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Many Bay Area agencies have made fighting sex trafficking a top priority in recent years. But the Oakland Police Department’s sexual misconduct scandal involving several officers and an underage sex worker has raised concerns over law enforcement’s ability to effectively enforce trafficking. In the wake of this scandal at the Oakland Police Department, we’ll take a look at the state of sex trafficking in the Bay Area and talk with some local experts about the latest efforts to combat it.

Guests:
Nancy O'Malley, district attorney, Alameda County
Kate Walker Brown, attorney, National Center for Youth Law
Adela Rodart, assistant program director, Westcoast Children's Clinic
La Toya Gix, human trafficking survivor; advocate, Alameda County's District Attorney office

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A protest in New Delhi following the savage gang rape of a 23 year old woman in December 2012 which shocked the entire country. Photo by NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images

NEW DELHI, India, Jul 27 2016 (IPS) - India, a country best-known for its rising economic might, is the worst place to be a woman.

On Sunday, 25 July 2016, an Israeli woman was gang raped in Manali, India.

The incident is a gruesome reminder of the uncomfortable truth that India is not prepared to deal with the deluge of crimes perpetrated against women daily – a woman is raped every 22 minutes.

Consider this. Reports emerged this month that a young woman was gang-raped by the same men who had raped her three years earlier in Rohtak, Haryana in North India. Frankly law enforcement authorities should be ashamed of themselves. That the criminals were free all along and had the temerity to repeat the crime on the same victim can only point to the abysmal failure by Indian law enforcers to deal with rape crimes.

Clearly, the attackers’ decision to track the victim and repeat the crime was meant to thumb their noses at her family and authorities, fully aware that they would get away with it again.

There have been other equally disturbing cases. A mother and daughter in Kerala whose complaints of stalking were disregarded by police until the daughter was raped, mutilated and murdered. Or the father whose pleas for investigation into his teenage daughters’ disappearance were ignored by police only for the girls to be found hanging from trees after being gang-raped.

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Representantes de la Subcomisión de Género de la Mesa de los Diálogos de Paz de Colombia rodean a la representante especial de la ONU sobre la Violencia Sexual en los Conflictos, Zainab Hawa Bangura (en el centro a la izquierda), y a la directora ejecutiva de ONU Mujeres, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, durante la presentación de los primeros resultados de la inédita iniciativa, el 23 de julio en La Habana, Cuba. Crédito: Karina Terán/ONU Mujeres

LA HABANA, 27 jul 2016 (IPS) - Los avances e inéditos mecanismos que incorporaron el enfoque de género en el proceso de paz de Colombia, constituyen un hito y una inspiración para la solución de otros conflictos en el mundo, a juicio de la directora de ONU Mujeres en ese país, Belén Sanz.

En declaraciones a IPS, la especialista consideró algo “innovador y pionero” la incorporación en septiembre de 2014 de la Subcomisión de Género, dentro de la Mesa de los Diálogos de Paz entre el gobierno de Juan Manuel Santos y las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), que acoge la capital cubana desde noviembre de 2012.

Sanz resaltó que el alto porcentaje de mujeres que han intercambiado con los integrantes de la mesa de diálogo, en los foros regionales y nacionales y en las visitas de víctimas y expertas en género a La Habana, demuestran la creciente voluntad de las partes por incorporar las propuestas de género en los acuerdos finales y en su implementación.

Los resultados de la labor realizada por esa subcomisión, conformada por representantes de las dos partes, se dieron a conocer en La Habana, en un acto especial el  sábado 23, exactamente un mes después de que se celebrará aquí el histórico acuerdo del cese el fuego bilateral y definitivo entre los contendientes por más de medio siglo.

