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


 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.

What happened? 


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

Voices against Violence curriculum cover page

“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.

View online/download


How to deliver [ en | es | fr ]

Sample activities 

Order printed/published version

Order from:

Urjasi Rudra, urjasi.rudra[at]unwomen.org


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Celebrate with us! This is the 500th WOCN, Inc. Update publication. Attached you will find the most recent WOCN, Inc. Update. It is available now!

To contribute your program news, opportunities and/or events to this publication please email rbalog@wocininc.org. Please follow the link below to connect to the publication. (Remember to cut and paste this link into your browser if you cannot click it directly):


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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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There were more than 40 million victims of modern slavery worldwide in 2016, findings show

There are nearly 30 million female victims of modern slavery worldwide, accounting for 71 per cent of the overall total, according to the 2017 Global Estimates of Modern Slavery Rex

Women and girls make up more than seven in 10 of the world’s modern slavery victims, with nearly 30 million female victims worldwide, major new research shows.

There were more than 40 million victims of modern slavery in 2016 overall, according to the 2017 Global Estimates of Modern Slavery — the first ever aggregation of forced labour, forced marriage and sexual exploitation across the globe.

The findings, collated by the Walk Free Foundation and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), and released during the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, show that women and girls accounting for 71 per cent of the overall total.

Ninety-nine per cent of victims of forced labour in the commercial sex industry were female, as well as 84 per cent of victims of forced marriages and 58 per cent in privately imposed forced labour.

The report also revealed that one in four victims of modern slavery – or about 10 million — are children, with some 37 per cent (or 5.7 million) of those forced to marry being between the ages of five and 17.


The Data Sources::

The data is published in two reports:

  • Global estimates of modern slavery: Forced labour and forced marriage, prepared jointly by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Walk Free Foundation, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • Global estimates of child labour: Results and trends, 2012-2016, prepared by the International Labour Organization (ILO)

The 2017 Global Estimates can be found online at www.alliance87.org/2017ge

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“[W]hether or not the International Criminal Court will actually serve the interests of victims in an effective & satisfactory way remains to be seen.”[1]

 Just over one year ago, the International Criminal Court (ICC) sentenced Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo (Bemba) to a total of 18 years’ imprisonment. This was the Court’s first trial judgment for sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). To many, this was a milestone in the Court’s thus far disappointing record regarding sexual violence convictions and sentencing.

Bemba picture

PHOTO: ICC Trial Chamber III sentences Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo to 18 years’ imprisonment for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Central African Republic in 2002-2003

Since its inception, the ICC has been hailed as a “victim’s court,” one that would give survivors of the world’s most heinous crimes an influential voice in the administration of justice. Unlike its predecessor tribunals, the ICC is obligated to consider victims and their interests at all stages of the proceedings including reparations. ­According to the Court’s founders, these “revolutionary conditions,” meant that the ICC could serve “not only a punitive but also a restorative function,” reflecting the “growing international consensus that participation and reparations play an important role in achieving justice for victims.”[2] But has the Court met its goal? And what about its impact on victims of sexual and gender-based violence? Contrary to its founders’ intentions, it would appear that the ICC does little to assist women or girls in the aftermath of violent sexual and gender-based oppression.


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Many studies have shown that following natural disasters there's a rise in the incidences of gender based violence. Displaced women and children are particularly vulnerable. These studies also show that women's critical voices in decision making also suffer increased repression following disasters. In response to the huge numbers of people in Puerto Rico, the southern states, and on other islands in the Caribbean who are displaced, one thing you can do is forward this list of resources to organizations in those areas you know of or can compile. 


Sexual Violence in Disasters: A Planning Guide for Prevention and Response , National Sexual Violence Resource Center (2008), This guide provides an overview of sexual violence in disasters and a range of recommendations for prevention and response before, during, and after a disaster. The guide is available in English and Spanish.

Sexual Violence in Disasters Fact Sheet ,National Sexual Violence Resource Center (2009), This two-page fact sheet includes basic information about the risk of sexual violence during and after disaster, and strategies for prevention and response.

Sexual Violence in Disasters Palm Cards ,National Sexual Violence Resource Center, These tri-fold cards include tips on sexual violence prevention and resources for survivors.

Sexual Violence in Disasters: Interactive Online Series ,National Sexual Violence Resource Center (2012 & 2013), This three-part series of interactive online courses for sexual violence preventionists, victim advocates, and allied professionals discuss the connections among sexual violence, disaster, and oppression (Module 1), and offer recommendations for creating a pre-disaster plan for sexual violence prevention and response (Modules 2 and 3).

xCHANGE Series Podcasts with Dr. Elaine Enarson ,National Sexual Violence Resource Center (2013), In this series of four short audio podcasts, Dr. Elaine Enarson discusses research, prevention strategies, community partnerships, and future directions related to sexual violence prevention and response in disasters.

