Womens Justice Center



















The Liberation of Women's Energy
Will Change the World.


La liberación de la energía de la mujer cambiará el mundo


o provide advocacy, free of charge, for victims of rape, domestic violence, and child abuse, particularly in the Latina and other under served communities of Sonoma County. To provide advocacy training and community education. To promote more women and minorities in our law enforcement agencies. To commit to equal justice for all women and girls.


rindar una defensa gratuita a víctimas de violación, violencia doméstica y abuso infantil, particularmente en las comunidades hispanas y otras que no son atendidas adecuadamente en el condado de Sonoma. Proveer capacitación en defensa pública y educación comunitaria. Incrementar el número de mujeres y personas pertenecientes a minorías en nuestras agencias de aplicación de justicia. Comprometernos con la justicia igualitaria para todas las mujeres y las niñas.



News Round-up ~ Resumen de noticias


 

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In countries or states with adequate violence against women (VAW) legislation, we are convinced and we have demonstrated in thousands of cases that battered women’s shelters are mostly unnecessary. For the most part shelters can and should be phased out. They are unjustified on principle, and they are a huge financial and energy drag on the movement to end violence against women.

Women should not have to abandon their homes and neighborhoods as the price of getting free of the violence. We highly recommend that establishing skilled, independent and aggressive advocacy centers, unconnected to shelters and unburdened by the costs of maintaining a shelter, are a low cost best practice for stopping the violence while keeping women safe in their homes.

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La Asamblea Constituyente de la Ciudad de México dio el último paso para garantizar en la Constitución Política capitalina el derecho de las mujeres a decidir sobre su maternidad al desechar una vez más la propuesta de incluir el “derecho a la vida”.
 
La madrugada de este domingo 29 de enero se desechó la propuesta del diputado del Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), Mauricio Tabe Echartea, de modificar el artículo 14 del texto constitucional para incluir el derecho a la vida desde “el momento de la concepción y hasta la muerte natural”.
 
Con la propuesta, de nuevo el PAN –apoyado por los Partidos Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), Verde Ecologista de México (PVEM) y Encuentro Social (PES) – trató de introducir esa frase tal como lo hizo el 6 de enero cuando intentó que quedara en el artículo 11 constitucional.
 
Después de tres horas de discusión, la reserva al artículo 14 –apartado que incluye el derecho a la ciudad solidaria, al cuidado, alimentación, salud, nutrición, vivienda, agua y saneamiento– se desechó tal como sucedió en días pasados con la propuesta de modificar el artículo 11.

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OVC and the Office on Violence Against Women collaborated to produce this four-video series, designed for criminal justice personnel, victim advocates, and allied professionals who work with victims of sexual assault in Indian Country. The videos—

  • increase awareness about the prevalence of alcohol used as a vehicle to facilitate sexual violence perpetration and the targeting of vulnerable victims, to include intoxicated persons, by sex offenders.

  • provide commentary on enhancing the investigation and prosecution of sexual violence crimes.
  • present case studies that illustrate best practices for responding to victims of alcohol-facilitated sexual assault and underscore the need for collaboration and a coordinated multijurisdictional response.

Video 1: Services and Support for Victims
This public awareness video addresses various types of support for sexual assault victims in Indian Country.

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Video 2: An Introduction to the Issues
This video provides an overview of alcohol-facilitated sexual assault in Indian Country, including prevalence, historical trauma, and responses.

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Video 3: Case Study — Winnebago and Video 4: Case Study — Navajo Nation
These videos provide information about trial techniques for and multidisciplinary responses to cases of alcohol-facilitated sexual assault.

Case Study — Winnebago

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Video 4: Case Study — Navajo Nation

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OVERVIEW PAGE WITH VIDEOS

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The Women's March on Washington occurs this Saturday, January 21, and is expected to be one of the largest political protests in recent U.S. history. Despite a somewhat rocky start (including a name change due to the fact that the protest's initial name, the Million Women March, echoed the names of two African-American protests against racism, 1995's Million Man March and 1997's Million Woman March), the march is shaping up to be one of the most important events of the American political year. But amidst the organizational frenzy, the growing protest momentum and the hopes that it will have a truly spectacular turnout, there have been bigger questions — questions familiar to anybody who's ever participated in a protest march: will it actually change anything at all? And what factors can actually make a protest march achieve any of its aims?

It's not a new worry. Concerns about the efficacy of protest marches have been around for an extremely long time, and not without reason — for every one protest that brought about clear change (Gandhi's Salt March across India in 1930, for instance), there are counter-examples of ones that fizzled out, or simply came up against literal or figurative brick walls.

