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Feria del Libro de Guadalajara.

Narcotráfico, violencia de género, violencia política y pobreza cruzan lo que se está escribiendo hoy en Latinoamérica.

Metáfora de lo cotidiano, la ficción puede reflejarnos con la intensidad de un espejo. Esa capacidad testimonial ha quedado clara estos días en la Feria del Libro de Guadalajara, en la cual distintos tipos de violencia –la del narcotráfico, la de género, la pauperización social que lleva a emigrar, la violencia política, la de los campos de batalla, etcétera- aparece una y otra vez en las reflexiones de los autores que participan en mesas redondas, presentaciones y diálogos con el público. Cuentos y novelas hablan de ella, la narran directa o lateralmente con la contundencia de una puñalada, erigiéndola como seña de identidad de la literatura tramada en presente.

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It felt like the final blow. In a month where we’ve seen victim-blaming attitudes surface and swirl in conversations about the Ched Evans case, and heavy sighs over Dapper Laughs and his “jokes” about rape, it was one last punch in the gut to read a new report revealing that a shocking 26% of all sexual offences (including rape) reported to police are not even recorded as crimes.

As we grapple with the reality of a society in which victim-blaming attitudes are rife and rape is all too frequently seen as something to joke about, it is particularly devastating to see statistics revealing that the police are also letting victims down.

The HM Inspectorate of Constabulary report also revealed that a fifth of decisions to “no-crime” rape reports had been found to be incorrect. (A no-crime occurs when a recorded crime has subsequently been found not to be a crime and is, in effect, cancelled, supposedly with verifiable information that a crime was not committed.) For the worst forces investigated, this figure rose to two-fifths. Furthermore, the report found that in many cases there was no evidence that victims had even been informed that their report had been “no-crimed”, meaning they might continue to believe that their rape was being investigated when that was not the case.

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Sgt. Joanne Archambault (Ret.)

Kimberly A. Lonsway, Ph.D. 

 

Wednesday, January 14th

90 Minutes

10:00AM PT / 11:00AM MT / 12:00 PM CT / 1:00 PM ET

 

Course Description

 

There is currently a very welcome national trend across the country emphasizing alternative reporting methods for sexual assault victims.  It is partly the result of provisions in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that were first enacted in 2005 and remain in effect under the current 2013 reauthorization. This is an area known as

forensic compliance, and it is critically important to understand because these legislative provisions have dramatically altered the options available for victims to report sexual assault. 

 

Yet implementing forensic compliance and other alternative reporting methods requires addressing many complex issues regarding: evidence collection, storage, reporting methods, records retention, retrieval, and collaboration with hospitals and other community agencies such as victim advocacy organizations. For example, if a sexual assault victim has a medical forensic examination without personally reporting to law enforcement, how long will the evidence be stored?  How will the case be recorded and tracked by the law enforcement agency?  Who will victims contact if they want to convert to a standard reporting procedure?  If victims choose an alternative reporting procedure, such as anonymous or non-investigative reporting, will it be investigated anyway? Or will the victim be allowed to decide when and if an investigation will proceed? Who will contact the advocacy organization, to ensure victims have access to the information, support, and other valuable services that an advocate can offer?

 

These are complex issues, and many communities have worked toward creative solutions to go beyond the "letter of the law" to honor the "spirit of the law" which is to increase victim access to the criminal justice system and other community resources. In other words, many Sexual Assault Response and Resource Teams (SARRTs) are enacting reforms designed to "open more doors" for sexual assault victims.

 

In this webinar, we will explore a number of community models that have been implemented to improve victims' access to the criminal justice and community response systems. Best practices will be reviewed from across the country, and existing tools and resources will be evaluated. With a focus on local implementation, our goal is for participants to leave prepared to make recommendations for positive changes in their own communities.


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Objectives

 

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be better able to:

 

  • Identify key provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
  • Examine best practices and tools from across the country to enact VAWA forensic compliance and alternative reporting methods for sexual assault.
  • Evaluate additional strategies for increasing victim access to the criminal justice and community response systems (i.e., "opening doors" for victims).

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Madrid, 04 dic. 14. AmecoPress. El Observatorio contra la Violencia Doméstica y de Género ha propuesto 13 medidas para mejorar la protección de las víctimas de violencia de género tras analizar los 14 casos contabilizados este año en los que había un antecedente judicial previo al asesinato de la mujer.

