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News Round-up ~ Resumen de noticias


Una mujer cubana sostiene a su hija en brazos mientras disfrutan de un espectáculo de teatro callejero enun barrio de La habana. Crédito: Jorge Luis Baños/IPS

LA HABANA, 27 may 2014 (IPS) - En Cuba, los medios de comunicación y las autoridades repiten que la participación social de las mujeres es la causa de la baja fecundidad de este país, un argumento que tiene toda la carga de la culpa.

Cuba, que no alcanza desde 1978 el necesario reemplazo poblacional de al menos una hija por mujer, presentó en 2013 una tasa bruta de fecundidad de 1,71 descendientes por cada una, según la Oficina Nacional de Estadísticas e Información (ONEI).

La disminución de los nacimientos, la baja mortalidad y el saldo migratorio negativo en parte determinado por una crisis económica de más de 20 años, elevan la población de adultos mayores en este país del Caribe insular, con casi 11,2 millones de habitantes.

Mujeres especialistas en población y feministas reaccionaron inusualmente molestas por el tratamiento mediático de este tema, a raíz de un reportaje del 29 de abril en el Noticiero Nacional de la Televisión Cubana (NTV), que llega cada noche a las pantallas.

“Estoy harta de escuchar por los medios cubanos, en boca de periodistas, especialistas y hasta de altos dirigentes que las mujeres somos responsables de la baja fecundidad”, protestó la joven feminista Helen Hernández en un comentario que circuló ese mismo día por Internet.


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Key findings

Despite soaring reports of rape, for the past decade detections, prosecutions and convictions in rape cases have not kept pace – and attrition, the rate at which cases are dropped during a police investigation, has gone from bad to worse.

Only around 15% of rapes recorded by police as crimes last year resulted in rape charges being brought against a suspect. And fewer were convicted.

Two thirds of rape complaints drop out of the criminal justice system before they are sent to prosecutors.

The situation is so bad that a former senior adviser at the Met Police says rape for many victims has been ‘decriminalised’.



A Typical Rape Case Police Investigation
 The Easy ABC of Ditching a Rape Case
Advocating for Victims of Sex Crimes during 
the Police Investigation
Form for Evaluating Police Rape Investigation

Improving Sex Crime Victim Interviews, 12 Do's and Don't's

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Police reform law underenforced by Department of Justice

A law designed to combat police misconduct is hamstrung by limited resources, a lack of transparency and 'political spillover' at the U.S. Department of Justice, according to a recently published article by Stephen Rushin, a law professor at the University of Illinois and expert in criminal law and policing. Credit: L. Brian Stauffer, Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-05-police-reform-law-underenforced-department.html#jCp

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A law designed to combat police misconduct is hamstrung by limited resources, a lack of transparency and 'political spillover' at the U.S. Department of Justice, according to a recently published article by Stephen Rushin, a law professor at …more A law designed to combat police misconduct is hamstrung by limited resources, a lack of transparency and "political spillover" at the U.S. Department of Justice, says a recently published empirical study by Stephen Rushin, a law professor at the University of Illinois and expert in criminal law and policing. 

In 1994, Congress passed 42 U.S.C. Section 14141 as part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, granting the U.S. attorney general the power to initiate structural reform litigation against local police departments http://phys.org/tags/police+departments/engaged in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional behavior.

Back then, the law's passage made few headlines. But 20 years later, it has served as the basis for the Department of Justice to forcefully reform numerous large police http://phys.org/tags/police/ departments across the country – including Cincinnati, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Washington, D.C. 

Nevertheless, the Justice Department has faced numerous hurdles in enforcing the statute, Rushin said. 
"Historically, the federal government has only initiated an average of three formal investigations under Section 14141 per year," he said. "And the DOJ has only pursued full-scale reform against an average of about one department per year. There are around 18,000 police departments in the U.S. So it's partly an issue of scale – the Justice Department doesn't have anywhere near as much money, time and people power to truly engage in extensive oversight of all the police departments across the country. They work hard to make the most of the resources they have. But it is a messy and imprecise process." 

