The Children's Law Center Statement on Racial Justice
Since its founding, the Children’s Law Center has sought to address inequity and injustice in the representation of children in family court. Providing advocacy and giving a voice to Connecticut’s children is our primary mission.
We know that Black communities experience voicelessness and inequity as a result of systemic racial injustice, and the Children’s Law Center stands with them in the fight for structural change and meaningful reform.
We want the Black clients, families, and colleagues we work with to know that they matter to us.
We want them to know that we still have work to do.
We acknowledge the limits of our own understanding, and seek to continue to grow as allies and agents of change for our children and our communities. We commit to engaging in difficult conversations, asking questions, and examining our own implicit biases in order to continue to grow.
Achieving true social justice and equity will require the collective efforts of many, and the Children’s Law Center stands ready to do its part.
In recent weeks there has been collective shock and anger after video captured the senseless death of George Floyd, igniting protests recognizing that so many other Black women, men, and children have died unjustly. If you need support, please reach out to us. If we can’t help, we will put you in touch with someone who can. If you would like to learn more but don't know where to start, look at the links below for different ways to talk with children about racism and how you can make a positive impact.
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- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
- How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
... Find more in this comprehensive antiracist reading list.
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