But how do we define "effective" when it comes to marching? And what do social media, democracy, political organizations and a good dose of history have to do with whether or not they might work? Let's learn more about how marches create change — and why, in many cases, we have to wait for decades afterwards to find out if a protest was truly "effective."

What Actually Makes A Protest Create Change?

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We put this guide together a few years ago, but it's likely more needed today than ever!......WJC admin

Introduction
 

Part 1 ~ Why there's an urgent need to reinvent independent advocacy and activism to end violence against women

Part 2 ~ Getting Started: First Steps, Decisions, and Notes

 

The point is not that we need fewer organizations providing important social services for victims of violence against women and children. The point is that we need to create many more organizations that are free enough of restrictive funding to reignite the feminist fight and fire.

This guide is for anyone who wants to work to end violence against women and children. It's for those who want to strike out in new directions, forge new strategies, advocate without compromise, confront the patriarchal roots of the violence, and be independent of government funds. It's for those who don't have access to big money. It's for advocates who have done this work before but who feel restricted by the current crisis center models.  And it's for individuals who have never done this work, but who are burning to reignite the movement to end violence against women and change the world. And most especially, this guide is for those of you who have asked us to put together a few tips from our own experience establishing a low-budget, independent, activist center to end violence against women.

Whatever your ideas for advocating for individual victims or communities, and for securing non-violence and justice, we hope you consider the advantages and power of breaking out of the mold and of staying as independent as possible. 

Part 1 of this guide explains why we believe there is an urgent need to reinvent independent advocacy and activism to end violence against women. Part 2 lays out some practical nuts-and-bolts tips from our own experience getting started as an alternative, independent feminist center.  Our hope isn't that you'll necessarily copy what we've done. Rather we hope you'll see that it can be done, that it needs to be done, that you can do it in many ways, and that you can make a difference with minimal resources. 

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The following are media reports of police violence against women and children as tracked by the National Police Misconduct Reporting Project between January 5, 2017 and January 19, 2017. Most of the text is taken from the project website. But we have gone to the original article and inserted the name of the subject officers. We've done this to highlight the fact that the perpetrator officers are overwhelminly male.

In this segment out of the 23 incidents 22 of the perpetrators were male officers, this despite the fact that 13% of our police forces are female. 

If you're looking for an activist project and you'd like to help us do a more thorough job of exposing police violence against women please email us at                     mariecdesantis@gmail.com

  • Hanahan, South Carolina: An officer, Travis Charles Dodd, was suspended after his arrest for domestic violence. ow.ly/OL3s3088LDU
  • Cleveland, Ohio: An unnamed male officer was arrested for sexual assault against his ex-girlfriend in an off-duty incident. ow.ly/ViJZ3088McL
  • Chicago, Illinois: An officer, Eugene Ciardullo, 51, was charged with felony sexual assault against a minor. ow.ly/fZp73088Mmb
  • Quincy, Massachusetts: An officer, Keith A. Wilbur, surrendered after a four-hour standoff with a SWAT team following shots fired during a domestic disturbance. ow.ly/vO5y308a9zi
  • Update: Prince George’s County, Maryland (First reported 07-22-16): An officer, James Sims, pled guilty to taking ‘upskirt’ photos of an off-duty officer from another department. He is scheduled to be sentenced February 17.  ow.ly/XgCL308asoe
  • Concordia Parish, Louisiana: A deputy, Victor Butler, was charged with battery for a domestic incident involving a stun gun. He resigned after his arrest. ow.ly/3Vyy30858XZ
  • Timmonsville, South Carolina: A male officer, Chris Miles was arrested for domestic violence. ow.ly/xXcc3085orw
  • Update: Harris County, Texas (First reported 01-11-17): A now-former deputy, Andrew Sustaita, who had already been charged for sexually abusing a dog had child pornography possession added to his charges after the search of his home. ow.ly/LLr83085Hbf
  • San Pablo, California: A commander, Sidney DeJesus, was arrested for domestic violence. He is no longer with the department. ow.ly/1ESb307Wtvq
  • Bexar County, Texas: A deputy, Mathew Fernandez, was fired after he was arrested for domestic violence. ow.ly/GLsu307YIOE
  • Update: Wheeling, West Virginia (First reported 11-17-16): A now-former officer, Phil Redford, pled guilty to possession of indecent images of a child and was sentenced to probation. He had sex with a 17-year-old student at the school where he worked as a resource officer. ow.ly/hBI6307YKeE
  • Update: Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 10-14-15): An officer, Mister Jackson, pled guilty to attempted assault for biting his girlfriend during a fight while he was off-duty. He may retain his job. ow.ly/33HR307TOzI
  • Pinellas County, Florida: A deputy, John Farese, was arrested for domestic battery and witness tampering after an off-duty incident. ow.ly/D4CW307WspG
  • Update: Nashville, Tennessee (First reported 01-25-16): An officer, Mekisha Page, was suspended for one month after her criminal stalking charge was dismissed following an Alford plea. ow.ly/jdUz307Wua7
  • Austin, Texas: An officer, Michael Stone, was fired for breaking into ex-girlfriend’s home and misleading internal affairs investigation into the matter. The ex-girlfriend is also an officer in the department. ow.ly/Ozbm307TKFY
  • Midland, Texas: An male officer, Guadalupe Bretado, who was arrested for domestic violence and interference with an officer in performance of his duties has resigned. ow.ly/eCpt307TLel
  • Harris County, Texas: A deputy, Andrew Sustaita, was arrested for producing obscene material and sexually abusing a dog. He has been fired. ow.ly/RSm0307TLRq
  • Update: U.S. Secret Service (First reported 11-16-15): A now-former officer, Lee Robert Moore, was stationed at the White House agreed to plead guilty for attempting to sext a minor in Delaware. He was caught in a sting. The agreement allows him to be extradited to face even more serious charges in Florida ow.ly/PyzZ307TMPG
  • Update: U.S. Customs & Border Protection (First reported 09-12-16): An officer, Jose Luis Cota, pled guilty to accepting sexual favors and bribes for smuggling people into the United States. He resigned his post before the plea and is scheduled to be sentenced April 7. ow.ly/vrRT307TNn8
  • Update: St. Louis County, Missouri (First reported 01-07-16): An officer, Bret Russell, was sentenced to five years of probation after he pled guilty to assaulting his girlfriend during an incident off duty. He resigned and surrendered his law enforcement certification. ow.ly/G8t8307TNVf
  • Buffalo Valley Regional Police (Pennsylvania): An officer, Shaun Kuhns, was arrested for threatening the lives of his wife and children while intoxicated. ow.ly/WZ1Z307KCsJ
  • Collier County, Florida: A deputy, Vito Celiberti, was fired for using a law enforcement database to look up info on his then-girlfriend and then making false statements to cover it up. ow.ly/UC2g307KHFY
  • Update: Broward County, Florida (First reported 11-11-16): A deputy, Trazell McLeod, who was fired after his arrest for extorting sexual favors from a suspect has committed suicide. ow.ly/E00D307Ir8m

