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Ready for Equity in Workforce Development: Racial Equity Readiness Assessment Tool

May 30, 2019

The Workforce Development Racial Equity Readiness Assessment is designed as a guide for workforce development organizations and practitioners to evaluate their programs, operations, and culture in order to identify strength areas and growth opportunities. Practitioners can use this toolkit to familiarize themselves with various practices and policies that support institutional racial equity, evaluate their current efforts, and plan action steps.

Beyond the Walls: A Look at Girls in D.C.'s Juvenile Justice System

March 28, 2018

Both nationally and in the District of Columbia, boys have made up a vast majority of the juvenile justice population. Consequently, research, best practices, system reform efforts, and policies have been primarily based on the male population. In the past two decades, overall rates of youth involvement in the juvenile justice system have declined, yet the share of girls arrested, petitioned to court, placed on probation, and placed out of home has steadily increased. Due in part to a historical inattention to the unique drivers for girls into the juvenile justice system and the specific needs of justice-involved girls, jurisdictions around the country are seeing an increase in the rates of girls' involvement in the juvenile justice system. Over the past decade, Washington, D.C. (D.C.) has seen a significant increase in the share of girls in its juvenile justice system. This brief serves as a starting point to understand what is causing girls' increased contact with D.C.'s juvenile justice system, to highlight distinctions between girls' and boys' involvement in D.C.'s juvenile justice system, and to identify information gaps that must be addressed in order to reduce the number of system-involved girls and ensure that those girls who are already involved are receiving appropriate services and interventions. Major findings: Girls today make up a larger portion of system-involved youth than in previous years. » Over time, the proportion of 13 to 15-year-old girls entering the juvenile justice system has grown at the greatest rate. » Eighty-six percent of arrests of girls in D.C. are for non-violent, non-weapons related offenses. » In D.C., Black girls are significantly overrepresented in the juvenile justice system.

Race-Explicit Strategies for Workforce Equity in Healthcare and IT

June 15, 2017

Healthcare and information technology (IT) are two of the fastest growing sectors in the United States and provide numerous high-paying career options around the country. However, most of these living-wage careers are only available to individuals who have advanced degrees and other costly credentials, which are real barriers to many people of color in low-income communities. Providing access into healthcare and IT careers will become an increasingly critical role for workforce development agencies as these sectors continue to take over more of the labor market.Drawing from academic research, interviews with workers of color and key experts in the field, and results from a 2016 Race Forward survey of 70 workforce development organizations nationwide, Race-Explicit Strategies for Workforce Equity in Healthcare and IT identifies barriers to achieving equitable employment outcomes for workers of color in the workforce development field, and outlines solutions to increase racial equity through a systemic,  race-explicit, and outcome-oriented approach.The report identifies major internal and external barriers to greater adoption of race-explicit strategies for equity in the workforce development field, including racial bias and discrimination, limited tracking of racial disparities and outcomes, and a lack of services to support low-income workers of color.

Confronting Racial Bias at Work

November 10, 2016

Published the week of the 2016 presidential election, Confronting Racial Bias at Work: Challenges and Solutions for 21st Century Employment Discrimination reviews the systemic barriers impacting workers of color drawing upon academic research, interviews with discrimination lawyers and EEOC officials, and surveys of worker advocates.

Confronting Racial Bias at Work (Executive Summary)

November 10, 2016

Published the week of the 2016 presidential election, Confronting Racial Bias at Work: Challenges and Solutions for 21st Century Employment Discrimination reviews the systemic barriers impacting workers of color drawing upon academic research, interviews with discrimination lawyers and EEOC officials, and surveys of worker advocates.

The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls' Story

July 9, 2015

This report exposes the ways in which we criminalize girls -- especially girls of color -- who have been sexually and physically abused, and it offers policy recommendations to dismantle the abuse to prison pipeline. It illustrates the pipeline with examples, including the detention of girls who are victims of sex trafficking, girls who run away or become truant because of abuse they experience, and girls who cross into juvenile justice from the child welfare system. By illuminating both the problem and potential solutions, we hope to make the first step toward ending the cycle of victimization-to-imprisonment for marginalized girls.

Clocking In: Making Work That Works for All of Us

July 1, 2015

An Interactive Multimedia tool that highlights racial and gender inequities in the restaurant, retail, and domestic industries.

Tipped Over the Edge: Gender Inequity in the Restaurant Industry

March 13, 2012

Examines challenges women disproportionately face in the restaurant industry, including gender pay inequity, lack of benefits, sexual harassment, and lack of control over schedules. Makes recommendations for policy makers, employers, and consumers.

A Count for Quality: Child Care Center Directors on Rating and Improvement Systems

February 23, 2012

Outlines the components and strategies of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems designed to enhance access to high-quality child care by rating programs, offering incentives and assistance for improvement, and educating and engaging parents.

Notorious to Notable: The Crucial Role of the Philanthropic Community in Transforming the Juvenile Justice System in Washington, D.C.

December 1, 2011

Describes how foundations helped transform the district's juvenile justice system, replacing a large prison with a smaller facility designed for rehabilitation and development, and reduced recidivism using community-based alternatives. Outlines lessons.

State Trends: Legislative Victories From 2005 to 2010 Removing Youth From the Adult Criminal Justice System

March 24, 2011

Explains the costs to youth, public safety, community prosperity, and states of prosecuting children as adults. Outlines trends in state laws aimed at removing youth from the adult criminal justice system and restructuring the juvenile justice system.

2010 Portrait of Women & Girls in the Washington Metropolitan Area

September 30, 2010

In the DC metro area there are nearly 180,000 women and girls living in poverty. They're living alongside some of the wealthiest, most powerful women in the world. Washington Area Women's Foundation believes that their future is our future. When women and girls thrive, whole communities and regions thrive, too. This report's findings demonstrate both the opportunities and challenges we face in working to achieve this goal.