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Stand Against Racism

YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester
Invites you to take
“Women of Color Leading Change”
April 27, 2017
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

NYS Judicial Institute (Pace U Campus)
84 North Broadway
White Plains NY



Moderated by:
Hon. Juanita Bing Newton, Dean, New York State Judicial Institute
Featuring a panel discussion with,

  • Alexa  Avilés,   Scherman Foundation

  • Cheryl  Brannan,   Sister to Sister, International

  • Gisele  Castro,   Exalt Youth

  • Dr. Traci Gardner,   The Children’s Village

The discussion will focus on programs and policies to prevent the incarceration of girls of color. The conversation will begin by identifying the conditions that perpetuate incarceration of people of color, and will pivot to ideas and programs that help to strengthen and develop young girls through individualized support systems, education, and opportunities for future success.

At issue is the sobering disparate impact that Black women make up 30%, of women incarcerated, but represent only 13% of U.S. female population. Hispanic women make up 16% of women incarcerated, yet represent only 11% of U.S. female population. In addition, more than 60% of women in state prisons have a child under the age of 18. Not surprisingly, girls of color make up 61% of females in the juvenile justice system, and of these, 31% are victims of  sexual abuse. Girls who interact with the juvenile justice system are likely to have multiple experiences of trauma and abuse. “Black girls are over-represented in the juvenile justice system, as the “swiftest growing group of girls referred to the juvenile courts and entering detention”, says Dr. Monique W. Morris, Co-Founder, National Black Women’s Justice Institute.

For more information, please contact Julia Nesbitt, Director of Racial Justice Initiatives
914-949-6227 ext 106 or

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