The Laura and John Arnold Foundation recently announced the appointment of Kelli Rhee as its new president and chief executive officer. The appointment is a promotion from within as Rhee has been serving as executive vice president and chief strategy officer of the foundation for more than a year.
This new report from the Center for American Progress' Movement Advancement Project shows how LGBTQ youth are vastly over-represented in both the juvenile and criminal justice systems. The report explains the many reasons for this and highlights the troubling occurrences of rampant mistreatment and abuse these disadvantaged youth face in all areas of the system from the streets to court proceedings and then while in detention, threatening both the welfare and the constitutional rights of LGBTQ youth across the nation.
The Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) examines the ways in which school systems disproportionately discipline LGBTQ youth while also failing to create a safe environment for them. The report shows how this contributes to an accelerated "school-to-prison pipeline" that harms the lives of LGBTQ youth by forcing them into the juvenile or criminal justice systems at higher rates than non-LGBTQ youth.