El informe ha sido elaborado a partir de los datos de que dispone el propio órgano de gobierno de los jueces y de los aportados por la Delegación del Gobierno para la Violencia de Género.

La cifra de catorce muertes con procedimientos judiciales previos hasta el pasado 13 de noviembre, fecha de cierre del informe, supera ya el número total de casos en estas mismas circunstancias que se dieron en 2013, año en el que once mujeres que habían presentado denuncia murieron a manos de su pareja o expareja.

Las conclusiones del informe y las medidas que se proponen son las siguientes:

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Trailblazing lawyer Vanita Gupta is Obama’s likely pick to run the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division

anita Gupta was only weeks out of law school in 2001 when she began looking into a strange series of drug busts in a tiny West Texas ranch town named Tulia.

In 1999, a third of the town’s black population had been ensnared in the biggest drug bust the Texas Panhandle had ever seen. Forty-six people, almost all of them poor African-Americans who had prior run-ins with the law, were convicted on charges of cocaine dealing and sentenced to years in prison based solely on the testimony of a former rodeo clown turned undercover cop who had little experience investigating narcotics.

Gupta, then 26, had just joined the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund, and she began assembling a team of attorneys and civil rights groups to look into the drug arrests, which didn’t smell right to her. It was her first case as an attorney. Two years later, a Texas judge overturned many of the convictions, calling the cop’s testimony not credible. After the officer was found guilty of perjury, Gov. Rick Perry pardoned most of the defendants whose convictions had not been previously overturned.

It was one of the highest-profile cases of racial injustice in recent memory, and it branded Gupta, so young she still resembled a college student, a rising star in the legal world. “Don’t be surprised if she ends up on the Supreme Court someday,” the Houston Chronicle mused in 2003. And Hollywood took notice too, optioning a book about the Tulia case. Tentatively cast as Gupta: Halle Berry.

In the decade since, Gupta has gone on to become one of the best-known civil rights attorneys in the country — leading the charge on prison reform, immigration law, police overreach and other issues.

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Las mujeres conmemoraron el Día Internacional de la Eliminación de la Violencia contra la Mujer con marchas, pancartas y discursos. Realizaron caminatas en la capital y en otros departamentos.

Según un estudio de la Oficina de las Naciones Unidas para el Control de las Drogas y el Delito, indica que Guatemala ocupa la quinta tasa de muertes violentas de mujeres, después de Honduras, Venezuela, Belice y El Salvador.

En lo que va de este año se reportan 602 mujeres víctimas (muertas) de violencia.

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Coalition Against Trafficking in Women

02.12.14 10:52 am

Two More Nations, Canada and Ireland, Enact Demand-Focused Legislation to Regulate Prostitution, Signaling Global Trend to Combat Sex Trade

New York, December 1, 2014 - The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) applauds the legislatures of Canada and Ireland for their historic passage of laws that respectively target the demand for prostitution or buyers of sex, and decriminalize prostituted individuals. In Ireland, on November 25, 2014, the Cabinet passed the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill of 2014 that criminalizes solely the purchase of sex, while strengthening Irish laws against sexual grooming, child pornography and harassment. The law will come into effect on January 1, 2015.

Similarly, the government of Canada enacted the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, known as Bill C-36, which also holds accountable buyers of sex, as well as any third party activity that benefits from commercial sexual exploitation. Having received Royal Assent, the pro-forma approval of Canada’s constitutional monarch, the law comes into force on December 6, 2014, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Canada’s legislation, which will replace a prior prostitution law found unconstitutional last year, also mandates the delivery of services to individuals who wish to exit the sex trade. 

“Canada has gained a new tool in combatting gender inequality, poverty, racism, colonialism and other factors that foster prostitution,” says Trisha Baptie, founder of EVE. “For the first time we will address the root causes of prostitution; the law will go the source of the exploitation and allow women and girls to exit prostitution while criminalizing the purchase of bodies. Targeting the demand will hasten an end to this systemic injustice.”

Other countries currently deliberating demand-focused legislation include France, Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom and Israel.  They follow in the footsteps of Sweden, Norway and Iceland, which passed a set of laws, known as the “Nordic Model,”  that penalizes the purchase of sex, exempts prostituted individuals from punishment and recognizes prostitution as a cause and consequence of gender violence and discrimination.