Rushin's article also shows how the Department of Justice has unevenly enforced Section 14141 over time. Having looked at interview evidence, he attributes these variations in enforcement to changes in leadership and internal policies, which affected both the breadth and depth of enforcement. In some cases where systemic police misconduct did appear to exist, a phenomenon Rushin calls "political spillover" deterred the d Department from pursuing a case. 

"As you might expect, politics plays a role in the willingness of the federal government to respond to claims of misconduct in police departments," he said. "Fighting police misconduct at the federal level is politically contentious. As my evidence shows, during the Clinton administration and Obama administration, the DOJ took on an aggressive posture in fighting police misconduct. During the second half of the Bush administration, they were generally uninterested in using the statute." 

In the study, Rushin recommends that the Department of Justice adopt a more transparent internal case selection process to create incentives for proactive reform in local police agencies. He also recommends that state and national policymakers seek alternative routes to increase the number of structural police reform cases. "Combined, those changes could ensure that structural police reform lives up to its potential as a transformative tool for countering police misconduct," he said. 


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Comunicado Asamblea Feminista Unitaria

La lucha feminista es diaria, permanente, diversa e internacionalGranada, 29 may. 14. AmecoPress.- El 27 de mayo salimos de nuevo a la calle para seguir ofreciendo resistencia a la mal llamada “Ley Orgánica de protección de los derechos del concebido y de la mujer embarazada”, que pretende sacar adelante el Ministro Gallardón. Y seguiremos saliendo a la calle para defender un derecho innegociable por el que históricamente ha luchado el movimiento feminista: el derecho a decidir sobre nuestros cuerpos y sobre nuestras vidas.



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The event was sponsored by Men As Peacemakers (MenAsPeacemakers.org) and the Program to Aid Victims of Sexual Assault (PAVSA.org). The meeting was held in the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Hall at the Duluth Labor Temple. 
This program is Creative Commons Copyright 2014, Wild Goose Media, JP Rennquist. This program may be used or shared for any reason with attribution. If you can, please let us know how it is being used and the kind of reception that it receives.

Men Against Trafficking:

Native Women Speak

Men Against Trafficking (Part 2)

What Men Can Do

Men Against Trafficking (Part 3):

Organizing a Community Response

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Unable and Unwilling States, UNHCR and International Responsibility
Maja Janmyr


