 times as likely, Native American youth more than 3 are times as likely, and Latino youth are almost 2 times as likely to be incarcerated as white youth. Additionally, the juvenile [...]
Be Her Resource: A Toolkit About School Resource Officers and Girls of Color
Based on these findings, this toolkit presents guiding principles and policy recommendations designed to improve interactions between girls of color and SROs, with the ultimate goal of reducing these girls’ disproportionate rates of contact with the juvenile justice system.
Gender & Trauma: Somatic Interventions for Girls in Juvenile Justice: Implications for Policy and Practice
Trauma-informed, gender-responsive, and culturally competent somatic interventions can serve as a critical component of physical and mental health approaches for system-involved girls by offering key coping strategies and skills vital for future development, as well as improved health outcomes.
No Wrong Door: A Comprehensive Approach to Safe Harbor for Minnesota’s Sexually Exploited Youth
Minnesota’s Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth Law, passed in July 2011, is designed to ensure that juveniles who are sexually exploited or at risk of exploitation are treated as victims under Minnesota law.
The Pedagogy of pathologization: Dis/abled girls of color in the school-prison nexus
Linking powerful first-person narratives with structural analysis, The Pedagogy of Pathologization explores the construction of criminal identities in schools via the intersections of race, disability, and gender. amid the prevalence of targeted mass incarceration.