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Title:  Creating a Plan To Test a Large Number of Sexual Assault Kits
Document URL:  FULL PDF ONLINE HERE  
Annotation:  Based on lessons learned from a NIJ (National Institute of Justice) -funded project in Detroit, MI, this report offers recommendations that guide the development of a plan for testing a large number of previously untested sexual assault kits (SAKs).
Abstract: 

First, form a multidisciplinary team to plan and implement an audit of previously untested SAKs. The team should include representatives from the police, prosecution, forensic sciences, medicine, and systems-based and community-based victim advocacy. Second, explore each team member’s thoughts about the purpose and value of SAK testing. Third, discuss whether to test all or only some of the previously untested SAKs, which may be determined by the resources available. Suggestions are offered on the use of grants and fund-raising. Other recommendations for testing a large number of SAKs pertain to the selection of terms used to describe the process to be undertaken, the development of a process for selecting which SAKs will be tested, use of the State statute of limitations as a criterion for selecting the SAKs to be tested, and budgeting sufficient time and resources for selecting the SAKs to be tested. Recommendations also concern budgeting extra time for older SAKs, tracking and sharing testing results, a plan for what happens after testing is completed, the review of local policies and State statutes regarding evidence retention, and determining whether legislative changes are needed to resolve backlogs of untested SAKs. Resources with additional information on this issue are listed.

SEE ALSO: PERFORMING AN AUDIT OF SEXUAL ASSAULT EVIDENCE IN POLICE CUSTODY

AND: NOTIFYING SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS AFTER TESTING EVIDENCE

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It’s about damn time.

"When there are no ceilings the sky is the limit." So glad my granddaughters are watching Hillary Clinton tonight!

Watching my 93 year old grandmother, a lifetime feminist and activist, cry at @HillaryClinton speaking.

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“Tonight, we’ve reached a milestone in our nation’s march toward a more perfect union: the first time that a major party has nominated a woman for president,” Clinton said Thursday night. “Standing here as my mother’s daughter, and my daughter’s mother, I’m so happy this day has come. I’m happy for grandmothers and little girls and everyone in between. I’m happy for boys and men, too – because when any barrier falls in America, it clears the way for everyone.”

“After all, when there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit,” she added. “So let’s keep going, until every one of the 161 million women and girls across America has the opportunity she deserves to have. But even more important than the history we make tonight, is the history we will write together in the years ahead”

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Juveniles
8.  Youth Involvement in the Sex Trade: A National Study
  NCJ Number:  249952
  Author:  Rachel Swaner ; Melissa Labriola ; Michael Rempel ; Allyson Walker ; Joseph Spadafore
  Publication Date:  06/2016
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9.  Experiences of Youth in the Sex Trade in Atlantic City
  NCJ Number:  249953
  Author:  Anthony Marcus ; Robert Riggs ; Sarah Rivera ; Ric Curtis
  Publication Date:  06/2016
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10.  Experiences of Youth in the Sex Trade in Chicago: Issues in Youth Poverty and Homelessness
  NCJ Number:  249954
  Author:  Laurie Schaffner ; Grant Buhr ; Deana Lewis ; Marco Roc ; Haley Volpintesta
  Publication Date:  06/2016
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11.  Experiences of Youth in the Sex Trade in North Texas: Shattered Lives
  NCJ Number:  249955
  Author:  Marcus Martin ; Heather Champeau ; Susan Ullrich ; Aja Johnson ; Kathryn Cardarelli
  Publication Date:  06/2016
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12.  Experiences of Youth in the Sex Trade in Las Vegas
  NCJ Number:  249956
  Author:  Brooke M. Wagner ; Jennifer M. Whitmer ; Andrew L. Spivak
  Publication Date:  06/2016
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13.  Experiences of Youth in the Sex Trade in Miami
  NCJ Number:  249957
  Author:  David J. Maurrasse ; Cynthia C. Jones
  Publication Date:  06/2016
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14.  Experiences of Youth in the Sex Trade in the Bay Area
  NCJ Number:  249958
  Author:  Nikki Jones ; Joshua Gamson ; Brianne Amato ; Stephanie Cornwell ; Stephanie Fisher ; Phillip Fucella ; Vincent Lee ; Virgie Zolala-Tovar
  Publication Date:  06/2016
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In what is the first significant shift to the party line on abortion in decades, Democrats will approve a platform at theDemocratic national convention in Philadelphia that explicitly calls for elected officials to overturn Hyde.