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The Vancouver Abolition Coalition applauds the brave women who revealed sexist attacks carried out by Detective Constable Jim Fisher. We also appreciate the officer who came forward with his/her concerns about Detective Constable Fisher. Revealing a powerful man’s sexism and violence is not an easy decision given the history of police response to women who report sexual assault. We urge the leadership of the Vancouver Police Department, including the Vancouver Police Board chaired by Mayor Gregor Robertson, to reconsider policies and practices that isolate women witnesses from independent feminist advocates. This isolation renders women and girls more vulnerable to authority figures during high stakes investigations and prosecutions.

The attacks reported to be carried out by Detective Constable Jim Fisher are not surprising and unlikely to be isolated incidents. The culture within the Vancouver Police Department has created an environment of permissiveness towards men who expect sexual access to prostituted women and girls. Detective Constable Fisher was responsible for investigating organized crime and human trafficking into the sex trade. He is especially well-informed about the latitude that the leadership of the Vancouver Police Department provides men with respect to prostituted women and girls. In 2016, the Vancouver Police Department made no arrests of men who purchase prostituted women or girls. The Vancouver Police Board refuses to recognize the enormous power difference between sex purchasers and women in prostitution – to the terrible disadvantage of women and girls targeted for prostitution recruitment.

Despite modernized laws that recognize the violence and exploitation carried out by sex-buyers, and that target them for arrest, (prostituted women are mostly not criminalized),. the Vancouver Police Department and the Vancouver Police Board cling to outdated and sexist policies that defend male entitlement to prostituted women. The invention of police-run public relations projects, such as the failed Sister Watch program in the downtown Eastside, consolidates police power over women in prostitution and hides police inaction on pimping and sex-buyers.

The Vancouver Abolition Coalition calls on the Vancouver Police Board to act on the analysis, articulated in the preamble of the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (in effect December 5, 2014), that prostitution is deeply exploitative, sexist, and racist. We call on the Vancouver Police Board and Chief of Police to address the culture of sexism and racism that likely fostered Detective Fisher’s sense of entitlement to sexual access of women and girls whose rights he is supposed to defend. New policies, protocols, and modern leadership is needed to ensure that policing of male violence against women avoids delivering women and girls into the hands of a different set of exploiters.

