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News Round-up ~ Resumen de noticias


 

 

REPORT:

In 2012, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) published a national compendium of law enforcement strategies to reduce the demand for commercial sex. The following explores the merits of a demand reduction approach; discusses strategies commonly used in the United States; and provides helpful links to guidance, evaluations, and best practices for implementing demand reduction strategies in jurisdictions.

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Access the full report, A National Overview of Prostitution and Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Efforts, including helpful implementation guidance.

The study also resulted in a user-friendly, publically available website containing this information and a database:www.demandforum.net.

 

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This is a comprehensive overview of the prevalence of rape in prison, with a focus on Pennsylvania prisons, along with the features of prison culture and inmate attitudes that facilitate prison rapes.

Abstract: After a brief review of studies of the prevalence of rape in custodial facilities, both male and female, this paper notes that regardless of the accuracy of the statistics, it is clear that there is a pervasive fear of such victimization, and this dominates inmate social interactions in prison. The discussion of what constitutes sexual assault includes the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections definition, which is “any acts or attempts to commit acts which involve sexual contact, sexual abuse or assault, the intentional touching, either directly or through clothing, of the genitalia, anus, groin, breast, inner thighs, or buttocks." The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections prohibits any form of sexual harassment or sexual contact with an inmate. After reviewing the prevalence and features of prohibited sexual contact in prison, the paper considers characteristics of the prison culture that influence inmate sexual behavior. Prison culture has a defined social category known as homosexual, but all inmates who engage in same-sex behavior are not considered homosexual. Prison culture distinguishes the category of homosexual into groups known as “homosexuals,” “gays,” “queens,” and “straights.” These categories are defined. This is followed by a discussion of “sexual violence in the prison environment,” which states that first-person accounts suggest that many rape attempts are perpetrated against young, newly incarcerated individuals who lack experience with violence or prison culture. This section also discusses motivating factors for sexual behavior, consensual versus coerced or forced sex, protective pairing, and bartering and trading for sex. Other topics addressed in this paper are sexual assault among female inmates and juvenile inmates, victim reporting of sexual assault, common reactions of inmates to sexual victimization, and the characteristics of sexually aggressive inmates. 37 references

                           SEE UNDERSTANDING PRISON RAPE GUIDE PDF HERE

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Building Partnerships Between Rape Crisis Centers and Correctional Facilities to Implement the PREA Victim Services Standards

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This report summarizes key issues and suggestions from a forum that discussed how correctional facilities and rape crisis centers can cooperate in implementing the sexual-assault victim services specified in the standards for implementing the Prisoner Rape Elimination Act (PREA).

Abstract: Rape crisis center is a term that denotes the many community-based sexual assault victim advocacy agencies across the county; however, sexual assault victims in corrections may not identify their assault experience as being one that rape crisis centers address. Training is required in order for the staffs of both rape crisis centers and corrections facilities to understand the relevance of such a partnership for victims of sexual assaults that occur in prisons and jails. The forum discussions provide guidance on conducting such training. Partnering efforts should then begin with the common goal of safety and appropriate services for in-prison sexual assault victims. It would be useful for correctional systems to assist their facilities in identifying and reaching out to rape crisis centers for the purpose of developing agreements that specify the services that rape crisis centers can provide for sexual assault victims in correctional facilities. Two discretionary grant projects from the U.S. Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime are piloting efforts to implement PREA victim services provisions and more generally facilitate a victim-centered, coordinated approach to sexual assault in corrections. Appended listing of forum participants and forum agenda

                          SEE GUIDE PDF HERE

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   Lanza AI campaña para exigir a las autoridades que actúen

Debido a que al menos seis de cada 10 mujeres migrantes son víctimas de violencia sexual durante su tránsito por México, Amnistía Internacional (AI) lanzó hoy la campaña “Paso Migratorio” a fin de visibilizar este flagelo.
 
AI explicó que la campaña tiene por objeto visibilizar los obstáculos que enfrentan mujeres, niñas y niños migrantes para ejercer sus derechos sexuales y reproductivos, durante su paso por el país.
 
Violencia sexual, embarazos no deseados, trata de personas, limitado acceso a servicios prenatales, nula información sobre anticonceptivos, escaso apoyo institucional e impunidad, son los principales problemas que enfrentan las migrantes en su tránsito por México, señalaron integrantes de la organización en conferencia de prensa.
 
