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The Equity Project: Ensuring Fairness & Respect for LGBT Youth in the Justice System

This brochure outlines NCLR’s partnership with Legal Services for Children and the National Juvenile Defender Center on this three-year initiative to ensure that LGBT youth in the juvenile delinquency court system are treated with dignity, respect, and fairness. For more information, visit http://www.equityproject.org/. Download PDF

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The Model Standards Project: Creating Inclusive Systems for LGBT Youth in Out-of-Home Care

This article describes the history, development, and goals of the Model Standards Project (MSP), a collaboration between Legal Services for Children and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. The article concludes with recommendations for implementation of the standards in local jurisdictions. A version of this article appears in Volume 85, Issue 2, of Child Welfare, a journal published…

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Model Anti-Harassment and Non- Discrimination Policy for Child Welfare or Juvenile Justice Agencies

This model anti-harassment and non-discrimination policy is for child welfare and juvenile justice agencies who wish to adopt a policy that would prohibit all forms of harassment, create a safe environment for all youth and service providers, and ensure that all youth have equal access to all available services, placement, care, treatment, and benefits provided…

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Model Policy & Practice Guidelines for Juvenile Justice Facilities – Providing Non-Discriminatory Services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Youth

This model policy – specifically designed for juvenile justice facilities – includes detailed practice guidelines to help facilities implement anti-harassment policies and create safe and non-discriminatory environments for LGBT youth. Download PDF

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Breaking the Silence: LGBTQ Foster Youth Tell Their Stories: DVD and Resource CD

The ten short digital stories included on Breaking the Silence are powerful tales of both the successes and failures of the foster care system. Over the course of a four-day workshop organized by NCLR and the Y.O.U.T.H Training Project of San Francisco State’s Bay Area Academy which took place at the Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley, California, ten former foster…

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Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) Best Practice Guidelines: Serving LGBT Youth in Out-of-Home Care

This easy-to-use resource contains the first-ever set of comprehensive professional guidelines for how child welfare and juvenile justice professionals can best serve LGBT youth in state care. The Best Practice Guidelines for Serving LGBT Youth in Out of Home Care developed out of recommendations from the Model Standards Project, a collaboration between Legal Services for Childrenand the National…

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National Recommended Best Practices for Serving LGBT Homeless Youth

LGBT youth are overrepresented in the homeless population and all too often experience discrimination and abuse when accessing homeless youth services. This publication, developed by the National Center for Lesbian Rights in collaboration with the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the National Network for Youth, and Lambda Legal, contains the first set of guidelines dedicated…

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LGBT Youth in Juvenile Court: Practice Tips for Juvenile Defenders

The Equity Project is excited to announce the release of LGBT Youth in Juvenile Court: Practice Tips for Juvenile Defenders, a short, convenient, and easy-to-use tool that contains practical tips for juvenile defenders to assist them in their representation of their LGBT clients. Practice Tips for Juvenile Defenders is a companion piece to the Equity Project’s 2009 publication, Hidden…

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In Defense of LGBT Youth: Strategies to Help Juvenile Defenders Zealously Advocate for their LGBT Clients

This short article provides information for juvenile defenders that will assist them in defending LGBT youth. In Defense of LGBT Youth expands upon recommendations and strategies from the Equity Project’s publication Hidden Injustice: LGBT Youth in Juvenile Courts. A similar version of this article appears in the UC Davis Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy 401 (2011). Download PDF Learn…

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Hidden Injustice: LGBT Youth in Juvenile Courts

Hidden Injustice, published by the Equity Project, a collaboration of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Legal Services for Children, and the National Juvenile Defender Center, represents the first effort to examine the experiences of LGBT youth in juvenile courts across the country. Drawing from first-hand accounts of more than 50 LGBT youth and in-depth interviews of more…

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