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News Round-up ~ Resumen de noticias


 

Campaigners call for action to deal with ‘state of emergency’ as figures show more than 500,000 US women are living with consequences

campaigner Jaha Dukureh in front of a huge wording 'Girl' at a summit in London
 Jaha Dukureh, a campaigner from Atlanta in the US, successfully called for a new prevalance study to be carried out. Photograph: Christian Sinibaldi for the Guardian
 
The number of women and girls dealing with the consequences of female genital mutilation in the US is more than three times greater than previously thought, the Guardian can reveal.
 
Figures showing that more than 500,000 women in the US are estimated to be suffering as a consequence of the practice have revealed the extent of FGM cases in the country.
 
Campaigners are now calling for immediate action to deal with the “state of emergency” for all girls at risk of FGM. The practice can cause recurrent infections, death during childbirth and elimination of sexual pleasure.
 
Unpublished draft figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seen by the Guardian, show that since the last prevalence study was done in 1997 the number of women and girls living with FGM in the US has increased from an estimated 168,000 to 513,000.
 
New figures from the Population Reference Bureau,due to be released on Friday – International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (an annual awareness day sponsored by the UN) – are expected to reflect the draft CDC study, due to be published in the coming months.
 
 

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By in IntLawGrrls

The sense of emergency one feels after spending a week in prison surrounded by young children and their mothers cannot be overstated. Although it was in November that I spent a week lawyering in a family detention center, the urgency stemming from the violations of international law perpetrated by the U.S. there remains acute. The Artesia Family Residential Center closed on December 15, 2014, but the U.S. continues to expand its practice of detaining families – a practice that presents at least three interwoven sets of legal problems under international law.

.......Although there are numerous violations of international law I could discuss here — including the multiple ways in which detention in and of itself can constitute a violation of international refugee and human rights law — I’ll focus on the U.S.’s international law obligations regarding first, treatment of refugees; second, the protection of children’s rights; and third, adherence to protections of due process through access to legal counsel.

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Al igual que en México, confieza Okun, “muchos hombres nos sentíamos confundidos por el cambio que veíamos en la conciencia de las  mujeres” Algunos de esos hombres que fueron cuestionados sobre sus privilegios,  decidieron entonces hablar con ellas y escucharlas.

“Uno puede cuestionar la violencia de los hombres, pero también apoyarlos como parte de las dos alas de un ave que busca la paz”

Esta frase pertenece a Rob Okun, un hombre sereno y de mirada transparente que cree en la transformación social de la masculinidad. Él fue director ejecutivo del Centro de Recursos de Hombres por el Cambio, uno de los centros más antiguos de  hombres antiviolencia contra las mujeres en América del Norte y facilitador en grupos de maltratadores. Actualmente es editor de la revista Voice Male -voz de los hombres- cuyo número 64 fue editado en el marco del Segundo Simposio Global MenEngage –Hombres Involucrados- que se realizó en Nueva Delhi, India,  en en noviembre de 2014.

Rob conoció el trabajo de Cómplices por la Equidad en ese Simposio de Nueva Delhí  y cuando regresó al continente Americano pasó por la ciudad de México para asistir a la reunión que Cómplicesrealiza en las instalaciones de Radio Educación cada dos meses.

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Most activists and progressives immediately assume the crouching tiger stance when someone questions why black people are not organizing in mass about homicidal violence in black communities. Often--and usually rightly--we regard this question as a tactic used to shift attention away from calls for accountability and justice for anti-black police brutality. Typically, the questioner's goal is to suggest black people have a pathological tendency toward violence and that this is what black people need to address rather than state sanctioned anti-black violence. They also believe this is why police murder black people.

Of course, none of this is true, but there are issues within our communities that need to be addressed. When we shy away from examining intraracial violence, we ignore its gendered dynamics leaving black women and girls, both cis and trans gender, in a particularly perilous situation.

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Reproductive Justice Matters

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En promedio 21 adolescentes de Argentina son víctimas de femicidos cada año, un fenómeno que crece y se vincula con la violencia en los noviazgos y de parejas o exparejas. Crédito: Juan Moseinco/IPS.

