Womens Justice Center

The Liberation of Women's Energy
Will Change the World.

La liberación de la energía de la mujer cambiará el mundo

o provide advocacy, free of charge, for victims of rape, domestic violence, and child abuse, particularly in the Latina and other under served communities of Sonoma County. To provide advocacy training and community education. To promote more women and minorities in our law enforcement agencies. To commit to equal justice for all women and girls.

rindar una defensa gratuita a víctimas de violación, violencia doméstica y abuso infantil, particularmente en las comunidades hispanas y otras que no son atendidas adecuadamente en el condado de Sonoma. Proveer capacitación en defensa pública y educación comunitaria. Incrementar el número de mujeres y personas pertenecientes a minorías en nuestras agencias de aplicación de justicia. Comprometernos con la justicia igualitaria para todas las mujeres y las niñas.

News Round-up ~ Resumen de noticias


Corporate Author:  National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
United States of America

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Annotation:  This benchbook provides guidance for family court judges in complying with the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), which was enacted in 1978 in response to the high percentage of Indian children being removed from their families, often unwarranted, to be placed by non-tribal public and private agencies in non-Indian foster homes and institutions.

The rationale for this federal legislation was that states were often failing to recognize the essential tribal relations of Indian people and the cultural and social standards that prevail in Indian communities and families. In 2003, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) published checklists to guide judges and judicial officers in implementing ICWA. The checklists have been used by courts across the nation.

The Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BJA) promulgated federal regulations governing ICWA in 2016. These binding regulations provide additional definitions, timelines, and required judicial findings that must be made on the record. The statute and regulations together create the minimum federal requirements for Indian families. States may increase protections and requirements, but may not decrease them.

This bench book is designed for a national audience, only addressing federal requirements under the ICWA. Judges should become familiar with higher protections for Indian children and families in their particular jurisdiction. Following a presentation of the basic provisions of the ICWA, the benchbook addresses ICWA minimum requirements for the preliminary protective hearing, the adjudication hearing, the disposition hearing, the review hearing, the permanency planning hearing, the termination of parental rights, and the adoption hearing.

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Investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated in her native Malta after exposing a massive web of corruption through the “Panama Papers,” including a revelation that Ivanka Trump helped her father’s Panama hotel venture with the help of an alleged international fraudster with ties to Russian money launderers.

The slain investigative journalist works for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists behind the Panama Papers, a trove of records from a law firm that she used in her work.

Police investigators and forensic experts search for evidence after a powerful bomb blew up Galizia’s car. Photo: Imgur.

Authorities on the Mediterranean island of Malta arrested ten people in connection with the killing of the lauded 53-year-old journalist, the Daily News reports.


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Over the last few decades the ongoing atrocity of missing and murdered native women has been heavy lifted out of stone cold silence by the mothers, sisters, and friends of the victims. In tribe after tribe native women have tirelessly organized, protested, and marched to bring the story to light and justice.

In eulogizing the recent murder of native woman Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, the National Indian Women’s Resource Center writes, “It is an abomination that many times the only searches for our missing women are organized by family and friends, and not law enforcement.”

Taylor Sheridan, the acclaimed writer and director of Wind River, says he made his movie to bring attention to the assaults of native women and to do so with “authenticity”. So he took all the wealth and power of his filmic resources and proceeded to erase native women from their story and freeze them into silence again.


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The Supreme Court, for one.


Harvey Weinstein, Donald Trump, and Roger Ailes. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images; Drew Angerer/Getty Images; Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

Workplace sexual harassment has been illegal in the United States for 53 years. It still happens every day. High-profile examples abound: President Donald Trump—who has boasted of committing sexual assault—is being sued for sexually harassing a contestant on The Apprentice, one of 15 alleged victims of Trump’s sexual misconduct. Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual assault and harassment by dozens of women. Both Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly were pushed out at Fox News after a flood of sexual harassment allegations. The problem is not limited to famous men or prominent workplaces. In fiscal 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received nearly 7,000 complaints alleging sexual harassment. State agencies received thousands more. And these numbers don’t begin to tell the full story: The EEOC estimates that roughly 3 out of 4 individuals who experience workplace harassment do not report it. An overwhelming majority of harassment victims are women.