But in a sharp departure from how abortion issues normally percolate, the loudest calls for the repeal of Hyde did not originate with groups such as Planned Parenthood or Naral Pro-Choice America – groups that have set the agenda for abortion rights supporters for decades. Instead, the calls originated with groups such as the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and SisterSong.

“Women of color leaders have been calling for the repeal of Hyde for decades when most mainstream reproductive rights groups did not prioritize this issue,” said Jessica González-Rojas, director of the National Latina Institute and an All Above All co-chair.

The result is a movement that overtly fuses one of the modern Democratic party’s most established positions – support for abortion rights – with the interests of the activists who increasingly represent the demographic future of the party.

The target is substantial. Hyde is one of the biggest barriers to abortion left standing, after the supreme court in June struck down health restrictions with no basis in evidence.

It is not a law, but a rider that has been attached to every one of Congress’ annual appropriations bills since 1976, when it was first introduced by the congressman Henry Hyde of Illinois. Today, the amendment prevents abortion coverage for some seven million women, about half of whom live below the federal poverty line. The only exceptions to the ban are when a woman’s health or life is in danger or the pregnancy is the result of rape.

“I would argue that it’s the harshest abortion restriction still on the books today,” said Destiny Lopez, who is co-director of All Above All, a network of reproductive rights advocates that is leading the first serious push to repeal the Hyde amendment in decades.

An All Above All letter addressed to the Democratic platform drafting committee read, “Coverage bans represent a deeply entrenched injustice, where issues of economic injustice, racism, and gender inequity come together.”

FULL ARTICLE HERE

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OAKLAND, Calif. ― The city council here has tightened regulations around pregnancy clinics that try to fool prospective patients with advertisements falsely suggesting that they perform abortions. 

The ordinance, passed last week, makes Oakland the second U.S. city to target advertising by so-called crisis pregnancy centers that mask an anti-abortion agenda, according to organizations promoting abortion rights. San Francisco passed a similar ordinance in 2011.

Some such clinics have used billboards and online ads to trick women into thinking that they perform abortions or offer other emergency contraceptive care, according to Amy Everitt, NARAL Pro-Choice California director. She said she’s troubled that searching Google for information about abortions in Oakland brings up results for nearby centers that don’t provide the service.

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La violencia machista ya puso en apuros a un cantante mexicano, detenido por "apología al delito", pero, ¿qué refleja la estética de industria musical latinoamericana signada por géneros como el reggaetón?

Madrid, 21 jul. 16. AmecoPress/RT.- Un videoclip causó la detención y multa al cantante mexicano Gerardo Ortiz, acusado de "apología al delito" por las escenas de asesinato y tortura a la actriz que finge ser su pareja.

El episodio sienta un precedente en un país como México que en 2013, según las cifras del Instituto Nacional de la Mujer, tuvo una tasa de siete feminicidios al día por razones de género. Sin embargo, Ortiz no es el primero ni el último que, con su música, violenta a las féminas: En Latinoamérica, ese mismo mensaje toma forma de baile pegajoso, de ritmo irresistible que no se baila, se "perrea".

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Se trata del reggaetón

Un rápido vistazo a la red dice que la etimología de la palabra viene del reggae jamaiquino y el sufijo "tón", que desde el Río Grande hasta la Patagonia, alude a algo grande. Así, el género se ha vuelto una pandemia que contagia caderas y cualquier extremidad con un ritmo entre 90 y 120 pulsaciones por minuto, ideal para que los ejecutantes desplieguen sus instintos más atávicos.

"Si sigues con esa actitud voy a violarte", dice una de las tantas letras del reggaetón, infaltable en casi cualquier fiesta, discoteca o jornada de limpieza dominical en las viviendas latinoamericanas, lo que hace que muchos se cuestionen el por qué del triunfo de un género que puso de moda el "blimbineo latino".

