Symposium: "Marginalized Girls: Creating Pathways to Opportunity"

March 20, 2013 —


Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy Symposium: “Marginalized Girls: Creating Pathways to Opportunity”


Thursday, April 11, 2013, 3:00 – 5:40 p.m.


Georgetown University Law Center
12th Floor, Gewirz Student Center
120 F Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001


3:00 – 3:15 p.m.
Opening Remarks
Rebecca Epstein
, Executive Director, Georgetown Center on Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy

3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
Panel 1: Achieving Positive Youth Outcomes Across Systems: Child Welfare and Education
Karen Worthington
, Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University
Karen Baynes Dunning, Associate Professor, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Alabama
Barbara Gault, Executive Director and Vice President, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Rhiana Gunn-Wright, Fellow, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
BB Otero, Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.
Lara Kaufmann, Senior Counsel and Director of Education Policy for At-Risk Students, National Women’s Law Center
Peter Edelman, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center (Moderator)

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Panel 2: Girls in the Juvenile Justice System
Elizabeth Watson
, Senior Advisor to the Education and Employment Team, National Women’s Law Center
Lawanda Raviora, President and CEO, Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center
Vanessa Patino Lydia, Director of Research and Planning, Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center
Liz Ryan, President and CEO, Campaign for Youth Justice
Malika Saada Saar, Executive Director, Human Rights Project for Girls
Moderator TBD

5:30 – 5:40 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Nick Sheehan
, Editor-in-Chief, Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy


The participants will discuss the unique needs of girls at the periphery of our communities—girls who live in poverty, and who are often poorly served by the public systems that are supposed to support them.  They will also explore the effectiveness of gender-responsive reforms in the areas of juvenile justice, child welfare and education.

This event is sponsored by the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University, Georgetown Law Juvenile Justice Clinic and Georgetown Center for Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy.  

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