Diluted civil rights laws and culturally ingrained misogyny discourage many victims from coming forward. Those who do file complaints often face an impossibly high bar to justice. These problems are not intractable. American lawmakers and employers, though, have shown little interest in surmounting them.

CONTINUES This article goes on to give an excellent analysis of how the law governing sexual harassment has been eroded by the courts.


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On September 27, 2017, the Brazilian Supreme Court – in a 6 to 5 judgment – decided that public schools can have “confessional” (Catholic) religious teaching in their curriculum. The constitutional case had been proposed by the Attorney General, who argued that current practice – that privileges Roman Catholic indoctrination – would violate the separation between Church and State as well as religious freedom. Although the judgment brings severe consequences to education rights in Brazil, it is only one example of the recent battles by conservative religious groups to influence Brazilian public education. The Catholic church has a long history of interference in Roman Catholic countries, aiming to block comprehensive sex education in schools. More recently, other churches and conservative groups have adopted similar strategies to influence educational policies in Brazil and elsewhere in Latin America.

**** Brazil is only one example of a new wave of conservative mobilization that is sweeping Latin America, characterized by the gathering of powerful old economic elites and religious conservative groups. Among its central political strategies, this new wave fights against the inclusion of a gender equality approach in public policies, including school curricula among their principal battlegrounds. Across the region, this movement has won many major disputes with significant impact.

**** Latin America is already the only region in the world where adolescent pregnancies are not decreasing. . . .A recent analysis of global health progress, published by The Lancet, has shown that if the current trends continue, Latin American countries will not be able to reach their Sustainable Development Goals for reduction of teen pregnancy.  

**** The new wave of conservative mobilization in Latin America aggravates this situation and must therefore be taken seriously by those interested in preventing and reducing female poverty, and promoting gender equality not only in Latin America, but worldwide.


SEE ALSO: Quinceanera Expo

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Publication Date:  November 2017
Annotation:  These prepared remarks by National Institute of Justice Director, David B. Muhlhausen, on the Las Vegas body-worn camera experiment were presented at a press event hosted by CNA on November 27, 2017.

These prepared remarks by Director Muhlhausen summarize a CNA study funded by the National Institute of Justice. In the study, the Las Vegas Police Department partnered with CNA researchers on a 12-month randomized control experiment involving 400 officers to better understand the effectiveness and impact of body-worn cameras. Director Muhlhausen speaks to the study’s importance and timeliness. He states that “Although body-worn cameras have been at the forefront of many conversations about policing over the past years, there’s still limited data to help us understand their true effectiveness and impact” and notes that “the work done in this study will be helpful not only in Las Vegas, but to law enforcement, communities, and policymakers across the country, from the local to the federal levels.” Body-worn cameras provide multiple benefits.

The findings of the study show: that police are more proactive in crime prevention activities when wearing cameras; they provide compelling evidence to build legal cases; their use largely affirmed and validated positive officer behavior, and protected police from false or frivolous complaints; and they reduced inappropriate use of force incidents, and saved the Las Vegas Metro Police Department millions of dollars through a reduction of complaints against officers.


  Use of Police Body Cameras in Cases of Violence Against Women and Children

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Matt Lauer’s 20-year position at NBC allowed him to frame the way stories about powerful women and Very Bad Men were told — and not told.

In September 2016, Matt Lauer came under fire for his treatment of then–presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at the NBC Commander in Chief Forum.

The format of the forum had Clinton answering questions for 30 minutes, followed by Donald Trump doing the same. During Clinton’s turn, Lauer focused one-third of that time on seemingly prepared questions about her private email server. He asked tough follow-up questions, and interrupted her answers more than once. By the time a veteran in the audience could ask Clinton a specific question about how she would deploy troops to combat ISIS ― the type of inquiry that would allow her to show Americans her understanding of foreign policy and her concrete plans should she become Commander in Chief ― Lauer cut in before she could answer, asking that her response be delivered “as briefly as you can.”

In contrast, Lauer went relatively easy on Trump. Lauer did not interrupt or ask a follow-up question when Trump brazenly lied about consistently opposing the Iraq War. And though Lauer did push back on Trump’s praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin, he certainly did not spend 10 minutes on the subject.  


