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Policing as Trauma: Hosted by NJDC

November 19, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This program is hosted by National Juvenile Defender Center. Any questions or issues regarding this program should be directed there. This event is being listed for informational purposes only. CPCS staff cannot assist with, or solve, registration issues.

Policing as Trauma

Join the National Juvenile Defender Center and the New England Juvenile Defender Center for this important webinar

November 19, 2021, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Registration: https://secure.givelively.org/event/national-juvenile-defender-center/policing-as-trauma-new-england-region

The world has watched with outrage as Black and brown people have been murdered at the hands of police. While these high-profile incidents have shed some light on the abuses of police power, defenders and advocates know all too well that police brutality is much broader than what we see on our screens. Black and brown youth are oppressed by aggressive policing in every aspects of their lives—at home, in school, and in their communities. For many Black and brown youth, the daily, discriminatory, and unnecessary encounters with police is overwhelming and traumatic.

In this session, participants will learn how to incorporate “policing as trauma” arguments into their advocacy at every stage of a delinquency proceeding, including client interviews, detention and probable cause hearings, disposition hearings, Fourth and Fifth Amendment motions to suppress, motions for a trauma-informed mens rea, motions to dismiss in the interest of justice, self-defense arguments, probation violations, and introduction of expert testimony.

Participants will:

  • Learn from the research and studies on the trauma of policing and racism;
  • Identify the psychological and emotional trauma caused by policing tactics such as stop and frisk, interrogation, detention, etc.;
  • Consider the impact of this trauma on the attorney-client relationship and client interviews; and
  • Develop arguments that raise policing as trauma in a delinquency case.


CLE Credits offered for:

  • CAFL
  • YAD/YAD Appeals
  • Criminal Trial
  • MHLD