About Us

Working to improve girls lives by improving the way girls are treated.

Established in January 2013, the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center is the outgrowth of the Justice For Girls Reform Movement that began more than 20 years ago. The Policy Center uses political science strategies that integrate the lived experiences of girls in the juvenile justice and child protection systems. The advocacy platform addresses the policies, processes and practices that result in disparate treatment of girls.

The core services of the Policy Center are grounded in rigorous research initiatives to inform the advocacy platform, training and technical assistance, and the development and implementation of direct service model programming along the continuum to provide prevention, court diversion, treatment, and residential and re-entry services for girls in the juvenile justice system.

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Girl-Centered Practice

Girls as Experts

Acknowledge each girl as an experts of her life and her relationships


Sit where a girl sits and see what she sees so we both learn and grow together

Lived Experience

Honor and value each girl’s lived experience, knowledge, culture, ethnicity and language



Ensures that programs are guided by gender relevant theories


Focuses on the importance of girls’ connections (family, friends, schools, and others)


Promotes activism and informed advocacy


Uses reflective practice and active listening without judging


Focuses on the intersectionality of gender, gender identity, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, nationality, age, ability, education, and socioeconomic status


Recognizes the dynamic community in which girls live, play and learn

Developed in partnership with Barbara Guthrie, R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N., Northeastern University