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Maricopa, AZ police detective accused of assaulting wife & son during dom dispute arrested & put on paid leave http://ow.ly/xivXM 
Memphis, TN police officer charged with molesting child; accused of sexually abusing girl for the last five years http://ow.ly/xitSA
Fall River, Massachusetts: A police lieutenant arrested for domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon has been released on home confinement. He was arrested after a violent incident. http://ow.ly/xcytZ
Los Angeles, California: A police officer has been charged with the attempted murder of his estranged wife during an off-duty incident of domestic violence. http://ow.ly/xcwKX
Boston, Massachusetts: A police officer has been suspended from the force for four months for allegedly stalking a woman while on duty. http://ow.ly/xcwsT
Phenix City, Alabama: A woman has filed suit after she says an officer beat her after she tried to stop him from coming into her home without permission. http://ow.ly/xbSys
Update: Robbinsdale, Minnesota (First reported 03-25-14): The now-former police chief pled guilty to engaging in prostitution. He was charged with the misdemeanor after being arrested in a prostitution sting. http://ow.ly/xbClm
Lincoln County, Tennessee: A deputy has been accused of domestic assault. Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said he was arrested after an alleged altercation with his wife. http://ow.ly/x9psa
Prince George’s County, Maryland: A former police officer pled guilty to second-degree assault for taking a lewd photo of a woman who was unconscious. http://ow.ly/x9mzk
New York, New York: Two police officers are among 70 men and one woman arrested on charges of trading child pornography in what federal officials say is one of the largest-ever roundups in the New York City area. http://ow.ly/x9kvu
Vanderburgh County, Indiana: For more than a month, a sergeant has collected a paycheck while being on paid administrative leave. He was placed on leave after an ‘intimidation’ or ‘stalking’ complaint was filed against him. http://ow.ly/x9iOy
South Jersey, New Jersey: Two long-serving officers have been accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old. An Atlantic City officer and a Brigantine officer were both arrested after a lengthy investigation. http://ow.ly/x921h
St. Joseph County, Michigan: A prosecutor has called for the firing of a state trooper who pulled a gun on an 18-year-old woman whom he had stopped for speeding. A video shows the trooper leaving his cruiser with gun drawn, then handcuffing the woman and putting her in the backseat of his cruiser. http://ow.ly/x5PSu
Chicago, Illinois: A police officer hit a handcuffed, kneeling woman in the head, while another shouted racially charged comments at her and threatened she’d be murdered during a raid of a tanning salon. The woman has filed suit, accusing the officers of a hate crime, excessive force, and attempted cover-up by framing her. http://ow.ly/x5M2v
Update: Mount Pleasant, New York (First reported 01-24-14): The now-former police chief pled not guilty to child pornography charges in federal court. He is accused of downloading more than 120 files, videos, and images of child pornography. http://ow.ly/x5NGF
Pike County, Mississippi: A highway patrol trooper accused of raping a woman during a traffic stop is no longer employed. The trooper was accused, but not arrested when a woman claimed she had been raped. http://ow.ly/x40HU
Camden County, New Jersey: A high-ranking police official has been charged with lewdness after allegedly exposing himself in a coffee shop. His chief calls the allegations “deeply troubling.” Authorities say the officer pulled down his shorts while seated at a table and masturbated. http://ow.ly/x4o6A

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Attributing the rampage in Isla Vista to 'a madman' ignores a stark truth about our society

We should know this by now, but it bears repeating: misogyny kills.

On Friday night, a man – identified by police as Elliot Rodgers – allegedly seeking "retribution" against women whom he said sexually rejected him went on a killing spree in Isla Vista, California, killing six people and sending seven more to the hospital with serious gunshot injuries. Three of the bodies were reportedly removed from Rodger's apartment.

Before the mass murder he allegedly committed, 22-year-old Rodger – also said to have been killed Friday night – made several YouTube videos complaining that he was a virgin and that beautiful women wouldn't pay attention to him. In one, he calmly outlined how he would "slaughter every single spoiled, stuck-up, blond slut I see".

According to his family, Rodger was seeking psychiatric treatment. But to dismiss this as a case of a lone "madman" would be a mistake.

It not only stigmatizes the mentally ill – who are much more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators of it – but glosses over the role that misogyny and gun culture play (and just how foreseeable violence like this is) in a sexist society. After all, while it is unclear what role Rodger's reportedly poor mental health played in the alleged crime, the role of misogyny is obvious.



The media scapegoating of Rodger’s childhood crush, The "stunning" blonde didn't make him hate women 


WHITE GUY KILLER SYNDROME, Can I go ahead and scream yet? It's time for America to admit what it's long resisted: White male privilege kills


California Slayings Trigger Outcry at Misogyny

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Written for the National Resource Center on Justice-Involved Women by 
Marilyn Van Dieten, Ph.D. 
Natalie J. Jones, Ph.D. 
Monica Rondon, B.S.
Over the last decade, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of females entering the justice system. Currently, women offenders constitute approximately 25% of individuals incarcerated and/or under community supervision (Ferraro & Moe, 2003; Mullings, Hartley, & Marquart, 2004). When compared to males, the majority of justice-involved females are convicted of offenses that are relatively minor in severity (e.g., non-violent offenses like fraud and drug-related charges). However, a small percentage of this population has been charged with violent crimes, including intimate partner violence (IPV). 
This practice brief was designed to summarize the available research on female perpetrated violence. Information in this area is still quite limited. However, there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that females who engage in violence are not a homogenous group and that there are some important differences in the context and expression of violent behavior across gender. We will examine a host of personal, contextual, cultural, and 
victimization-related factors among females charged with intimate partner violence and other violent crimes. This information will then be translated into recommendations for assessment and intervention.