Members of Vancouver Abolition Coalition:

The Aboriginal Women's Action Network (AWAN)

The Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution

EVE (formerly Exploited Voices now Educating)

REED (Resist Exploitation, Embrace Dignity 

Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter

Foy Allison Law        

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Guidebook PDF HERE  

Annotation:  These enhanced resource guidelines are intended to assist judges and courts in meeting and exceeding heightened expectations in the handling of child abuse and neglect cases.
Abstract:  These guidelines reflect the principles that should guide a judge’s work, and they provide the tools needed to implement these principles. The guidelines cover all stages of the court process in child abuse and neglect cases, from the preliminary protective hearing until juvenile and family court involvement has ended. The guidelines assume that the court will remain involved in a case until after the child has been safely returned home; placed in a new, secure, and legally permanent home (either through adoption or legal custody); or the court’s jurisdiction has otherwise ended. The guidelines focus on the court process rather than substantive case law. They do not offer criteria for State agency or court intervention in the lives of families; rather they are limited to matters of judicial procedure. The guidelines specify the characteristics of each hearing and outline needed procedural steps, identify the key decisions that must be made, specify when each hearing should occur, and describe the judge’s role at that stage of the hearing process. Although the original guidelines included specific time requirements for each hearing, the enhanced guidelines are not prescriptive about hearing times. The time recommendations are best-practice recommendations intended to be a guide for judges and court administrators in estimating docket time, judicial time, and ancillary court staff time. These guidelines are not just instructive for judges. They can also inform representatives of other child welfare system stakeholders, such as attorneys and child welfare caseworkers.

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Laura E. Asturias https://www.facebook.com/laura.e.asturias

#Trump reinstauró hoy la Política de la Ciudad de México, también conocida como #LeyMordaza, que los ex presidentes Clinton y Obama habían anulado (ver http://bit.ly/2jpxlmA). Esta política prohíbe otorgar fondos estadounidenses a ONG que ofrecen una amplia gama de opciones de #PlanificaciónFamiliar y #SaludReproductiva si incluyen el #aborto, aun cuando esos fondos no se usen específicamente para servicios relacionados con el aborto

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It bars international health organizations that receive U.S. funding from mentioning abortion as a family planning option.

SEE ALSO: Room Full of Men Screws Women

WASHINGTON ― In one of his first acts as president, Donald Trump has reinstated a federal ban on U.S. funding for international health organizations that counsel women on family planning options that include abortion. 

The Mexico City policy, also known as the global gag rule, was first put in place by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. It prohibits giving U.S. funding to nongovernmental organizations that offer or advise on a wide range of family planning and reproductive health options if they include abortion ― even if U.S. dollars are not specifically used for abortion-related services. 

Since then, the gag rule has been something of a political football, rescinded and reinstated as soon as presidents take office. President Bill Clinton did away with the rule, President George W. Bush reinstated it and then President Barack Obama again revoked it in 2009. 

Trump’s executive order Monday comes one day after the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case that guaranteed a woman’s right to have an abortion, and the week of the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.

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Analysis and other ethical considerations relevant to human trafficking and medicine, see the January 2017 issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics.

From the Editor

Exploring the Nature and Scope of Clinicians’ Obligations to Respond to Human Trafficking
Terri Davis
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Ethics Cases

Saving the Starfish: Physicians’ Roles in Responding to Human Rights Abuses in Global Health Practice
Commentary by Monir Moniruzzaman
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Physician Encounters with Human Trafficking: Legal Consequences and Ethical Considerations
Commentary by Jonathan Todres
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Human Trafficking, Mental Illness, and Addiction: Avoiding Diagnostic Overshadowing
Commentary by Hanni Stoklosa, Marti MacGibbon, and Joseph Stoklosa
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Taking Up the Mantle of Human Trafficking Education: Who Should Be Responsible?
Commentary by Carrie A. Bohnert, Aaron W. Calhoun, and Olivia F. Mittel
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The Code Says

The AMA Code of Medical Ethics’ Opinions Related to Human Trafficking
Danielle Hahn Chaet
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State of the Art and Science

Ethical Considerations in Mandatory Disclosure of Data Acquired While Caring for Human Trafficking Survivors
Patrick L. Kerr and Rachel Dash
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Policy Forum

Mandatory Reporting of Human Trafficking: Potential Benefits and Risks of Harm
Abigail English
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Who Is in Your Waiting Room? Health Care Professionals as Culturally Responsive and Trauma-Informed First Responders to Human Trafficking
Rochelle Rollins, Anna Gribble, Sharon E. Barrett, and Clydette Powell
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Medicine and Society

