Legal Services for Children

1254 Market Street, 3rd floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
tel. 415.863.3762
fax 415.863.7708
Equity Project Contact:
Shannan Wilber, Executive Director

Precise information about the numbers of LGBT youth in justice systems nationwide is not available, partly because youth are socialized to hide their identities for their safety. However, LGBT youth are disproportionately represented among youth who are at risk for juvenile justice contact.

Risk factors that increase the likelihood of juvenile justice contact for LGBT youth include:


LGBT youth are also highly vulnerable once they enter the juvenile justice system. A few of the documented threats that LGBT youth face are:

Juvenile justice professionals desperately need more information, training, and resources to ensure that LGBT youth are treated fairly. LGBT young people have the same rights as other youth in the justice system, including: effective assistance of counsel, protection from harassment and harm, individualized disposition plans, and fair and respectful treatment. These rights are guaranteed by the federal Constitution and by state non-discrimination provisions where applicable.

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National Center for Lesbian Rights

870 Market Street, Suite 370
San Francisco, CA 94102
tel. 415.392.6257
fax 415.392.8442
Equity Project Contact:
Jody Marksamer, Staff Attorney

National Juvenile Defender Center

1350 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 304
Washington, DC 20036
tel. 202.452.0010
fax 202.452.1205
Equity Project Contact:
Katayoon Majd, Senior Staff Attorney