Dijeron que AI busca implementar mecanismos de actuación en las estaciones migratorias que permitan identificar a mujeres, niñas y niños que hayan sufrido alguna violación, para que reciban atención adecuada, y “presionar” al gobierno federal para que establezca políticas públicas y estrategias con visión de género.

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Policy and Procedure Recommendations

The arrest of a parent can have a significant impact on a child, whether or not the child is present at the time of the arrest. Depending on age and quality of the relationship with the parent, children may feel shock, immense fear, anxiety, or anger towards the arresting officers or law enforcement in general that may linger for many years and have long term consequences. 

Over the past two decades, increasing emphasis has been placed on examination of the effects of these events on children of various ages and the ways in which law enforcement can make sure that involved children are not overlooked. But clear guidance for law enforcement agencies has not been widely available until now.

This report, an initiative of the Deputy Attorney General and White House Domestic Policy Council and sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, goes to the heart of the matter by providing detailed policy and procedure recommendations and an in depth look at the potential impact of parental arrests on children, whether they are at home at the time or not.

For more information, contact Phil Lynn at 703-836-6767 ext. 324.

PDF File:

Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents - Final_Web_v2.pdf

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The grass is fraying around the edges in Washington, D.C.'s Franklin Square Park, but the trees are more important. They offer much-appreciated shade to the homeless people who sit below.
 
Many of the park benches are occupied by homeless men — but there are a few women too. Susan, sitting amid her bags in the park's northwest corner, is one of them. She's been on and off the streets of Washington since 1995 and asked that her last name not be used because she was in an abusive relationship and doesn't want her whereabouts known.
 
Susan says life on the streets is a constant battle for all homeless people, but for women it's particularly hard. On top of the everyday challenges of finding food and a safe place to sleep, she says, women face the threat of sexual violence and cruelty.
 
In nearly two decades on the streets, Susan, with graying hair and bright eyes, has learned some tough lessons.
 
Lesson One: Don't Look Like A Woman
 

 

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Police officer Daniel Holtzclaw worked the evening shift, from four in the afternoon until two in the morning, patrolling the northeastern part of Oklahoma City. Between February and June he allegedly sexually assaulted at least seven women while on duty, including a 57-year-old grandmother who says she was forced to give Holtzclaw oral sex after he pulled her over. According to police chief Bill Citty, Holtzclaw coerced the women, all of whom were black, into sexual acts by threatening to arrest them.

“They’ve pretty much got power in the palm of their hand. And it’s your word against theirs,” one resident of the neighborhood Holtzclaw patrolled told a reporter. Another said that rumors of the assaults had been circulating for weeks.

News of Holtzclaw’s arrest last Thursday was overshadowed by the police brutality occurring in Ferguson, Missouri. The killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, and the crackdown on people protesting his death highlighted endemic problems of racial profiling, brutality and militarization within American law enforcement. Several writers pointed out after Brown’s death that women of color are often left out of these stories of police violence. Sometimes that violence is lethal. In many other cases it’s sexual in nature.

“It’s a huge problem,” said Philip Stinson, a professor at Bowling Green State University and the principle investigator for a Department of Justice–funded research project on police integrity, about sexual assault by police officers. “There are many opportunities for someone, if they were a predator, to engage in crimes of sexual violence that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do because of the power and authority they have [as a police officer].”

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One Week in the Hidden Epidemic of Police Violence Against Women

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Report claims police and council agencies failed victims, some of whom were threatened with guns and gang-raped

EXCERPT:

The report concluded: "No one knows the true scale of the child sexual 
exploitation (CSE) in Rotherham over the years. Our conservative 
estimate is that approximately 1,400 children were sexually exploited 
over the full inquiry period, from 1997 to 2013." 

In response, Rotherham council, which commissioned the report, said it 
accepted the findings, including the statement that failures "almost 
without exception" were attributed to senior managers in child 
protection services, elected councillors and senior police officers. 

It accepted that failures were not down to "frontline social or youth 
workers who are acknowledged in the report as repeatedly raising 
serious concerns about the nature and extent of this kind of child abuse".