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Más realidad que ficción

"El reggaetón es absolutamente pegajoso", reconoce Marianny Sánchez, investigadora del grupo Espacialidades Feministas de la Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Colombia, "y triunfa porque no muestra nada nuevo, nada que no exista. Toma un fenómeno social que es el machismo y le da forma de música, de entretenimiento, de producto que la gente consume y aplaude sin postura crítica".

Para la profesora universitaria, el reggeaeton sólo le pone ritmo a la violencia cotidiana que viven millones de mujeres en la región y exalta "una manera de vinculación" común en el imaginario latinoamericano, que también implica la cosificación del cuerpo femenino: "No defiendo esa narrativa pero sé que lo que aparece en un video o lo que dicen muchas letras ocurre en la vida real. No hay una escisión con la ficción".

¿Beat feminista?

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VEA TAMBIEN: 

GERARDO ORTIZ ARRESTED ON CHARGES RELATED TO VIOLENT MUSIC VIDEO FOR "FUISTE MÍA"

 

 

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Gender & Development Special Issue on Violence Against Women & Girls

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a central concern for development, both from a human rights perspective, and from the point of view of the economic and social costs that VAWG represents.  The scale of VAWG is shocking; the World Health Organization estimates one in three women will directly experience either or both of two forms of VAWG: intimate partner violence, or sexual violence from a non-partner. Authors in this issue of Gender & Development describe, analyse and assess a range of approaches to VAWG, and strategies aiming to end or minimise this human rights abuse, which blights the lives of women, families, and societies across the globe. 
 

If you would like information on subscribing to the journal, with access to all G&D content, visit the Routledge/Taylor & Francis website http://www.tandfonline.com/gad

Read Caroline Sweetman’s blog on the new issue
One in three women suffers violence, but it’s everyone’s problem


Journal Contents

Editorial
Introduction to Gender, Development, and Violence Against Women and Girls Christine Hughes, Caroline Marrs and Caroline Sweetman

Articles

High-risk feminism in El Salvador: women’s mobilisation in violent times

Julia Zulver

Grassroots responses to violence against women and girls in post-earthquake Nepal: lessons from

the field

Kay Standing, Sara Parker and Sapana Bista

Faith paths to overcome violence against women and girls in Brazil

Sarah de Roure and Chiara Capraro

‘Two months of marriage were sufficient to turn my life upside down’: early marriage as a form of

gender-based violence

Souad Belhorma

Shifting negative social norms rooted in unequal gender and power relationships to prevent

violence against women and girls

Laura Haylock, Rukia Cornelius, Anthony Malunga and Kwezilomso Mbandazayo

Building capacity for a disability-inclusive response to violence against women and girls:

experiences from the W-DARE project in the Philippines

Cathy Vaughan, Alexandra Devine, Raquel Ignacio, Wanet Lacsamana, Ma. Jesusa Marco, Jerome Zayas

and Carolyn Sobritchea

The Communities Care programme: changing social norms to end violence against women and girls

in conflict-affected communities

Sophie Read-Hamilton and Mendy Marsh

Feminist mobilisation for policy change on violence against women: insights from Asia

Paola Cagna and Nitya Rao

Unintended complicities: preventing violence against women in South Africa

Lisa Vetten 

Resources Compiled by Liz Cooke

Violence Against Women and Girls – Resources List

Book Reviews Edited by Liz Cooke

Gender, Development and Globalization: Economics As If All People Mattered (Second Edition)

Masculinities in the Making: From the Local to the Global

Women, Gender, Remittances and Development in the Global South

For more information on Gender & Development visit www.genderanddevelopment.org , 

or follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GaDjournal

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Una madre adolescente en el municipio rural de Bonpland, en la norteña provincia argentina de Misiones. América Latina es la segunda región del mundo en fecundidad temprana, detrás de África subsahariana. Crédito: Fabiana Frayssinet/IPS

BUENOS AIRES, 7 jul 2016 (IPS) - En un lenguaje directo, un video argentino explica a los adolescentes como vivir el sexo con placer y al mismo tiempo con cuidado. Una campaña sin tabúes, muy necesaria en los países de América Latina donde una de cada cinco mujeres son madres antes de los 19 años.

