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Rights4Girls Joins Juvenile Justice Organizations to Celebrate the 3rd Annual Girls’ Justice Day

Organization Seeks to Shed Light on the Distinct Experiences of Girls in the Juvenile Justice System, Particularly Survivors of the Abuse-to-Prison Pipeline


Washington,Washington, D.C. (PR MediaRelease) October 19, 2018

Rights4Girls, a human rights organization dedicated to ending gender-based violence against young women and girls in the United States, has joined a broad coalition of partners and advocates to recognize October 25, 2018, as Girls’ Justice Day. For the past three years, Rights4Girls has utilized Girls’ Justice Day to raise awareness about the unique experiences of girls in the juvenile and criminal justice systems during National Youth Justice Action Month, which focuses on ending the prosecution of youth in the adult criminal justice system.

“Girls in every state are falling victim to an abuse-to-prison pipeline that punishes them for behaviors that are a direct response to trauma,” said Yasmin Vafa, executive director of Rights4Girls. “Research shows that the overwhelming majority of girls behind bars have suffered sexual and physical abuse—but instead of being seen and supported as victims of crime, our girls are criminalized for their own victimization. This Girls’ Justice Day we ask communities to rise up to defend girls’ rights and urge for policy reform that recognizes the needs of our most vulnerable girls.”

On Girls’ Justice Day and throughout the month, advocates will engage and educate policymakers and the public through direct advocacy and social media on the importance of justice reform for our nation’s young women and girls. Rights4Girls will also host a reception and poetry reading in Washington, D.C. on October 25 to celebrate the release of its new publication with the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality, I am the Voice: Girls’ Reflections from Inside the Justice System, an artistic compilation that seeks to uplift the voices of girls in the juvenile justice system through the publication of their artwork and poetry.

This latest compilation builds upon Rights4Girls’ longstanding commitment to girls in the juvenile justice system which includes the 2015 release of the ground-breaking report, The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story, which has shaped the national conversation on girls’ incarceration and the 2018 release of Beyond the Walls: A Look at Girls in D.C.’s Juvenile Justice System, which examines the overcriminalization of Black girls in the nation’s capital.

For more information on Girls’ Justice Day activities or Rights4Girls, email Cherice Hopkins at or visit

Rights4Girls is a Washington, D.C.-based human rights organization that works to change the narrative as well as policies that allow girls to be criminalized when they are victimized and
advocates for approaches that provide girls and young women with safety and support. Rights4Girls’ human rights work includes public education campaigns, policy development and advocacy, coalition building, research, and training and technical assistance.

Elaina Jackson
Fahrenheit Creative Group, LLC



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