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The Battered Women's Justice Project is pleased to announce a new online resource:

Representing Victims of Intimate Partner Violence Connected with the Military - A Handbook for Civil Attorneys

Victims of intimate partner violence who are military service members, veterans, or partners of service members or veterans, often have specific legal issues related to the military. Attorneys who are unconnected to the military must understand those issues or run the risk not only of inadequate representation, but also of increasing danger to their clients. While resources on legal representation of service members and/or veterans exist, this handbook specifically addresses additional considerations for attorneys when representing military-related victims/survivors:

•                The intersection between intimate partner violence and PTSD

•                Accountability for military offenders

•                Military protective orders

•                Federal firearms prohibitions and the military

•                Service of process issues

•                Service members Civil Relief Act

•                Child custody, divorce and military benefits division

The handbook's target audience is attorneys and legal advocates who are relatively unfamiliar with the structure, culture, and laws of the military, although it contains information that may also be useful to military attorneys or legal assistance officers. 

HANDBOOK PDF HERE

 

 

 

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Lydia Cacho 
Argenpress Un niño hondureño de una ciudad perdida mira la televisión de una peluquería, el anuncio advierte que el turismo atrae recursos para la mejora del país, pero el pequeño no cree ser ciudadano de esa patria. Una pequeña de ocho años, proveniente de El salvador a quien entrevisté, piensa que la patria no existe, el hogar está sólo en su imaginación. Esos millones de niños y niñas expulsados del mundo, no hablan de sus países con ese masoquismo entusiasta de los adultos. Han madurado a golpes de realidad.

La inocencia de la que hablamos al referimos a la infancia se ha diluido. Después de entrevistar durante una década a niñas, niños y adolescentes que han sido víctimas de violencia aprendí más sobre el mundo. Es en la voz de esa generación menor de dieciséis años donde encontramos las respuestas sobre la crisis que han generado la violencia patrimonial y económica provocada por las políticas económicas que profundizan la brecha entre quienes tienen todo y quienes no tienen nada. No se puede hablar de migración sin hablar de economía y del Estado Policíaca
 
 
 
 
 

 

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2014 Theme Announcement

From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World:
Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Gender-Based Violence!

Positioning the 16 Days Campaign from November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and December 10 (Human Rights Day) rightfully stresses that gender-based violence is an international human rights violation. In the lead up to, and during, the 16 days of activism, participants will highlight the systemic nature of gender-based violence and militarism which encourages inequality and discrimination and prioritizes weapons spending over funding for quality education and healthcare and safe public spaces. The culture of militarism builds on and protects systems of power by controlling dissent and using violence to settle economic, political and social disputes. Militarism draws on and perpetuates patriarchal models of political, economic, and social domination of people by a small number of elites and privileges violent masculinity as acceptable behavior. The 16 Days Campaign focus on the intersections of gender-based violence and militarism is an effort to work toward a more equitable and peaceful world.

The intersectionality of age, class, gender, geographic location, race/ethnicity, religious affiliation, sexual orientation among other categories of analysis inform the ways in which women experience and respond to violence, inequality, and discrimination. They also affect the ways in which communities and the States respond since States’ relations with the people are mediated in part through the above categories. 

Take Action to End GBV and Militarism!

Integral to a world free of gender-based violence where all are able to experience freedom from fear and want is, in part, the recognition of the indivisibility of human rights, and that women’s rights are human rights. Within the contexts of the intersections of gender-based violence, militarism, and economic and social rights, and being mindful of the work of campaigners worldwide, the 16 Days Campaign has identified three priority areas for the 2014 Campaign:

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FEATURES
 
*** An Interview with Jackson Katz by Jeremy Earp
Fifteen Years After Columbine: We’re Still Asking the Wrong Questions
 
On April 20, 1999, high school seniors Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into the cafeteria and library at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, began shooting, and killed 12 of their classmates and a teacher—and wounded dozens of others—before taking their own lives.
 
*** Kevin Powell, Toxic Masculinity Unmasked: 
 
The Santa Barbara Tragedy
What exactly is a man? This is the question that has been pounding in my head since first watching Elliot Rodger’s chilling “Retribution” YouTube video posted right before he went on his stabbing and shooting rampage in Isla Vista, California. 
 
