COVID-19 & Homes: Collaborating for Child and Family Safety
Panelists covered a wide array of topics pertaining to youth, COVID-19, and the home. These topics included child maltreatment, interpersonal violence exposure, nutrition, and health impacts.
COVID-19 & Communities: Positively Engaging and Supporting Youth & Families
Panelists discussed a number of topics related to COVID-19, youth, and their communities. These topics included positive youth engagement during social distancing, the pandemic's impacts on supports and services, health impacts, and interactions with--and the role of--law enforcement and justice systems.
The panelists discussed a number of topics related to youth, COVID-19, and the justice system, including the role of healing and restorative justice, cross-systems approaches to addressing disparities, and sustaining low detention rates after the pandemic.
COVID-19 & Justice Systems 2: Youth Support, Safety, and Accountability Innovations
The panelists discussed a number of topics related to youth, COVID-19, and the justice system, including community supports and monitoring, the interactions with--and role of--law enforcement and justice systems, and the modifications of programming and requirements.
COVID-19 & Education: Equity and Access to Learning and Vital Supports
Panelists discussed a diverse number of topics pertaining to youth, COVID-19, and education. These topics included access equity, the digital divide, students with disabilities, youth without permanent housing, and health impacts.
COVID-19 & Youth Detention and Placement Settings:
Panelists discussed a range of topics pertaining to youth, COVID-19, and the system settings in which youth might be located. These topics included youth and staff health and safety, release consideration and processes, transition/re-entry supports for youth and families, and family contact and loss (grief management).
Forum Cross-Panel Conversation
The panelists summarized the key points from each of the weeks' discussions.
Forum Plenary Remarks by Michael Umpierre
Michael Umpierre, Director of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University, spoke about the impact of the pandemic on youth and creating equitable, systemic change in the juvenile justice system.
Forum Keynote Address by Professor john powell
Professor john a. powell, Director of the Othering & Belonging Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, spoke about the relationship between COVID-19 and system racism and supporting young people with an emphasis on trauma and healing.
Researchers and Funders Discussion: Setting an Evidence-Driven Agenda for the Impact and Aftermath of COVID-19 on Youth Justice:
The group of panelists for this session included researchers and individuals from a number of funding organizations. The conversation for this panel was centered around the questions of what kind of research needs to be done regarding youth justice and the pandemic and what sorts of research projects we ought to be funding.