Emergency preparedness in British Columbia: Mitigating violence against women in disasters , Association of Specialist Victim Assistance and Counselling Programs (1999), This action-oriented report is intended to inform key stakeholders about the link between violence against women and emergency management, identify existing system gaps and needs, and present effective strategies for mitigating the risk of increased violence against women in a major disaster.

Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Researching, Documenting and Monitoring Sexual Violence in Emergencies World Health Organization (2007), This document discusses safety and ethical issues that must be addressed when collecting and using data about sexual violence in emergencies. It presents a set of eight interrelated recommendations with key considerations and examples of good practice.

For the Women of Katrina and Other Disasters: Protection from Violence Against Women and Children , The Women’s Justice Center, The Women’s Justice Center issued this one page guide to survivors of Hurricane Katrina about strategies for protecting themselves, their children, and each other from violence in the wake of a disaster. Available in Englishand Spanish.

Guidelines for Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings: Focusing on Prevention of and Response to Sexual Violence in Emergencies ,Inter-Agency Standing Committee, Taskforce on Gender in Humanitarian Assistance (2005), This resource recommends specific interventions to prevent and respond to gender-based violence during each phase of a humanitarian emergency. Available in English, Arabic, Bahasa, French, and Spanish.

Predictable, Preventable: Best Practices for Addressing Interpersonal and Self-Directed Violence During and After Disasters ,Canadian Red Cross and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (2012) , This report provides an overview of interpersonal and self-directed violence in disasters, including risk factors and consequences. It highlights concrete actions that can be taken to address violence, and gives examples of challenges, innovations, and successes in preventing and responding to violence in disasters.

Protecting Children from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Violence in Disaster & Emergency Situations: A Guide for Local and Community-based Organisations ,End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT International) (2006), This manual for local grassroots organizations provides strategies to protect children from sexual violence and sexual exploitation in the event of disasters. It examines the vulnerabilities of children and discusses actions that can be taken before, during, and after a disaster to minimize the risk of sexual violence. Available in EnglishSpanishFrench, and Arabic.

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Unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs) that accrue in U.S. law enforcement agencies (LEAs) have been the subject of increasing attention for the past decade, as have untested SAKs pending analysis in crime laboratories. The field needs a research-informed approach to identify the most efficient practices for addressing the submission of SAKs in LEAs and the testing of SAKs in laboratories. This approach would also determine whether specific policies or characteristics of a jurisdiction result in more efficient processing outcomes.

This mixed-methods study examined intra- and interagency dynamics associated with SAK processing efficiency in a linked sample of crime laboratories (N = 145) and LEAs (N = 321). Relying on responses to a national survey of laboratories and a matched sample of LEAs, researchers at RTI International used regression analysis and stochastic frontier modeling to assess how labor and capital inputs, evidence policies, evidence management systems, and models of cross-agency coordination affect SAK processing efficiency. Semistructured interviews with personnel from forensic laboratories, LEAs, and prosecutor’s offices in six jurisdictions were used to elaborate on critical themes relating to SAK processing efficiency.



Injury Evidence, Biological Evidence, and Prosecution of Sexual Assault 

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Trastornos hipertensivos, una de las principales causas de mortalidad

Si estos embarazos son producto de violencia sexual el Estado debe garantizarles el acceso al aborto, pero sobre todo, salvar su vida, afirmaron expertas consultadas por esta agencia.

La ginecóloga y asesora en sistemas de salud en Ipas México, organización especializada en derechos sexuales y reproductivos, Claudia Martínez López, explicó en entrevista que la Norma Oficial Mexicana 046, violencia familiar, sexual y contra las mujeres (NOM 046) establece el derecho al aborto y atención médica de urgencia en caso de una violación.

Agregó que el riesgo a la salud y vida de la gestante es una de las causales por las cuales se puede interrumpir un embarazo en 14 entidades del país y en el caso de las niñas, este riesgo se incrementa por su condición física y biológica, por lo que la causal debe cumplirse.

Explicó que hay mucho mayor riesgo de mortalidad y morbilidad maternas (secuelas a la salud por el embarazo) en las niñas de estas edades cuando llevan a término un embarazo, que si decidieran interrumpirlo en condiciones seguras.

