U.S. Department of Justice

Toward Equity: Understanding Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression, and Developing Competency to Serve Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth in the Juvenile Justice System Training Curriculum

Publication year: 2015
"This training curriculum provides comprehensive, interactive training lessons designed to increase competence about sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (SOGIE), while providing practitioners with increased knowledge, tools, and resources for working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth in the juvenile justice system. Toward Equity aims to improve the experiences and outcomes of LGBT youth in the juvenile justice system by providing juvenile justice personnel with a deeper understanding of terms and concepts related to SOGIE, normative adolescent development, and the data relating to LGBT youth in the juvenile justice system. It will also increase professionals’ capacity to understand bias and stigma related to SOGIE, and their impact on the well-being of youth in the juvenile justice system. Additionally, the curriculum will provide participants with skills for communicating with youth about SOGIE and increase knowledge of the common circumstances leading LGBT youth into the juvenile justice system. Toward Equity illustrates methods by which juvenile justice system stakeholders can support LGBT youth to increase their resiliency and prevent their re-entry into the system. The curriculum also covers specific conditions of confinement issues and promotes a greater understanding of transgender and gender non-conforming youth" (p. 7). This training program is comprised of: Lesson One--Understanding Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression; Lesson Two--Dismantling Bias and Fostering Equity; Lesson Three--Enhancing Communication and Building Trust with LGBT Youth; Lesson Four--Reducing Risk and Promoting Protection; Lesson Five--Ensuring Safety and Equity in Secure Settings; and Lesson Six--Respecting and Supporting Transgender Youth. NOTE: Participant's materials (lessons and handouts) are only available by accessing the website.