The Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy is hosting an April 11 symposium, "Marginalized Girls: Creating Pathways to Opportunity." Details and RSVP information are available at:
The special symposium issue of the Journal on Poverty Law and Policy, which includes articles of interest to policy makers and practitioners working with system-involved girls, will be available in April.

Program Agenda:

Panel 1: Achieving Positive Youth Outcomes Across Systems: Child Welfare And Education

Featuring Articles by:
  • Karen Worthington and Karen Baynes-Dunning, “Responding to the Needs of Adolescent Girls in Foster Care”
  • Dr. Barbara Gault and Rhiana Gunn-Wright, “Improving Outcomes for Marginalized Girls in the Secondary Education and Workforce Development Systems”

  • BB Otero, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, Washington DC
  • Lara Kaufmann, Senior Counsel & Director of Education Policy for At-Risk Students, National Women’s Law Center

Panel 2: Girls In The Juvenile Justice System

Featuring Articles by:
  • Professor Peter Edelman and Elizabeth Watson, “Improving the Juvenile Justice System for Girls: Lessons from the States”
  • Dr. Lawanda Raviora and Vanessa Patino Lydia, “Strategic Training and Technical Assistance: A Framework for Reforming the Juvenile Justice System's Treatment of Girls and Young Women”

  • Liz Ryan, President and CEO, Campaign for Youth Justice
  • Malika Saada Saar, Executive Director, Human Rights Project for Girls

The symposium is sponsored by:
Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University, Georgetown Law Juvenile Justice Clinic, The Georgetown Center for Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy with The Atlantic Philanthropies, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations' Special Fund for Poverty Alleviation
Francis "Frankie" Guzman (right) talks with inmate Chad Scott at the O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility in Stockton. Guzman, who was sentenced to 15 years at age 15, has become an advocate for juvenile justice. Photo: Max Whittaker/Prime, Special To The Chronicle

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