Founding Organizations

The Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality works with policymakers, researchers, practitioners, and advocates to develop effective policies and practices that alleviate poverty and inequality in the United States. The Learning Network is part of the Center’s Initiative on Gender Justice and Opportunity, which conducts research and develops national, state, and local policy and program recommendations to support and serve low-income girls and girls of color. The Center partners with nonprofit organizations, direct service providers, advocates, and other thought leaders to host national conferences, produce in-depth reports, and participate in national coalitions and working groups.

The National Black Women’s Justice Institute (NBWJI) is a non-profit organization focused on reducing racial and gender disparities across the justice continuum affecting cisgender and transgender Black women, girls, and their families, by conducting research, providing technical assistance, engaging in public education, promoting civic engagement, and advocating for informed and effective policies. NBWJI conducts research independently and in collaboration with a number of domestic universities and organizations on Black women and girls in the U.S. who are impacted by criminalization and the criminal legal system as a function of their intersecting identities. Our work also includes training and technical assistance to public agencies that are working to improve outcomes for women and girls impacted by criminalization.

Steering Committee

Kalisha Dessources Figures
PhD Student, Yale University
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Monica McLemore
University of California – San Francisco
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Jeannette Pai-Espinosa
National Crittenton
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Joanne Smith
Girls for Gender Equity
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Shiwali Patel
National Women’s Law Center
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Youth Advisory Committee

Alani Rouse
Durham, NC
Aliya Horton
Columbus, OH
Naomi Wadler
Alexandria, VA
Sadé Ratliff
Randolph, MA
Jade Thompson
El Portal, FL
Trinity Woodson
Suffolk, VA

Interested in becoming a member of our Youth Advisory Committee?

Apply here

Please note: the committee is limited to youth who identify as girls between the ages of 10 to 25 years old.