Initiative on Gender Justice & Opportunity

In consultation with girls themselves, as well as other key stakeholders and national and grassroots organizations, the Initiative conducts research, develops policy, identifies promising practices, and issues ground-breaking reports on topics that matter most to marginalized girls: decreasing girls’ contact with the juvenile justice system, increasing access to education, and improving public systems’ responses to the trauma girls experience.

The Initiative’s work is conducted by a multi-disciplinary team of national experts on girls’ issues. In addition to convenings, research, and reports, the Initiative hosts a unique Learning Network for schools to learn about trauma-informed approaches to girls of color, and helps lead two national policy groups on marginalized girls:  Girls @ the Margin National Alliance and the National Girls Initiative, a program funded by the US Department of Justice. Through this work, the Center aims to help support and empower marginalized girls to thrive and lead healthy lives.

Our Work

Access our original research and reports on adultification, school discipline, sex trafficking the juvenile justice system, and more.

In the News

Read about our recent reports, events, initiatives, and related news

NEW: End Adultification Bias Storytelling Portal

This storytelling portal provides information about adultification bias, an opportunity to share stories, and a forum for strategies and solutions. Our goal is to elevate awareness of adultification bias, engage in the power of storytelling by centering the voices of Black women and girls, and help pave the way toward reform.

Trauma-Informed Schools Learning Network for Girls of Color

This platform provides the public with access to general resources relevant to trauma-informed approaches to girls of color in schools.

Upcoming Events

Learn more about our next round table discussions, presentations, off-campus events, report releases, and more.