One of the most amazing experiences of interning at the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana was working with the youth of BreakOUT! These young people identify as LGBTQ and have had their lives informed or influenced by the criminal justice system. These experiences range from interactions with the foster care system, incarceration, routine harassment or abuse, and the daily policing of gender expression and sexuality.

While we were in New Orleans, two transgender people were murdered. The youth of BreakOUT! responded to these losses by holding a vigil and creating this video. This video, "We Deserve Better" created and conceived of by the youth makes the clear connection between institutionalized violence within the New Orleans Police Department and the violence faced at the hands of strangers, family, and friends.

The video can be viewed here.

The New Orleans Police Department is currently screening this video at police trainings.

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