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DOJ Issues Ground-breaking Consent Decree Addressing Gender Bias
By Carol E. Tracy, Esq. and Terry L. Fromson, Esq., Women's Law Project
The Women’s Law Project (WLP) commends the Department of Justice (DOJ) on its ground-breaking consent decree with the City of New Orleans, which addresses gender bias in the police response to and investigation of reports of sexual assault and domestic violence. This consent decree followed the March 2011 publication of the DOJ’s report on its investigation of the NOPD. The WLP identified the NOPD as one of the many police departments which have chronically failed to respond to rape complaints whenWLP testified before a Congressional committee in September, 2010.