“Para que el sexo funcione bien, las dos personas tienen que tener ganas y eso significa tanto estar seguro de querer hacerlo, como de estar de humor, osea estar calientes”, dice la psicóloga Cecilia Saia, autora del video “Hablemos de sexo”, divulgado en redes sociales y destinado a adolescentes y preadolescentes.

La pieza, producida por la Fundación para Estudio e Investigación de la Mujer (FEIM), integró la campaña “Hacéte el Test de No-Embarazo” y fue también distribuido a adolescentes, para que “sepan cómo tomar decisiones libres e informadas acerca de ser madres y padres”.

"Mantener los niñas y niños en el sistema educativo o reinsertarlos, sería una intervención efectiva para la prevención del embarazo adolescente. Asimismo, generar condiciones en el sistema educativo para asegurar la continuidad educativa de las adolescentes madres o embarazadas": Alma Virginia Camacho-Hübner. 

Durante la campaña se entregó a los y las adolescentes una caja, similar a las de los test de embarazo, con información sobre el embarazo en la adolescencia y los mitos sobre cómo sucede, así como un preservativo y una explicación de cómo usarlo, detalló a IPS la presidenta de FEIM, Mabel Blanco.

La campaña se difundió por Youtube y otras redes sociales, con mensajes directos y el lenguaje propio de los adolescentes. “Esto permitió llegar a un gran grupo de adolescentes de 14 a 18 años grupo al que habitualmente es difícil llegar en campañas de este tipo”, subrayó.

Según FEIM, en Argentina diariamente nacen 300 niños de una madre menor de 19 años, equivalente a 15 por ciento de todos los nacimientos.

“Este porcentaje muestra una tendencia ascendente sostenida a lo largo de los últimos 10-15 años y además aumentaron los de menores de 15 años, osea niñas”, lamentó.

El caso argentino es un ejemplo de los que sucede en el resto de América Latina, la segunda región del mundo en tasa de fecundidad en adolescentes después de África subsahariana, con 76 hijos vivos por cada 1.000 mujeres entre 15 y 19 años, según datos de agencias de las Naciones Unidas.

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This story is tragically familiar. In the past few years, many of the men who have committed horrific, unthinkable acts of violence against the public have had a history of abusing the women in their lives. Prior to unleashing their deranged violence onto the world, it appears they practiced it against the most vulnerable and accessible targets ― those living inside their homes.

 

Before Micah Johnson gunned down five Dallas police officers, in the deadliest attack against law enforcement officers in the U.S. since Sept. 11, 2001, he was accused of sexually harassing a female soldier, who asked that Johnson receive mental help and for a protective order against him.

 

Before Omar Mateen opened fire in a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and committed the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, he beat his wife.

 

Before Robert Dear shot to death three strangers in a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs last fall, he allegedly abused his wives, was charged with rape and arrested under a “Peeping Tom” law.

 

Before Tamerlan Tsarnaev planted bombs at the Boston Marathon with his brother in 2013, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others, he was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend.

 

Before Cedric Ford stormed through multiple Kansas townships with an assault weapon and a pistol, killing three and injuring 14, he’d just been served with a restraining order stemming from a domestic violence complaint filed by his ex-girlfriend. In her request for the order, his ex-girlfriend wrote that it was her belief that he was “in desperate need of medical and psychological help.”

 

Before gunman Man Haron Monis seized hostages in a cafe in Sydney, he was released on bail after being charged as an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife.

And so on.

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A new journal, Feminist Dissent, aims to create a space to interrogate the multi-faceted links between historical and resurgent religious fundamentalism and gender.

