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Safe and Affirming Data Collection About Justice-Involved LGBTQ2S+ Youth


Currey Cook, Lambda Legal, Director of the Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project and Counsel 

Nicholas Oakley, Center for Children Youth and Justice, Director of Public Policy, Strategy & Alignment 


Youth who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2S+) are disproportionately represented in the juvenile justice system and have unique needs and challenges, yet many juvenile justice professionals are unsure of whether there are any LGBTQ2S+ youth in their system. Ensuring all youth in the juvenile justice system feel safe, affirmed, and supported requires juvenile justice professionals to ask youth about all aspects of their identity. In this webinar, faculty discuss how to conduct data collection about justice-involved LGBTQ2S+ youth in a safe and affiming manner.