Human Trafficking in Areas of Conflict: Health Care Professionals’ Duty to Act
Christina Bloem, Rikki E. Morris, and Makini Chisolm-Straker
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Caring for the Trafficked Patient: Ethical Challenges and Recommendations for Health Care Professionals
Wendy L. Macias-Konstantopoulos
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Groupthink: How Should Clinicians Respond to Human Trafficking?
William Polk Cheshire, Jr.
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Images of Healing and Learning

Art Therapy Exhibitions: Exploitation or Advocacy?
Terri Davis
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Out of Darkness, Light: Drawing and Painting by Margeaux Gray
Artwork by Margeaux Gray, commentary and analysis by Mary Richards
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Second Thoughts

Should US Physicians Support the Decriminalization of Commercial Sex?
Emily F. Rothman
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Decreasing Human Trafficking through Sex Work Decriminalization
Erin Albright and Kate D’Adamo
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Ariell, Charlie y Felicitas son tres de las diez mujeres que denuncian a Cristian Aldana por abuso sexual, corrupción de menores y transmisión de enfermedades. Desde el 23 de diciembre el cantante de El Otro Yo está en prisión preventiva y ahí esperamos que se quede.

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Madrid, 17 ene. 17. AmecoPress/medicosypacientes.com.La Jornada “El papel del profesional sanitario en la trata de personas”, organizada por la OMC, a través de su Fundación para la Cooperación Internacional (FCOMCI) y el Consejo Federal de Medicina de Brasil (CFM), concluyó con la "Declaración de Madrid" que condena la trata de seres humanos, considerada como "una profunda violación de los derechos humanos, de la dignidad y de la libertad de la persona". Asimismo, se incluye un documento con las principales conclusiones de este I encuentro hispano-brasileño. - 

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PDF: EL PAPEL DEL PROFESIONAL SANITARIO EN LA TRATA DE PERSONAS

 

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In recent decades, women have accounted for a growing share of America’s police officers, but this growth has been relatively slow and women remain underrepresented in the field. They also sometimes differ sharply from male officers in their views of policing and their experiences, according to a new Pew Research Center survey conducted by the National Police Research Platform.

Women accounted for 12% of full-time local police officers in 2013 (the latest data available) – up from 8% in 1987, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Women made up even smaller shares in department leadership: About one-in-ten supervisors or managers and just 3% of local police chiefs were women in 2013.

The nationwide survey of 7,917 police officers in departments with at least 100 officers finds that many female officers think men in their department are treated better than women when it comes to assignments and promotions. About four-in-ten female officers (43%) say this is the case, compared with just 6% of male officers. By contrast, a third of male officers say women are treated better than men when it comes to assignments and promotions in their department – but just 6% of women say this is the case. Six-in-ten male officers and half of female officers say men and women are treated about the same. 

When it comes to their experiences in the field, women are less likely than men to say they have physically struggled with a suspect who was resisting arrest in the past month (22% vs. 35% of male officers). Six-in-ten female officers say they have been verbally abused by a citizen while on duty in the past month, compared with 69% of men. These differences remain when looking only at officers currently on field assignments, such as a patrol officers and detectives. Most police (72%) say they have never fired their weapon while on duty outside of required training or on a gun range. Female officers are much less likely than male officers to report that they have ever fired their weapon while on duty – 11% of women vs. 30% of men.

There is also a significant gender gap in attitudes on policing, with female officers less likely than their male counterparts to agree that aggressive tactics are sometimes necessary. Among female officers, 48% agree that it is more useful to be aggressive than to be courteous in certain parts of the city, compared with 58% of male officers. A third of female officers – but 46% of male officers – agree that some people can only be brought to reason the hard, physical way.

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As Republicans prepare to defund Planned Parenthood nationally, those left to provide contraception and other services in states which have already done so say women of color and from low-income groups will surely be hit the hardest

The notion that overnight they can serve two million more people who need reproductive health services is absurd

Sara Rosenbaum, professor of health policy

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Even if it's not the intention, the pink pussy hats send a terrible message about women and girls.

Granted, there’s a need for all forms of protest against the tyrannies on our doorsteps. But multitudes of women marching this Saturday with the planned knitted pink pussy hats planted on their heads is decidedly not one of them. 

The message it sends is loud and clear and pathetic. It’s the antithesis and negation of protest. It says, “Yes, we women are out in droves marching in the streets, but not to worry! We really don’t mean it. We’re not posing a threat to anyone.”

“Our knitted pink pussy hats should reassure you all. We’re still your precious, pretty pink, giddy, petite princesses; your silly, giggly, ditzy pre-adolescent forever little girls posing just the way you like us with a pleasing touch of kiddie porn……even as you ruthlessly strip us and our daughters of all our rights.”

