Safe Passages: the CA’s Unique New Program

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In the fall of 2006, under the leadership of Juvenile Justice Project (JJP) Associate DeAvery Irons, JJP launched Safe Passages, a leadership training and community organizing program for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth affected by incarceration. Created in the model of JJP’s successful Each One, Teach One program, Safe Passages is designed not only to strengthen JJP’s ability to affect substantive policy reforms for youth, but to provide a safe environment for LGBT youth to realize their power and capacity to create change in their communities and in their own lives. One of the program’s principal goals is to educate lawmakers, administrators, and other young people on the devastating effects of homophobia on court-involved LGBT youth. Safe Passages is the first and only program training LGBT youth to advocate for juvenile justice reform in the nation.