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Marilyn Jean Smith, '74, G-'77, and H-'04, founder of Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services

In response to the murder of a Deaf woman by her abusive husband the Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services (ADWAS) started what is now considered the beginning of the anti-domestic and anti-sexual violence movement in Deaf America. This was in the spring of 1985. Using models from mainstream domestic and sexual violence victim services ADWAS spent the next twelve years modifying these models by incorporating Deaf cultural norms and by creating a Deaf-friendly environment to serve Deaf and Deaf-Blind victims and survivors.

These early years proved very difficult for two key reasons: the Deaf community was not ready to confront the reality of domestic violence and sexual assault and the criminal justice system was filled with barriers to access. An important turning point for the movement came in 1998 when the Department of Justice awarded ADWAS with a significant grant to train other Deaf women across America to replicate the ADWAS model.

This paper includes interviews with almost all the groups trained by ADWAS focusing on important challenges and successes they have faced since training. An analysis of how this movement has impacted Deaf America will also be presented including language and cultural changes, employment opportunities that have opened up and most of all how the Deaf community has for the most part seriously begun to address issues of oppression.

Marilyn Jean Smith is the founder and former executive director (1986-2011) of the Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services located in Seattle. Her work at ADWAS brought many awards including one from U.S. President Bill Clinton, the National Association for the Deaf, Deaf Women United, and the Phi Kappa Zeta Sorority. Other recognitions include the Ford Foundation's Leadership for a Changing World award, The Sunshine Lady award, the National Network to End Domestic Violence advocacy award, Bank of America Hero Award, Deaf Hope Trailblazer Award, among others. She served on the boards of Deaf Women United and the National Association of the Deaf and is currently serving on the Deafhood Foundation board.

Marilyn has also received several awards and recognitions from her alma mater—she received her B.A. and M.A. from Gallaudet University—including an honorary Doctor of Laws in 2004. She was the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Fellow and is is a member of the Gallaudet University Board of Associates.

Marilyn is currently principal of The Leading Edge, LLC, which provides workshops on domestic violence, sexual assault, leadership, board development, fund development, grant writing, personal ethics, organizational development, non profit management and is a motivational keynote speaker. She works throughout the United States and Canada.

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¿Quién está haciendo campañas sucias contra mujeres periodistas fuertes, inteligentes y valientes que tienen el valor, los conocimientos, el patriotismo y la honestidad necesarios para decir las cosas como son? Es el mismo machismo de siempre, el grotesco machismo nacional, aunque no sólo mexicano y no sólo proveniente de los hombres sino de mujeres indignas.

Machismo que siempre pretenderá disminuir, denostar a las mujeres y los varones limpios para manejar el mundo a su antojo.

Machismo, originado entre otros focos de poder por la religión, por las religiones más exactamente ¿o qué hay alguna que no sea misógina? 
El machismo en política es una transparente táctica de censura. 

Desprestigiar para hacer callar. Todas las periodistas de México lo hemos padecido, combatido y a veces sobrevivido. ¿Y sigue incólume? Hoy como ayer para tratar de silenciar a las mujeres se utilizan las armas más viles, verbigracia: La exposición pública de su vida privada como está aconteciendo con Denise Dresser y Sanjuana Martínez.


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WTRF 7 News Sports Weather - Wheeling Steubenville

CLEVELAND (AP) — The superintendent of the eastern Ohio district where two high school football players were found guilty of rape in a high-profile case last year wiped computer hard drives, erased emails and lied to investigators about his knowledge of the allegations against the boys, newly released court documents say.

The filing Thursday came in the case against Steubenville superintendent Michael McVey, 51, who has pleaded not guilty to felony counts of tampering with evidence and obstructing justice, and misdemeanor counts of falsification and obstructing official business.