“These laws are ground-breaking victories towards ending the sex trade and sex trafficking,” says Taina Bien-Aimé, executive director of CATW. “We congratulate the survivors in Ireland and Canada, who have courageously recounted the unspeakable violence they endured at the hands of their pimps and so-called clients. We also commend the legislators who believed them and who want to end these human rights violations.” 

The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women CATW is a non-governmental organization that works to end human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of women and girls worldwide. CATW is one of the world’s first organizations to fight human trafficking internationally.  CATW engages in advocacy, education, victim services and prevention programs for victims of trafficking and prostitution in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and North America.

Coalition Against Trafficking in Women International
  
Follow Us on: Twitter: CATWINTL , Facebook: CATWInternational , LinkedIn: CATW

 

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Executive Summary vii
Chapter 1: Introduction 1
Statement of the Problem 1
Literature Review 4
Rationale for Research 15
Chapter 2: Methodology 17
Site Selection and Data Collection 17
Analysis 21
Limitations 22
Chapter 3: Characteristics of Victims and Suspects 24
Chapter 4: Recruitment into Labor Trafficking 44
Chapter 5: Movement 59
Chapter 6: Labor Trafficking Victimization and Labor Exploitation Experiences 75
Chapter 7: Escape from Labor Trafficking 100
Chapter 8: After the Escape: Labor Trafficking Survivors’ Needs, Service Provision, and
Outcomes 120
Chapter 9: Criminal Justice Process 165
Chapter 10: Conclusion and Recommendations 198
Discussion 198
Recommendations 204
Recommendations for Further Research 217
Notes 219
References 223
Appendix A: Venn Diagram of Labor Exploitation, Child Labor and Labor Trafficking 226
Appendix B: Site Selection Screening Protocol 227
Appendix C: Client Case Coding Instrument 231
This document is a research report submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice. This report has not
been published by the Department. Opinions or points of view expressed are those of the author(s)
and do not necessarily reflect the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.Appendix D: Service Provider Interview Protocol 238
Appendix E: Recruitment Guide 243
Appendix F: Spanish and Tagalog-Translated Consent Form and Project Descriptions 247
Appendix G: Survivor Interview Protocol (English and Spanish) 252
Appendix H: Survivor Consent Form 273
Appendix I: Migrant Farmworker Focus Group Protocol 275
Appendix J: Law Enforcement Interview Protocol 279
Appendix K: Department of Labor Interview Protocol 285
 
 

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Member of the Ukrainian feminist movement Inna Shevchenko talks to Truthloader from the organisation's base in Paris about how far they have come, their struggles with authorities, the torture she has suffered and what they stand for.

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Training team on protocols for law enforcement and prosecutors responding to people with disabilities. 

The likelihood that law enforcement personnel will encounter a victim with a disability is extremely high. According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), people with disabilities experience violent crimes two times more often than people without disabilities.1The rate of violence for males with disabilities was 42 per 1,000 in 2011, compared to 22 per 1,000 for males without disabilities, while the rate of violence for females with disabilities was 53 per 1,000 in 2011, compared to 17 per 1,000 for females without disabilities.2 In addition to responding to reports of violent crimes, law enforcement may encounter people with disabilities in neighborhoods and as community members who need assistance; as witnesses to a crime; or as suspects or perpetrators of a crime. Although this article focuses on the effective interactions between law enforcement and people with disabilities, many of the strategies are equally applicable to law enforcement and victims of all interpersonal crimes.

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As part of the 16 Days Campaign Against Gender Based Violence (November 25 - December 10, 2014) AWID is honoring Feminists and Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) Who Are No Longer With Us. Starting November 25th International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women we are asking you to join us in this effort.

Please join and help raise awareness regarding the increased levels of violence and repression faced by many women'shuman rights defenders around the world and to draw attention to the need to politicize and support self-care, increased holistic protection, and safety for WHRDs.

To support this effort you can Visit the online exhibit and download the pictures and stories of these WHRDs or share a link to the tribute. Also visit AWID's Facebook and Twitter pages and share the featured profiles. 

