Research must inform policy & practices

Our programs, training, and policy recommendations are grounded in research.

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We are committed to research that is grounded in the lived experiences of girls and young women.

The Policy Center conducts primary research studies, secondary data analyses, and monitors local, statewide, and national data trends through a girl-centered and racial equity lens.

We use our research to help communities better understand the issues affecting girls and policymakers understand changes needed to improve girls’ wellbeing and future opportunities.

Scroll down to access our research studies, briefing reports, data trends, and the impact of our programming models keeping girls from going deeper into the justice system.

STATUS OF GIRLS IN FLORIDA
A three-part publication,  county by county analysis of girls’ educational attainment, emotional and mental health well-being, and a call to action for funders.

JUVENILE JUSTICE
A look at the pathways in which girls enter the juvenile justice system, their life experiences, and the trauma they have faced. This includes the voices of girls regarding services they found helpful in the community and their recommendations for services that should be in the community.

JUVENILE JUSTICE BRIEFING REPORTS

SEX TRAFFICKING
Sex trafficking in Florida, and the importance of safe harbor laws in protecting victims and survivors of sex trafficking. A look at how the response to victims can often mirror a trafficker’s behaviors. 

COURT COSTS
A three-part series on the impact of court fees and court costs. This research explores how court fees create a debtor’s prison and further impacts individuals in every aspect of their lives, through a cost-benefit analysis.

POVERTY
Intergenerational poverty impacts education, employment, and housing. There are policies and practices that bar justice-involved young women from accessing necessary tools to move out of poverty.

Quick Facts

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Statewide, almost half of girls (45%) in lock up are committed for less serious offenses compared to one-in-four boys (24%).

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Girls who are locked up from the First Coast community have experienced loss.

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In Duval County, more than half of girls who are locked up have histories of sexual or physical abuse.

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Three in four girls who are locked up on the First Coast have diagnosed mental health problems related to the impact of trauma and violence.