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Traumatizing and Unnecessary: Ending the Practice of Juvenile Strip Searches

Riya Saha Shah, Jessica Rachel Feierman, Amanda Simmons, and Tanisha Long

Strip searches are harmful and traumatizing to children and youth, however they happen regularly in a wide variety of settings such as detention centers, residential facilities for “troubled teens,” schools, before visits to incarcerated family members in correctional facilities, and by child protective services workers as part of child welfare investigations. Speakers on this Roundtable discussed the traumatizing long-term effects of strip searches and shared tips and tools that can be used to advocate against strip searches so that fewer children and youth will be subjected to this demeaning and dehumanizing practice.

Sponsored by the Children's Rights Litigation Committee