The charges stem from an investigation of McVey's actions after he learned of the allegations in 2012 made by a 16-year-old West Virginia girl against the two members of the storied Steubenville High football team, one of whom was the team's quarterback. The teens eventually were found guilty in juvenile court and were sent to youth detention centers and classified as sex offenders.


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I concluded that women are flawed. There is something mentally wrong with the way their brains are wired, as if they haven't evolved from animal-like thinking. They are incapable of reason or thinking rationally. They are like animals, completely controlled by their primal, depraved emotions and impulses. That is why they are attracted to barbaric wild beast-like men. They are beasts themselves. Beasts should not be able to have any rights in a civilized society. If their wickedness is not contained the whole of humanity will be held back from advancement to a more civilied state. Women should not have the right to choose who to mate with. That choice should be made for them by civilized men of intelligence. If women had the freedom to choose which men to mate with, like they do today, they would breed with stupid, degenerate men, which would only produce stupid, degenerate offspring. This in turn would hinder the advancement of humanity. Not only hinder it, but devolve humanity completely. Women are like a plague that must be quarantined. When I came to this brilliant, perfect revelation, I felt like everything was now clear to me, in a bitter, twisted way. I am one of the few people on this world who has the intelligence to see this. I am like a god, and my purpose is to exact ulitimate Retribution on all of the impurities I see in the world.
Women's rejection of me is a declaration of war, and if it's war they want, then war they shall have. It will be a war that will result in their complete and utter annihilation.
The first strike against women will be to quarantine them all in concentration camps. At these camps, the vast majority of the female population will be deliberately starved to death. That would be an efficient and fitting way to kill them all off. I would take great pleasure and satisfaction in condemning every single woman on earth to starve to death. I would have an enormous tower built just for myself, where I can oversee the entire concentration camp and gleefully watch them all die. If I can't have them no one will, I'd imagine thinking to myself as I oversee this. Women represent everything that is unfair with this world, and in order to make the world a fair place, they must all be eradicated.
I am the victim in all of this.

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   Universidades no previenen ni castigan este delito

Aspecto de Ciudad Universitaria | CIMACFoto: César Martínez López
Por: Anaiz Zamora Márquez, Cimacnoticias | México, DF.- 23/05/2014

Académicas, docentes e investigadoras no están exentas de ser víctimas de acoso y hostigamiento sexual; aunque hay avances, aún no se desarrollan programas, protocolos o unidades especializadas para prevenir estas agresiones y en su caso acceder a la justicia.
Recientemente la Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México (UACM) informó la expulsión de la institución del doctor Enrique González Ruiz, al encontrarlo responsable de hostigamiento y acoso sexual contra sus compañeras y colaboradoras María del Carmen Rodríguez Sánchez y Clemencia Correa González.
A raíz de lo difundido por la universidad y lo denunciado por las víctimas, Cimacnoticias investigó sobre las herramientas con las que cuentan, además de la UACM, el Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN) y la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), para prevenir y castigar el hostigamiento y acoso sexual al interior de estas instituciones de educación superior.
La indagación evidenció, por un lado, que este tipo de violencia no es ajena de cometerse contra las académicas. Por otro, que las universidades carecen de un sistema integral para investigar las agresiones sin exponer a las víctimas, así como para sancionar, atender y reparar el daño.  


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May 29, 2014 
From 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Presented by Christopher Mallios and John Wilkinson, Attorney Advisors, AEquitas

Domestic violence occurs in 25% of relationships and law enforcement officers are not immune. Well-trained in power and control techniques needed on the job, with ready access to firearms, and with intimate knowledge of the justice system, the abuser who wears a badge can use these professional advantages against the victim. Conversely, an officer who is the victim of intimate partner violence may be reluctant to identify as a “victim,” risking potential negative professional consequences as a result of reporting, or failing to report, the abuse. Any effective response to officer-involved domestic violence includes well-publicized departmental protocols that are strictly enforced and communicate to offenders and victims that intimate partner violence in the law-enforcement community will not be tolerated.

