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Exploring Racial Disparities Among African American and Latinx Youth in the Juvenile Legal System

On September 29th, CASA volunteer Sherika Shnider facilitated an in-service for CASA DC: Exploring Racial Disparities Among African American and Latinx Youth in the Juvenile Legal System. - a profound and timely training given the current challenges around justice in the United States. Sherika shared her personal story, from her early childhood trauma to her present day as a Staff Attorney with the National Juvenile Defender Center working on legal and policy initiatives related to juvenile defense. Throughout the presentation, CASA volunteers were given tangible strategies to engage youth who have encountered the juvenile legal system. Sherika highlighted the importance of cultural responsiveness in working with Latinx and African American children as she gave an account of her own experiences as a volunteer in CASA DC’s BRIDGES program. Participants in this training gained knowledge on working with justice-involved youth and trauma-informed practices to guide their interactions as CASA volunteers.



CASA DC provides quality service to youth in the juvenile legal system through its BRIDGES Program. imparts the If you have a passion for working with youth who are involved in the juvenile legal system and want to know how you can help, please contact BRIDGES Program Manager Alexandra Fields at afields@casadc.org.

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