Or you can download a ribbon and display it on your Facebook and Twitter profile to show support for WHRDs. When you share and see this ribbon we hope you will remind the public of the women who worked tirelessly on behalf of human rights and show support for their work.

If you weren't able to join AWID, the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition(WHRDIC), and Frontline Defenders for the live interactive web forum featuring three leading Arab women human rights defenders (WHRDs). You can watch the forum recording by clicking here.

 

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A recent UN report revealed that one in eight men in rural Bangladesh admit to having committed rape. Although it is a crime punishable by death, there are no accurate government figures for rape in Bangladesh, largely due to social stigma and a failure by local authorities to investigate alleged crimes. 

VICE News correspondent Tania Rashid traveled to Sylhet and met with both perpetrators and victims of rape as well as local police to find out what is driving Bangladeshi men to rape and abuse women, and what steps the authorities are taking to put an end to it.

Check out "An Epidemic of Brutal Sexual Assaults Is Terrorizing Women in Bangladesh" - http://bit.ly/1vxf8Y9

Check out "Five New Orleans Detectives Ignored Hundreds of Reported Sex Crimes" - http://bit.ly/1taEW5O

Watch the VICE on HBO Debrief "Pink Gang Rebellion & Genetic Passport" - http://bit.ly/11Dkxii

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FEMINISTAS EN RADIO 
TRANSMISION EN VIVO desde el  
13 ENCUENTRO FEMINISTA LATINOAMERICANO Y DEL CARIBE 
22-25 de Noviembre Lima - Perú

De 9 a 11.30 (hora peruana) AM Plenarias
22/11 – Plenaria “Interculturalidad e Interseccionalidad”
23/11 – Plenaria “Sostenibilidad de la Vida”
24/11 – Plenaria “Cuerpo y Territorio ”

De 1 AM a 5 PM (hora peruana) Radio En Vivo con la participación de comunicadoras feministas Latinoamericanas.

ESCUCHA LA TRANSMISSION POR www.13eflac.org

Retransmiten:

RED NOSOTRAS RADIO – www.rednosotrasenelmundo.org 

URL: http://tesla.todoexitos. com:6210

RADIO FIRE - www.radiofeminista.net

SIPAM - www.sipam.org.mx

Participan en vivo periodistas y comunicadoras feministas  

Comunicate en vivo por Fb:   www.facebook.com/13EFLACPERU

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Cherry Smiley is an Indigenous feminist activist and artist from the Thompson and Navajo Nations and an accomplished public speaker on sexualized violence against Indigenous women and girls. She is a founding member of the unfunded group, Indigenous Women Against the Sex Industry (IWASI) and current campaign coordinator for the Feminist Alliance for International Action’s Campaign of Solidarity with Aboriginal women, focused on Canada’s missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.

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On Thursday, 20 November at 4 pm GMT (11 am ET)Front Line Defenders, the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) and the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC) will present a live interactive web forum featuring three leading Arab women human rights defenders(WHRDs). The forum will feature leading Arab women human rights defenders Alaa Murabit (Libya), Sally Zohney (Egypt) and Atiaf Al-Wazir (Yemen).

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Join the conversation at the Arab WHRDs event page: http://www.spreecast.com/events/arab-whrds

Featuring:

unnamed-2Alaa Murabit (Libya) – Founder, The Voice of Libyan Women, and Advisor to UN Women, at age 21 Alaa was – in the midst of the Libyan Revolution – listed by the Gaddafi regime as one of the “most wanted” women due to her activities. The Voice of Libyan Women organized the first ever International Women’s Conference in Libya.

unnamedSally Zohney (Egypt) – Founding member of Baheya Ya Masr, an Egyptian women’s rights movement, Sally has been a active participant in Egyptian social movements since before 2011. Sally organises anti-sexual harrassment rallies and protests in Cairo, and was featured in a recent Front Line Defenders documentary on gender-based violence and harassment against Egyptian WHRDs.

unnamed-3Atiaf Al-Wazir (Yemen) – Co-Founder of the media advocacy group SupportYemen, Atiaf is a researcher and writer focusing on social movements in Yemen, gender dynamics, and the role of regional and international policy. Since the end of January 2011, she chronicled the Yemeni revolution on her blog with commentaries, videos, and photographs.

