We engage communities, organizations and individuals through quality research, community organizing, advocacy, training and model programming to advance the rights of girls, young women, and youth who identify as female, especially those impacted by the justice system.

Born out of the Justice for Girls Reform Movement, the Policy Center opened in 2013 using political science and social science strategies that integrate the lived experiences of girls in the juvenile justice system.  The work is grounded in research to inform the advocacy platform, training, and incubation of model programs to work with girls in each part of the juvenile justice system. The high caliber vision and leadership has positioned the organization for replication in other communities.

Our goal is to ignite citizens to bring a unified voice to change laws, policies, and practices that contribute to inequitable treatment of girls that result in devastating long-term outcomes for girls, young women, and youth who identify as female. 

Public policy has a huge impact on girls.

How do we do it? We work with girls as partners in the four cornerstones of our work: research, advocacy, training, and model programming.