*** Colin Adam Young, Men Care In South Africa
 
In the northern areas of South Africa’s Western Cape almost half of the population is jobless. Liquor stores in the towns provide a predictable outlet for people’s boredom and frustrations—and contribute to a range of social problems: fighting and aggression, substance abuse, domestic and sexual violence, child abuse and absent parenting. 
 
*** Dick Bathrick, Profeminist Men’s Work: The Early Days
 
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, small groups of men began to mobilize, joining the women-led movement to end violence against women. The sociopolitical climate in which the battered women’s movement gained momentum, had been powerfully influenced by the social justice movements that had simmered and exploded during the preceding decades.
 
*** Richard Hoffman, Love & Fury
 
Prize-winning poet, essayist, and fiction writer Richard Hoffman is the author of Half the House, a memoir about coming to terms with the childhood rape he suffered at the hands of his baseball coach. In his new memoir, Love & Fury (Beacon Press, June, 2014) Hoffman grapples with the legacy of his boomer-generation boyhood in a rustbelt Pennsylvania town. Along the way, he explores the often unspoken values men inherit and draw upon as they navigate their roles as husbands, sons, fathers, and grandfathers. Tracing five generations of his family’s history, focusing particularly on his complicated relationship with his father, “a man given to extremes of grief and rage, to violent turns of emotion,” Hoffman asks difficult questions about how poverty and shame, faith and disillusionment, and sex and exploitation, affect men’s daily lives.
 
*** Haji Shearer,  Fathering Mastery
 
It’s a great time to be a father!
For most of recent history, raising children has been the primary responsibility of women. In the last 30 years a new world has opened up for men to play more significant roles in bringing up the next generation. As more fathers became involved in raising our children, men realized what mothers have always known: children are amazing! Involved fathers report higher overall satisfaction in their own lives, not to mention the myriad benefits that an involved father brings to his children.
 
*** John A. McCarroll, Male Privilege Redefined, Not Negated
 
The sort of language used to assert men’s dominance over women has a pretty recognizable pattern across the cultural landscape. Men, we are told, are in charge of things because they have something women (supposedly) lack: physical strength, honor, higher cognitive facilities, or the mystique of the male organ itself. Women, sadly “lacking” these qualities, need to be “protected” from the all-consuming lusts of strange men.
 

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UPDATED: This Special Collection offers information about the intersection between domestic violence and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). It provides advocates and other professionals with tools to screen for TBI within the context of domestic violence as well as presentations, articles, and other relevant resources on the topic.

The purpose of this collection is to: 1) increase knowledge and understanding of TBI within the context of domestic violence, 2) provide tools to advocates and other professionals to screen domestic violence survivors for TBI, and 3) highlight best practices.

The NRCDV provides a wide range of free, comprehensive, and individualized technical assistance, training, and specialized resource materials and projects designed to enhance current intervention and prevention strategies. To suggest additional resources we should include in this collection or for ongoing technical assistance and other resources, please contact the NRCDV Technical Assistance Team at 800-537-2238, TTY: 800-553-2508, nrcdvTA@nrcdv.org, or via our online TA form.

 

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Condenadas a penas de entre 30 y 40 años por delito de aborto

AmecoPress. El martes 1 de julio a las 19 horas está convocada una concentración frente a la Embajada de El Salvador, -Castellana, 178-, para expresar la solidaridad con las 17 mujeres presas por delito de aborto en El Salvador. Estas mujeres han sido condenadas a penas de entre 30 y 40 años y algunas de ellas ya han cumplido hasta 12 años de cárcel y han agotado los recursos legales. 

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About this manual 

This manual is intended primarily for victim service agency staff and other social service providers, who will administer the Trafficking Victim Identification Tool (TVIT) to clients who are potential trafficking victims. Law enforcement, health care and shelter workers will also find it helpful in improving trafficking victim identification, especially in conjunction with appropriate training or mentoring. 
 