Viewers will be able to post questions to the panelists throughout the event. Following the broadcast, the video link will be available on the Front Line Defenders website (www.frontlinedefenders.org).

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“Hay que juzgar las violaciones como crímenes de lesa humanidad”, dijo Julia Ozorio Gamecho, la primera mujer que declaró ante la Comisión de Verdad y Justicia de Paraguay sobre la esclavitud sexual a la que fue sometida tras su secuestro por parte del Ejército, durante la dictadura de Alfredo Stroessner. En diálogo con el programa Patria Soñada, que lleva adelante la Comisión de Paraguayos por los Derechos Humanos en Radio La Retaguardia, contó lo importante que fue para ella haber podido relatar su historia en el libro “Una rosa y mil soldados” y se refirió además a la actualidad de su país.

Julia Ozorio Gamecho decidió contar su historia en un libro, primero por ella misma y en busca -según definió- de su sanación: “ya no podía vivir con esa vergüenza ajena. Durante cuarenta años lloré por mi pasado, por lo que me hicieron. Doce años recién cumplidos. Cuatro años estuve como una subversiva ahí siendo inocente. Tuve que hacerlo porque iba a psicólogos, psiquiatras, y nunca podía curarme. Pero sí me curé con mi libro. Recorrió el mundo entero, fue traducido a veinticuatro idiomas y está declarado de Interés General por todas partes”, afirmó en diálogo con Patria Soñada.
El libro al que hace referencia es “Una rosa y mil soldados”, donde cuenta sus años de cautiverio tras haber sido arrancada de su familia por el coronel Pedro Julián Miers. Allí fue sometida sexualmente tanto por ese coronel como otros soldados. 

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*A Webinar Hosted By the North American MenEngage Network*

*When: December 2nd *, 
*Time: 1:00-2:30 EST*

*To Register/Access Follow This Link**:*

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/898250447

*For more information about NAMEN, see our attached brochure, or visit our
website at http://namen.wildapricot.org/ <http://namen.wildapricot.org/>*

This webinar will initiate an on-going conversation about accountability
within men’s gender equity movements and organizations, and will ad-
dress accountability from the perspective of those to whom we hope to be
accountable, including women and women’s organizations. Collectivel=
y,
panelists will help the webinar audience to define accountability in both
philosophical and concrete behavioral terms, and will provide examples of
how accountability has been conceptualized and implemented in their
networks.

*NAMEN is honored to announce that the following panelists will be
presenting during this webinar:*

*Kate Bojin, MA*, 
White Ribbon Campaign Canada

*Ashley Maier, MSW, MPA*, 
California Coalition Against Sexual Assault

*Oswaldo Montoya, MA*
MenEngage: Boys and Men for Gender Equality
 
 
 
 

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N.F.L. Teams’ Ties to Police Put Victims of Domestic Violence in a Bind

Even after sheriff’s deputies arrived at her Weston, Fla., home, Kristen Lennon remained in the bathroom, afraid to leave. Minutes earlier, she had fled there for safety as she called 911, telling the operator that her fiancé had thrown her on the bed and hit her in the face and head. She was two months pregnant.
 
“Please help,” Ms. Lennon said, her voice shaking. “He’s way bigger than me.” The couple’s first child was nearby in their bedroom.
 
On the other side of the bathroom door was Phillip Merling, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound defensive end for the Miami Dolphins. When deputies from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office arrived at about 1:30 a.m. on May 27, 2010, they found Ms. Lennon with redness and swelling on her face and a cut on her lip.
 
What happened next illustrated how relationships between National Football League teams and local law enforcement agencies can lead to special treatment for players.
 

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   Rain and Thunder is a grassroots publication created and distributed by a collective of radical feminist women. Published three times a year, Rain and Thunder brings you the very best in radical feminist news, analysis, theory, community building, and activist

ORDER ONLINE for $5 HERE

Issue 60 (Fall/Winter 2014): Themed Issue on Violence Against Women: Strategizing a Radical Response for the 21st Century

Featured articles:

  • Why Consent Is Not Enough by C.K. Egbert
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  • A Man’s Possession: Pornography and Rape by Samantha Grey
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  • The Rise of Technology-Facilitated Stalking by Delanie Woodlock
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  • Collective Resistance: The Grassroots Work of Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter: A Rain and Thunder Interview with Collective Members Hilla Kerner and Maria Wong
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  • How to Start an Independent Advocacy Center to End Violence Against Women by Marie De Santis
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  • Whose Streets? Our Streets! Mobilizing to Stop Violence Against Disabled Women by Philippa Willitts
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  • Crossing the Rapelands: A One-Woman Show by Carolyn Gage

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DETROIT, MI - A portion of the over 11,000 untested rape kits found in 2009 in a Detroit Police warehouse have been tested, and 188 serial rapists identified, WDIV reports.

