Local PACE Teen Testifies Before the US Senate Judiciary Committee

Shown seated is Jinique Blyden surrounded by PACE Chief External Affairs Director, Nona Jones (r) and PACE Reach Coordinator, Tabitha Bush (l).

Seventeen year-old PACE Center for Girls Alumna, Jinique Blyden testified before the US Senate Judiciary Committee this week  sharing the organizations impact in keeping girls out of the juvenile justice system.  The hearing  was called to discuss the need to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.

PACE is recognized as a national leader in preventing at-risk girls from entering the juvenile justice system. The organization identifies that a girl’s pathway into the justice system is different from that of a boy’s and often includes a history of abuse, academic failure and harmful relationships.

 

 

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