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South Yorkshire police face new criticism over handling of major Crime,HMIC report finds under-fire police force failed to investigate allegations of major crime including rape and sexual assault

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   Falta estudios con visión de género para abatir trata de personas

Debido a que los estudios en México sobre trata de personas y explotación sexual con enfoque de género son prácticamente nulos, expertas feministas presentaron el Centro de Documentación e Investigación sobre  mujeres en situación de prostitución “Josephine Butler”.
 
Las impulsoras del proyecto son Fabiola Bailón, historiadora e investigadora del Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas de la UNAM, y Verónica Caporal, perita antropóloga de la Fiscalía Especial para los delitos de Violencia contra las Mujeres y Trata de Personas (Fevimtra), de la Procuraduría General de la República.
 
Ambas son coautoras del libro “Diagnóstico del ciclo vital de mujeres en situación de prostitución y su relación con el proxenetismo”, el cual fue publicado recientemente y deriva de una investigación cualitativa y entrevistas a mujeres en situación de prostitución en diferentes lugares de México.
 
La importancia del proyecto de documentación, comentaron las especialistas durante la presentación, es que las feministas intervengan en las discusiones sobre las medidas que los gobiernos toman de manera coyuntural para “supuestamente” erradicar la trata de personas.

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John Meekins has been a corrections officer in Florida for more than nine years. Throughout his career, he has often heard female inmates talk about being prostituted and held captive by pimps—a situation he initially considered a consequence for many drug abusers.

However, he started asking more questions and soon discovered many of these women are victims of human trafficking. With further inquiry, he also learned about a network of female prisoners who are actively recruiting inmates on behalf of outside pimps.

How Pimps Are Reaching Inside Prison Walls
woman sitting in jailMeekins discovered that pimps are using these inside recruiters to identify vulnerable women who are getting out of jail soon. Much of the communication between pimps and recruiters comes right through the prison mailroom. He has read dozens of letters written by pimps to their recruiters specifying how many women they must recruit and how much they will be paid for their services.

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This past week, a Florida pastor was arrested for failing to report the suspected sexual abuse of a child. Over a year ago, one of the three young victims informed the pastor of the ongoing abuse. Though he provided the victim with counseling, the pastor never reported the crime to the police because he “didn’t have proof”.

How does a pastor respond when informed of allegations concerning child sexual abuse? All too often the responses by pastors are too little too late.   Here is a simple rule that should be followed by pastors and everyone else: Immediately report allegations of child sexual abuse.   Not only will you potentially save the life of a child and stop the heinous acts of a predator, but you will also most likely be following the law.

Approximately 27 states specifically designate members of the clergy (pastors) as mandated reporters. Another 18 states designate all adults to be mandated reporters of suspected child abuse. This means that in almost every state of the country, pastors are mandated by law to report suspected child abuse or face criminal prosecution. Even in those limited circumstances when a pastor is not a mandated reporter, nothing prevents him/her from voluntarily reporting suspected abuse to the authorities.

Confessional - photo courtesy of Brian Allen via Flickr

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Confessional – photo courtesy of Brian Allen via Flickr(Image source)

Perhaps the most confusing issue for most pastors related to reporting child sexual abuse is what to do when a perpetrator is the one who discloses the abuse. If a perpetrator confesses to sexually abusing a child to a pastor, every effort should be made by the pastor to insure that the offender immediately reports his/her crime to the authorities. This should certainly be the expectation if the perpetrator has expressed a desire to demonstrate repentance. Expressing repentance for a crime without voluntarily submitting to the civil authorities is manipulation, not repentance. The dark reality is that most offenders who confess abuse to a pastor won’t report themselves to the authorities. In those circumstances, the pastor has a fundamental decision to make; remain silent and protect a perpetrator, or report the abuse and protect a vulnerable