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Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Palais Wilson, Geneva

Earlier this year, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women(Committee) handed down a case on violence against women in the matter of T.S. v. Russia. The communication, which concerned the criminal investigation of a rape case, was declared inadmissible since domestic remedies were not exhausted (Article 4(1) of the Optional Protocol). Despite evidence that the author was re-victimized, the Committee found that the domestic investigations “could not be categorized as improper or otherwise ineffective.” By not considering re-victimization, the Committee missed an opportunity to analyze the exhaustion of domestic remedies requirement from a gender perspective.


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Rachel E. Morgan, Ph.D., BJS Statistician

October 19, 2017    NCJ 250747

Presents estimates of violent victimization (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault) by the race and Hispanic origin of victims and offenders during the 4-year period from 2012 through 2015. This report examines victim, offender, and incident characteristics, such as crime type, victim-offender relationship, and reporting to police. Findings are based on data from BJS's National Crime Victimization Survey, which collects information on nonfatal crimes, reported and not reported to the police, against persons age 12 or older.


  • During 2012-15, half (51%) of violent victimizations were intraracial, that is both victims and offenders were the same race or both were of Hispanic origin.
  • In the majority of violent victimizations, white victims' offenders were white (57%) and black victims' offenders were black (63%).
  • The rates of total violent crime, serious violent crime, and simple assault were higher for intraracial victimizations than for interracial victimizations.
  • From 1994 to 2015, white-on-white violence (down 79%) and black-on-black violence (down 78%) declined at a similar rate.
  • During 2012-15, there were no differences among white, black, and Hispanic intraracial victimizations reported to police.

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency charged with enforcing federal labor laws that prohibit workplace discrimination, released findings from a year-long look into harassment in the workplace. This report covers the key findings of the EEOC's study.

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The House and Senate have moved to adopt mandatory sexual harassment awareness training. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) want to additionally reform the way Congress handles sexual harassment complaints, making the process easier for victims and less protective of offenders. (Shawn Thew/Epa-Efe/Rex/Shutterstock)

by Lauren B. Edelman the Agnes Roddy Robb professor of law and professor of sociology at the University of California at Berkeley, and the author of “Working Law: Courts, Corporations and Symbolic Civil Rights.”

Now that we’ve had something of an awakening about the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in the American workplace, the conversation is shifting to what to do about it. In many workplaces, the answer seems to be that we need mandatory training and clearer policies.

That seems to be the dominant thinking on Capitol Hill. After more than 1,500 former congressional aides signed a letter calling for action, the Houseand Senate adopted mandatory anti-harassment training for all lawmakers and staffers. This “sends a clear message: harassment of any kind is not and will not be tolerated in Congress,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Rules Committee, said in a statement.

Unfortunately, there is little evidence that training reduces sexual harassment. Rather, training programs, along with anti-harassment policies and reporting procedures, do more to shield employers from liability than to protect employees from harassment. And the clearest message they send is to the courts: Nothing to see here, folks.


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RANCHO TEHAMA RESERVE, Calif. (AP) — Police on Wednesday called the deadly shooting rampage in California a clear case of “a madman on the loose” while defending their decision not to arrest the man for previously violating a court order prohibiting him from having guns.

At a tense news conference, police conceded that neighbors had repeatedly complained about Kevin Neal firing hundreds of rounds from his house among other erratic and violent behavior.

Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said authorities responded to neighbors’ calls several times, but the 44-year-old Neal wouldn’t open the door, so they left.

“He was not law enforcement friendly. He would not come to the door,” Johnston said. “You have to understand we can’t anticipate what people are going to do. We don’t have a crystal ball.”


In Our Opinion....

A number of journalists have chronicled the large percentage of mass shootings that have domestic violence at their core. They haven't yet clearly revealed how many of these mass shootings are so often the direct consequence of law enforcement disregard and downplaying of domestic violence and violence against women in general.

The above article begins to take a look but misses uncovering key questions. The mass shooter was charged with multiple felonies in January including assault with a deadly weapon. Why was this case still not adjucated ten months later? Where's the interview with the case prosecutor and judge who had this case languishing in court? Why was he allowed out on bail? Why was he not rearrested? Remanded to jail for violating conditions of bail? How many calls were made top police prior to his arrest in January? How many calls were made to police following his being charged in January? All this information is available to a reporter willing to do even a cursory check on public records. 