This webinar will address: complex dynamics of violence when one or both parties are in law enforcement; effective management of simultaneous administrative and criminal proceedings; provision of appropriate services for victims; and the mitigation of consequences for victim-officers who recant, fail to appear, or otherwise decline to participate.

Allied justice system professionals including but not limited to prosecutors, law enforcement officers, community-based service providers, medical and mental health practitioners, probation and parole officers, and judges are encouraged to register for this webinar.

CLE Credits?
This webinar recording should qualify prosecutors for one and one-half (1.5) hours of continuing legal education credits. Prosecutors are encouraged to contact their state bar association in reference to application requirements and related fees.

Click here to register.

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Full title: "Obtaining U Visa Certification from Judges in Protection Order, Family, Criminal and Other State Court Proceedings."

To access materials associated with this webinar, visithttp://www.niwap.org/go/judges-webinar

This ninety-minute webinar is designed to train attorneys and advocates working with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault on how and when U visa certifications can be obtained from state courts. For some immigrants, courts provide the first opportunity to communicate with justice system personnel through a qualified interpreter. Family, protection order, child abuse, probate, criminal, and other state courts regularly hear cases involving immigrant crime victims. There are many instances in which courts can and should be asked to sign U visa certifications. Judges are explicitly listed in the U visa statue and implementing regulations among the government personnel authorized to sign U visa certifications. Under grants from the Office on Violence Against Women and the State Justice Institute, NIWAP has developed a new U Visa Certification toolkit for state and federal judges, magistrates and courts. This webinar will provide attendees with:

* An overview of the law and the special role Congress created regarding U visa certification by judges
* Strategies for seeking U visa certification in various types of state or federal court cases including timing of judicial certification in civil and criminal cases
* Discussion of how obtaining certification from a judge or magistrate can be a viable option for immigrant survivors
* Practice pointers on how judges would complete the U Visa certification form
* Tools and materials containing up-to-date legally correct information on current DHS policies and U visa certification protocol will be provided for attorneys and advocates.

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Domestic violence affects a third of women worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. In many cases nobody knows of the suffering, and victims aren't able to get help in time.
That's why in many countries, including the U.S., there's been a push to make screening for domestic violence a routine part of doctor visits. Last year, the influential U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended that clinicians ask all women of childbearing age whether they're being abused.
These days, after your doctor asks you whether you're allergic to any medication, or whether you smoke, she might also ask whether you feel safe with your partner.
But an analysis published Monday in BMJ, formerly the British Medical Journal, suggests such generalized screenings may not be helping much. A review of 11 studies involving 13,027 women in wealthy countries found that screening questions did help doctors identify more than twice as many patients who were suffering from abuse. But routine screenings didn't necessarily help those women get the follow-up support they needed, researchers found.


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Chiroma Maina (R) holds a picture of her abducted daughter Comfort Amos, next to her husband Jonah and her daughter Helen, at their home in Maiduguri May 21, 2014. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Chiroma Maina (R) holds a picture of her abducted daughter Comfort Amos, next to her husband Jonah and her daughter Helen, at their home in Maiduguri May 21, 2014.

(Reuters) - Nigerian teachers went on strike and staged rallies nationwide on Thursday in protest against the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls by the Islamist Boko Haram sect and the killing of nearly as many teachers during its insurgency.

Boko Haram gunmen stormed a school outside the remote northeastern town of Chibok on April 14, carting some 270 girls away in trucks. More than 50 have since escaped but at least 200 remain in captivity, as do scores of other girls kidnapped previously.

National Union of Teachers (NUT) President Micheal Alogba Olukoya told reporters Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is sinful," had killed 173 teachers over five years.