The manual content is based on results of research conducted by the Vera Institute of Justice, which collaborated with leading legal and victim services agencies in the United States, to produce the validated screening tool and best practices for identifying trafficked persons, and on other expert sources in government and non-governmental agencies. Vera’s research found that the TVIT instrument is highly reliable in predicting both labor and sex trafficking in women and men and among foreign- and U.S. born victims. The screening tool can be used in its short version (consisting of 16 core questions, plus questions 
specific to migration for the foreign-born) without loss of predictive ability, or in its longer form, depending upon the situation and purpose of screening. As with any kind of information gathering from victims of crime, it is essential that screening for trafficking be done with care. 
 
 
SEE ALSO, BACKGROUND STUDY ON TRAFFICKING ID TOOL - Improving Human Trafficking Victim Identification— 
 

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Systematic undercounting of sexual assaults in the US disguises a hidden rape crisis.

 
 

 

Earlier this month, a 911 dispatcher in Ohio was recorded telling a 20-year-old woman who had just been raped to “quit crying.” After she provided a description of her assailant, the caller went on to say, “They’re not going to be able to find him with the information that you’ve given.” This incident had its viral moment, sparking outrage at the dispatcher’s lack of empathy. But it also speaks to the larger issue of how we are counting rapes in the United States. Sixty-nine percent of police departments surveyed in 2012 said that dispatchers like this one, often with little training, are authorized to do the initial coding of sexual assault crimes.

That’s important, because miscoding of such crimes is masking the high incidence of rape in the United States. We don’t have an overestimation of rape; we have a gross underestimation. A thorough analysis of federal data published earlier this year by Corey Rayburn Yung, associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Law, concludes that between 1995 and 2012, police departments across the country systematically undercounted and underreported sexual assaults.

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THE FIVE AGAINST THE FOUR

A divided Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Monday that closely held corporations cannot be required to provide contraception coverage for their employees.

In an opinion authored by Justice Samuel Alito, the court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell that the Obama administration has failed to show that the contraception mandate contained in the Affordable Care Act is the "least restrictive means of advancing its interest" in providing birth control at no cost to women.

"Any suggestion that for-profit corporations are incapable of exercising religion because their purpose is simply to make money flies in the face of modern corporate law," Alito wrote, adding that by requiring religious corporations to cover contraception, "the HHS mandate demands that they engage in conduct that seriously violates their religious beliefs."

The Affordable Care Act contains a provision requiring most employers to cover the full range of contraception in their health care plans at no cost to their female employees. The Obama administration had granted an exemption for churches and accommodations for religious hospitals, schools and nonprofits, but for-profit companies were required to comply with the coverage rule or pay fines.

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"The Court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield..." --Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, dissenting in Hobby Lobby

Read Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Scathing 19-Page Dissent In Hobby Lobby Birth Control Case, (scroll down linked page)

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MÉXICO, 25 jun 2014 (IPS) - “Solo quiero salir de todo esto”, repite a IPS entre frecuentes suspiros la joven mexicana Yakiri Rubí Rubio Aupart, que desde diciembre de 2013 enfrenta un juicio por el asesinato de su violador.

Yakiri, de 21 años, vive en el populoso barrio de Tepito, una de las zonas más peligrosas de la capital de México.

La tarde del 9 de diciembre, iba a reunirse con su novia cuando fue interceptada por dos hombres en la calle, que la raptaron, amenazándola con una navaja, la subieron a una motocicleta y la llevaron a un hotel, según la versión que ella ha defendido durante el proceso.

Según su testimonio, los dos hombres la golpearon. Uno de ellos, Miguel Ángel Anaya, de 37 años y 90 kilos, la violó, mientras su hermano, Luis Omar Anaya, salía a fumar. La joven se defendió e hirió a su agresor en el vientre y el cuello con su propia navaja. El hombre comenzó a desangrarse, pero tuvo tiempo de salir del hotel y huir en su moto.

Ella también salió corriendo del hotel y pidió ayuda a unos policías. Sangrando y semidesnuda llegó a una oficina del Ministerio Público (fiscalía), a tres cuadras del lugar.

Mientras esperaba que la atendieran varias heridas, una de ellas de 14 centímetros en un brazo, llegó su segundo agresor y la acusó de asesinar a su hermano por un pleito de amantes, algo que su condición de lesbiana desmonta, según su defensa.

