Joe Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) is looking for an organization to operate a “National Resource Center for Justice-Involved LGBTQ+ and Two-Spirit Youth.” The DOJ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is planning to award $1 million to fund the project.
According to the OJJDP website, the proposed center will distribute educational materials and provide training and technical assistance to juvenile justice officials nationwide to help them meet “the needs of justice-involved LGBTQ+ and Two-Spirit youth.” The center will also “inform” the policies and practices of local juvenile justice systems.
The details provided describing the grant for the center provide that it will serve as a “comprehensive clearinghouse on policies and best practices.” It appears that it will therefore serve to provide guidance to juvenile court officials on how to discipline and rehabilitate children according to progressive genderism doctrine.
Although the term “two-spirit” is in the title of the proposed justice resource center, the OJJDP documents do not actually define what the term means. It only includes it along with “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Gender Non-Conforming” as an “umbrella term” for youth who identify as “other than cisgender.”
Breitbart News reports that the term is defined in a Johns Hopkins University LGBTQ glossary as “certain Native American and Canadian First Nation people who identify with a third gender, implying a masculine and a feminine spirit in one body.”
The website provides a multimedia presentation about the proposed center, explaining what will be expected from the successful grant recipient. Among the objectives are “increasing family engagement and acceptance” and filling in “gaps in knowledge related to LGBTQ+ and the intersection of youth of color.”
The grant recipient will also be expected to provide regular updates to the DOJ about its use of “gender-responsive program models that are culturally and linguistically competent.” There is no indication that the center will have any responsibility for structuring its educational program to match local needs or to comply with the mission of local juvenile justice systems.
The OJJDP presentation is given by Program and Grants Management Specialist Leanetta Jessie. She previously worked as Director of Disproportionate Minority Contact and Social Justice Initiatives for the Family League of Baltimore. That group’s mission is to address educational, health, and economic inequities “through an anti-racist lens.”