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SB 518 Fact Sheet: The California Juvenile Justice Safety and Protection Act

This bill provides a comprehensive bill of rights to protect youth in California juvenile justice facilities from discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation and gender Identity. Download PDF

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LGBTQ Youth in the California Foster Care System: A Question and Answer Guide

This question and answer guide is designed to address many of the frequently-asked questions about protecting LGBTQ youth in the California foster care system from harassment and discrimination. Download PDF

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OHYAC Training of Trainers Curriculum: Creating Inclusive Services for LGBT Youth in Out of Home Care

NCLR, in collaboration with Legal Services for Children and Family Builders by Adoption, spearheaded a task force that addressed the needs of LGBTQ youth and families involved in the Bay Area foster care system. The task force’s priority was implementation of AB 458, the California Foster Care Non-Discrimination Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis…

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Queer & Trans Youth in California Foster Care Have Rights: A Know Your Rights Guide

NCLR, in collaboration with the Out of Home Youth Advocacy Council and California Youth Connection, produced this guide to help queer and transgender youth in the California foster care system navigate their rights. Contact NCLR if you would like to order hard copies to distribute in your area. Download PDF

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Young People in State Custody: Making the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems Safe for All Youth through Litigation, Advocacy and Education

Over the last few years, a coordinated national effort to improve the treatment of LGBT youth in child welfare and juvenile justice systems situation has emerged through the hard work of hundreds of advocates from around the country. This article describes some of their successes in using the legal rights of LGBT youth to create…

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And by the Way, Do You Know He Thinks He’s a Girl? The Failures of Law, Policy, and Legal Representation for Transgender Youth in Juvenile Delinquency Courts

Because of the persistence of bias and discrimination against transgender people generally, the societal lack of understanding of gender and sexuality, and a distrust of difference, transgender youth are at high risk for involvement in the juvenile justice system. For many of these youth, their gender identity is relevant both to why they were arrested…

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The Legal Rights of Young People in State Custody: What Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Professionals Need to Know When Working with LGBT Youth

Youth in state custody, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, have federal and state constitutional and statutory rights. These rights guarantee a young person safety in their placement as well as freedom from the deprivation of other liberty interests. Knowledge of a youth’s legal rights can help providers avoid legal liability and create a…

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The Legal Rights of LGBT Youth in the Juvenile Justice System Fact Sheet

LGBT young people in the juvenile justice system have clearly-established civil rights under the U. S. Constitution as well as state and federal statutes. This user-friendly fact sheet provides an overview of these rights. Download PDF

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LGBTQ Youth in the Juvenile Justice System Fact Sheet

Using statistics and quotes from LGBTQ youth, this fact sheet provides an overview of the pathways that lead many LGBTQ youth into the juvenile justice system and their experiences once in detention or correctional facilities. Download PDF

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The Legal Rights of LGBT Youth in the Child Welfare System Fact Sheet

LGBT young people in the child welfare system have clearly-established civil rights under the U.S. Constitution as well as state and federal statutes. This user-friendly fact sheet provides an overview of these rights. Download PDF

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