The commercial sex trade in the US is inextricably linked to historical legacies of racialized violence involving the sexual subjugation of women and girls of color. Ignoring this history has led to the criminalization of Black and Brown girls for their own victimization, and continued impunity for those who enact sexual violence against them.
This presentation will use key findings from our report, The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story, to:
- examine the ways that experiences of gendered violence fuel girls’ involvement in the juvenile justice system with an emphasis on how survivors of trafficking are often punished for their exploitation,
- explore how a history of racial violence and social attitudes towards girls, especially girls of color, contribute to their being criminalized for their own abuse, and
- identify policy paths to disrupt the criminalization of trafficking survivors while still holding their exploiters accountable.
Participants will also hear firsthand from a trafficking survivor who will share her experiences with police and the justice system, and help identify areas for improvement in our collective response to trafficking.
Other Webinars with Rights4Girls:
- June 10: From Recy Taylor to Cyntoia Brown: How a History of Sexual Exploitation and Racial Violence Funnels Women and Girls of Color into the Abuse to Prison Pipeline (this webinar)
- July 22: Race, Gender and Policing during COVID-19
This webinar was pre-approved for 1 CEU credit by the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP)® and the DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP). Founded in 1975, the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) is the oldest national victim assistance organization of its type in the United States and is the recognized leader in victim advocacy, education and credentialing. To learn more about NOVA, visit trynova.org.