U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government, Department of Justice.

Intersectionality and Reducing Girls Justice System Involvement (Webinar)

Event Dates
In 2018, Rights4Girls and our partner the Georgetown Juvenile Justice Initiative released, Beyond the Walls: A Look at Girls in D.C.'s Juvenile Justice System, a first-of-its-kind report examining girls increased contact with D.C.'s juvenile justice system.

Our research revealed that girls, overwhelmingly black girls, were being over-criminalized even as boys' arrest rates were falling, highlighting the need to apply both a gender and racial lens in juvenile justice reform efforts.

This webinar will use key findings from our report to:
1) Examine the ways that experiences of gendered violence create pathways for girls into the juvenile justice system

2) Examine how historical inattention to the needs of justice-involved girls has resulted in girls, particularly girls of color and LGBTQ youth, being disproportionately criminalized for experiences of gendered violence

3) Explore the growth of girls' involvement in the District of Columbia juvenile justice system from arrest to commitment

4) Discuss the importance of an intersectional approach to data collection in addressing the needs of girls with or at risk of justice system involvement

Date Created: February 3, 2021