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Today in LA: Alisha Williams at the Williams Institute on LGBTQ Youth and the State

When: Friday, April 11, 2014, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm (iCal) Where: UCLA School of Law, 385 Charles E Young Drive, Room 1347 , Los Angeles, CA (See map)

Today Alisha Williams, Director of the Prisoner Justice Project at SRLP, will be speaking at UCLA’s Williams Institute at their conference, LGBTQ Youth and the State. If you’re in LA, join Alisha from 2-3:15 in a conversation on “Law Enforcement and Incarceration.”

This conference is free and open to the public!


“Law Enforcement and Incarceration” – 2-3:15 PM

Research shows that LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in the juvenile justice system. Higher rates of family rejection, homelessness, school harassment and bullying, and a host of other factors related to their sexual orientation and gender identity put them at increased risk of involvement with the system. Once in juvenile detention, LGBTQ youth are susceptible to the selective enforcement of criminal laws against them and longer lengths of detention.

Angela IrvineDirector of Research, National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Laurie SchaffnerAssociate Professor, Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago
Alisha WilliamsDirector of Prisoner Justice Project, Sylvia Rivera Law Project

About the Conference

This conference will focus on the experiences of LGBTQ youth and their interactions with government institutions, including child welfare, homelessness services, law enforcement, and criminal detention facilities. Conference panelists will analyze emerging social science research on the experiences of LGBTQ youth navigating these systems, with attention to the extent to which sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression are significant in explaining disproportionality and disparities. Speakers on each panel will also provide a legal framework for discussion about the implications of research findings for law and public policy reform. – See more at:

UCLA School of Law
385 Charles E Young Drive, Room 1347
Los Angeles, CA

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