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The  Juvenile Justice Coalition

invites you to our Pride Month Community Forum


Over-represented, Under-served

LGBTQ Youth in New York’s Girls Youth Justice Facilities

A presentation by Sarah Mountz, Ph.D

WHEN - Thursday, June 13, 2013

4 – 6 PM

WHERE - The Hetrick Martin Institute (2 Astor Pl New York, NY 10003)

Among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning  (LGBTQ) youth, the experiences of queer women, transgender and gender non-conforming youth have been particularly overlooked, though they experience disproportionately high rates of violence and are significantly more likely to become involved with law enforcement. This is particularly the case for queer young women, transgender and gender non-conforming youth of color and/or youth who are low-income.

Facilitated by a Community Advisory Board, Over-represented, Under-served is an ethnographic research study with young adults, ages 18-25, who have been incarcerated in girls facilities in New York’s youth justice system. Findings from the study revealed themes related to identity, the role of family acceptance and rejection in systems involvement, pipelines and revolving doors between child welfare, educational, and youth justice systems, the prevalence of interpersonal and state sanctioned violence in participants lives, and participants’ tremendous capacity for resilience and creative modes of collective and community based healing.

This event is free and open to the public; no RSVP needed. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Judy Yu at jyu[at]