Equity Project

The Equity Project is an initiative to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth in juvenile delinquency courts are treated with dignity, respect, and fairness. The Equity Project examines issues of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (SOGIE) that impact youth during the entire delinquency process, ranging from arrest through post-disposition.

Equity Project publications that may be of particular interest to the juvenile defense community include:

Hidden Injustice: Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Youth in Juvenile CourtsHidden Injustice Cover

Hidden Injustice represents the first effort to examine the experiences of LGBT youth in juvenile courts across the country. The report is based on information collected from 414 surveys and 65 interviews with juvenile justice professionals, including judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors, probation officers, detention staff, and other juvenile justice advocates; focus groups and interviews of 55 youth who possess relevant firsthand experience; and an extensive review of relevant social science and legal research findings.

Toward Equity CoverToward Equity: Understanding SOGIE and Developing Competency to Serve LGBT Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

This training curriculum was developed for all juvenile justice stakeholders to increase competence about sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (SOGIE) in all phases of the delinquency system.


LGBT Youth in Juvenile Court: Practice Tips for Juvenile Defenders LGBT Youth in Juvenile Court - Cover

With information largely extracted from Hidden Injustice, this brochure provides tips aimed specifically at juvenile defenders.




Visit the Equity Project for more on LGBT youth in the juvenile justice system.