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Inocencia Robada es un documental que refleja la historia de dos primas, Erika y Estrella de 14 años, respectivamente, quienes cayeron en manos de la Trata de Personas. Relatan, con estricto apego a... la realidad, los momentos vividos durante su cautiverio. Tepetlixpa, Estado de México, es el pueblo de estas pequeñas, quienes vivían a unos metros de distancia la una de la otra, solían salir juntas a todos lados, estudiar, jugar, soñar, reír; pero en un instante, su vida cambio: el paraíso de la inocencia se convirtió en su peor pesadilla. Una pesadilla que se repite una y otra vez, aunque los personajes son diferentes, los unen algunas similitudes: son seres inocentes. Erika y Estrella pasaron a formar parte de una lista de más de 250 mil víctimas de Trata de Personas. Los vestidos de princesa y esa fiesta de 15 años que nunca llegó, se transformaron en bestiales ataques, brutales violaciones. Ya no eran princesas, eran esclavas sexuales, acompañantes de desconocidos con aliento alcohólico y tabaco, noches y días interminables. El instinto de supervivencia de Estrella, hizo que lograra escapar, llegara a casa, y aún en shock, acudiera a las autoridades para liberar a su prima de esa esclavitud. Estrella corrió con la suerte de que la policía del Estado de México, cumpliera con su deber y ambas niñas regresaran a casa donde las esperaban sus padres, sus osos de peluche, la paz y seguridad del amor de sus familias. "Inocencia Robada, El Documental", es el reflejo de la realidad que los niños, niñas y jóvenes enfrentan día a día, cuando son víctimas de trata de personas. Habla de la actuación oportuna de la autoridad, cuando si hay quien ejecute su trabajo con compromiso y muestra el avance que se tiene en esta materia, por la relevancia que este delito representa para el crimen organizado. Tepetlixpa, Estado de México. 27 de Enero de 2011.

SEE THIS DOCUMENTARY WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES HERE

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principle source, policemisconduct.net
 
Tuscaloosa, AL, August 21, 2014,  police officer,  Jimmy Darrell Smith, 33, accused of sexually assaulting & attempting to strangle his wife He was arrested by the Tuscaloosa County Homicide Unit on Thursday. http://ow.ly/AD6Vd 
 
Update: San Diego, CA, August 22, 2014, former San Diego police officer, Christopher Hays, 30,  pled guilty: accused of groping, illegally detaining several women. In addition to Hays, SDPD Officer Donald Moncrief was accused earlier this year of touching a woman inappropriately during an arrest in the South Bay and allegedly exposing himself to the woman. Meanwhile, former San Diego police officer Anthony Arevalos is currently serving prison time for sexual battery and false imprisonment charges he committed while in uniform as a police officer patrolling the Gaslamp from 2009 to 2011.   http://ow.ly/AD7d3 
 
Phoenix, AZ, August 20, 2014, Criminal & admin investigations launched into officer-involved fatal shooting of mentally ill woman http://ow.ly/ACznw 
 
Denver, CO, August 20, 2014, Denver Police Department officer, Mark Beluscak, 45, was arrested on child abuse charges http://ow.ly/ACrOn 
 
Oklahoma City, OK, August 21,2014, Oklahoma Police officer, Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw is in jail: accused of several on-duty sexual assaults: described as “disturbing” by chief http://ow.ly/ACoJx 
 
Update: West Columbia, South Carolina: August 19, 2014,  A police officer, Andrew Haney, 31, was found guilty of one count of lascivious acts with a 13-year-old girl. He faces a mandatory prison sentence of five years followed by years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender. http://ow.ly/AxyKc
 
Savanna, Georgia: August 20, 2014,The assistant police chief, Bo Muhalland, has resigned after being accused of providing beer to three underage girls. He has been charged with three felony counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor. He’s also been charged with misdemeanor counts of reckless driving and obstructing an officer. http://ow.ly/AxLKI
 
North Port, Florida: A police officer who kissed a 16-year-old girl faces unpaid suspension and probation for the act but will not be criminally charged. The teen and her father reported to the department that she was kissed by the officer against her will. http://ow.ly/AdaHr
 
Jemez Springs, New Mexico: August 18, 2014, The now-former police chief, already fired by the town for “questions of judgment,” has been indicted on criminal sexual penetration and other charges that occurred while he was the chief. http://ow.ly/AdbDZ
 
Update: Tulsa, Oklahoma, August 19, 2014, (First reported 08-06-14): 54-year-old Shannon Kepler, a Tulsa police officer, has pled not guilty to first-degree murder in the off-duty shooting death of his daughter’s boyfriend. http://ow.ly/Axxsu
 
Glendale, California: August 19, 2014, A Glendale police officer, Vahak Mardikian, 48,  on vacation in Las Vegas was charged with soliciting prostitution after a sting involving an undercover cop. http://ow.ly/AxEst
 
Palatka, Florida: August 19, 2014, A police detective, 48-year-old Reno Chevelle Fells, has resigned after being arrested in a prostitution sting. http://ow.ly/Avsfr
 