Women’s oppressors have always found it particularly effective to rob women of power by infantilizing us or reducing us to animalized porn. Not surprisingly the media (and here and here and here and here etc.) picked up on the pink pussy hat image in a hot minute and within days has broadcast its ridicule around the world. How on earth is it that women themselves created this image and tens of thousands more are right now mindlessly knitting away to wear one to the marches?

Are we women still that ambivalent and terrified of seriously demanding rights and taking power? Is this cutesy pink pussy hat really the answer we want to give to the thundering threats to our daughters’ rights?

If you can’t see how self-sabotaging, undermining, and damaging this image is to women, and to our daughters, and to all the little girls around the world who are forced in their pink pussy costumes to service men, please, stop and think… Be conscious of the images you’re conjuring and the message you’re sending! The whole world is watching and the world’s children are too. And if you’re still not convinced….

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The organizers of the Women’s March on Washington just released a four-page document outlining the principles and goals of the protest, and it’s the definition of intersectional feminism. 

The Women’s March will take place on Saturday, Jan. 21 in DC with sister marches all over the country (and world) to “affirm our shared humanity and pronounce our bold message of resistance and self-determination,” according to the official platform. After a rocky start, the organizers have put together an inclusive and intersectional policy platform. 

The document lays out the march’s purpose, values and principles, and gives an important nod to movements that came before them: the suffragists and abolitionists, the America Indian Movement, the Civil Rights era, Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street and the fight for LGBTQ rights. 

“Our liberation is bound in each other’s,” the platform states. “The Women’s March on Washington includes leaders of organizations and communities that have been building the foundation for social progress for generations. We welcome vibrant collaboration and honor the legacy of the movements before us.”

The platform also recognizes feminist activists and thought leaders who paved the way for present-day activism: abolitionist Harriet Tubman, civil rights activists Ella Baker and Angela Davis, Honduran environmental activist and indigenous leader Berta Cáceres, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation Wilma Mankiller, LGBTQ activist Sylvia Rivera, and iconic women’s rights leaders including bell hooks, Gloria Steinem, Audre Lorde and Malala Yousafzai.

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The Other Witnesses

Biden’s most divisive and perhaps most significant decision was not calling other three womenwho could have strengthened Hill’s allegations against Thomas to testify. While the women’s interviews with committee staff were entered into the record, that did not have the same impact as public testimony.

One of the women was Angela Wright, who worked with Thomas at the EEOC. She said Thomas asked her about the size of her breasts, pressured her to date him, commented on the physical appearance of women in the office and showed up at her apartment one night without warning. Unlike Hill, however, Wright said she considered Thomas’ behavior obnoxious but not sexual harassment.

Wright had complained of Thomas’ unwanted behavior toward Rose Jourdain, a colleague at the EEOC at the time. As Mayer and Abramson wrote in their account of the trial, Jourdain independently remembered the “bra size” incident and also recalled Wright telling her Thomas had talked about the sexiness of her legs.

Sukari Hardnett was the third woman. She worked for Thomas at the EEOC after Hill left but said Hill’s account of his behavior rang true.

“Clarence Thomas pretends that his only behavior toward those who worked as his special assistants was as a father to children and a mentor to proteges. That simply isn’t true. If you were young, black, female and reasonably attractive, you knew full well you were being inspected and auditioned as a female,” she said in her statement, adding, “Women know when there are sexual dimensions to the attention they are receiving. And there was never any doubt about that dimension in Clarence Thomas’s office.”

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The UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Its Causes and Consequences seeks to collect information on shelters and protection orders which will feed into the thematic report she will present at the 34th session of the Human Rights Council in June 2017.

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Women/SRWomen/Pages/OrdersAndShelters.aspx

Protection orders and shelters are extremely important for the protection of women, their sense of safety, their ability to overcome the effects of abuse and planning for the future. The Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences seeks to collect information on shelters and protection orders which will feed into the thematic report she will present at the 34th session of the Human Rights Council in June 2017.

In order to inform her work, the Special Rapporteur wishes to secure from different stakeholders, including States, National Human Rights Institutions, Non-governmental organizations, as well as members of academia, information, inputs and views on both forms of protection:

Shelters:

  • Legislative framework and/or guidelines regulating shelters’ operations procedures and their shortcomings;
  • Types of shelters and number of shelters in a given State, their territorial allocation and their financing;
  • Conditions to access shelters for women with their children (in particular boys and specific age restrictions and children with special needs);
  • Length of stay in shelters;
  • Availability of alternative accommodation and of second and third stage housing
  • Landmark jurisprudence and good practices.