“Si se interrumpe un embarazo en una menor de 14 años de edad en las primeras 8 semanas de gestación, el riesgo de complicaciones es del 0.3 por ciento. Arriba de las 12 semanas únicamente aumenta 0.5 por ciento, aún con los procedimientos tecnológicos adecuados”, por lo que es fundamental que sí se realicen las interrupciones legales del embarazo dentro de las primeras 12 semanas, precisó.

“Los trastornos hipertensivos por un embarazo en la niñas es una de las tres primeras causas de morbilidad y mortalidad materna infantil, en el país, a ello se agregan otras como las hemorragias en el parto”, precisó.


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Madrid. 11 de septiembre. 17. AmecoPress. La Fiscalía General del Estado afirma en su informe anual que el número de denuncias falsas en violencia machista es muy escaso. En 2015 sólo se dieron 11 condenas por denuncias falsas.


“El escasísimo porcentaje de causas incoadas en total por delito de acusación y denuncia falsa desde 2009 a 2015 –164– en relación al número de denuncias interpuestas –913.118–, que supone un 0.0079 %, es suficientemente elocuente para rebatir las voces que se alzan en torno a la prevalencia de «denuncias falsas» en esta materia.” Estos son los términos que la Fiscalía emplea en su informe para acabar con las especulaciones respecto a este tema.

Entre los años 2009 y 2015 se produjeron 913.118 denuncias por violencia de género, se impusieron 63 condenas por denuncias falsas y quedan 90 condenas y causas en vías de tramitación. Teniendo en cuenta el dato de las condenas por denuncia falsa-63- el porcentaje de este tipo de denuncias a lo largo de 7 años es, únicamente, de 0.0069 puntos porcentuales. El informe añade: “Si a éstas sumamos las causas en tramitación, para el caso de que resultaran pronunciamientos condenatorios (90), el porcentaje final máximo será 0.0099 %”.


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Joe Paterno's estate drops lawsuit against NCAA


McQueary never testified publicly about the police report or the new details it reveals. The report was written days after Sandusky's arrest in 2011, soon after the 2001 allegation first came to the attention of police.

McQueary did testify at least twice about Paterno's reaction in 2001 to the allegation involving Sandusky, but the whistleblower never was asked under oath -- nor did he volunteer -- the detail about the "second complaint," records reviewed by CNN show.

Still, prosecutors consider the police report -- part of a much larger state police dossier on the Sandusky case -- a credible version of events, two people close to the case told CNN.

The courtroom strategy

That McQueary's statement to police is only now coming to light is no accident.

McQueary, who is now writing a memoir about the Sandusky drama, always was careful in his testimony not to elaborate unnecessarily or volunteer information he wasn't asked, another source close to the case told CNN. In fact, witnesses typically are advised by defense lawyers, prosecutors and judges to stick to the question at hand.

McQueary also was under intense public pressure from Paterno supporters who long have insisted the head coach knew nothing of Sandusky's crimes before he heard McQueary's claim in 2001. Beyond that, McQueary -- "out of respect" -- did not want to needlessly disparage the deceased Paterno, the third source said.


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The year long 1909 strike was led and carried out by mostly Jewish and Italian immigrant women and girls, garment workers between 16 and 23 years of age. The key role of this early labor strike in energizing America's nascent labor movement is often ignored by the men who write labor movement history                                                            ....wjc admin


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Workers with terrible working conditions to help support themselves and their families. But they were also exposed to a bustling new world, and to the political and union organizers therein. Immigrant women especially often came from conservative social backgrounds which limited their interaction with men and people outside the family. But New York in the early 1900s provided the opportunity for these women to explore such social interactions, and exhibit a new level of independence.[1]

Many of these women immigrants toiled in the garment industry, which was New York's best known industry at the time.[1] They worked not for a single, large conglomerate but many smaller companies spread across lower Manhattan, among the largest of which were the Triangle and Leiserson shirtwaist factories.[1][2] This workforce was more than 70% women, about half of whom were not yet twenty years old, and about half of whom were Jewish and a third Italian.[1] In the production of shirtwaists in particular, the workforce was nearly all Jewish women. Some of them had belonged to labor unions in Europe before their immigration; many of the Jewish women in particular had been members of the Bund. Thus, they were no strangers to organized labor or to its tactics. Indeed, Jewish women who worked in the garment industry were among the most vocal and active supporters of women's suffrage in New York.[2]