Update: Fayetteville, Arkansas August 15, 2014, (Previously reported 02-14-14): The fired police officer, Jamison Stiles, accused of raping a woman while on duty received five years probation in a plea deal with prosecutors. He will be required to register as a sex offender. http://ow.ly/Avptg
 
Emmett Township, Michigan: August 16, 2014, A police officer, 45-year-old Troy Estree, has been arrested by state troopers and is expected to be formally charged with two counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct.The victim is allegedly a female teenaged relative who is under 16.  http://ow.ly/Asn7m
 
Tucumcari, New Mexico: August 15, 2014, Authorities say a state police officer, Isaac Vigil, has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. He’s not allowed to perform any police duties and has had to turn in his police vehicle, badge and department-issued firearms. e ow.ly/As2U8
 

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“A mí también me violó el ejército de Guatemala” la afirmación estalla y no hay manera de eludir las esquirlas. Es la frase del cartel que promociona el 3er Festival Comunitario por la voz, la memoria y la vida de las mujeres en Huehuetenango, durante agosto de 2013, organizado por la colectiva Actoras de Cambio. Desde dicho rótulo una mujer vistiendo hüipil interpela y recuerda una cadena de violencias que aún no han sido reparadas. Heridas que no cierran, que comenzaron a fines de 1970 y se profundizaron hasta principios de 1980, contexto en el que se produjeron más de 600 masacres en las aldeas del seno de la población maya. 

Catarina Gómez habla en su idioma ancestral maya, pero en su discurso aparecen las huellas de la violencia en claro español: “Organización”, “violación”, “discriminación”, “mal trato”. Una compañera traduce: “las mujeres sí sufrimos el mal trato y luego de eso comenzó el narcotráfico y la violencia de otra manera. Se rompió mi silencio por que ya no quiero sufrir más, ya no quiero que regrese otra vez cómo fue en el 82 y las mujeres, los jóvenes, los chiquitos y todos aquellos que vienen atrás, no quiero que sigan sufriendo”. 

Una gran marimba con cuatro ejecutantes en un lugar privilegiado del salón comunal de Chaculá. El suelo regado con ramitas de pino. Del techo cuelgan globos y banderines. Si nadie avisara que es un espacio para que las sobrevivientes de la violación sexual de la guerra civil se encuentren a celebrar la vida, podríamos confundir el evento con una fiesta de quince años. Si sólo observáramos cómo las mujeres bailan entre ellas al ritmo dulce de la marimba, sin saber que muchas de ellas después de haber sido abusadas no por uno si no por una decena de soldados fueron esclavizadas por las tropas, pensaríamos apenas en un dulce daño alejado del verdadero latigazo que les tocó vivir no hace tanto. 

La colectiva Actoras de Cambio trabaja con estas mujeres desde 2004 con premisas claras: romper el silencio alrededor de la violencia y la violación sexual. ¿Cómo reparar con justicia momentos marcados con la violencia del fuego? Se trata, no sólo de relatar la violencia para sanar, si no también de “reapropiarse del propio cuerpo, de la sexualidad y lograr ser personas propositivas y generadoras de cambios” tal como definen Amandine Fulchiron y Liduvina Mendez, coordinadoras de los grupos de mujeres.

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The casket of 6-year-old Samenia Robinson is laid to rest alongside those of her mother, Detra Rainey, 39, and three brothers in Hillsboro Brown Cemetery in 2006. Detra Rainey’s husband was accused of fatally shooting her and his stepchildren inside their North Charleston mobile home. FILE/STAFF

 
 

More than 300 women were shot, stabbed, strangled, beaten, bludgeoned or burned to death over the past decade by men in South Carolina, dying at a rate of one every 12 days while the state does little to stem the carnage from domestic abuse.

More than three times as many women have died here at the hands of current or former lovers than the number of Palmetto State soldiers killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined.

It’s a staggering toll that for more than 15 years has placed South Carolina among the top 10 states nationally in the rate of women killed by men. The state topped the list on three occasions, including this past year, when it posted a murder rate for women that was more than double the national rate.

Awash in guns, saddled with ineffective laws and lacking enough shelters for the battered, South Carolina is a state where the deck is stacked against women trapped in the cycle of abuse, a Post and Courier investigation has found.

Couple this with deep-rooted beliefs about the sanctity of marriage and the place of women in the home, and the vows “till death do us part” take on a sinister tone.