From just the few facts revealed in this article it's clear law enforcement has much to answer for in allowing this mass shooting to occur. But come on journalists, there's much more here to uncover!..........................wjc admin


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Letter Re: Sexual Assault of a Minor Case #17008532

Oct 27, 2017

Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter and San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan,

It's now over six weeks since we wrote and asked your help in correcting your department's terrible mishandling of the case of sexual assault of a minor, a case in which the Latina girl under 14 years of age was repeatedly sexually assaulted over the course of a year by her uncle. (Our Sept. 12, 2017 letter is pasted below.)

Though you finally had a detective call the victim, he has not maintained contact, nor arranged for a pretext call, nor, at least as of a week ago, has he contacted the outcry witnesses. Those are just the beginning investigatory steps that should have been carried out long ago last July when the case was first reported. Moreover, In his one phone call to the victim following our first letter, the detective had the nerve to tell the girl that "these cases are hard to prove". Indeed, but there's nothing other than your department's deliberate indifference that makes it so. 

Furthermore, since our first letter we have found another girl residing in Escondido who was sexually approached by the same suspect when she was 9 years old. This not only adds to the considerable evidence available in the extant case, it immeasurably adds to the outrage. Understand that you are fully complicit in every other sex assault likely being perpetrated by this criminal who is now in his 40s.

Given the danger of this man to so many other young girls in your community, and given the imperative of justice for the victim and her family, we are now forwarding this communication along with our original letter to others in the community. It's our hope that they will impress on you the gravity and urgency of your sworn duty to handle these cases properly. The Escondido community should be especially concerned that your police department's discriminatory denial of equal protection to girls appears to stem from the chief on down.

Sincerely,  Marie De Santis, Women's Justice Center

See our Sept 12 letter to Chief Carter on page 2 and 3 here


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Emergency Language Help ~ California Fires

Ayuda de Idioma de Emergencia ~ Incendios de California


www.ayudadeidioma.org  * * *  www.emergencylanguagehelp.org

This website connects interpreters and translators, free of charge, to help Spanish-speaking persons recover from the northern California fires.

Este sitio web conecta, gratuitamente, traductores e interpretes con personas hispanohablantes afectadas por los incendios. Queremos ayudarles a recuperar sus vidas tras los incendios en el norte de California.                                                               

       ELH is a project of Women’s Justice Center, Santa Rosa, CA

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Help, we need YOU asap! 

We are Fire Language Help, providing free interpreters to limited English speaking fire victims. 

We desperately, desperately need admin help: 

You don't have to be bilingual. You can work from home!!!!!! Work only the hours you can work. 

*** Communicate well by phone. 

*** Be adept with microsoft excel. 

**** Be willing to Volunteer. 

We especially need your help right now as we're in the process of constructing an online input forms and data base. But right now we need YOU. 

For more info on Fire Language Help, a project of Women's Justice Center, see 

Thank you, 

Email: mariecdesantis@gmail.com 
Women's Justice Center

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 Free Interpreting/Translating Help for Fire Victims

We now have a bank of volunteer interpreters/translators

******* Please copy and paste this message to groups and organizations helping fire victims.                                                Or Use this link:   http://www.justicewomen.com/news/update-fire-language-help , Or print out this form for people to fill out, take a photo of filled out form, and email to us.                                   

Email filled out forms to: mariecdesantis@gmail.com

We now have a bank of interpreters/translators who are volunteering to help Spanish speaking fire victims, one on one, by phone or in person, with interpreting/translating needs: They're available to help people:

  • * to make phone calls, gather needed information, translate documents, accompaniment to appointments, help fill out forms, etc.

Please have Spanish speaking fire victims in need of language help fill out this brief information form and return as email to us.. (We're in the process of constructing online forms and data base for this purpose. But for now bear with us, this method should work.)


