As discussed on the ZYD blog earlier this year, there is a definite connection between the commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) of children and the juvenile justice system.Continue reading Opportunity for Youth to Get Involved in the Local Anti-Trafficking Movement
The direct effects of increased exposure to violence, police brutality, and systemic racism placed on the Black Community, and a pandemic that has disproportionately affected communities of color here in King County, continues to be a concern for Black Children and Families. Continue reading Black Mental Health Matters
A message from the Director of Zero Youth Detention:
All human lives matter. That is true. Nevertheless, it is equally true that historically not all lives have been understood to matter or have value. This is precisely why it is of great importance, in this moment, that we do not shy away from this truth or attempt to generalize it. The injustice has been specific and so we must be equally specific in the naming of their lives. Under discouraging and often painful conditions they are struggling to be heard and matter in the way they deserve.
Continue reading Standing together against hate
By leading with racial justice in the work of Zero Youth Detention, all stakeholders involved with the juvenile legal system are being called to commit to addressing systemic institutional racism and bias and to align efforts through this deeply challenging work.Continue reading Leading with racial equity
Executive Dow Constantine said that he, along with Superior Court’s support, is ready to push King County be the first urban region in the United States to simultaneously reduce its youth detention population and the racial disparities within it.Continue reading Work begins for King County’s Juvenile Justice Equity group
King County Executive Dow Constantine today joined Superior Court Presiding Judge Susan Craighead and members of the King County Council to announce members of a steering committee charged with recommending solutions to a growing racial disparity in the regional juvenile justice system. It is the largest and most diverse group King County has ever assembled to act on juvenile justice issues.Continue reading King County, community leaders and youth to identify ways to end racial disparity in juvenile justice system