September | October 2012

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OJJDP's National Girls Institute (NGI) has released Voices From the Field: Findings From the NGI Listening Sessions. The report details training, technical assistance,
and informational
needs identified
by the more
than 600
stakeholders
who attended NGI
listening sessions
across the country.
The report also offers
recommendations for the field.
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Photo of participants in a panel discussion on girls and the juvenile justice system at the September 2012 meeting of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

The daughter of drug-addicted parents, Withelma "T" Ortiz Walker Pettigrew spent her childhood in and out of 14 foster homes, until the age of 10, when she met a man who said he would care for her and love her. The opposite turned out to be the case.

For 7 years, she was sex trafficked in California, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Washington, and threatened with death if she did not comply. She was arrested on prostitution charges, incarcerated twice, and put into
solitary confinement.

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