“Don’t Just Paint it Pink”
Task Force Focuses on Girls’
(BALTIMORE, MD—September 13, 2004)
Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Audrey J.S. Carrion is leading an effort
to better understand the needs of girls who live in the City. Judge Carrion,
who heads the Baltimore City Circuit Court’s Family Division, is chair
of the Baltimore City Task Force on the Needs of Girls, an organization
that promotes quality gender-responsive programming to meet the needs of
“The task force has spent the past two years exploring ways to develop
valuable programs that will assess and provide the resources necessary
to meet the needs of this population,” said Judge Carrion. “Our goal is
to encourage those individuals who are involved with girls to be more receptive
to the fact that girls are different from boys, and that they have different
On November 16, the task force will sponsor a daylong conference titled,
“ ‘Don’t Just Paint it Pink’: Responding to the Needs of Girls in Baltimore
City.” The conference, which will be held from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm at Loyola
College’s graduate center in Timonium, is expected to attract more than
150 local and regional service providers to include representatives from
the state’s Department of Juvenile Services, the Department of Social Services,
Baltimore City public schools, Baltimore City Police Department, Baltimore
City’s sheriff’s office, the Office of the Public Defender, the Office
of the State’s Attorney and other organizations.
“We hope to make them aware of why programs and services should be tailored
to meet the needs of girls,” said Judge Carrion, “and also to make them
more knowledgeable of the adolescent development of females.”
The conference will also discuss reasons why girls and young women are
entering the juvenile justice and child welfare systems in greater numbers.
A 1999 special report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics conveys that
the number of women offenders has more than doubled in recent years.
Judge Carrion said the members of the task force are hopeful the conference
will convince individual service providers to develop a curriculum to take
back to their specific agency.
“We look at the conference as a
unique opportunity to give these service providers the tools to become
familiar with best practices and lessons learned,” she said.
Funding for the conference is provided by a $25,000 grant from the Maryland
Judiciary’s Department of Family Administration. The task force is comprised
of representatives from the Office of the Public Defender, the Office of
the State’s Attorney, Baltimore City public schools, the City’s Department
of Juvenile Services and the Department of Social Services, Baltimore Mental
Health Systems and court staff, including Master Claudette Brown and Rosemary
Anderson, the social services coordinator for the juvenile docket.
For more information on the task force or the conference, please contact
the Court Information Office at 410/260-1488. Members of the media are
invited to attend the conference. Cameras are welcome.
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