The Dehumanization of Children of Color: Rethinking Policing & Policy

February 3, 2021

WASHINGTON – On Friday, February 5, 2021, Georgetown Law’s Juvenile Justice Clinic & Initiative and Georgetown University’s Psychology Department will host “The Dehumanization of Children of Color: Rethinking Policing & Policy.”


Police pepper spraying a 9-year-old girl is the most recent incident to raise public concern over the policing of children of color. What does the latest research tell us about policing, race and adolescence? How can these advances inform policy reforms?

Join leading juvenile justice experts Phillip Atiba Goff of Yale University and Kristin Henning of Georgetown Law as they discuss the current research and reality of how youth are impacted by police use of force, “stop and frisk” policies and racial stereotypes — and how children’s fear of the police can erode their legal rights.

A panel of experts including DC Attorney General Karl Racine will then discuss recent local and national reform efforts related to policing children in schools and the community — including DC’s Metropolitan Police Department’s revision to its general order on youth, the Youth Rehabilitation Act and the Second Look Act.



Dr. Jennifer Woolard
Professor and Chair, Psychology Department, Georgetown University

Fireside Chat:

Professor Kristin Henning
Director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic and Initiative, Georgetown Law

Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff
Professor of African American Studies and Psychology; Founder of the Center for Policing Equity, Yale University


Charles Allen
DC Ward 6 Councilmember and Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety

Samantha P. Davis
Founder and Executive Director of Black Swan Academy

Karl Racine
Attorney General for the District of Columbia

Michael Umpierre
Director of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, Georgetown University


Friday, February 5
3:00 pm – 4:45 pm EST


Media can RSVP for the Zoom Webinar.

The public is invited to attend the event via Facebook Live.

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