A Crime Against Humanity: A Juneteenth Reflection on the Enduring Legacy of the Superpredator Myth and Ways to Repair Its Damage

Please join us on June 17, 2021 for a virtual event contextualizing policy shifts that led to human rights abuses in the U.S. justice system against children of color and offering federal-level solutions.

Irrational policies rooted in racism and false narratives about Black youth spawned relaxed juvenile transfer laws beginning in the 1980s which made it easier to try and convict children in adult criminal court. Over a six-year period beginning in 1993, the number of children housed in adult jails more than doubled.

Today, more than 76,000 children are prosecuted as adults annually with 83 percent of them being racial and ethnic minorities. Black children make up approximately 58 percent of all children currently housed in adult prisons across the country and are disproportionately given lengthy mandatory minimum sentences and extreme sentences like life without parole and de facto life. The policy shifts that allowed these human rights abuses against Black youth occurred alongside the emergence of the superpredator theory in 1995 and the subsequently negative portrayal of Black children by the media, elected officials, and public influencers.

This commemorative Juneteenth event will feature discussion of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth’s (CFSY) new report, The Origins of the Superpredator: The Child Study Movement to Today, which will contextualize the policy shifts that have permitted these current human rights abuses against children of color in the U.S. criminal justice system, and directly impacted members of the CFSY’s staff speaking to their own experience with the system. The discussion will also feature Human Rights for Kids CEO & Founder James Dold discussing current efforts to undo the harm of the superpredator myth in Congress and ways the public can get involved.

ICAN National Day of Healing

Please join us for the CFSY’s first ICAN National Day of Healing!

Earlier this month we launched our No Child Is Born Bad campaign, to tell the truth about the racist myth called the “superpredator theory.” On May 26th we’ll gather together to celebrate our ICAN members – many of whom were labeled “superpredators” and all of whom who were sent to prison as children.

Our National Day of Healing will honor every ICAN member and their remarkable resilience and dedication to changing the world around them for the better. In spite of being told by the criminal legal system and society that they were unworthy of the opportunity to be treated as children, they persevered and are leading meaningful lives as free adults and as leaders in our movement for racial equity and justice.

Join us on May 26, 2021 from 5:00 – 7:00pm Eastern to meet and pay tribute to these incredible individuals, and as an opportunity to connect, heal, and celebrate as a community.

During the event, we will have a candle lighting ceremony using our Limited Edition custom CFSY candle. Feel free to come for a part or all of this celebration.

Please register using the link below.

Community Gathering

Please join us for the launch of an exciting new initiative.
We can’t wait to reconnect with you!

March 23, 2021 @ 5:30-7 PM ET