Seasons of Mud by Yousif Naser. Photo: Yousif Naser

 

In the last two decades there has been an exponential growth not only in fundamentalist movements around the world, but also in systematic research and debate about the scope, strategies and impacts of fundamentalist mobilisations. The power of faith-based organisations, among which fundamentalist tendencies have found fertile ground, has also been enhanced through their ability to work on multiple levels - through international, nation state, and oppositional or civil society spaces - to their own advantage.

The new journal, Feminist Dissent, which is hosted by the University of Warwick, brings together innovative and critical insights to enhance our understanding of the relationship between gender, fundamentalism and related socio-political issues. At a time of rising religious fundamentalism which is accompanied by intensifying threats to civil liberties, freedom of expression, dissent, and difference, we aim to create what we believe we need most – a space where contributors can say the things that we have not been able to say. We hope this will narrow the distance between dominant feminist thinking and lived experience, and give rise to new coalitions of feminists committed not just to writing about justice, but to fighting for it.

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On any given day, in any police department in the nation, 15 percent of officers will do the right thing no matter what is happening. Fifteen percent of officers will abuse their authority at every opportunity. The remaining 70 percent could go either way depending on whom they are working with.

That's a theory from my friend K.L. Williams, who has trained thousands of officers around the country in use of force. Based on what I experienced as a black man serving in the St. Louis Police Department for five years, I agree with him. I worked with men and women who became cops for all the right reasons — they really wanted to help make their communities better. And I worked with people like the president of my police academy class, who sent out an email after President Obama won the 2008 election that included the statement, "I can't believe I live in a country full of ni**er lovers!!!!!!!!" He patrolled the streets in St. Louis in a number of black communities with the authority to act under the color of law.

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More on police brutality

How systemic racism entangles all police officers — even black cops

Why do police so often see unarmed black men as threats?

When is it legal for a cop to kill you?

 

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Full Range of SRH Services Must Be Available to Those Experiencing IPV, Family Planning Providers in Particular Have a Crucial Role to Play

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is widespread in the United States and constitutes a serious public health crisis, often significantly impacting women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). A new analysis in the Guttmacher Policy Review arguesthat addressing the needs of those experiencing IPV requires an integrated approach that includes the full range of sexual and reproductive health services. The analysis also examines key federal policies at the intersection of IPV and SRHR, and finds that safety-net family planning providers are particularly well-positioned to connect women experiencing IPV to the care and resources they need.

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SEE FULL ANALYSIS HERE: “Understanding intimate partner violence as a sexual and reproductive health and rights issue in the United States,” by Kinsey Hasstedt and Andrea Rowan

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Day Conference on Sharia Law, Legal Pluralism and Access to Justice Panel Discussion with Gita Sahgal, Director of Centre for Secular Space; Pragna Patel, Director of Southall Black Sisters; Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson of One Law for All and Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain; Nasreen Rehman, Co-Founder of British Muslims for Secular Democracy and Yasmin Rehman, Women’s Rights Campaigner. Panel Chair: Women’s Rights Activist Gina Khan. MC: Rayhana Sultan.

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Direct Link to Full 422-Page 2016 US State Department Report:

http://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/2016/index.htm

The global anti-trafficking movement, now well into its second decade, has successfully used the 3P paradigm of prosecution, protection, and prevention to strengthen how the world combats trafficking in persons. Governments committed to enhancing prosecution of traffickers have enacted laws that criminalize all forms of human trafficking and prescribe suff iciently stringent sentences. Protection efforts have empowered individuals to move beyond their victimization and rebuild their lives with dignity, security, and respect. Prevention measures have provided communities around the world with valuable information about the risks of human trafficking, elevating public consciousness about this crime. Yet so much work remains……..


Date: 06/30/2016 Description: Trafficking in Persons Report 2016. - State Dept Image"If there is a single theme to this year’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, it is the conviction that there is nothing inevitable about trafficking in human beings. That conviction is where the process of change really begins—with the realization that just because a certain abuse has taken place in the past doesn’t mean that we have to tolerate that abuse in the future or that we can afford to avert our eyes. Instead, we should be asking ourselves—what if that victim of trafficking was my daughter, son, sister, or brother?

