New Report on LGBTQ Youths' Interactions with the Criminal Justice System

Locked In: Interactions with the Criminal Justice and Child Welfare Systems for LGBTQ Youth, YMSM, and YWSW Who Engage in Survival Sex

Locked In: 
Interactions with the Criminal Justice and Child Welfare Systems for
LGBTQ Youth, YMSM, and YWSW Who Engage in Survival Sex

 

In the second of a series of reports, 283 LGBTQ youth tell their own powerful stories of what their interactions with the criminal justice and child welfare systems have been like, and how these experiences of abuse and harassment have created varying degrees of mistrust and trauma.  The report also includes the perspectives of 68 criminal justice and child welfare stakeholders, and what they believe the challenges are to addressing the needs of this population. The youth also make suggestions regarding the policy and practice changes they would like to see, and provide their opinions on what they perceive as harmful or helpful for their lives. The third and final report will provide a more in-depth analysis of these youth’s health and social service experiences.

Follow @urbaninstitute@MeredithDank, and @KateSVillarreal as we tweet some of our key findings throughout the week. 

Of course, this extensive work could not have been done without the support of our partners and funders: Streetwise and Safe, Urban Institute, the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. We cannot thank them enough.