FROM: Lucy Counts
    
FOR:   Middlesex County Department of Human Services
            75 Bayard Street, Fifth Floor
            New Brunswick, NJ  08901
            732-745-3290
 
    
April 16, 2009
    
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

FORUM ON GIRLS AND THE LAW WILL BE HELD AT THE MIDDLESEX COUNTY FIRE ACADEMY

 The Middlesex County Department of Human Services, the Middlesex County Bar Association -- Women Lawyers Section, and Coordinated Family Care are co-sponsoring a forum on Girls & the Law: Risk and Prevention.
   
It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the Middlesex County Fire Academy, 1001 Fire Academy Drive in Sayreville.
   
Paula Schaefer, Minnesota Advisory Task Force on Female Offenders, is the keynote speaker.
   
The forum will focus on young women and girls and their interactions and involvement with the juvenile justice system.  Disparities in treatment of boys and girls in the justice system, management issues and the stigma attached to female delinquents will be addressed. 
   
 "I am delighted that we are collaborating with the Family Court, with the support of Judge Travis Francis; the Middlesex County Bar Association; and Coordinated Family Care to spotlight this important issue," said Freeholder Blanquita B. Valenti, chair of the County's Human Services and Aging Committee. "We are increasingly concerned by the potential harsh treatment, possibility of violent offenders influencing minor offenders, verbal abuse, negative self-image and criminal label that can pursue the young female offender."
   
Participants will be asked to develop a consensus leading to strategies that deal effectively with these issues.
   
The program is open to judges, attorneys, probation and parole officers, social workers, educators and school personnel.  It will be submitted for Continuing Education Credits.
   
The cost to attend is $10 and includes breakfast and lunch. The registration form is online at: http://co.middlesex.nj.us/humanservices/index.asp and at www.mcbalaw.com. For more information, call Lucy Counts, Middlesex County Department of Human Services, at 732-745-3290.

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