"This year’s TIP Report asks such questions, because ending modern slavery isn’t just a fight we should attempt—it is a fight we can and must win.

"The TIP Report is the product of a yearlong effort requiring contributions and follow-up from employees in the United States and at our diplomatic outposts across the globe, host country governments, and civil society." – John F. Kerry, Secretary of State

The Report

The 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report is available in PDF and HTML formats. The PDF is available as a complete one-piece file and as individual sections for easier download. To view the PDF files, you will need to download, at no cost, the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

PDF Format

-Trafficking in Persons Report 2016 -- Complete Report (PDF)
-Introductory Material (PDF)
-Country Narratives: A-C (PDF)
-Country Narratives: D-I (PDF)
-Country Narratives: J-M (PDF)
-Country Narratives: N-S (PDF)
-Country Narratives: T-Z and Special Case (PDF)
-Relevant International Conventions/Closing Material (PDF)

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En México las mujeres son habitualmente objeto de abusos sexuales por parte de las fuerzas de seguridad para obtener confesiones forzadas en el contexto de la guerra contra el crimen organizado. Así lo revela una investigación sin precedentes de Amnistía Internacional que se hace pública hoy.

En abril de 2016 se filtró a la prensa un vídeo que mostraba a policías y militares asfixiando a una mujer con una bolsa de plástico e interrogándola mientras gritaba. El vídeo escandalizó a la sociedad mexicana y puso en alerta a las defensoras y defensores de derechos humanos de todo el mundo. El escándalo público, sin precedentes, provocó una disculpa del Secretario de Defensa y el Comisionado Nacional de Seguridad. Pero la tortura y otros malos tratos se han convertido en prácticas generalizadas en México, por lo que una simple disculpa no es suficiente. El Estado mexicano debe cumplir con su obligación de abordar la crisis de derechos humanos a la que se enfrenta.

Bajo el título de “Sobrevivir a la muerte. Tortura de mujeres por policías y fuerzas armadas en México”, Amnistía Internacional documenta el caso de 100 mujeres mexicanas que han sido víctimas de tortura sexual y malos tratos por parte de la policía y las fuerzas armadas del país. Semiasfixia con bolsas de plástico, descargas eléctricas, golpes en la cabeza, el estómago y otras partes del cuerpo -nunca en la cara, estrategia habitual para no dejar marcas o rastros visibles-. Estas son las principales formas de maltrato, pero la violencia ejercida contra las mujeres tiene siempre una naturaleza altamente sexual, que va desde los abusos psicológicos -insultos centrados en el sexo, la orientación sexual y la identidad de género, además de amenazas de violación contra ellas o sus familiares- hasta el acoso sexual propiamente dicho.

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Image result for amnesty international logoTorture is widespread in Mexico’s “war on drugs”, but the impact on women has been largely ignored or downplayed. This report analyses the stories of 100 women who have reported torture and other forms of violence during arrest and interrogation by police and armed forces. Severe beatings; threats of rape against women and their families; near-asphyxiation, electric shocks to the genitals; groping of breasts and pinching of nipples; rape with objects, fingers, firearms and the penis – these are just some of the forms of violence inflicted on women, in many cases with the intention of getting them to “confess” to serious crimes.

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The data visualization project, released by the Black Lives Matter initiative Campaign Zero, reveals several stipulations written into contracts or state law that activists claim hinder investigations into police misconduct.

WASHINGTON — A majority of U.S. cities with police union contracts and nearly every state with a version of the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights have at least one major barrier to holding police accountable for misconduct, a new report claims.

The data visualization project, released by the Black Lives Matter initiative Campaign Zero, looks at jurisdictions that dismiss police complaints, restrict or delay the interrogation of an officer, give officers compromising access to information, limit oversight or discipline, and either pay for, or erase records of, police misconduct.

Campaign Zero is made up of activists Samuel Sinyangwe, Brittany Packnett, Johnetta Elzie and DeRay Mckesson. The review, which includes a state-by-state breakdown of each state’s restrictive measures, is part of a broader movement to increase transparency in police departments around the country in an effort to reduce police violence.