Yakiri fue trasladada a una prisión de mujeres ya sentenciadas, acusada de homicidio calificado, un delito penado con cárcel de 20 a 60 años.

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The Young Feminist Wire interviewed Momal Mushtaq, founder of  an online platform called The Freedom Traveller. The goal of The Freedom Traveller is to “connect and empower female travelers, especially from the countries where freedom of movement for women is restricted, with a platform where women of all nationalities and beliefs can actively network, share knowledge and resources, and map their experiences of travel.”

“For women to be empowered and able to thrive, they must be able to move. People talk about mobility, but they’re not talking about women’s mobility. At the individual level, when we talk about women’s mobility, we’re talking about being able to drive a car or go out at night, to be able to carry their goods to the market to earn a livelihood, to be able to swim to safety in a flood or tsunami. – Jan Peterson, Chair Huairou Commission”

Listen to the interview below to learn more where the idea for  The Freedom Traveller came from, why it’s important to talk about young women’s freedom of movement and how you can get involved.

What to learn more about Momal Mushtaq’s inspiring work and entrepreneurial spirit? She will be speaking on a panel at the Global Media Forum on July 1 2014. The Panel is called “Participation through self-education: A fishbowl session on how digital literacy enables young people to become change-makers”. The panel is hosted by the organizers of the Digital Participation Camp, an international initiative that draws young people together once a year to live, learn and work collectively to create new websites, apps and campaigns for social good.

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The National Rifle Association is fighting proposed federal legislation that would prohibit those convicted of stalking and of domestic violence against dating partners from buying guns, according to a letter obtained by The Huffington Post.

Federal law already bars persons convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence from purchasing firearms. S. 1290, introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), would add convicted stalkers to that group of offenders and would expand the current definition of those convicted of domestic violence against "intimate partners" to include those who harmed dating partners.

Aides from two different senators' offices confirm that the NRA sent a letter to lawmakers describing Klobuchar's legislation as "a bill to turn disputes between family members and social acquaintances into lifetime firearm prohibitions." The nation's largest gun lobby wrote that it "strongly opposes" the bill because the measure "manipulates emotionally compelling issues such as 'domestic violence' and 'stalking' simply to cast as wide a net as possible for federal firearm prohibitions."

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When it comes to human trafficking, our tendency is to think of it is an issue far detached from our life, something that happens to other people. Nothing can be farther from the truth: Human trafficking victims are being exploited right now in our barrios, under our own noses.

The fact that these victims often go unnoticed screams of the vital need to educate our community, not only as to how to identify a potential situation but also on how to protect our loved ones from falling prey in these situations and where to seek help.

My guests in this discussion will be two veterans in our community's fight against this modern-day social malaise:
• Ana Isabel Vallejo, Co-Director/Attorney at VIDA Legal Assistance and former Coordinator at the Human Trafficking Academy, St. Thomas University School of Law
• Rocío Alcántar, Supervising Attorney at the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC)
• Teresita Chavez-Pedrosa, Lawyer, Journalist and Professor

We'll discuss:
• The Impact of Trafficking in the Latino Community
• How trafficking overlaps with other issues, such as immigration
• Ways to combat it in our communities
• Resources and organizations helping to prevent it and to protect victims.

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DATE: 
June 30, 2014 
 
TIME: 
12:00pm - 1:30pm PT / 3:00pm - 4:30pm ET 
 
REGISTRATION: 
To register, click here. 
 
This webinar is part of a series about Expert Witnesses hosted by the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women. 
 
WEBINAR DESCRIPTION 
Following up on a webinar from November 2013, by the same presenters, this webinar will provide participants with additional information about the uses of expert witnesses in immigration proceedings involving victims of battering. The presenters will discuss the process and use of survivor interviews/evaluations and the types of expertise necessary for different kinds of immigration proceedings. This webinar is intended for domestic violence and sexual assault experts and potential experts who are or may become involved in immigration proceedings, and will also be helpful for attorneys who represent immigrant survivors. 
 