Cell Phone/Cellular:

Other Phones/Otros numeros telefonicos


Best time(s) to call/Mejores tiempos para llamar


                Interpretes (oral)

                 Traduccion (documentos)

Short explanation of your needs/Breve explicacion  de sus necessidades



For more information about this project see: http://justicewomen.com/news/are-you-bilingual-you-are-needed-now

If you wish to donate much needed funds for this project you can easily do so here. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/WomensJusticeCenter

Thank you,

Marie:   Email: mariecdesantis@gmail.com ,                                                                                                                                                                                      Women's Justice Center/Centro de Justicia para Mujeres


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Are you in Sonoma, Mendocino, or Napa County? Are you bilingual?

Anywhere in the U.S.? You are needed Now!

This post will be updated. Do check back.

Please link this notice to others on your social media: 


Help and information in this conflagration are difficult enough to navigate in English. In Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino counties more than one out of five people are limited English speaking. Their need to access emergency services of all kinds is just as urgent, and in many cases more urgent, than for English speakers. The need for your help is enormous.

If you're bilingual in Spanish, Tigrinya, Tagalog, Chinese, Korean, in fact, in any language, your dual language skills are invaluable. You are needed right now and will be needed for many months to come. Our counties have over 40 spoken languages. In many ways the smaller language population groups are more in need of help than the larger language groups.

If you're outside the fire area, anywhere in the U.S., you can help too, especially if you're willing to familiarize yourself with our emergency services. Text translations are also urgently needed.

You will make a world of difference for families in need. You can do this work from your home, with a phone and a laptop.


* You should be sufficiently bilingual to be able to communicate sensitively with traumatized individuals and be able to work through bureaucratic tangles in both languages.

* You should have regular times of availability.

* Be willing to make phone calls, gather needed information, to interpret (oral) and/or translate (text), care and nurture.

* Ideal would be if you could connect with one family and work with them through to recovery. It may be that some people will need only spot help, say with filling out a form or getting a question or two answered, others may need more extensive help navigating multiple systems.

* Be willing to volunteer your valuable services to fire victims for no pay.

How to Connect:

Early on it's going to be next to impossible to connect and coordinate to offer your services to official emergency services such as police or red cross, though, of course, you can try if you wish. Here are some examples of places where it's likely to be easier to connect and coordinate. You can probably think of many more.

* Call or email area churches, child care centers, food banks, pharmacies, schools, clinics, shelters, women's centers, animal welfare, non profits, and other institutions that are likely to be overwhelmed with non English speakers.

* Call or email area bilingual media, such as KBBF or La Voz. These media are already stretched to the limit trying to broadcast emergency information. At the same time fire victims are calling them for help. Offer your services.

* Keep trying. Organizations are so over-stressed they often aren't answering phones or even returning calls. So keep trying. You're needed.

Tips for Helping:

* Introduce yourself. Explain your role. Tell the person what you can and can't do. 

* Know your limits. Don't give information you're not sure about. Be willing and able to hunt down correct information. 

* LISTEN to their needs. Help them prioritize.

* Have at hand, and ask them to have at hand, pen and paper, or preferably a notebook. 

* Clearly outline and clearly communicate steps of action for yourself and/or them as appropriate. You and they, WRITE THEM DOWN!

* Check and double check names, phone numbers, times to reconnect, how best to leave messages, back up contact info such as email, close friends, etc. Write it all down! Have them write it all down. Your help is only as strong as the bridge you make for reconnecting!

*  Comfort and Encourage!

Local Resources:

Click here for a starter list of local resources, 

and here

Interpreter and Translator Resources:

* Language Identification Card with Instructions on how to use it (pass this on to emergency service organizations)

* Code of Conduct for Interpreters and Translators

* The Interpreter's Cafe

* Breaking the Silence; Interpreting for Victim Services

* Quick Tips for Using an Interpreter English Spanish

Please link this notice to others on your social media:                                                                                                                                                http://justicewomen.com/news/are-you-bilingual-you-are-needed-now    

Thank you,...........admin, Women's Justice Center,

(and, yes, if you wish you can donate here.) 

And Another Thing.....Do You Speak Code?


If you're adept at creating a searchable web platform with input forms, we need you! You don't have to be bilingual, except, of course, for computer code. This web platform could then be used (a) for bilingual interpreters and translators to input their skills and availabilities, and (b) for fire victims and organizations to use their services. The platform would be searchable for variables such as 'language' 'translation' 'interpreting' 'available times', etc.

