First, the hard facts on the sexual-abuse-to-prison pipeline:
- The proportion of girls – especially girls of color – in the juvenile justice system is increasing.
- Girls in the system are disproportionately victims of sexual violence.
- Girls’ common behavioral reactions to sexual abuse and trauma – running away, substance abuse, truancy – is frequently criminalized and reinforced by the system.
These facts – and the policy and programmatic recommendations that could address them – are the subject of the widely discussed report “The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls Story,” produced with the support of Philanthropy New York member, the Ms. Foundation for Women. An increasing number of philanthropic organizations are supporting a wide range of national and local initiatives that could provide better services to abuse victims and change policies that are currently exacerbating victimization.
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For example, The New York City Young Women’s Initiative is bringing together foundation, government, nonprofit, and community leaders to address the many needs of girls and young women and making specific recommendations aimed at reducing young women and girls’ interactions with the criminal justice system, increasing safety and respect for their rights and dignity during police interactions and while in custody, and reshaping responses to violence so they uphold young women’s survivorship, agency and resilience.
In a discussion developed by Philanthropy New York’s Funders of Women and Girls, members will explore the ways in which we criminalize the responses of girls — especially girls of color — who have been sexually and physically abused, and what we can do to dismantle the abuse-to-prison-pipeline.
- How an intentional focus on girls and gender nonconforming youth can ensure that they fully benefit from system reforms
- How to disrupt the pipeline that pushes girls and gender nonconforming youth into the juvenile justice system
- The specific policies and programs that show the most promise of improving the juvenile justice system’s response to the needs of girls, young women, and gender nonconforming youth
- Deborah Jiang-Stein, Founder, The unPrison Project, Author, Prison Baby: A Memoir
- Lindsay Rosenthal, Senior Program Associate and Gender Justice Fellow, Vera Institute of Justice
- Malika Saada Saar, Senior Counsel on Civil and Human Rights, Google
- Teresa Younger (Moderator), President and CEO, Ms. Foundation for Women
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3:00 - 5:00 PM Program
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