To view Part I, go to ncdbw.org and look for Expert Witness webinars under "resources" or click here: Webinar on Experts in Immigration Cases, Part 1. It is not necessary to have viewed Part I in order to participate in Part II.

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Don't buy his populist rhetoric. The new pope is every bit the sexist homophobe as his predecessors

THE IMAGE OF Pope Francis is that he is a breath of fresh air, more progressive on social issues than his predecessor and a kinder, gentler pope.  But when the facts are examined, you see that he is none of these things. There is an enormous disconnect between who the pope really is in terms of his policies and his public relations image, as crafted by the Vatican’s PR man, previously with Fox News. The current PR mission is all about reversing the incredible decline in fundraising under the last pope from the U.S. Catholic Church in particular. Pope Francis has made any number of statements that seem to indicate change and progress that are not reflected in policy.  In fact, in the wake of such comments from Pope Francis, the Vatican often makes a point to explicitly state that no church policy has changed.

While the pope transmits a populist vibe—particularly about the economy— he is an old-school conservative who, despite his great PR, maintains nearly all of the socialpolicies of his predecessors and keeps up a hardline Vatican “cabinet.” He has done virtually nothing to change the policies of the church to match his more compassionate rhetoric.  People excuse the pope, claiming that he doesn’t have much power to make changes, but this simply isn’t true. Further, it is ludicrous to suggest that a man who denies comprehensive reproductive health care (including all forms of birth control including condoms and abortion) and comprehensive family planning is a man who cares about the poor of this world.  The bigotry of homophobia and sexism cloaked in religion are still bigotry and sexism. By giving to the church, American Catholics aren’t supporting “progress,” they are supporting oppression and in this way are complicit in the bigotry, sexism, and oppression of the church.

The new sexist, nun-hating, poverty-perpetuating, pedophile-protecting homophobe is the same as the old sexist, nun-hating, poverty-perpetuating, pedophile-protecting homophobe, but gosh how the media loves him

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Socorristas En Red - Socorro Rosa: A Feminist Practice For The Right To Choose In Argentina

FRIDAY FILE - Abortion is illegal in Argentina, with three exceptions: when the pregnancy was the result of a rape or abuse against a woman with a mental disability and when the pregnant woman’s life or health are at risk. However, even these cases often end up before the Courts and women continue to undergo surgical clandestine abortions that put their lives at risk. AWID (Association for Women's Rights in Development) talked to feminist activist Dahiana Belfiori[1] about the feminist collective that is implementing safe accompaniment for women opting for medical abortion.

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This report describes what comprises a lethality assessment program (LAP), the goals of the program and how it works. It discusses the experiences of states and localities that have lethality assessment programs in operation, and in particular, what it takes to prepare for implementation of such a program. The report also lists some of the ways that implementation of a lethality assessment program would benefit Virginia as well as some of the costs that such an effort would incur. Finally, it discusses the recommended first steps to implementing a lethality assessment program within existing or with minimal resources. 
 
Review mandate: Item 393 #4c of the 2013 Budget Bill directed DCJS to “review the experience of other states in establishing lethality assessment programs to train law enforcement officers in responding to 
situations involving domestic violence and potential deadly threats. The review shall include an assessment of the costs and benefits of establishing a program in Virginia and potential first 
steps which could be taken by the department within existing resources. Copies of the review shall be provided to the Secretary of Public Safety and the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and 
House Appropriations Committees by October 1, 2013.” 
 
 

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Julio T, un adolescente de 15 años, vende bisutería artesanal en el barrio carioca de Copacabana, cerca de la FIFA Fan Fest. Las ventas, según él, son muy buenas durante el Mundial de fútbol porque hay muchos turistas. Crédito: Fabíola Ortiz/IPS

RÍO DE JANEIRO, 23 jun 2014 (IPS) - La Copa Mundial de la FIFA que se desarrolla en Brasil ha puesto en alerta a las organizaciones que luchan contra la explotación de niños, niñas y adolescentes, durante un acontecimiento que ha atraído a 3,7 millones de turistas a las 12 ciudades sede.

