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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. 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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Delores Barr Weaver is a lifelong advocate for girls and young women and among the leading philanthropists in Jacksonville and the Southeast. Her generous support led to the establishment of the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center. Watch this video to listen to why she chose to make the investment in opening the Policy Center.