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AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT: CAP Experts Available to Discuss White House Young Men of Color Initiative

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Contact: Tanya Arditi
Phone: 202.741.6258

Washington, D.C. — In light of the White House initiative dedicated to boys and young men of color, “My Brother’s Keeper,” the following experts from the Center for American Progress are available for comment:

  • Aisha Moodie-Mills, Senior Fellow and Director, FIRE Initiative (school-to-prison pipeline, LGBT affairs)
  • Sam Fulwood III, Senior Fellow (cultural relations, policy, African American affairs)
  • Vanessa Cárdenas, Vice President, Progress 2050 (Hispanic/Latino affairs, policy, demographic change)
  • Chelsea Parsons, Associate Director, Crime and Firearms Policy (gun violence)
  • Sarah Audelo, Policy Director, Generation Progress (Millennials, youth generation)
  • Tracey Ross, Senior Policy Analyst (Poverty)
  • David Bergeron, Vice President, Postsecondary Education (Education)
  • Sarah Edelman, Economic Policy Analyst (Housing)

Additionally, CAP released today a report that stresses the importance of including LGBT youth a part of this crucial conversation. The initiative, which looks for ways to address why young men of color are disproportionately affected by poverty and prison, also presents a great opportunity to consider the unique factors exacerbating those inequalities for black LBGT youth.

“It’s great to see the White House begin to tackle the problems faced by young men of color, especially issues of school push-out and overcriminalization that incarcerate rather than educate far too many of our black youth,” said Aisha Moodie-Mills, co-author of the report and Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. “LGBT youth, especially those of color, experience similar challenges with school discipline policies as black boys, so any effort to address these issues will go a long way toward boosting outcomes for LGBT youth as well.”

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To speak with our experts, please contact:

Katie Peters (economy, education) or 202.741.6285

Anne Shoup (health, foreign policy, gun policy, LGBT, energy)  or 202.481.7146

Crystal Patterson (immigration) or 202.478.6350

Madeline Meth (woman’s issues, higher education, legal issues) or 202.741.6277

Lindsay Hamilton or 202-483-2675

Chelsea Keine or 202.478.5328

Spanish language:
Tanya Arditi or 202.741.6258


To speak with our experts on this topic, please contact:

Print: Liz Bartolomeo (poverty, health care)
202.481.8151 or

Print: Tom Caiazza (foreign policy, energy and environment, LGBT issues, gun-violence prevention)
202.481.7141 or

Print: Allison Preiss (economy, education)
202.478.6331 or

Print: Tanya Arditi (immigration, Progress 2050, race issues, demographics, criminal justice, Legal Progress)
202.741.6258 or

Print: Chelsea Kiene (women's issues,, faith)
202.478.5328 or

Print: Benton Strong (Center for American Progress Action Fund)
202.481.8142 or

Spanish-language and ethnic media: Jennifer Molina
202.796.9706 or

TV: Rachel Rosen
202.483.2675 or

Radio: Chelsea Kiene
202.478.5328 or