Además de divisas, oportunidades de negocios y trabajo, el Mundial de fútbol también eleva los riesgos de explotación laboral y sexual de menores de 16 años, según plantean organizaciones sociales y el Fondo de las Naciones Unidas para la Infancia (Unicef).

“No tenemos números para medir la intensidad del problema, pero el Mundial reúne factores para que los casos de explotación aumenten”, entre niños, niñas y adolescentes, dijo a IPS la coordinadora de Childhood Brasil, Flora Werneck.

La oleada de turistas desde el 12 de junio y hasta el 13 de julio, en las ciudades donde se juegan los partidos de la Copa de la FIFA (Federación Internacional de Fútbol Asociado), multiplica la demanda temporal de servicios y aumenta el trabajo infantil y la vulnerabilidad de los derechos de los niños y niñas, aseguró la especialista.

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The goal of this Technical Assistance Guidance is to provide information for both victim advocates working in shelter and birth doulas on the impact of trauma in pregnancy and childbirth, and to outline how a partnership between these two communities may be of benefit to pregnant survivors of domestic violence. 

Pregnant women’s experiences and needs for emotional support, physical well-being, access to healthcare and other community-based services are significantly different from women who are not pregnant. For pregnant women also dealing with past or current domestic violence and currently residing in a domestic violence shelter or safe house, the multitude of experiences and needs may be even greater. The goal of this Technical Assistance Guidance is to provide information for both victim advocates working in shelter and birth doulas on the impact of trauma in pregnancy and childbirth, and to outline how a partnership between these two communities may be of benefit to pregnant survivors of domestic violence. A listing of educational resources, model programs, handouts and links to online networks to learn more about supporting pregnant survivors of abuse are included.

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Domestic Violence and Two-Parent Households

AFTER spending two years studying services for domestic violence survivors, I was surprised to realize that one of the most common barriers to women’s safety was something I had never considered before: the high value our culture places on two-parent families.
 
I began my research in 2011, the year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more than one-third of American women are assaulted by an intimate partner during their lives. I talked to women in communities that ranged from a small rural mining town to a large global city, in police stations, criminal courts, emergency shelters, job placement centers and custody proceedings. I found that almost all of the women with children I interviewed had maintained contact with their abusers. Why?
 
Many had internalized a public narrative that equated marriage with success. Women experiencing domestic abuse are told by our culture that being a good mother means marrying the father of her children and supporting a relationship between them. According to a 2010 Pew report, 69 percent of Americans say single mothers without male partners to help raise their children are bad for society, and 61 percent agree that a child needs a mother and a father to grow up happily.
 

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 Conference agendas are about the last places you'd think of to keep yourself up to date. But the agend of the International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Campus Responses, is an exception. The wide range of topics and meaty summaries of each make for a great overview of who's doing what to end violence against women, even if you can't attend the conference yourself. Their 2015 conference agenda is just out and linked here for your perusal.

Just a small sample:

  • Getting the Right One:  A Serial Abuser is Convicted of Murder
  • U of Rights:  Advocacy and Legal Support for College Campus Survivors
  • A Victim-Focused Response:  Fielding and Enhancing the Military System
  • Leading the Way Toward a Start by Believing Nation:  Why We Need a Public Awareness Campaign
  • Civil Legal Remedies for Sexual Assault Victims
  • Going Down?  Understanding the Effects of Pornography
  • Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exams:  What We Know About Payment of Exams and Kit Processing
  • Partnering for the Safety and Well-Being of Children in Domestic Violence Cases
  • Sexual Assault on College Campuses:  Best Practice Recommendations to Meet the Needs of Victims  
  • Alcohol Facilitated Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Predators:  What We Don't Know - We REALLY DON'T KNOW
  • Contesting the "He Said, She Said" Defense
... and many, many others!

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On the morning of March 20, Shanesha Taylor had a job interview. It was for a good job, one that could support her three children, unlike the many positions she’d applied for that paid only $10 an hour. The interview, at an insurance agency in Scottsdale, Ariz., went well. “Walking out of the office, you know that little skip thing people do?” she said, clicking her heels together in a corny expression of glee. “I wanted to do that.”

