For girls, as with boys, the failure to receive a high school diploma often places individuals on a pathway to low-wage work, unemployment, and incarceration. Yet, the existing research, data and public policy debates often fail to address the degree to which girls face risks that are both similar to and different from those faced by boys. Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected seeks to shine a spotlight on the various factors that direct girls of color down dead-end streets while obscuring their vulnerabilities.
The report, issued by the African American Policy Forum and Columbia Law School’s Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies, is based on a new review of national data and personal interviews with young women in Boston and New York.
The report recommends policies and interventions to address challenges facing girls of color, including revising policies that funnel girls into juvenile supervision facilities; developing programs that identify signs of sexual victimization and assist girls in addressing traumatic experiences; advancing programs that support girls who are pregnant, parenting, or otherwise assuming significant familial responsibilities; and improving data collection to better track discipline and achievement by race and ethnicity and gender for all groups.
The African American Policy Forum works to bridge the gap between scholarly research and public discourse related to inequality, discrimination and injustice.
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