Garment industry workers often worked in small sweatshops, with the men doing the higher-paid work of cutting and pressing while women were paid less for assembling and finishing garments.[1] Work weeks of 65 hours were normal, and in season they might expand to as many as 75 hours. Despite their meager wages, workers were often required to supply their own basic materials, including needles, thread, and sewing machines. Workers could be fined for being late for work or for damaging a garment they were working on. At some worksites, such as the Triangle Shirtwaist Company, steel doors were used to lock in workers so as to prevent workers from taking breaks, and as a result women had to ask permission from supervisors to use the restroom.[2]


On November 22, 1909, Clara Lemlich had been listening to men speak about the disadvantages and cautions about the shirtwaist workers going on a general strike. After listening to these men speak for four or more hours at a local 25 union meeting, she rose and declared in Yiddish that she wanted to say a few words of her own. After rising to the podium, she declared that the shirtwaist workers would go on a general strike. Her declaration received a standing ovation and the audience went wild. Clara then took an oath swearing that if she became a traitor to the cause she now voted for, then that the hand she now held high wither from her arm. On the 24th of November, less than one day after the strike had been declared, 15,000 shirtwaist workers walked out of the factories, with more joining the strike the following day. The strike lasted until February 1910 and ended in a "Protocol of peace" which allowed the strikers to go back to work and met the demands of the workers, which included better pay, shorter hours, and equal treatment of workers who were in the union and workers who were not.[citation needed]

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Independent abortion clinics are small businesses, and as their owners age, they’re struggling to pass on what they’ve built.

Abortion clinic owner Gloria Gray stands on the exit ramp she was legally required to build. She says it cost her about $150, 000 to comply with a state regulation about clinic exits.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. ― At 67, Gloria Gray is ready for retirement. She’s been working out of a squat brown brick building in an office park near the University of Alabama for the last 24 years, and while she finds her work immensely rewarding, she’s hoping to sell her small business.

But she’s having a hard time finding a buyer ― because her business is an abortion clinic.

The shortage of abortion doctors in the United States has garnered a lot of attention, but the shortage of clinic owners — who put up the capital to set up and maintain locations where those doctors can practice — is also a major concern. Pro-choice organizations are scrambling to train more medical students to perform abortions, but the number of trained doctors doesn’t matter if there’s nowhere for them to practice.

Gray knows how risky it is to buy an abortion clinic. Since she opened the West Alabama Women’s Center in 1994, it’s been subject to a series of violent attacks. Four years after the clinic opened, it burned to the ground, and Gray never found out who was responsible. She’s been mailed anthrax. Someone shot out the windows of a clinic doctor’s office in the middle of the night. In 2006, a man drove his car through the clinic’s front doors and into the waiting room. There was also the time the boyfriend of a patient called in a bomb threat to disrupt his partner’s abortion.

There have also been less violent attempts to sabotage Gray’s clinic ― for example, the establishment of Choices Pregnancy Clinic, an anti-choice “crisis pregnancy center” masquerading as an abortion clinic, right next door in 2014. And there are protesters outside her clinic daily, carrying signs with photos of fetuses on them and shouting, which annoys the nearby podiatry clinic and dentist office.


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Annotation:  This research examined the extent of organized crimes’ perpetration of human trafficking in the United States and the groups and methods involved, and it makes available an online database of federally prosecuted human trafficking cases.

Searches of federally prosecuted human trafficking cases in the United States indicate that there were 862 such cases between 2000 and 2015, involving 2,096 defendants. A total of 1,227 (58 percent) of the defendants operated as part of an organized criminal group.

Of the cases in which organized crime groups were engaged, 34 percent involved sex trafficking of both adults and minors; 24 percent were engaged only in sex trafficking of minors; 18 percent engaged in labor trafficking that did not involve commercial sex; and 17 percent engaged only in sex trafficking of adults.

Regarding the national origin of trafficking victims, 55 percent of adult victims of sex trafficking were foreign nationals; in cases of minor victims of sex trafficking, 92 percent were U.S. nationals; 93 percent of labor trafficking victims were foreign nationals. Of the organized-crime cases, 35 percent involved “mom and pop” operators; 33 percent of organized-crime cases involved crime rings; 6 percent of organized-crime cases involved gangs; 26 percent of the organized-crime cases involved illegal enterprises; none of the organized-crime cases involved cartel/mafia/syndicates, but there was evidence they facilitated the human trafficking operations of other types of organized criminal groups. Data on age, gender, country of origin, and motivations for human trafficking are noted, along with criminal methods.

Seven recommendations address the criminal justice community and other policymakers. 71 references and appended case search and case-coding protocols, and inmate interview protocol

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