 
But as she left the building and walked through the parking lot, she saw police officers surrounding her car, its doors flung open and a crime-scene van parked nearby. All the triumphant buoyancy of the moment vanished, replaced by a hard, sudden knot of panic. Hours later, Ms. Taylor was posing for a mug shot, her face somber and composed, a rivulet of tears falling from each eye. A subsequent headline in The Huffington Post said it all: “Shanesha Taylor, Homeless Single Mom, Arrested After Leaving Kids in Car While on Job Interview.”
 

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Nicole Goodlett of Spartanburg, SC, missing since March 2014.

Nicole Goodlett of Spartanburg, SC, missing since March 2014.

When nearly 300 Nigerian school girls were kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram and went missing in April, the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls  became a rallying call to draw attention to the crime and to demand action.

Nations, including the United States, sent resources to Africa in hopes of finding those girls while every day, here in America, scores of black people go missing with little or no fanfare or calls to action.

The National Crime Information Center reports that more than 270,000 minorities have been reported missing since 2010. Almost half of that number is made up of African-Americans, and roughly 64,000 are African-American girls and women.

Missing persons activists call upon the media to offer more attention and focus on missing people of color. Dateline NBC’s initiative “Missing in America” recently posted the story behind the disappearance of Nicole Goodlett.

Goodlett was first reported missing by her parents on March 12, 2014.  Goodlett, who is called Alazay or Zay by friends, suffers from depression. Her parents do not believe she has her medication with her and are duly concerned for her safety.

Goodlett is 5’10″ tall, weighs 130 pounds and wears her hair both curly and straight. Investigators believe that Goodlett may be the victim of foul play but cannot give more information about that belief without compromising their investigation.

Jerald Howard, Goodlett’s boyfriend, has been identified as a person of interest in the case. Howard dropped their twin girls at his parents’ home after she went missing and has been back and forth since. No charges against him have been filed, but they would like to speak with him about the case. The twins are now in the Department of Social Services’ custody, while her 5-year-old son is with Goodlett’s parents.

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¿Cuándo fue que elegimos como senador al papa Juan Pablo II? Es que lo escuché hablar claro y fuerte durante la instalación, el pasado 12 de junio, de la nueva Comisión de la Familia y Desarrollo Humano.
 
Cuando leí el discurso pronunciado por el senador panista José María Martínez, presidente de esa comisión, la memoria me trajo la voz de la filósofa española Alicia Miyares, en su conferencia “Los otros poderes en presencia”, durante el Segundo Seminario Igualdad y Democracia, en Monterrey, Nuevo León. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShvhV1hC4Y8).
 
En su alocución, citó la Exhortación Apostólica Familiaris Consortio (22 de noviembre de 1981) en la que Juan Pablo II se dirigió al Episcopado, al clero y a los fieles, y estableció una serie de lineamientos respecto a “la misión de la familia cristiana en el mundo actual”.
 
Y hasta ahí yo no tendría por qué opinar mayor cosa. Pero, al leerla, me di cuenta que precisamente esa Exhortación da fundamento ideológico a una comisión del Senado que dispondrá de 300 mil pesos mensuales.

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 Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, retired combat veteran and NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, and the National Domestic Violence Hotline today announced a new report and toolkit, “Saving Women’s Lives,” to serve as a resource for state and local leaders to adopt best practices that will help protect women from gun violence.....

The new resource titled “Saving Women’s Lives: Ending Firearms Violence Against Intimate Partners,” provides local leaders – including state courts, prosecutors, law enforcement, and victim advocates – recommendations on best practices that protect victims of abuse from gun violence. It also highlights the importance of strong partnerships between states and the federal government in improving the effectiveness of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and enforcement of existing federal gun laws.

Among the best practices, policies and laws recommended in the toolkit:

Ways state courts can improve findings in protection orders that meet requirements of federal firearms laws;

Steps for state and local law enforcement to improve their lethality assessment programs when responding to domestic violence incidents;

State prosecutors should adopt protocols for ensuring that information required to conduct a federal firearms background check is in court records and plea agreements; and,

 

State legislatures can give law enforcement and court officials the tools they need to be most effective.

SEE TOOLKIT HERE

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