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...the reason for the frequent movements of the wandering problem officers tends not to be an affirmative choice but a necessity. It is the result of the fact that past agencies have terminated them, forced them into resignation or disciplined them to the point where the officer saw the “writing on the wall” and resigned. These same individuals then apply to new agencies as certified officers with law enforcement experience, and the problem continues in a new department. The appeal of the gypsy cop. 
Why would an agency hire an officer who has bounced from agency to agency—particularly when clear indicators of problem behavior are known to past employing agencies? 
One reason is the short-term economic benefit of a certified officer who can be placed into service without the cost of training and certification typically incurred when taking on an applicant who does not possess a law enforcement background. The thinking behind the hiring of a certified officer in spite of past problems is that it is less expensive. The officer does not have to be trained through an academy and certified. The individual is ready to hit the streets almost immediately—meaning that another cop is on the street and money has been saved. 



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NEW YORK (AP) — A police officer, a paramedic, a rabbi, a nurse and a Boy Scout leader were among at least 70 people arrested in the New York City area in recent weeks as part of a sweeping investigation into the anonymous trading of child porn over the Internet.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which led a five-week investigation ending last week, planned to announce Wednesday that it resulted in charges against at least 70 men and one woman. Officials call it one of the largest local roundups ever of individual consumers of child porn, and a stark reminder that they come from all segments of society.

Consuming child porn "is not something that is just done by unemployed drifters who live in their parent's basement," said James Hayes, ICE's New York office. "If this operation does anything, it puts the lie to the belief that the people who do this are not productive members of society."


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To puncture official indifference, Latin American indigenous women are staging a tribunal on the sidelines of a U.N. permanent forum "to push back the invisibility" about what they suffer. "The justice system really doesn't work for us," says one.

NEW YORK (WOMENSENEWS)--At the tribunal, she calls herself Angelica Narvaez, which is not her real name. She is 17, from Mexico and says she is being bullied at school, being called names.

"Indian, short, black and savage," Narvaez told a gathering here last week, with her voice breaking and her translator in tears. "They hit me on my head too," said Narvaez, adding that neither the teachers nor anyone else at the school has done anything to protect her.

Across the street from the , taking place here fromMay 12 through May 23, indigenous women from Latin America are staging public tribunals to denounce and publicize the violence and discrimination they suffer.

Narvaez was one of a dozen indigenous women from GuatemalaMexico and Nicaragua who gathered on May 15 at the Church Center for the United Nations to tell their stories and emphasize the lack of response or protection from authorities.

"One of the main problems is the type of systems we have," Rose Cunningham told Women's eNews in an interview at the New York event last week. "The justice system doesn't really work for us. We have a lot of discrimination."



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When the 28-year-old Brazilian journalist Nana Queiroz read aBrazilian research institute’s report that 65 percent of Brazilians agreed that “women who wear clothes that show off their body deserve to be attacked," she was furious. She went on Facebook and posted an anti-rape petition along with a semi-nude picture of herself with the words “Não Mereço Ser Estuprada” — "I don't deserve to be raped" — written on her forearm. Though that number was later changed to 26 percent when researchers said they'd miscalculated, Queiroz points out that that's still a quarter of the country. Her picture went viral, and thousands of women and men in Brazil and beyond posted their own photos. The campaign got the attention of the government, and Queiroz even met with the Brazilian president. She spoke with Cosmopolitan.com about sexism and feminism in Brazil.

What prompted you to post the photo?

There was research here released by IPEA, a government institution, that said that many Brazilians, including men and women, believe that if women behaved better there would be less rape. I felt this was outrageous. If someone was raped, the one to blame is only the rapist, not the victim. Women should use their bodies for whatever they want. If they want to be seductive, they should be. If they want to be sexy, they should be. If they want to be pure heavenly angels, they should be. Whatever a woman chooses should be respected.


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Teresa Seco era golpeada habitualmente por su marido. En uno de los ataques, ella le dio un puntazo que derivó en su muerte. El tribunal no tuvo en cuenta la historia de violencia y le aplicó una pena durísima. La Corte tucumana revirtió el fallo y criticó a los jueces.


