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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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LGBTQ Youth in the Foster Care System Fact Sheet

Using statistics and quotes from LGBTQ youth, this fact sheet provides an overview of many LGBTQ youths’ pathways into care and their experiences in child welfare placements. Download PDF

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Defending LGBTQ Youth: A Guide for Attorneys Representing Youth in Delinquency Proceedings

Attorneys can use this guide to learn how their clients’ sexual orientation or gender identity may come up during the course of representation and how they can be effective advocates for LGBT youth, before and after adjudication. Download PDF

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The Equity Project Advisory Committee Resource CD Table of Contents

This annotated table of contents provides a compilation of resources relating to LGBT youth in the juvenile justice system, including training materials. Please contact The Equity Project at info@equityproject.org for copies of specific materials mentioned in this document. Download PDF

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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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