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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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May 24, 2019Adultification Bias

Georgetown Study Shows Racism Erases Black Girls’ Childhoods Due To ‘Adultification’

Rachel Herron

When Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality released a report in 2017 showing adults view Black girls as less childlike than white...

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May 23, 2019Adultification Bias

‘They are totally overlooked’: Young black girls viewed as less innocent, study finds. To that, I cry foul.

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 22, 2019Restorative Justice Practices

Patriarchy In Prison: Exploring The Challenges Facing Incarcerated Women.

Amanda Magnus & Frank Stasio

Rebecca Epstein shares her research into how the perception that black girls are more adult-like and less innocent than their white counterparts could...

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May 21, 2019Adultification Bias

Georgetown Law’s New Study Sheds Light on African American Women Affected by Adultification Bias

After a 2017 Girlhood Interrupted study that revealed adults view black girls as more adult-like, Georgetown Law conducted a follow-up study that finds...

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May 19, 2019Adultification Bias

Adultification Bias: Study Shows Black Girls Are Treated More Harshly Than White Peers Of The Same Age

Bossip Staff

Kudos to Jamilia J. Blake and Rebecca Epstein, who recently released their findings in a study on behalf of the Georgetown Law Center...

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May 17, 2019Adultification Bias

Research Confirms that Black Girls Feel the Sting of Adultification Bias Identified in Earlier Georgetown Law Study

Janie Ginocchio

Nationally, black girls are suspended more than five times as often white girls, and black girls are 2.7 times more likely to be...

Read the Full Article at ACEs Connection