Upcoming Webinars and Trainings

Ending Girls' Incarceration 
Friday, September 30, 2022, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. ET

It is time to end the unjust practices behind girls' incarceration. There are at least 41,000 girls’ detentions and thousands more long-term commitments each year, typically in correctional facilities that mirror adult prisons designed for punishment and isolation. The young people who are put in these harmful settings are already some of the most marginalized youth in our country: they are disproportionately poor,  LGBQ/TGNC, and Black, Native American, and Latinx youth who have experienced multiple forms of chronic generational adversity, usually from a young age—including housing instability or homelessness, child welfare involvement, sexual abuse, commercial sexual exploitation, parental incarceration, historical trauma, discrimination, and many others. National research has consistently shown that girls and gender-expansive youth experience unique pathways into the youth legal system and have unique and distinct needs from diversionary programs. Despite these differences, girls and gender-expansive youth are most often left out of research, policy analysis, and programmatic investments, leaving systems unable to adequately respond to their needs. They end up arrested and pushed into the legal system because they are criminalized for their responses to trauma or the steps they take to protect themselves. Once in the system, girls and gender expansive youth are unjustly incarcerated for reasons that contradict best practice: to discipline noncriminal violations (like running away), protect the young person’s own safety, or provide access to services that all children have a right to receive in their own community. 

This webinar will discuss the drivers of girls' incarceration, how community-based supports can disrupt those drivers, and how local communities can and are working to end the criminalization and incarceration of girls and gender expansive youth of color.


  • Lindsay Rosenthal, Program Director, Initiative to End Girls' Incarceration, Vera Institute of Justice
  • ​Mahsa Jafarian, Program Manager, Initiative to End Girls' Incarceration, Vera Institute of Justice
  • Hannah Green, Program Manager, Initiative to End Girls' Incarceration, Vera Institute of Justice
  • Lisa Pilnik, Director and Co-Founder, Child & Family Policy Associates
  • Shabnam Javdani, Associate Professor of Applied Psychology & Associate Director NYU Prison Education Program, NYU Steinhardt Dept. of Applied Psychology 
  • Jessica Nowlan, Executive Director, Young Women's Freedom Center 

To register for this webinar click here. 

Juvenile Court and Mental Health Records: Why Confidentiality Matters
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET 

The 2018 reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act recognized the importance of helping young people seal and expunge their juvenile records and helping them access mental health services when needed. Critical gun safety legislation passed by Congress in June to help keep communities safe could have an unintended impact on youth court and mental health records that are otherwise confidential. Join us for a conversation about key questions and issues for states to consider as they implement gun safety legislation at the state level. 


  • Lisette Burton, Chief Policy & Practice AdvisorChief Policy & Practice Advisor, Association of Children's Residential & Community (ACRC)
  • ​Riya Shah, Esq., Managing Director, Juvenile Law Center

To register for this webinar click here. 

Length of Stay Academy 
Thursday, November 10th, 2022, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET

Length of Stay (LOS) Policy Academy’s goal is to support jurisdictions to identify and address key factors contributing to lengths of stay for youth in post-adjudication placements from commitment through reentry. Panelists will share their experience in reviewing their systems (using data to examine and identify key factors to length of stay), research regarding length of stay, and system reform in collaboration with external stakeholders. 


  • Natalie Walker, Director of Administration CJJA, Natalie spent over 20 years with the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC).The last four years of her tenure was spent serving as Assistant Director for IDOC Division of Youth Services. In that role, she aided in overseeing operations, treatment and re-entry at Indiana DYS facilities. Natalie oversaw the implementation of evidence-based programming, monitored compliance with Division’s policies, and provided support to facility and agency heads. Natalie has experience with Performance-based Standards (PbS) as a Site Coordinator and State Coordinator. Indiana PbS sites consists of DYS facilities, three detention centers and one community-based program. Natalie supported the sites with the PbS cycle of data collection, reviewing reports and development of facility improvement plans.
  • Michael Umpierre, a Senior Fellow at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, and Deputy Director for Juvenile Justice System Improvement and Communications at the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR). His work focuses on translating the research on what works to achieve positive outcomes for youth and families involved in the justice system into practical tools that agencies and partners can use to enhance policy and practice.

To register for this webinar click here.