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The Gault Center – Defending Sexual Identity Development and Challenging Sexualized Myths About Youth of Color

May 24 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

A book cover featuring a dark silhouette of a child with a backpack. Text reads 2022 Racial Justice Training Series. Book Title is The Rage of Innocence. Logos for The Gault Center and Juvenile Justice Initiative are featured on the right side of the image.

The Gault Center and the Georgetown Juvenile Justice Clinic & Initiative invite you to the 2022 Racial Justice Training SeriesJoin for monthly interactive strategy sessions designed to bolster youth defenders’ racial justice advocacy with research, data, and themes from The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth by Kristin Henning.

Each month will focus on a different topic from The Rage of Innocence. Participants will:

  • Develop concrete and actionable strategies to use data, research, and history in individual client representation, policy advocacy, and systemic reform;
  • Learn about the most recent data and research on the topic;
  • Have an opportunity to submit questions in advance;
  • Share local obstacles and potential solutions during the session;
  • Receive handouts, including sample motions, pleadings, and updated annotated bibliographies.

While The Rage of Innocence focuses on Black youth, these sessions will also focus on advocacy for Latinx, Indigenous, Native American, and other youth of color.

Although not required, defenders are encouraged to attend every session.

March 22, 4:30-6:30pm ET: Decriminalizing “Play” and Educating Stakeholders on the Value of Play in Healthy Adolescent Development
April 25, 3:00-5:00pm ET: Decriminalizing Fashion and Culture for Youth of Color
May 24, 4:30-6:30pm ET: Defending Sexual Identity Development and Challenging Sexualized Myths About Youth of Color
July 18, 3-5pm ET: Decriminalizing Race Pride, Free Speech, & Adolescent Identity Development
Aug 31, 3-5pm ET: Closing the School to Prison Pipeline
Sept 19, 3-5pm ET: Decriminalizing Adolescent Speech & Contempt of Cop
Oct 25, 4:30-6:30pm ET: Policing by Proxy: Shifting the Public Narrative
Nov 15, 4:30-6:30pm ET: Litigating Policing as Trauma & Use of Force
Dec 13, 4:30-6:30pm ET: Humanizing Youth of Color & Challenging Adultification, Transfer, & Severe Sentences
Jan 2023 TBD: Advocating for Children & Families in the Era of Mass Incarceration: The Importance of Youth & Family Engagement
Feb 2023 TBD: Promoting Adolescent Resilience & Storytelling

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May 24
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

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