 If you're our geek angel, contact Marie at: mariecdesantis@gmail.com

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Info y enlaces en Espanol, condado de Sonoma - Incendios

KBBF Radio Bilingue Escuch por internet

KBBF 89.1 FM

Centros de evacuación disponibles

Oficina del Sheriff del condado de Sonoma Nixle

Condado de Sonoma Facebook

Números de teléfono

Asistencia de Emergencia: 911

Línea de Información Pública de Emergencia: (707) 565-3856

Hotline 2-1-1: 211

2-1-1 Teléfono local: (707) 565-2108

2-1-1 Línea gratuita: (800) 325-9604



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Organizaciones denuncian que 99.52 por ciento de casos no se investigan

Imagen retomada del portal Voces Nuestras

Cimacnoticias | Ciudad de México.- 02/10/2017

En Guatemala 90 por ciento de los exámenes médicos por delitos sexuales que se han hecho de enero a agosto de este año corresponden a niñas y adolescentes, denunciaron hoy organizaciones civiles de ese país durante la conmemoración del Día de la Niñez y la Adolescencia.

En los últimos meses el Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Forenses guatemalteco informó que ha realizado 2 mil 796 exámenes médicos a niñas y adolescentes por diferentes delitos sexuales, los casos representan 90.2 por ciento del total realizado en el país.

A ello se suma que de enero a julio de 2017 el Registro Nacional de Personas (RENAP) constató la inscripción de mil 138 nacimientos donde las madres tenían entre 10 y 14 años de edad, la mayoría de estos casos, afirmaron “están íntimamente relacionados con la violencia sexual”. En las adolescentes de 15 a 19 años el número de nacimientos fue de 36 mil 685.

Lo anterior fue expuesto en un comunicado por la Coordinadora Institucional de Promoción por los Derechos de la Niñez (Ciprodeni) y la Red Niña Niño quienes calificaron como “alarmante” que las autoridades guatemaltecas no garanticen los Derechos Humanos a una vida libre de violencia para las niñas y adolescentes ni sancione la violencia sexual en su contra, toda vez que, estimaron, la impunidad en estos delitos alcanza 99.52 por ciento en el país centroamericano.

Por ello, exigieron al poder judicial que resuelva de manera pronta los casos de violencia contra las niñas y adolescentes que están dentro del sistema de justicia, incluyendo el de las 41 niñas y adolescentes que murieron  tras el incendio del pasado 8 de marzo en el  albergue Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción, una institución pública, mientras protestaban por los maltratos y abusos sexuales de los que eran víctimas y por el cual nadie ha sido sancionado.

También llamó al Estado a  garantizar la “reparación digna” a las víctimas pues afirmaron que, de hacerlo, cumpliría con lo que la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos ha solicitado al país.


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The Trump Administration issued a new rule eviscerating the contraception coverage mandate of the Affordable Care Act.

“We’re experiencing an unprecedented attack on contraception in this country, despite having full knowledge of all the public health benefits, and cost-savings, of ensuring contraception is widely available,” says Carol E. Tracy, Executive Director of the Women’s Law Project. “Contraception reduces unplanned pregnancies and abortion rates, and infant and maternal mortality rates. We’re dealing with a strategic effort to sabotage the health of women and children here .”

Contraception is standard medical care that has helped more than 99% of American women to prevent pregnancy and treat medical conditions such as dysmenorrhea, menorrhagia (excessive menstrual bleeding), migraines, endometriosis, and uterine fibroids.

In April, Trump signed a bill allowing states to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood for preventative healthcare including contraception.

In May, Trump appointed Teresa Manning, a person who has publicly stated “contraception doesn’t work” in charge of overseeing Title X, the country’s family planning program.

In July, the House appropriations committee voted to eliminate $286 million for Title X, the already-underfunded federal program that funds contraception and related preventative healthcare services for low-income Americans.

In September, the Trump administration abruptly cut off funding for teen pregnancy prevention, amid repeated efforts to defund Planned Parenthood’s preventative healthcare program.