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The current crisis at the southern U.S. border has been all over the news as thousands of unaccompanied children have been apprehended. This crisis is yet another reminder of why we need comprehensive immigration reform and why immigration is a feminist issue.

While the majority of children apprehended at the border are boys, the number of girls is increasing at a startling rate. While from 2013 to 2014, the number of boys detained at the border rose eight percent, while the number of girls rose 77 percent, increasing from 7,339 to 13,008.  This year, 40 percent of children at the border were girls, up from 27 percent last year.

These girls and boys are all fleeing violence, extreme poverty, and high murder rates in their home countries. In addition to those threats to their security and wellbeing, women and girls also face gender-based violence.

There has been an increase in incidents of gender-based violence in Central America in recent years. Rates of femicide (the targeted, systematic killing of women and girls), sexual violence, kidnapping, forced disappearance and unjustified detention are on the rise in the region, causing thousands of women to flee Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico due to their well-justified fear of being raped, murdered or tortured.

Most of the unaccompanied girls apprehended at the U.S. border this year came from Honduras, where the pandemic of gender-based violence is particularly severe. Rates of gender-based violence in Honduras rose sharply after the 2009 coup d’état and during the subsequent regime of Porfirio Lobo. Between 2002 and 2010, the rate of femicide increased 257 percent and, today, the second most prevalent cause of death of women is gender-based violence.

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REPORT ON RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE AGAINST BLACK/AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN, INCLUDING THOSE IDENTIFYING AS LGBTQ, AND THE IMPACT OF INADEQUATE RACIAL JUSTICE INITIATIVES AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION POLICY IMPLEMENTATION IN THE UNITED STATES.

SUBMITTED BY BLACK WOMEN’S BLUEPRINT

June 30, 2014

                                                                                                                                                           IN RESPONSE TO THE

85th Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

11-29 August 2014

Geneva, Switzerland

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Which kind of policing do you want for your community?

Police recruiting videos provide a unadulterated view of exactly the kind of people police agencies want to attract. They expose the origins of police problems we're seeing today, and the overlooked need of communities to take control of selecting who should be allowed to hold police powers in the first place,

The four American videos show police agencies seeking people attracted to adrenaline fueled, hyper militarized, hyper male, hyper weaponized forces battling against the community in one aggresive use of force after the other.

The one Canadian video provides a stark contrast with the police agency seeking people who can communicate, listen, empathize, and care about their diverse community. Even the background music in these videos tells the story. It's a fascinating and instructive look at two polar opposite views of police philosophies. Which kind of police do you want for your community? 

Oh, and to which of these agencies would you be willing to report a rape or domestic violence?

RECRUITING VIDEOS - US:

Antioch, CA Police

Gainsville, Fl

Illinois State Police

Las Vegas Police

RECRUITING VIDEO - CANADA

Peel Regional Police (Ontario)

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from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Researchers and professionals in the field have known for years that domestic violence and child maltreatment often co-occur in families. The extent to which this happens is hard to estimate, with early studies indicating overlaps ranging from 30% to 60%. When domestic violence is identified in a juvenile dependency case, it is important that judges respond in a way that holds the perpetrator of the violence accountable, keeps the victim and children safe, and helps to prevent future violence.

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) recognizes the challenges inherent to the intersection of child maltreatment and domestic violence. In 1999, the NCJFCJ published Effective Interventions in Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment Cases: Guidelines for Policy and Practice (otherwise known as the Greenbook), which provides guiding framework for communities faced with co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment. Subsequently the NCJFCJ developed the Reasonable Efforts Checklist for Dependency Cases Involving Domestic Violence and the Checklist to Promote Perpetrator Accountability in Dependency Cases Involving Domestic Violence.

This Technical Assistance Bulletin (TAB) reports on additional steps the NCJFCJ has taken to further explore this complex issue. The TAB includes findings from case file reviews in three jurisdictions that explore how cases with overlapping domestic violence are treated in comparison to dependency cases without domestic violence, identifies themes that emerged from court stakeholder teams that attended a domestic violence and child maltreatment co-occurrence mini-conference, and provides recommendations to the field of how to enhance practice when there is a co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment. 

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As Ferguson continues to reel after Michael Brown’s death and the police threaten to shoot journalists and tear gas children, three badass teenage coders from Georgia have developed a timely mobile app to hold police accountable.

