Black Girl Justice Project
The Black Girl Justice Project aims to give Black girls and young women in the Mississippi juvenile justice system meaningful and equitable access to justice B. Southern Black girls historically suffer disproportionate injustice.
The focus areas of this project are juvenile justice, housing, and survivor/victim advocacy. The Black Girl Justice Project, will provide education, public outreach, resources, and navigational support.
Our Focus Areas
Education and Public Outreach
Our editorial team works in the community, especially with Black families and girls, and we are led by women impacted by the justice system. Our work includes personal narratives from inside the justice system and its fallout, as well as links to other blogs containing credible, helpful information.
Resources are important to the navigation of the justice system. Here you’ll find webinars, reports, and articles that will help make the justice system more accessible to people impacted by the system orthose interested in self-representation. You can also access links to competent legal answers.
Online resources have simplified many things, but we still occasionally need a human touch to guide us through a process or to answer a quick question. A Lighthouse navigator is available to help you with your research or to suggest a contact person who can provide further information. Our goal is to make browsing and working through processes easier.
This focus area is crucial to Mississippi Black girls and women. As elsewhere, Black girls face a higher rate of detention or imprisonment in youth prisons. Calls for the abolishment of youth prisons are on the rise in the United States, and our project adopts community-based approaches to ensure Black girls receive meaningful and equitable access to justice.
Black girls and women in America face a higher risk of housing discrimination in the form of unfair eviction. It is also not uncommon for Black women to live in deplorable housing conditions that are hazardous to their health. We partner with the National Alliance to End Homelessness [a non-partisan organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the United States] to ensure the reduction or elimination of homelessness of Black women and girls.
Survivor and Victim Advocacy
Black women continue to experience high incidences of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, and intimate partner violence (IPV). This project partners with the Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault to ensure that it promotes community awareness and pursues justice for victims. We also partner with victim counselors to help survivors on the path to healing. Through our partners, we will seek equitable and meaningful representation for sexual assault and exploitation victims.