Protection orders:

  • Legislative framework and/or guidelines regulating them as well as their shortcomings;
  • Practicalities on how protection orders work, who can issue them , types and length of protection or barring orders;
  • Efficiency  or lack thereof of protection orders;
  • Legal consequences of the non-respect of protection orders; 
  • Landmark jurisprudence and good practices.

Information on existing mandatory mediation and reconciliation practices which may undermine the protection of gender-based violence victims as well as information on their social reintegration and legal, security and financial assistance measures are also welcomed.

N.B. Please note that the working languages of the Secretariat are English, French and Spanish. You are therefore kindly requested to provide your submissions in one of these languages.

All submissions should be sent by 30 January 2017 tovaw@ohchr.org

 

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East Africa - The Fight for Gender Parity

By Nanjala Nyabola

For women across the world, electoral politics can be a hostile and violent place. Writer Nanjala Nyabola investigates the parliamentary quota systems in East Africa, demonstrating how well they can work when supported with institutional will and how resoundingly they can fail when the patriarchy conspires to undo them.

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Wangari Muta Maathai, Nobel Prize winner and former Kenyan MP – Photo: The Time Line

NAIROBI, Kenya—When Bina Maseno was 23, she decided to run for Council Assembly in Nairobi City County and reached out to a few experienced female politicians for advice. She expected to hear suggestions for navigating party power dynamics or articulating campaign messages for a broader audience. But what she got was a primer in protecting herself from sexual assault by male politicians and putative voters.

“I was shocked,” she recalled. “One woman told me that I had to dress in a matronly way, because voters always think that youthful looking women are sleeping their way through the party. Another woman advised that I should never go to a rally without wearing biker shorts underneath my clothes, because inevitably the men in the audience would try to strip me.” During Maseno’s 2012 campaign, this latter piece of advice was repeatedly tested and found to be accurate.

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Esteban Santiago was accused twice of strangulation — an offense that studies show often foreshadows future violence.

In the year before Esteban Santiago allegedly opened fire on unsuspecting travelers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday, killing five and injuring six others, he had at least five run-ins with police in Anchorage, Alaska.

Many involved allegations of domestic violence, including two reports of strangulation that don’t appear to have been taken seriously.

In January 2016, Santiago was arrested after his girlfriend told Anchorage police he attacked her while she was in the bathroom. He broke the door, forced his way in and began to strangle her, she said.

“She stated that he continued to yell at her to ‘get the fuck out bitch’ while strangling her and smacking her in the side of the head,” the responding police officer wrote.

Strangling his girlfriend ― impeding her ability to breathe ― shows a capacity to kill, experts say. Years of research has established that the act of strangulation is an important predictor of future lethal violence: If a woman has been choked by an intimate partner, she is seven times more likely to become a homicide victim in the future.

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“The handling of this case has all the earmarks of poorly investigating a strangulation case and minimizing its significance at every turn,” Gwinn said. “Where was the follow-up investigation? Where was the forensic exam?”

Gwinn added that Alaska has a manual on how to investigate and prosecute strangulation cases. “There is no indication that the prosecutors followed any of the best practices guidance of their manual,” he said.

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SEE ALSO:

**  It’s Time To Recognize What Many Mass Murderers Share In Common

**  We’re Missing The Big Picture On Mass Shootings

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Dear Member of the Judiciary Committee:

We, the steering committee of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF), a coalition of national, tribal, state, and local leadership organizations and individuals advocating on behalf of victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, write to express our opposition to Senator Jeff Sessions’ nomination for Attorney General of the United States of America. We have arrived at this position based upon a review of his record as a state and federal prosecutor, during which he applied the law unevenly, and as a U.S. Senator, during which he supported laws that would afford only some members of our society equal protection of the law. The role of Attorney General requires a demonstrated commitment to providing equal protection under the law—particularly to people who face discrimination because of their race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or other identities. We respectfully submit that Senator Sessions’ record speaks for itself and that his history of differential application of the law carries with it the potential to harm victims and survivors of gender-based violence, particularly survivors from historically marginalized communities. Thirty years ago, this Committee rejected Senator Sessions’ nomination to the federal bench due to well-justified concerns regarding his problematic record on civil rights and troubling history of making racially insensitive statements. These aforementioned concerns, combined with his equally troubling comments on the nature of sexual assault and other concerns raised below, make Senator Sessions an unqualified choice to serve as U.S. Attorney General.  