Five-O, created by siblings Ima, Asha, and Caleb Christian, allows users to detail their encounters with police officers and rate them on their professionalism. Anyone can check how their community stacks up and the information will be sent to law enforcement. “We’d like to know which regions in the US provide horrible law enforcement services as well as highlight the agencies that are highly rated by their citizens, explained senior Ima.” In addition to putting more power into the hands of citizens when interacting with law enforcement, we believe that highly rated police departments should be used as models for those that fail at providing quality law enforcement services.” 

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The Role of Educational Experiences in Promoting Resilience to Crime and Violence in Early Adulthood

Abstract

This study investigates whether positive educational experiences in midadolescence mitigate the impact of exposure to substantiated maltreatment and reduces young adult antisocial behavior. While there is theoretical and empirical support for the mediating or moderating role of educational experiences on maltreatment and antisocial outcomes, few prospective studies exist. In this exploratory study, data are from the Rochester Youth Development Study (RYDS), a longitudinal panel study of 1,000 adolescents. The original sample included 73% males, and 85% African American or Hispanic youth of whom about 20% were maltreated. Measures in this study are from a combination of interview data and official records collected through age 23. Outcomes include self-reported crime and violence, arrest, and partner violence perpetration. Educational variables include midadolescent self-report of high school graduation, educational aspiration, college expectation, school commitment, teacher attachment, self-reported grades, school GPA, attendance, and an additive index of all school assets. Multivariate path analysis controlled for gender, race/ethnicity, poverty, and early antisocial behavior.

Path analysis examined whether educational experiences mediated the impact of maltreatment on antisocial outcomes. Although maltreatment was significantly predictive of criminal and violent behaviors, it only was weakly associated with educational experiences. The impact of maltreatment on arrest was weakly mediated (reduced) by educational GPA and by high school graduation. The additive index also mediated the impact of maltreatment on crime and violence. Maltreatment’s impact on partner violence was also weakly mediated by school GPA. Interaction terms were used to test for moderation: only one significant effect was found: school GPA protects maltreated youth from perpetration of partner violence as young adults. Although there are few significant effects in a number of models, the research is consistent with a focus on promoting school achievement and completion among urban youth in general, in conjunction with addressing earlier antisocial behavior problems.

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Lorena Roca vive en Salta. Tiene 29 años y una muy temprana historia de abusos y maltratos. Desde los 19 es víctima de violencia de género por parte de su ex pareja. Aunque radicó 102 denuncias policiales contra la misma persona, jamás recibió asistencia integral por parte del Estado. Red Eco Alternativo

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(Giselle Scardilli - Red Eco) Salta -  Lorena vive con sus hijas de 11 y 8 años en el barrio Los Pinares de la localidad Cerrillo en la capital salteña. Al día de hoy, realizó más de cien denuncias en distintas dependencias de la ciudad de Salta en contra de Luis Ledesma, su ex pareja y padre de sus dos hijas. A pesar de este abultado expediente que acumula los abusos de la violencia machista que sufrió durante 10 años, hoy tiene moretones de los golpes que le dio su ex marido hace tan solo una semana y media cuando la encontró por la calle.
Las 102 denuncias realizadas por la víctima se radicaron en diferentes dependencias. Muchas de ellas en la Subcomisaría Los Pinares, del barrio donde vive. Otras tantas fueron efectuadas en la Oficina de Violencia Familar (OVIF) del Poder Judicial de Salta. “Yo no les creo más nada a los de OVIF, hice casi 50 denuncias ahí y solamente conseguí vivir durante años con la policía en la puerta, pero nada más. Ahora, por orden del juez, debería tener custodia policial pero no hay nadie. Si reclamás, quedás mal en el barrio, los oficiales te miran mal”, contó a Red Eco. Si bien Ledesma posee una orden de restricción, la vulnera frecuentemente ya que la pena por dicha transgresión es una multa de $500, según cuenta Lorena.

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Highway Patrol's Ron Johnson Transforms Ferguson's Anger Into Healing

The time bomb that was Ferguson, Missouri, was defused Thursday thanks to the presence and leadership of Capt. Ron Johnson of the State Highway Patrol.