BUENOS AIRES, 26 ene 2015 (IPS) - La amplia repercusión mediática del asesinato de  una estudiante argentina, en el vecino Uruguay, puso en relieve un tipo de violencia casi no registrada como causa de muerte de adolescentes en el país: el femicidio.

En la mayoría de los países latinoamericanos, la falta de sistematización de datos oficiales sobre femicidios o feminicidios  –los vocablos que tipifican los asesinatos de mujeres por razones de género- dificulta la identificación de las víctimas por edad.

Pero en el caso de Argentina, algunos informes independientes, como el de la no gubernamental La Casa del Encuentro, comienzan a visibilizar un dato generacional: no solo se matan más  mujeres por razones de género, sino que también aumentan las víctimas de menos de 18 años.

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PARIS (AP) — Dominique Strauss-Kahn appeared in court Monday to face accusations of taking part in an international prostitution ring set up to provide him with prostitutes for orgies at luxury hotels in France and the U.S.

The former head of the International Monetary Fund, once considered a near shoe-in as France's president, went on trial in the northern city of Lille to face charges of aggravated pimping and involvement in a prostitution ring operating out of luxury hotels.

........Investigators have compiled hundreds of pages of testimony from prostitutes describing the orgies allegedly organized by the 65-year-old Strauss-Kahn and his co-defendants, centered on the Carlton Hotel in Lille, near the Belgian border. Strauss-Kahn says he took part in "libertine" activities but insists he never knew the women involved were prostitutes.

.........In 2011, Strauss-Kahn was accused of sexually assaulting Guinean-born maid Nafissatou Diallo in New York, accusations that ended his high-flying finance career.
 
.....Prostitutes questioned in the (current) case said that between 2009 and 2011 — precisely when the world's leaders were looking to the IMF chief for a way out of the global financial crisis — Strauss-Kahn was organizing orgies at luxury hotels in Paris, at a restaurant in the French capital and also in Washington.
 
 

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Over the past several years, there have been increasing levels of threats and intimidation aimed at doctors who provide abortion services, according to a new survey of abortion clinic violence published by the Feminist Majority Foundation. Some of the tactics mirror the harassment that doctors faced in the 1990s before becoming the victims of violent and even fatal crimes.

The National Clinic Violence Survey is the first comprehensive nationwide review of the atmosphere at women’s health clinics since 2010. Nearly 250 abortion providers across the country responded to the questionnaire with information about how anti-abortion harassment affects their patients and staff.

“The most stunning result in the survey, really, is this surge in serious threats that are being carried out against providers nationwide,” duVergne Gaines, the director of the National Clinic Access Project and one of the authors of the report, told ThinkProgress. “Those threats have almost doubled since 2010.”

 
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Según un informe sobre la percepción social de la violencia de género en la adolescencia y la juventud
Federación Mujeres Jóvenes alerta sobre la “normalización” del uso de mecanismos de control a través de las nuevas tecnologías
Madrid, 29 ene. 15. AmecoPress. Uno de cada tres jóvenes considera "inevitable o aceptable" en algunas circunstancias controlar los horarios de la pareja, impedir que vea a su familia o amistades, no permitir que trabaje o estudie o decirle cosas que puede o no puede hacer. Son datos del informe "Percepción social de la violencia de género en la adolescencia y la juventud", presentado por la secretaria de Estado de Servicios Sociales e Igualdad, Susana Camarero, la delegada del Gobierno para la Violencia de Género, Blanca Hernández, y la socióloga Verónica de Miguel. La encuesta de Igualdad se hizo a 2.500 jóvenes de entre 15 y 29 años.
 

 

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A Quick Eye-Opening Goup Exercise on Inequality in the U.S. and its Relation to Violence

A five or ten minute group exercise that can easily be used in any sized group to quickly reveal common misperceptions about inequalities in the U.S.. A few notes follow for prompting discussion about how these inequalities relate to violence, particularly violence against women.