Then there is, of course, repeated efforts to gut and sabotage the Affordable Care Act.

This onslaught of attacks on contraception access arrive amid record-lows of both teen pregnancy and abortion rates.

“We are analyzing the interim rule and will be submitting a formal response,” says Terry L. Fromson, Managing Attorney of the Women's Law Project. “But we’re also looking up long enough to see the big picture that emerges when you connect the dots between the Trump administration’s aggressive support of policies promoting unplanned pregnancy, rollback of protections for rape survivors, and obstruction of progress on workplace equality issues like equal pay. It’s a chilling picture.”

To request an interview with a WLP attorney about this topic, contact Tara Murtha at tmurtha@womenslawproject.org

The Women’s Law Project is a public interest law center in Pennsylvania devoted to advancing the rights of women and girls.

Sign up for WLP’s Action Alerts here. Stay up to date on issues and policy by subscribing to our blog, following us on twitter and liking us on Facebook

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                                                                                                         First Ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Rosalynn Carter, and Betty Ford, International Women’s Year presiding officer Bella Abzug, and Torch of Freedom relay runners at the opening ceremonies of the National Women’s Conference, Houston, November 1977

BOOK TITLE: Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics, by Marjorie J. Spruill

In the summer of 1968, George Wallace, in between terms as governor of Alabama, concluded that endorsing the Equal Rights Amendment for women would help his third-party presidential campaign. He declared his support in a telegram to Alice Paul, the head of the National Women’s Party, who had cowritten the first draft of the amendment in 1923 and had been campaigning for it for forty-five years. The pro-segregationist Wallace was hardly alone among conservative politicians in his position. Strom Thurmond, a Republican senator from South Carolina, likewise supported the amendment, saying in 1972 that it “represents the just desire of many women in our pluralistic society to be allowed a full and free participation in the American way of life.”

In fact, the Republican platform had supported the Equal Rights Amendment as far back as 1940; opposition had come mainly from pro-labor Democrats, who feared that equal treatment for men and women would mean an end to legislation that protected women from dangerous jobs. Labor opposition waned as the increasingly active feminist movement—frustrated that the Supreme Court had never interpreted the Fourteenth Amendment’s equal protection guarantee to apply to discrimination on the basis of sex—made passing the Equal Rights Amendment a top priority. In 1971 the House approved the ERA by a vote of 354–24. The Senate followed the next year by a vote of 84–8. The proposed amendment’s language was straightforward: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” The necessary ratification by three quarters of the states—the magic number of thirty-eight—looked eminently achievable.

Shortly after Congress’s endorsement, however, Wallace repudiated his earlier support, and in his platform proclaimed:

                   Women of the American Party say “NO” to this insidious socialistic plan to destroy the home, make women slaves of the government, and their children                          wards of the state.

In 1980, the year Ronald Reagan was elected president, the Republican National Convention dropped the party’s long-standing support from its platform. Momentum for ratification slowed dramatically. Opponents raised fears that the amendment would subject women to the military draft and lead inexorably to unisex bathrooms. When the June 30, 1982, deadline that Congress had set for ratification arrived, only thirty-five of the necessary thirty-eight state legislatures had voted yes, and the ERA died.

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Authors/editor(s): World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and UN Women

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“Voices against Violence” is a co-educational curriculum developed by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and UN Women, with inputs from young people.

Designed for various age groups ranging from 5 to 25 years, it provides young people with tools and expertise to understand the root causes of violence in their communities, to educate and involve their peers and communities to prevent such violence, and to learn about where to access support if violence is experienced.

The curriculum includes a handbook for peer educators that will help them deliver age-appropriate sessions, as well as age-appropriate non-formal educational activities. The youngest groups may start out with storytelling and games that prompt them to think about gender bias and stereotypes, while older age groups can organize poster competitions, visit and volunteer with local shelters, or develop local community-based campaigns and projects to address specific forms of violence against girls and women.

“Voices against Violence” is a tool for young people around the world. It can be adapted to national contexts, translated into local languages, and rolled out in schools and communities in partnership with youth organizations, UN partners and governments.

For more information on the curriculum and how to deliver it among children and young people, please visit: Our solutions.