 Por Mariana Carbajal

Un fallo de un tribunal tucumano dejó en evidencia, otra vez, marcados prejuicios machistas de los jueces, su desconocimiento de las características de la violencia doméstica y la resistencia a analizar los hechos y las pruebas a la luz de un enfoque de género. La sentencia en cuestión fue dictada por la Sala I de la Cámara Penal del Centro Judicial de Concepción, al sur de la provincia, y condenó a 12 años de prisión a una mujer de 32 años que, para defenderse de las agresiones de su esposo y proteger también a su hijo de 13 años de los golpes, le dio un puntazo con un cuchillo de cocina, que derivó en la muerte del hombre. Los jueces no tuvieron en cuenta que se trataba de una víctima de violencia doméstica, que había querido denunciar a su marido varias veces en la comisaría local pero la policía la había persuadido de que no lo hiciera y que esa madrugada fatídica del 25 de diciembre de 2010 –cuando ocurrió el hecho– él había entrado violentamente a la casa, después de que ella lo había echado. En el fallo, además, se cuestiona la credibilidad de la mujer por no haberse mostrado como una “esposa atribulada”, preocupada por la salud de quien había atentado contra su vida y la de su hijo. La Corte tucumana acaba de revocar la sentencia y absolvió a la mujer, al interpretar –como sostuvo su defensa en el juicio– que actuó en legítima defensa.



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Help-Seeking Strategies of Victim/Survivors of Human Trafficking Involving Partner Migration


Author: Kelly Richards ; Samantha Lyneham

Drawing on primary research conducted by the authors (forthcoming) in Australia, this report documents help-seeking strategies of victim/survivors of human trafficking who are exploited by their intimate partners involved in their migration.



This report emphasizes the importance of educating the community and professionals from a wide range of sectors about the plight of these exploited victims and their need for services. These sectors include health, mental health, child protection, social welfare, social work, domestic violence, migration, and legal and law enforcement professions. The focus of this paper is on the help-seeking strategies of human trafficking victims in cases where marriage and other intimate relationships form the context in which victimization is occurring. The exploitation may include forced marriage, servile marriage, domestic servitude, sexual servitude, forced labor, and other slavery-like conditions. For the purpose of this discussion “help-seeking” is defined as “any communication about a problem or troublesome event which is directed toward obtaining support, advice, or assistance in times of distress,” (Gourash cited in Lumby and Farrelly, 2009).

Eight victim/survivors were interviewed for this study, and other information was obtained from court reports on relevant cases. Findings indicate that victims alerted a wide range of potential helpers to their plight, including neighbors, friends, family members, colleagues, community workers, English tutors, migration agents, medical and mental health workers, child protection workers, and local police. Barriers to help-seeking are noted. Recommendations based on the findings focus on improving awareness of and appropriate responses to such victims among the general public and practitioners most likely to encounter such victims in their work. 15 references



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   No hay medidas efectivas ni datos sistematizados, dicen en foro

En 20 años los gobiernos no lograron traducir la Convención Interamericana para Prevenir, Sancionar y Erradicar la Violencia contra la Mujer (Belém do Pará) en beneficio de las mujeres del continente, y tampoco cumplieron con el objetivo de modificar los patrones socioculturales que perpetúan la violencia de género.
Lo anterior lo reconocieron los Estados firmantes de la Convención al concluir el Foro Hemisférico Belém do Pará+20 –realizado los días 14 y 15 de mayo en Pachuca, Hidalgo– y adoptar la “Declaración de Pachuca. Fortalecimiento de la prevención de la violencia contra las mujeres”, con la que se crea una plataforma regional de acción en la que la perspectiva de género sea un eje transversal e interinstitucional de los gobiernos.  
En tanto, organizaciones civiles del país –entre ellas el Observatorio Ciudadano Nacional del Feminicidio (OCNF)–  criticaron en un comunicado una “clara violencia institucional en la organización del foro”, pues afirmaron que se imposibilitó la participación e interacción de activistas en el planteamiento de sus propuestas durante las mesas de trabajo (en las que se definió el contenido de la “Declaración de Pachuca”).


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