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* El Salvador: La asociación de mujeres “Las Dignas” expresaron su sorpresa porque la Fiscalía no ha incorporado el delito de estupro al proceso penal que se sigue contra el locutor y presentador televiso Max González y el resto de implicados en delitos sexuales contra menores de edad.

leer mas: La red de prostitución de menores que tiene en problemas al “Gordo Max” y otras personalidades en El Salvador

la organizacion feminista, Las Dignas

 

* Guatemala: Trata de mujeres, ninos, y ninas

 

 

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A new paper by political scientists Brian Schaffner, Matthew MacWilliams, and Tatishe Nteta puts the blame back on the same factors people pointed to before the election: racism and sexism. And the research has a very telling chart to prove it, showing that voters’ measures of sexism and racism correlated much more closely with support for Trump than economic dissatisfaction after controlling for factors like partisanship and political ideology:

 Brian Schaffner, Matthew MacWilliams, and Tatishe Nteta

As the paper acknowledges, clearly economic dissatisfaction was one factor — and in an election in which Trump essentially won by just 80,000 votes in three states, maybe that, along with issues like the opioid epidemic and poor health outcomes, was enough to put Trump over the top. But the analysis also shows that a bulk of support for Trump — perhaps what made him a contender to begin with — came from beliefs rooted in racism and sexism.

Specifically, the researchers conclude that racism and sexism explain most of Trump’s enormous electoral advantage with non-college-educated white Americans, the group that arguably gave Trump the election. “We find that while economic dissatisfaction was part of the story, racism and sexism were much more important and can explain about two-thirds of the education gap among whites in the 2016 presidential vote,” the researchers write.

Now, the researchers didn’t measure just any kind of racism and sexism. For racism, they evaluated the extent that someone acknowledges and empathizes with racism — acting as a proxy measure for actual racist beliefs. (Research shows that these kinds of measures correlate with actual racism, which is tricky to measure in a more direct way since people will do what they can to avoid looking racist.) For sexism, they evaluated someone’s hostile sexism — which, through several questions, gauges hostile attitudes toward women. (For more on how hostile sexism is typically measured and compares with other types of sexism, read Libby Nelson’s explanation for Vox.)

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A new study of law firm hiring offers clear evidence of privilege.

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James Cabot and Julia Cabot seem like the kind of law school students high-paying law firms like to recruit.

Their resumes and work experience are nearly identical. Both of them attend respected institutions and have worked their way to the top 1 percent of their classes. Their schools aren’t among the very top-tier institutions where the big firms do most of their recruiting ― Harvard, Yale, et al. ― but they’re still well-regarded.

What’s more, James and Julia clearly come from economically advantaged backgrounds, the kind that firms admit make candidates a strong “cultural fit.” On their resumes, James and Julia each note their interest in classical music and polo. They both mention their experience on their college sailing teams. When people talk about “elites,” they’re talking about people like James and Julia Cabot.

Yet when law firms looked at their resumes ― which, again, were totally the same but for their gender ― recruiters were three times more likely to call James in for an interview, according to a study first published last year in American Sociological Review and recently written up in Harvard Business Review.

In a follow-up survey and interviews, the researchers learned that lawyers discounted Julia Cabot’s credentials ― indeed, the credentials of any economically advantaged woman ― because of a belief that she would eventually leave the workforce to become a stay-at-home 

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TRENTON — The State Police today graduated 118 new troopers and once again proclaimed the class to be the most diverse in state history, topping the one that graduated in October.

The 153rd Class, which was awarded badges at Elizabeth High School, includes 30 Hispanic troopers, who represent 25 percent of graduates, as well as 19 black troopers, who represent 16 percent of the group, State Police said.

The class also included six Asians and one American Indian. Only five females, three of whom were white, graduated today, highlighting the force's continuing struggle to attract a more balanced group of recruits in terms of gender.

"The 153rd class represents a major step forward in our continuing effort to develop and maintain a State Police force that reflects the diverse population it serves," Gov. Chris Christie said.

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Five females out of 118 new troopers???????

"...a State Police force that reflects the diverse population it serves," Gov. Chris Christie???????????

Law enforcement across the country continues to exclude women, even from the definition of diversity. Law enforcement's big diversity fail is not racial. According to USDOJ figures, 25% of the nation's police are people of color. That's close to parity with the percent in the population. Only 12% of the nation's law enforcement are female, a figure that is abysmally below women's 50% in the population.

No wonder only 3% of rapists do jail time. No wonder we can't end police brutality. Law enforcement, and police reformers too, are failing completely to target the toxic male dominated culture and apply the obvious solution: RECRUIT, HIRE, RETAIN, AND PROMOTE FEMALE OFFICERS!

The facts are known. Female officers have dramatically lower rates of officer-involved-shootings, misconduct, and  citizen complaints compared to male officers. Females officers tend to respond to volatile situations by de-escalating. Male officers tend more to respond to volatile situations as a challenge, and they escalate.

For all those claiming to be working for an end to police brutality, how is it you never call out and protest law enforcement's sexist exclusion of women?

...WJC Admin

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