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The late Saudi King Abdullah has been lionized by politicians around the world. En route to the World Economic Forum in Davos, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hailed Abdullah as “a man of wisdom and vision” and a “revered leader.” Similar statements were made by other Western leaders.

Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, even hailed the monarch as “a strong advocate for women.”

That last eulogy ought to furrow brows. After all, when it comes to gender rights, Saudi Arabia’s absolute monarchy is one of the most heavily criticized regimes in the world. Its draconian religious laws place limitations on everything from the clothes women can wear to the means by which they travel outside their homes. Controversially, women are still banned from driving in the country.

Lagarde did qualify her comment, saying Abdullah was a reformer “in a very discreet way,” credited with initiating a number of measures aimed at it giving women a bigger stake in the country’s economic and political life. But the change is very gradual, stymied by traditionalists who still hold sway in the country’s courts. Abdullah’s reforms, writes one commentator, have “all the substance of a Potemkin village, a flimsy structure to impress foreign opinion.”

 

Closer to home, moreover, there are a few women related to the late monarch who may object to the praise being heaped upon him. Abdullah, like other Saudi royals, had numerous wives — at least seven, and perhaps as many as 30. He had at least 15 daughters. Four of them, according to news reports, live under house arrest.

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SEE ALSO: Obama pays respects to Saudis, defends ties to kingdom

AND SEE ALSO: Eleven things women in Saudi Arabia can't do

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NOTE: The discussion doesn't begin until minute 27. So move the metering dot (at the bottom left of the video frame) to 27 minutes to start.

Rights4Girls and the McCain Institute would like to invite you to a discussion about combating child sex trafficking in the United States. We will discuss current legislation and new technology trends that aim to prevent trafficking. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, at least 100,000 American children are victims of child sex trafficking each year. These girls are abducted or lured by pimps and traffickers at bus shelters, outside schools and through social media. This year, Congress has an opportunity to protect our vulnerable children. We hope that you can join us on Thursday, January 8 to discuss how we can work together to accomplish that goal.

For More Information on this Event See... Members Of Congress Join Rights4Girls And The McCain Institute To Combat Child Sex Trafficking

 

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No podemos delegar toda la salida a la violencia de género en la denuncia de las víctimas, mucho más si aumentan las mujeres asesinadas que habían acusado previamente a su asesino

 
Madrid, 22 ene. 15. AmecoPress. Mientras las instituciones difunden el mensaje de que para salir del infierno de la violencia de género es imprescindible la denuncia, aumenta el número de asesinadas que había denunciado previamente a su agresor. En 2014 fallecieron 53 mujeres, 17 de las cuales habían acusado a su asesino, seis más que en 2013. También crecieron las víctimas que habían retirado la denuncia, pasando de 1 a 3 en el último año.

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Amidst the continuous struggle for women's rights and social justice globally, it is important that we keep our collective hopes alive for a better world. With this in mind, AWID spoke to a number of feminists and women's rights activists from around the world about their hopes, dreams and aspirations for 2015. Read theirs, and tell us what your hopes, dreams and aspirations for this year are.
 
Tinay
Cristina Palabay, 35 | Philippines | Secretary General of Karapatan: Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights. | @TinayPalabay
 
“In 2015, I hope that all women political prisoners will be released. With renewed hope, I aspire for a stronger women’s movement that will challenge the structures and philosophies at the core of women’s oppression – patriarchy, globalization, militarization and fundamentalism.”
 
Yewande
Yewande Omotoso, 34 | Barbados/Nigeria/South Africa | Writer/Architect | @yomotoso
 
 “While as an able-bodied middle-class educated cis female I acknowledge my privileges, it would be great to feel at ease when I walk the streets, to not be afraid of being raped or read daily in the papers about rape and molestation. To see intolerance, especially with regards to sexual orientation, publicly condemned by more and more of our leaders, with legislation to match. It would be great to wake up into a world where WOMEN’s bodies are not commodities; where everywhere I look I’m not oppressed by images in the media telling me what I ought to look like if I’m reallya woman or in order to be truly beautiful; where young girls and boys aren’t dominated by this imagery that normalizes something deeply problematic. A year to quit with the “it’s unAfrican” argument when it comes to feminism or homosexuality. A year where more and more men embrace feminisms; WOMEN too of course but men in particular so we whittle away the dangerous notion that it’s “women’s stuff”.
 

