Thursday, January 30, 2014

Girls Court

From the NYT: A Court's All-Hands Approach Aids Girls Most At Risk

Girls Court brings an all-hands-on-deck approach to the lives of vulnerable girls, linking them to social service agencies, providing informal Saturday sessions on everything from body image to legal jargon, and offering a team of adults in whom they can develop trust. And while still in its early years, the system is showing promise.


Founded two and a half years ago and carved out of the existing juvenile court, the Girls Court is for young women considered most at risk, especially those forced into prostitution. 


“It’s a unique alignment between adversaries,” Laurel Bellows, a Chicago lawyer and co-chairwoman of the American Bar Association’s anti-trafficking task force, said of the court’s collaborative approach. “These are not easy victims to deal with.”


Sounds like other problem-solving courts with women.  See Mae Quinn (Wash U), Feminizing Courts in Feminist Legal History (Tracy Thomas & TJ Boisseau, eds. NYU Press 2011) and more generally, Christine Stansell (Princeton), City of Women (1987).

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