Leslie Acoca
Health and Justice for Girls
As Founder of the National Girls Health and Justice Institute (NGHJI), I am dedicated to making sure every girl entering the Juvenile Justice System has her Health Care needs identified, treated and followed. 

For the first time in United States history, young girls are entering the Juvenile Justice System at a faster rate than boys. Girls tend to enter at a younger age, and for less serious offenses than boys and also have unique unmet medical needs including pregnancy. 

We at the NGHJI believe that by providing Physical and Mental Health Care to girls, early on, when they need it most, that we have the potential to reduce recidivism among girls today, and to stop the pipeline of teen girls entering the Criminal Justice System as adults in the future.