Know Your Rights
Right: a moral or legal entitlement to have or obtain something or to act in a certain way.
When you are under 18, it may feel, and maybe you have been told, that you have no rights. But remember: every human has rights, every citizen has rights, every Washingtonian has rights — and some of those rights are specific to youth.
DC Specific (The 202)
The District of Columbia Minors’ Rights to Health Services states that a minor of any age may consent to health services that he or she requests for the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of the following medical situations:
- Contraceptive services
- Sexually transmitted disease (STD)
- HIV testing and treatment
- Pregnancy and prenatal care
- Substance abuse treatment in an outpatient setting
- Mental health counseling/treatment in an outpatient setting
- Lawful termination of a pregnancy (abortion services)
The DC Human Rights Act makes discrimination illegal based on 19 protected traits for people who live, visit or work in the District of Columbia. This is a higher level of protection than in any other city or state.
This links to the DC law that states a minor may consent to health services that he or she requests for the prevention and treatment of the various medical situations listed above.
The DC Office of Human Rights enforces the DC Human Rights Act, which makes discrimination illegal based on the 19 protected traits for people who live, visit, or work in the District of Columbia.
This page within the DC Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants website includes links to the DC Victim Hotline and the list of the legal rights of crime victims.
Sex, Etc., a sexual health education website for young people and their trusted adults, has an interactive page that shows how various states, including DC, deals with sexuality issues for teens.
Amplify, a project of national nonprofit Advocates for Youth, provides information on sexual health, rights, and advocacy resources for young people.
This page, curated by Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization working for the civil rights of the LGBTQ community, offers legal guides to help LGBTQIA individuals and their advocates know their rights.