Girls of Color
+ Justice

The lives of too many girls of color is characterized by:

Early Sexual Abuse, Chronic Aversive Stress ➪ School Failure ➪ Sexual Exploitation ➪ Prison.

Girls arrested for running away and truancy are usually survivors of trauma and abuse.

Currently, the Juvenile Justice System often places girls at further risk of victimization.

Dismantling this pipeline requires ALL of us to help.

Every year, girls of color are suspended from school at higher rates than any other group

12% of African-American girls and 7% of Native American girls are suspended each year; compared to 6% of white boys and 2% of white girls.
Many of these girls are disproportionately funneled through the juvenile justice system.

  • Girls are the fastest growing segment of the juvenile justice system.
  • African-American girls are about 14% of girls in the US and they constitute 32% of girls who are detained and committed.
  • Native American girls are about 1% of the US population, but 3.5% of girls who are detained and committed.



Case Study: Baltimore Public Schools

Background. At the Hackathon for Diversity and Social Justice, a small group of community members, inspired by the White House Council for Women and Girls decided to examine the impact of school suspension rates for girls of color.
Reading the map. Each circle represents a school. There are four sets of circles, one for each race or ethnicity: Black, White, Asian, and Hispanic. The size of the circle represents the number of suspensions whereas darker shading indicates higher suspensions per girl.


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To facilitate pathways to education, employment, and economic prosperity, we need accurate data.
This data should be shared across systems and utilized for prevention and to deliver effective service.
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