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Prof. Goldscheid on Effects of Under-Enforcement on Gender

July 3, 2012

In a guest blog for Rights Working Group, as part of a week focusing on gender and LGBTQ awareness, Professor Julie Goldscheid discusses police misconduct. Goldscheid calls for a fuller conception of misconduct that includes both over-policing, which has a disproportionate impact based on race, and under-policing, which has a disproportionate impact based on gender.  She draws on law enforcement’s historic and ongoing failure to respond to domestic and sexual violence, and notes that it may be no coincidence that many cases challenging law enforcement’s failure to respond to domestic and sexual violence have been brought by women of color.  She calls for advocacy that challenges all forms of biases and that insists on fair and evenhanded treatment.

Goldscheid writes and speaks widely about gender equality, with a particular focus on gender-based violence and economic equality. Before joining the CUNY faculty, she served as Acting Legal Director at Legal Momentum (formerly NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund). She spearheaded that organization’s legal work to end violence against women, which included defending the constitutionality of the civil rights remedy of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act in courts nationwide, and before the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Morrison.

Read Goldscheid’s blog post at Rights Working Group


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