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El tiempo de las mujeres “es político”

“La valorización del trabajo no remunerado (TNR)… permite incorporar el aporte del trabajo doméstico y de cuidado no remunerado al análisis macroeconómico, al diseño de políticas públicas y a la toma de decisiones”

Buenos Aires, 27 sep. 17. AmecoPress/RedMujeresLac.- Para las latinoamericanas, “existe una retroalimentación entre la pobreza monetaria de sus hogares e individual y la pobreza de tiempo”, advierte la especialista, que apunta a la necesidad de información y políticas públicas para la paridad. Para las mujeres, el tiempo no productivo, genera pobreza. Para ellas “existe una retroalimentación entre la pobreza monetaria de sus hogares e individual y la pobreza de tiempo”, dice Nieves Rico, experta de la Cepal, porque ese tiempo está dedicado a tareas por las que no cobran dinero. Y ese trabajo no remunerado de las mujeres equivale aproximadamente a un quinto del producto bruto de los ocho países que lo han medido en América latina y el Caribe.


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Cruz hugs a resident of a seniors home after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. (Thais Llorca/European Pressphoto Agency-EFE)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — When Hurricane Maria destroyed the infrastructure of Puerto Rico, it turned the mayor of its capital city into a spokeswoman for a stranded people.

Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto told the world of the "horror" she was seeing as she waded through San Juan's flooded streets. And the desperation on the island, parts of which may remain without power for months.

Until then, Cruz had not been a well-known politician outside the island.
But after she criticized Washington's response to the hurricane this week — "save us from dying," she pleaded on cable network — President Trump took direct aim at her on Twitter.

"Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan," he wrote Saturday. Democrats must have told her to say nasty things about him, he claimed.

Since the president brought it up, we present below the historical record of the leadership of Cruz, before and after the storm.



Here’s How You Can Help People In Puerto Rico


RESOURCES: Sexual & Gender-Based Violence in Disasters, Some in English, Spanish, French, Arabic



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27-year-old Meredith Hight was just getting her life back on track when her estranged husband ended it.

As soon as Debbie Lane got clearance to drive after cataract surgery, she filled her pickup truck with used patio furniture and carted it to her only child in Plano, Texas.

Meredith Hight, 27, was going through a divorce after six years of marriage, and her house needed a makeover. Lane, who lives in Georgia, was eager to help. So for a week, the mother-daughter duo worked side by side to transform the space. They split the cost of a new sofa. They painted the old plastic patio furniture a beige taupe so the Texas dirt wouldn’t show. They planted bright flowers in the garden. They picked out floral cushions and big green umbrellas, which gave the patio an outdoor cafe feel.

After a few days of cleaning, primping and rearranging, the house finally felt like Hight’s again. Lane said her daughter was visibly relieved to be in the final stages of separating from Spencer Hight. Her husband had been abusive to her, Hight told her mother, and physically attacked her on two occasions. 

“She was looking forward to reclaiming her life,” Lane said. “It was like getting the biggest monkey in the universe off your back and being able to walk freely again.”


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Anti-puritan but blind to his male privilege, the Playboy mogul liberated men by demeaning women.

When Hugh Hefner launched Playboy in 1953, he could scarcely have imagined that one day he would be celebrated by conservatives and excoriated by radicals. Publishing even a soft-core sex magazine was a subversive act in the gray-flanneled world of the 1950s. Aside from its pushing the boundaries of free expression with nude photography, there was much else about the early Playboythat marked it as a progressive publication, most notably Hefner’s outspoken advocacy of civil rights for African-Americans. When Hefner started a line of Playboy Clubs in 1960, he made them fully integrated, with black members and employees, even in the Jim Crow South. Beyond that, Hefner was a lifelong advocate of progressive causes like abortion rights and marriage equality.

Yet when Hefner’s death was announced on Wednesday, there was a discordant note on both sides of the political spectrum. Ben Domenech, the publisher of the right-wing website The Federalist, found much to admire in Hefner for “celebrating the sexual complementarity that has bound men and women together since the dawn of time.” Conversely, the left-wing magazine Current Affairs highlighted Hefner’s “totalitarian control” of the women who lived in the Playboy mansion, calling him a “tyrant” and “an abusive creep.”



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