Building Confinement-to-College Pathways for Girls

The educational experiences of girls in confinement are often complicated, and involve multiple setbacks. Histories of academic underperformance, addiction, victimization and abuse, school discipline, school truancy and absenteeism, among other issues, often compound to create learning conditions that are extremely challenging and undesirable.


NBWJI is a lead partner for EMERGE, a pilot educational reentry program for girls in the Bay Area. NBWJI also conducts training and research in this area, as well as provides technical assistance to school districts and other educational entities working to develop responses to improve the quality of correctional education for high-risk, trauma-exposed girls.


Please contact us for more information about this initiative.

NBWJI also works in partnership with the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality to conduct research on the impact of school resource officers and girls of color. 

Reducing Gender-Based Violence in African American Communities

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, NBWJI works to increase the capacity of organizations that are working to reduce domestic/intimate partner violence and sexual assault in African American communities.

NBWJI has launched a new website for providers and advocates who are working to prevent and reduce Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence/Sexual Assault in African American and African Diaspora communities. The website includes a repository of national experts and speakers who work in the African American/African Diaspora on these issues, organizational spotlights, webinars, events, and latest news on advocacy work in the domestic violence and intimate partners violence community.

Improving Employment Outcomes for Formerly

Incarcerated Women


NBWJI facilitates action-oriented, research-based processes that partner with formerly incarcerated women to co-construct recommendations and practices that are intended to reduce the blanket discrimination against formerly incarcerated women. 


In  2015-16, NBWJI partnered with The California Wellness Foundation and the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice to lead focus groups and other interactive discussions about ways to improve the employment outcomes for formerly incarcerated women in California.


Stay tuned for more activity in this area.


Training, Technical Assistance, and Research

NBWJI conducts training and provides technical assistance to public and private agencies working at the intersections for justice. Contact us at for a menu of training/workshop opportunities.

NBWJI collaborates with a number of domestic several universities and organizations to conduct research on Black women and girls in the U.S. who are impacted by criminalization and the criminal justice system directly and indirectly because of their race and gender. Some of the research includes: investigating school to confinement pathways; the impact of drug policies on Black women; the criminalization of Black girls diagnosed with certain disabilities; and the impact of attributional stereotyping on school-based policies and decisions, among other topics. The NBWJI will also collaborate with international research centers to conduct collaborative projects on the intersections between race, gender and criminal justice policy worldwide.