Prosecutor Kim Worthy said Thursday 760 forensic hits and 188 serial rapists have been identified from the more than 1,600 kits that have been tested.

In June, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed the "Sexual Assault Kit Evidence Submission Act", which requires Michigan law enforcement agencies and crime labs to process rape kits within about four months after the victim of an alleged rape agrees to allow a health professional to gather evidence.

The legislation was created as a result of the untested rape kits discovered in 2009.

The state hopes to process the backlog by May of 2015.

"In the meantime, this sends a strong message to say that shouldn't happen," Snyder said at a press conference in June. "That's what this legislation is all about."

On Wednesday, Worthy said that "Help is here" after Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. pledged $35 million to clear the "hundreds of thousands" of untested rape kits that exist in the U.S.

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A handful of detectives with the New Orleans police department routinely failed to investigate hundreds of reported sex crimes, following up on only one out of seven such cases over a period spanning multiple years, according to a blistering new report.

These five detectives, all with the special victims section of the New Orleans police, neglected to follow up on cases that involved injured infants and did not submit sexual assault kits for review, among other findings outlined in the report issued Wednesday by Ed Quatrevaux, the city’s inspector general.

In response to the report, the New Orleans Police Department said the five detectives, who were not named, had been transferred out of the special victims section. A task force was appointed to conduct a full review of all cases handled by these detectives during their time, the police said.

“There is no place for this type of behavior in our department,” Michael Harrison, the police superintendent, said in a statement. “I am committed to getting this right and continuing to work to rebuild the trust between our officers and our community.”

The police department also said its public integrity bureau is launching an investigation into each of the detectives cited in the report.

Investigators looked at 1,290 calls related to sex crimes that were assigned to the five detectives between 2011 and 2013. The five detectives only wrote 179 reports suggesting additional investigation beyond the first report, which covered just 14 percent of the total calls these detectives were assigned.

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La Ley 779, Ley Integral Contra la Violencia Hacia las Mujeres de Nicaragua tiene una extensa historia basada en los pedidos provenientes del movimiento de mujeres, pero el decreto que la reglamenta es problemático según las feministas del país centroamericano.

Por Gabby De Cicco*

Un presidente que favorece a los valores tradicionales de la familia sobre los derechos de las mujeres

En julio de 2014 el presidente Daniel Ortega, en un nuevo gesto autoritario, reglamentó la ley introduciendo cambios que preocupan a las feministas. Dos de ellos son la vuelta a la mediación entre la víctima y su atacante y la reformulación de lo que se considera feminicidio.

Desde el 19 de Octubre de 2006 cuando el aborto pasó a estar penado en todos los casos en Nicaragua, pasando por todos los gestos hacia la Jerarquía católica y las diversas reformas emprendidas por Ortega en gestos dictatoriales han hecho retroceder los derechos de las mujeres en el país centroamericano.

Cuando en abril pasado AWID consultó a Azahalea Solís del Movimiento Autónomo de Mujeres(MAM) sobre la Reforma Constitucional realizada en Nicaragua y de qué manera eso podría afectar a los derechos de las mujeres, Solís nos respondió que “Ahora nuestra Constitución dice que estamos bajo la inspiración de valores cristianos”` A la par se afectan los derechos individuales y se le da preeminencia a la comunidad y a la familia tradicional. Eso implica que estructuras denominadas “gabinetes de la familia”pueden decir sobre la vida privada, por ejemplo hostigar a las mujeres para que no se divorcien, no dejen a su marido o no lo denuncien en caso de violencia, o que en las comisaría de la mujer se privilegie la “unión familiar” por encima del derecho a la integridad de las mujeres.”[1]

Los cambios a la ley, el decreto y su inconstitucionalidad

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