 

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Excerpts: This is the same Hollywood culture that turned the horror and divisiveness of the Vietnam War era into a movie about a platitude-spewing doofus with leg braces who in the face of terrible moral choices eats chocolates and plays Ping-Pong. The message of Forrest Gump was that if you think about the hard stuff too much, you'll either get AIDS or lose your legs. Meanwhile, the hero is the idiot who just shrugs and says "Whatever!" whenever his country asks him to do something crazy......

But to turn the Iraq war into a saccharine, almost PG-rated two-hour cinematic diversion about a killing machine with a heart of gold (is there any film theme more perfectly 2015-America than that?) who slowly, very slowly, starts to feel bad after shooting enough women and children – Gump notwithstanding, that was a hard one to see coming.

Sniper is a movie whose politics are so ludicrous and idiotic that under normal circumstances it would be beneath criticism. The only thing that forces us to take it seriously is the extraordinary fact that an almost exactly similar worldview consumed the walnut-sized mind of the president who got us into the war in question.

It's the fact that the movie is popular, and actually makes sense to so many people, that's the problem. "American Sniper has the look of a bona fide cultural phenomenon!" gushed Brandon Griggs of CNN, noting the film's record $105 million opening-week box office.

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From January 8 - January 15, 2015

§  Hancock County, Indiana: January 15, 2015 A now-former deputy, Scott Roeger, was sentenced to probation and must take anger management classes after pleading guilty to domestic disturbance. http://ow.ly/HrBH4

§  Ocala, Florida, January 15, 2015, The officer, Officer Bennie Lee Wilson III, arrested for soliciting a 16-year-old prostitute has been fired. The 41-year-old Navy veteran faces two criminal counts of sexual activity with a minor.  http://ow.ly/HrtC9

§  Shelby County, Tennessee: January 14, 2015, A Sheriff's Deputy Brian Hoard has been suspended while he is investigated for assaulting his girlfriend’s two-year-old child. He allegedly disciplined the child for having a dirty diaper.  http://ow.ly/HnB07 

§  Durham, North Carolina: January 14, 2015, An officer James Cartwright, 41, was suspended because he is being investigated for domestic assault against his wife.  http://ow.ly/Hn5ya 

§  Polk County, Florida: January 12, 2015, A deputy Roy Knecht, 44, faces a domestic violence charge after an argument with his wife at their home. Both he and his wife were charged in the incident. http://ow.ly/Hh2uv

§  Irwindale, California,  January 13, 2015, A now-former officer David Paul Fraijo, 37, was sentenced to nine years in prison for sexually assaulting woman during a traffic stop. He had pled no contest to charges of oral copulation under color of authority and sexual battery by restraint. http://ow.ly/Hh2Sf 

§  New Orleans, Louisiana: January 13, 2015, An officer, James Cunningham, was arrested for domestic violence and home invasion. According to the news report, the officer kicked down a door during a domestic argument in the middle of the night.http://ow.ly/Hjags    

§  Trumbull, Connecticut:  January 13, 2015, A now-former office,  A 20-year veteran of the Trumbull police force, William Ruscoe, was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison and 10 years of probation for sexually assaulting a teenage girl in a police youth program. He took her to his home, ordered her into his bedroom, and sexually assaulted her there. He received half of the 5 year sentence agreed-to in a plea bargain because of his “years of good service with the police department,” according to news reports.  http://bit.ly/1ybgJEq

§  Homerville, Georgia: January 12, 2015, An officer, Santiargo Lopaz King, arrested was for sexual assault of a female jail inmate. The officer is alleged to have taken the inmate to another location in the county where they had consensual sex. Afterward, he returned the inmate to jail. http://ow.ly/HfeRt    

