Historically, efforts to address mass incarceration left girls behind due to gender-neutral policies that failed to contemplate their needs. Events over the past year have amplified interest in addressing inequities in the legal system, however, the experiences of girls, especially girls of color, are still largely overlooked. Girls are often criminalized for their attempts to cope with trauma after experiencing violence and abuse. Understanding and addressing this nexus between trauma and criminalization is critical given the increased vulnerability girls face as a result of the pandemic.
This webinar will apply a gender lens to the policing of youth and examine:
- The impact of COVID-19 on juvenile justice system involvement
- How systemic racism, youth developmental psychology, and trauma contribute to negative police interactions for youth of color
- The ways in which social attitudes towards girls, especially girls of color, contribute to their being criminalized for their own abuse
- And effective strategies and promising practices to prevent girls from experiencing the Abuse to Prison Pipeline.
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
- July 22: Race, Gender and Policing during COVID-19 (this webinar)