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Poverty and systemic racism are major risk factors for entering the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, which in turn can increase the lifelong risk for poor health and wellbeing. In this one-hour webinar, Abt’s Dr. Jean O’Connor moderated a panel of experts as they discussed the problems and potential solutions to break the cycle of poverty and crime. Former prosecutor and author Daphne Robinson explained how the juvenile justice system continues to adversely impact the health, well-being, and economic development of Black children in America, and the devastating costs to society. Dr. Terri McFadden discussed how early prevention, education, and justice systems are intertwined, and how policies can exacerbate systemic, institutional racism and poor outcomes. Christine Judd from Roca, Inc., an internationally recognized organization that uses a trauma-informed behavior change intervention model, discussed how their interventions are disrupting the incarceration pipeline and transforming the lives of young people at the center of urban violence.


Christine Judd, M.Ed., director, Roca, Inc.
Terri McFadden, MD, FAAP, professor of pediatrics, associate professor of pediatrics, Emory University
Daphne Robinson, JD, MPH, former prosecutor and author of Delinquent: How the American Juvenile Justice System is Failing Black Children

Jean O’Connor, JD, DrPH, FACHE, principal, Abt Global (moderator)

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