§  Plano, Texas: January 9, 2015, An officer, Richard S. Bradford, 45, was arrested for possession of child pornography on his phone. He had been arrested three weeks prior to this incident for indecent contact with a minor, allegedly inappropriately touching a nine-year-old girl. He is on administrative leave pending the investigations. http://ow.ly/H9lqO    

§  Welch, West Virginia: January 8, 2015, Officer Patrick Sherman McKinney, 52, was arrested for stalking and harassing a woman. Among other allegations, he pulled her over and sexually propositioned her. http://bit.ly/17B93Qd   

§  Brigantine and Atlantic City, New Jersey: January 9, 2015, Two officers, Ralph M. Pereira, 44, and  Andre Corbin, 43, were indicted for sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl. The prosecutor alleges that the men provided alcohol to the teen and took photographs of sexual acts .http://ow.ly/H3SUo    

§  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, January 8, 2015,  The officer, Daniel Holtzclaw, facing multiple counts for sexually assaulting female drivers he pulled over has been fired http://ow.ly/H3ZlY

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Interviews from Mexico, hosted by Laura Carlsen, goes straight to the source -- the men and women making news and making history in Mexico and throughout the region.

Today's program looks at growing problem of sex trafficking of women. Mexico has been identified as one of the worst countries in the hemisphere in terms of sex slavery and trafficking, mostly involving women and girls. The government's response, according to human rights organizations, has been inadequate.

Carlsen interviews Teresa Ulloa, director of the Coalition against Trafficking in Women for Latin America and the Caribbean. Ulloa discusses the scope, trends, and new dynamics of the problem on a regional and national level and what is being done on the ground to address the situation on a general and individual level.

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No se sabe cuántas fueron, no hay manera de saberlo porque naturalmente no quedan registros de estas bestialidades. Sin embargo, fuentes respetables hacen cálculos que van desde los 50.000 a los 200.000 y hasta los 400.000, si esas fuentes son chinas. Ésos son los números que se estiman para quienes eran llamadas "mujeres de confort", jovencitas que fueron arrancadas de sus casas en los países ocupados por el ejército y la armada imperial japoneses entre 1932 y 1945 y llevadas a diferentes territorios como esclavas sexuales de los soldados. Cuando se van a cumplir 70 años del fin de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, quedan con vida muy pocas de esas mujeres lastimadas para siempre. Sin embargo, algunas siguen peleando para que el gobierno japonés reconozca el daño que les hicieron y pague por ello. Aunque parezca increíble, aún no lo consiguen.

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This documentary aims to highlight the issue of "Comfort Women" or girls forced into sex slavery by the Japanese Army during World War II as grave violation of human rights that affected AND continues to affect women all across Asia and Europe.
The film begins in South Korea and moves on to meet victims in Wuhan, China, Shanghai, the Philippines and Australia. 
It was aired on March 1st, 2013 on Arirang TV, Korea's only global network.

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Effectively managing sex offenders is among the top criminal justice policy concerns nationwide, and preventing sexual victimization is a key goal for professionals at all stages of the criminal justice system, including those who are responsible for parole decisionmaking. The following resource package has been developed to assist paroling authorities to consider their current practices with adult sex offenders and the degree to which these practices align with the Parole Resource Center's practices targets to support risk reduction. It is one in a series of three resource packets on special populations (i.e., justice involved-women, persons with mental health issues, and sex offenders) designed to provide representatives of paroling entities with preliminary insights to consider their practices within the context of research-supported and other promising practices, and identify areas in which additional attention may help strengthen their future practices with respect to this special offender population. Research shows that adults who commit sex offenses differ from juveniles who engage in sexually abusive behavior in a number of ways and, as such, policies and practices should reflect these developmental and other differences and not simply mirror strategies developed for adults. This resource packet focuses only on the adult sex offender population.
 