“In terms of results, I hope this information empowers communities to effectively push city leaders to remove these types of barriers to accountability in their contracts, as we are seeing happen with newfound pressure to renegotiate contract provisions in Chicago and Seattle, for example,” Campaign Zero’s Samuel Singyangwe said in an email statement to BuzzFeed News.

The report reveals several stipulations written into contracts or state law that Campaign Zero claims hinder investigations into police misconduct. In Florida, for instance, there is a180-day statute of limitations on investigations or “disciplinary action, suspension, demotion, or dismissal may not be undertaken by an agency against a law enforcement officer or correctional officer for any act, omission, or other allegation of misconduct” according to the state’s policy language.

Other findings in the report include:

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La infancia también es víctima de la violencia de género. En los últimos 16 años, 92 personas menores han sido asesinadas por parejas o ex parejas de sus madres. El régimen de visitas es, en estas ocasiones, otra forma más de violencia contra las mujeres. Los y las menores pueden ser utilizadas como un medio para chantajes, reproches y violencia indirecta.

En 2013, España se sumó a una Estrategia Nacional para la Erradicación de la Violencia contra la Mujer. Desde este plan, se considera que una de las características de las víctimas es la invisibilización y la dificultad a la hora de hablar de cantidades. Y es que los números de menores asesinados solo pueden encontrarse en asociaciones privadas, como la de la Federación de Asociaciones de Mujeres Separadas y Divorciadas, que lleva una estadística propia desde hace 17 años.

La Ley de Violencia de Género está incompleta, especialmente en el caso de menores. Numerosos colectivos feministas exigen que el régimen de visitas se rompa siempre que haya un maltratador de por medio. Y es que a día de hoy, esta decisión depende de un juez. “Una denuncia por malos tratos no tiene ninguna repercusión de cara al régimen de visitas”, informa a AmecoPress Ángeles Álvarez, política socialista y activista feminista.

El juez –según la ley- “podrá ordenar la suspensión de visitas del inculpado por violencia de género a sus descendientes”. Y ese “podrá” es demasiado subjetivo. “Frente a este hecho, no puede establecerse que ‘podrán’ suspenderse las visitas, deberían estar privados de este derecho por la propia realidad del delito”. Es la opinión de Alicia García, graduada en derecho por la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid e interesada en temas de infancia.

“Los jueces no consideran esos temas en la práctica, a pesar de todas las estadísticas… Ya no solo una denuncia, ni siquiera una condena firme tiene efectos en el régimen de visitas”, advierte Ángeles. Las estadísticas de la ya mencionada Federación de Asociaciones de Mujeres Separadas y Divorciadas dicen que, desde 1999, 92 menores han sido asesinados por parejas o ex parejas de sus madres, como víctimas de violencia de género.

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RBG strikes again.

In a 5-3 ruling on Monday, the United States Supreme Court struck down a pair of Texas abortion restrictions that would have shut down dozens of clinics across the state.

While Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined Justice Stephen Breyer in his majority opinion, she penned her own scathing concurring opinion that, in one brief paragraph, warns lawmakers across the country that medically unnecessary abortion restrictions will never be tolerated by the high court. 

The 2013 Texas law that the court struck down would have required all abortions to take place in ambulatory surgical centers, or mini-hospitals, instead of regular clinics. Ginsburg kept her argument simple: Abortions are statistically safer than many simpler medical procedures, including tonsillectomies, colonoscopies, in-office dental surgery and childbirth — but Texas does not subject those procedures to the same onerous requirements. 

“Given those realities, it is beyond rational belief that H.B. 2 could genuinely protect the health of women, and certain that the law ‘would simply make it more difficult for them to obtain abortions,’ Ginsburg wrote. “When a State severely limits access to safe and legal procedures, women in desperate circumstances may resort to unlicensed rogue practitioners ... at great risk to their health and safety.”

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