On Thursday, amid unrest over the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Mike Brown, Gov. Jay Nixon announced the St. Louis County Police Department would be relieved from duty. Control was turned over to the Missouri State Highway Patrol with Johnson at the helm. The move came after the department's extreme tactics made headlines across the nation, with reports detailing unjust arrests as well as demonstrators being injured by rubber bullets, tear gas and pepper spray.

When Johnson took over, the mood in Ferguson changed.

He told troopers to remove their gas masks. Then he marched alongside protestors, holding their hands and listening to their stories.

“I’m not afraid to be in this crowd,” he said while walking with the marchers gathered in the St. Louis suburb, per The Washington Post.

“When I see a young lady cry because of fear of this uniform, that’s a problem," he also said. "We’ve got to solve that.”

Cpt. Johnson WALKED in the march. "We're all in this together...we're not in this for fear, to intimidate."

He told protestors Thursday evening that the issues facing the city have hit close to home for him. "I've got a son that deals with the same thing," Johnson said.

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SEE ALSO: It Turns Out Policing Is Better Than Occupying

AND:  To Terrify and Occupy, How the Excessive Militarization of the Police Is Turning Cops Into Counterinsurgents

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The Women Peacemakers Program (WPP) published its Policy Brief on Gender & Militarism! This Policy Brief aims to inform activities and lobby & advocacy efforts for the advancement of UNSCR 1325 and the Women, Peace & Security Agenda. 

Read the WPP Policy Brief Gender & Militarism

IMG 8895 CopyWith the 15th anniversary of UNSCR 1325 around the corner (October 2015), this brief draws upon the discussions held during the WPP Global Consultation (July 2014) about current trends and challenges in advancing implementation of UNSCR 1325. For 2,5 days consultation participants analyzed, from a holistic gender perspective, UNSCR 1325 in connection with militarism and the current global security framework. This analysis exposes the negative impact of current trends to militarize security for the Women, Peace & Security agenda; it also provides an alternative nonviolent framework for creating sustainable peace for both women and men. WPP has included recommendations to advance gender-sensitive peace and security in the brief, addressing a wide variety of stakeholders, from international (UN) to the local level, from governmental officials to (women) peace organizations.

WPP thanks all who supported and contributed to the successful Global Consultation, especially for the rich sharing of insights and experiences on Women, Peace and Security among participants. The analysis and examples of gender-sensitive nonviolent actions, aiming to challenge militarism and creating sustainable peace, inspire our activism. WPP will continue working in partnership as well as supporting ongoing and innovative work to advance gender-sensitive peace. 

Download the Policy Brief Gender & Militarism

 

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News broke yesterday that “Ma’Lik Richmond, one of two teens convicted in the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, is back on the roster of the Steubenville Big Red football team.”

It’s been only two years since the arrests of Richmond and fellow Big Red teammate, Trent Mays, for the rape of a girl in Steubenville. It’s important to remember that even after the boys arrests, no one cared about this case. Alexandria Goddard, a former Steubenville resident and a blogger, dug up everything she could off of the internet and started relentlessly pushing the story from her own site. Her account of her own experience being at the forefront of this case is horrible; she has paid a steep price for forcing this case into the national and international spotlights.

The victim in the case – Jane Doe – received death threats in the wake of Richmond and Mays being convicted. She was blamed for what happened to her, despite the conviction. She was the antagonist in a story where the real crime was how being found delinquent would ruin those boys’ lives:

It wasn’t enough that ABC aired a rosy profile of one of the now-convicted rapists before the trial, emphasizing his happy mood the night of the rape and his football career. Instead, CNN anchor Candy Crowley and correspondent Poppy Harlow talked about how hard it was to watch the convicted rapists break into tears, given their good grades and, again, their football-playing prowess. NBC’s Ron Allen spoke eloquently about the boys’ “dreams” of college and, again, their football skills now wasted by their convictions. And, of course, the APUSA Today andYahoo stories about the convictions all led off with how the victim in the case – of whom the boys were convicted of raping – was reportedly drunk on the night in question. The convicted rapists’ intoxication, or lack thereof, was not, apparently, editorially important.

Richmond was released from Juvenile Detention in January after serving less than a year. Jefferson County Chief Probation Officer Fred Abdalla Jr. told WTRF, “There’s no law against it that states he can’t play. There’s no OHSA rules that they’d be violating, then I think the boy should be allowed to play. Malik Richmond has done everything the court has asked him since he’s been sentenced.”

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