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September 26, 2019Adultification Bias

Raped, Then Thrown in Jail: A Teen’s ‘Abuse-to-Prison Pipeline’.

Hannah Critchfield

As the co-author of a groundbreaking 2015 report on sexual trauma and juvenile justice, Epstein’s one of the country’s leading experts on...

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September 24, 2019Schools & Pushout

An education without oppression benefits everyone. Here’s what we can do

Shree Paradkar

What little acknowledgment exists, is still geared towards boys’ perspectives. What about Black girls and trans students who experience racism quite differently? …A...

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September 11, 2019Adultification Bias

Center on Poverty and Inequality Sponsors “Girlhood Interrupted” at National Museum.

The Center on Poverty and Inequality commissioned painter Ashley Joi and photographer Sancha McBurnie to create original works to complement the report, pieces...

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September 01, 2019Adultification Bias

Q&A with Youth Activist Naomi Wadler.

Lena Felton and Ross May

Wadler is also a youth adviser to the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality, which in 2017 published a study showing that adults...

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August 16, 2019Trauma & Mental Health

Half of black girls report being sexually coerced. There are ways we can help protect them.

Crystal D. Carter

When you are devalued you are disposable. A study by the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality shows that adults view black...

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August 12, 2019Adultification Bias

Attorney Carrie Goldberg’s Forthcoming Memoir, ‘Nobody’s Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs, and Trolls.’

Carrie Goldberg

When it comes to faulty assumptions adults levy against black girls, there is perhaps no study more elucidating than Georgetown Law Center on...

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August 11, 2019Storytelling, Art, & Mindfulness

What It’s Like to Become the Voice of Your Generation—at Age 12.

Susan Baer

took the stage and introduced herself with a nervous giggle. Then, in an instant,...

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August 07, 2019Trauma & Mental Health

Cyntoia Brown, Now Free From Prison, Says She Wants To Help Other Victims Of Abuse.

Samantha Max

The rate of girls in the juvenile justice system is increasing, according to a 2015 report Vafa coauthored with researchers from the Georgetown...

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August 06, 2019Adultification Bias

Video on Adultification Bias.

To the Contrary

On the latest episode of @ToTheContrary, Dr. Jamilia Blake and and Rebecca Epstein of the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality discuss...

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August 05, 2019Adultification Bias

I Don’t Want To Be The “Bad Black Child:” The Erasure Of Black Girlhood In Schools And Its Far-Reaching Impact.

Jazmine Denise

“It’s really striking that in the context of childhood, which is the epitome of innocence, Black girls are not getting the benefits of...

The Full Article Can Be Found at MadameNoire

July 29, 2019Trauma & Mental Health

13 sex trafficking statistics that explain the enormity of the global sex trade.

Cara Kelly

In recent years, a pipeline from the foster care system to trafficking has gained attention. A report from the Human Rights Project for...

The Full Article Can Be Found at USA Today

July 06, 2019Adultification Bias

Schools ‘Criminalize’ Black Girls, Jeopardizing Their Future Success.

Carol Ozemhoya

As recent as last week, a report was issued by Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality that details stunning statistics and first-hand...

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June 26, 2019Adultification Bias

Schools ‘criminalize’ Black girls, jeopardizing their future success.

Rep. Karen Bass

Adultification of Black girls starts early, says Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37). “It can actually start with pre-school,” she told Our Weekly. “Can you...

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May 30, 2019Adultification Bias

‘They Are Totally Overlooked’: Young Black Girls Viewed as Less Innocent, Study Finds.

Darcel Rockett

If you were to write a letter to your childhood self, knowing everything you know now, what would it say? If you’re black...

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May 29, 2019Trauma & Mental Health

For Poor Young Women of Color, Failure Has A Whole Other Meaning.


Girls who try to improve their situation by leaving the home they share with their abuser often find themselves arrested for running away or truancy, which a 2015 report by the White House Council on Women and Girls notes, “can be symptoms or outcomes of trauma and abuse. Once in the system, girls may be treated as offenders, rather than girls in need of support, perpetuating a vicious cycle that is increasingly known as the ‘sexual abuse to prison pipeline.’” The report also cites that these laws are more aggressively enforced towards young people of color.

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May 28, 2019Adultification Bias

Black Girls Feel the Impact of Adultification, Especially in School.

Apple Podcasts

Research has already shown that black girls are seen by adults as less childlike than white girls. This phenomenon, known as “adultification,” was first documented two years ago by researchers at Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality. Now, a followup study reveals that, not surprisingly, black girls and women sharply feel the impact of “adultification.” As one study participant put it, “[T]o society, we’re not innocent. And white girls are always innocent.”

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