The American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law is proud to announce its upcoming annual symposium:

"The Criminalization of LGBTQ Youth: A Call to Action"
April 1, 2015
Washington, DC
Generously hosted by: Sidley Austin LLP

The symposium will address the unique needs of court-involved LGBTQ youth by identifying and evaluating ways in which our education and criminal justice systems fail to support LGBTQ youth and contribute to disproportionate rates of their incarceration as well as long-term collateral consequences. The symposium will also examine conditions of confinement, including specific practices that impact LGBTQ youth in secure facilities and the current state of PREA. Finally, the symposium will explore nationwide efforts to create affirming environments for LGBTQ youth so as to support them in their communities and keep them out of the criminal justice system.

We are currently accepting abstract submissions for presentation and publication. Please see our call for papers for further details. Please direct all questions and abstract submissions to the Symposium Editor, Saskia Valencia, at