African American Policy Forum and UCLA Law’s Critical Race Studies Program to Host Community Hearing on the Crisis of Poverty and Imprisonment Affecting Girls of Color

MEDIA ADVISORY

African American Policy Forum and UCLA Law’s Critical Race Studies Program to Host Community Hearing on the Crisis of Poverty and Imprisonment Affecting Girls of Color

July 28, 2014

ATTENTION EDITORS AND REPORTERS

WHAT: The African American Policy Forum (AAPF) and UCLA School of Law’s Critical Race Studies (CRS) Program will hold a community hearing to raise public awareness of the vast challenges particularly facing girls of color and address their experiences with poverty and imprisonment in Los Angeles County. Topics discussed include school discipline policies, foster care challenges, human trafficking issues of commercially sexually exploited girls and general gender-specific issues (teenage pregnancy and care taking) that funnel girls into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

WHO: The hearing will be facilitated by a panel that will include researchers, elected officials, advocates and community organizers who will hear the personal stories of several young women who were funneled into the juvenile and justice systems. Participants include:

Maisie Chin, Co-founder and Director, Community Asset Development Re-defining Education (CADRE)

Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, UCLA School of Law CRS & Co-Founder, AAPF

Judge Donna Groman, Supervising Judge, Kenyon Juvenile Justice Center

Marqueece Harris-Dawson, President and CEO, Community Coalition

Professor Jyoti Nanda, UCLA School of Law CRS

Judge Michael Nash, Presiding Judge, Juvenile Court at Los Angeles Superior Court

Professor Priscilla Ocen, Loyola Law School

Avis-Ridley Thomas, Founder, Los Angeles City Attorney’s Dispute Resolution Program

Shirley Weber, Assemblymember representing the 79th District

WHEN:          Tuesday, July 29, 2014 from 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

WHERE:       Loyola Law School

            919 Albany Street

            Los Angeles, CA 90015

CONTACT: Sara Rouche, rouche@law.ucla.edu, 310-206-2221

BACKGROUND: National studies have repeatedly confirmed that “Zero tolerance” school discipline policies disproportionately impact African-American girls and girls of color. With the recent call to include girls of color in President Obama’s national racial justice program, this hearing will be an important first step in identifying systemic solutions to the specific challenges facing girls of color locally.