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In this video, you will learn some basic tips that will allow you to communicate effectively and easily through an interpreter with a person who doesn't speak your language. Espanol: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=...

Legal Services of New Jersey is a non-profit organization that oversees the coordination of six regional Legal Services programs. Our mission is to provide representation and advice to low-income New Jersey residents in civil legal cases. 

Visit our legal information website, www.lsnjlaw.org, for more videos and publications about various areas of law, or www.lsnjlaw.org to learn more about Legal Services of New Jersey.

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VESSEL: A fearless sea captain sails a ship through loopholes in international law, providing abortions on the high seas, and leaving in her wake a network of emboldened activists who trust women to handle abortion on their own terms.
www.vesselthefilm.com
facebook/twitter@vesselthefilm

A film by Diana Whitten
Community Screenings and Filmmaker Appearances: 
Caitlin Boyle | Film Sprout | 347.682.2483 | vessel@filmsprout.org
International Sales: Philippa Kowarsky | Cinephil | +972 3 566 4129 | Philippa@cinephil.co.il
North American Sales: FilmBuff | 212.627.9898 | marca@filmbuff.com
Publicity: Adam Segal | 2050 Group | 202.422.4673 | adam@the2050group.com
88:00 | HD Video | 16:9 | Stereo | Color | 2014 | USA

 

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Justicia para Yakiri Rubio
   Juez determinará si la absuelve por “abusar de legítima defensa”

Excerpto Y es que a la joven de ahora 21 años se le acusa de homicidio por defenderse de la violación y herir, con la misma navaja con la que fue amenazada, a Miguel Ángel, el hombre que la ultrajó sexualmente. 

En lugar de ser defendida por la autoridad judicial, Yakiri fue encarcelada en el penal femenil de Santa Martha Acatitla, y después en el de Tepepan, ambos en esta capital.
 
Tras manifestaciones de su familia, feministas y activistas, y la acción de su defensa legal, la Quinta Sala Penal del Tribunal Superior de Justicia del Distrito Federal (TSJDF) reclasificó el delito de homicidio a homicidio con “uso excesivo de la legítima defensa”, por lo que la joven pudo seguir el proceso en libertad.

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Introduction – Nishan Bhaumik on the history of the Violence Against Women Act’s passage and reauthorization and the goals of the VAWA @ 20 series.

VAWA After the Party: Implementing Proposed Guidelines on Campus Sexual Assault Resolution – Mary P. Koss and Elise C. Lopez of the University of Arizona on the effect of existing and proposed VAWA guidelines on the process for sexual assault adjudication at institutions of higher education.

Roll Back “Prison Nation” – Donna Coker, Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law, on VAWA’s contribution to hyper-incarceration.

Raising the Visibility of the Margins and the Responsibility of Mainstream – Marcia Olivo, Sisterhood of Survivors/Miami Workers Center, and  Kelly Miller, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence, on the need to expand VAWA in order to guarantee protections for marginalized communities.

HIV, Violence Against Women, and Criminal Law Interventions – Aziza Ahmed, Associate Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law, on HIV/AIDS and the negative consequences of the criminal law approach to sex trafficking.

Art, Violence, and Women – Yxta Maya Murray, Professor at Loyola Law School, on how visual art can inform the feminist legal process.

The Politics of Pretext: VAWA Goes Global – Deborah M. Weissman, Reef C. Ivey II Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law, on VAWA International (I-VAWA), Congress’s attempt to expand U.S. influence in the realm of violence against women as a matter of foreign policy.

Building the Knowledge Base: Research Funding through VAWA – Claire M. Renzetti, of the University of Kentucky, Rebecca M. Campbell, of Michigan State University, and Allison Adair, of the University of Kentucky, on the substantial increase in empirical studies of the causes and consequences of violence against women, as well as research on responses to both victims and perpetrators.

Stalled at 20: VAWA, the Criminal Justice System, and the Possibilities of Restorative Justice – Leigh Goodmark, Professor Law at the University of the Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, on restorative justice and the failure of VAWA to provide abuse survivors with alternative venues for seeking justice.

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