Events / Getting to Zero

A New Frame for Justice

Bringing Girls into Focus

Past Event
Monday, Apr 3, 2017
1:00 PM — 2:00 PM
Vera Institute of Justice

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This is the first installment of the Getting to Zero: Shutting Down Girls Pathways' into Incarceration speaker series. Each event will feature local and national experts discussing common paths that lead girls and transgender/ gender-nonconforming (GNC) youth into the juvenile justice system—including arrest while involved in the child welfare system, family conflict or violence, and school discipline. Each speaker series event coincides with meetings of Vera’s multi-agency Task Force on Ending Girls’ Incarceration in New York City.

This panel will discuss the importance of addressing issues that lead to the incarceration of girls, including involvement with the child welfare system.


  • Jeanette Pai-Espinosa
    President, The National Crittenton Foundation; Co-Director, OJJDP National Girls Initiative
  • Hon. Amanda E. White
    Hon. Amanda E. White
    Supervising Judge, Kings County Family Court
  • Michelle Diaz
    Peer Youth Advocate, Families on the Move of NYC, Inc.