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Editor’s Note: This piece is cross-posted from Know Your IX’s website. Join the campaign here

In response to coverage of university mistreatment of sexual assault survivors, many observers have wondered why schools handle these crimes at all: why not just leave it to the police? Here’s the answer in a couple easy bullet points.

Why do schools handle sexual violence reports?


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Exeter, PA July 18, 2014, officer fired: allegedly watched porn, solicited sexual relationships using work comp on duty http://ow.ly/zp2rwhttp://

Miami Beach, July 19, 2014, FL 20-yr veteran homicide detective jailed, accused of sex in cop car w teen girl http://
Beaufort, South Carolina: July 17, 2014, A police officer pled guilty to simple assault against his 10-year-old stepdaughter, then resigned from the police department. According to warrants, he slapped her on the right side of her head. http://ow.ly/zkrDR
Charleston County, South Carolina: July 17, 2014, The sheriff’s office says a detective was fired after an internal investigation discovered that the officer had a sexual relationship with a murder suspect’s mother and lied about it.  http://ow.ly/zkthZ
Tuscaloosa, Alabama: July 18, 2014, A police officer has been arrested on a domestic violence charge for the second time in two years. After speaking with the victim and the suspect, officers found probable cause to charge the officer with third degree domestic violence criminal coercion. http://ow.ly/zktCr
Montgomery, Alabama: July 16, 2014, A police officer is being charged with domestic violence following an arrest, according to the department. http://ow.ly/zk7cE
 Irwindale, California , July 15, 2014, A now-former police officer denied molesting a 14-year-old police Explorer. He pled not guilty to using a minor for sex acts, sending harmful matter, oral copulation of a person under 16, sexual penetration by a foreign object and two counts of contact with a minor for sexual offense. http://ow.ly/zjvTR
: Berthoud, Colorado  July 14, 2014,: A now-fired police officer was sentenced to three years of supervised probation and 30 days in a jail work-release program for physically abusing a 15-year-old girl for years. http://ow.ly/zjiH4
New Orleans, Louisiana: July 14, 2014, A police officer accused of trying to kill his girlfriend pled not guilty to charges of attempted second-degree murder and simple battery. http://ow.ly/zeURO
New Orleans, Louisiana: July 14, 2014,A second police officer has been charged with a felony stemming from an alleged domestic matter. http://ow.ly/zeWTq
Loveland, Colorado, July 14, 2014, Fired Berthoud police officer Jeremy Yachik was sentenced Monday to three years of supervised probation and 30 days in a jail work-release program for physically abusing a 15-year-old girl. A Larimer County judge also ordered Yachik to perform 80 hours of community service and to undergo a domestic violence evaluation to determine if he will be required to participate in a domestic violence-treatment program. 
According to court records, the girl told Loveland police investigators that Yachik abused her almost daily for years. The abuse allegedly included restraining her hands with handcuffs or plastic zip ties and then slamming her head into a wall hard enough to leave a hole and choking her until she blacked out, according to a Loveland Police  Department arrest affidavit. The girl also said he beat her with ropes, restricted her food, shackled her in a darkened room for hours and force-fed her “ghost pepper sauce” that’s roughly 10 times hotter than habanero peppers, the affidavit said. During a voluntary Sept. 27 interview with Loveland investigators, Yachik, who is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 270 pounds, admitted doing many of these things to the girl, the affidavit said. http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/fired-berthoud-police-of...
Cleveland, Ohio: July 11, 2014,A police officer was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual conduct with a minor 10 years or older. He is also charged with four counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, according to the court website. http://ow.ly/zby0c
Memphis, Tennessee, July 12, 2014,  A now-former police officer has been convicted of two counts of rape involving a student from Rhodes College. He was also charged with three counts of assault and four counts of official misconduct. http://ow.ly/zf8hY
 Placer County, California,: July 11, 2014, A decorated sheriff’s deputy has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a teen who was volunteering at his department, according to authorities. http://ow.ly/z9ac1
Washington, DC, July 11, 2014,  A now-former police officer has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after being convicted of sexually abusing a girl who participated in his church choir. After he gets out of prison he will have to register as a sex offender. http://ow.ly/z8VcM

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Since 2006 when Europe closed its borders, human trafficking has burgeoned in Egypt’s Sinai Desert, where Eritrean asylum seekers and refugees heading north to Israel are kidnapped, held hostage, and tortured by Bedouin smugglers demanding exorbitant ransoms for their freedom. Fleeing an oppressive military dictatorship at home, with a “shoot-to-kill” policy at the border and where only pregnant women are exempted from service, over 300,000 Eritreans have fled their homeland in North Africa. Many of these men, women and children die in Sinai’s torture camps. 

This powerful documentary intimately follows Swedish-Eritrean journalist Meron Estefanos and her efforts to aid the hostages and their families. From Stockholm she runs a popular online radio show, fielding calls for help from Eritrean victims and their relatives. Her activism takes her to Israel and Egypt’s Sinai Desert to seek the release of a badly abused young woman held captive with her baby and to search for another who disappeared along the Egyptian-Israeli border after her ransom had been paid. Both eloquent and harrowing, SOUND OF TORTURE spotlights one of today’s most underreported human rights violations and the one woman who is making it her mission to create change.  MORE HERE

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Since October 2013, more than 52,000 children, most from Central America and unaccompanied by adults, have crossed the Southwest border into the United States, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. That’s nearly double last year’s total and 10 times the number from 2009. Administration officials have called it “an urgent humanitarian situation.”

Maria Woltjen discussed the latest crisis with UChicago News. She heads the University of Chicago Law School’s Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights Clinic, a national initiative that provides child protection advocates for unaccompanied immigrant children detained by the federal government. 

What has caused the recent surge of unaccompanied children crossing the Southwest border into the United States?


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  • Entrevista con Alejandra Burgos, defensora de DDHH en El Salvador e integrante de la Agrupación Ciudadana por la Despenalización del aborto terapéutico, ético y eugenésico y de la Colectiva Feminista para el Desarrollo Local                                                                                                                                                                                                 Madrid, 17 jul. 14. AmecoPress. “Ser mujer en El Salvador es un riesgo”, asegura Alejandra Burgos, teóloga, filósofa y sobre todo, activista feminista. Está en Madrid para participar en los cursos de verano de Amnistía Internacional y en diversos actos y encuentros en los que habla de la vulneración de los derechos humanos que implica la penalización del aborto en su país y lo que va a suponer para España, en caso de que se apruebe, el Decreto Ley que ha preparado el Gobierno. Amecopress habla con ella.

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    La crueldad y presiones que reciben las mujeres que quieren abortar en El Salvador saltó a la comunidad internacional a partir del caso de Beatriz, la joven a quien se le prohibió abortar pese que su embarazo ponía en peligro su vida y su bebé era anencefálico (sin cerebro). En aquella ocasión, numerosas organizaciones, entre ellas AI, y representantes institucionales impulsaron una campaña para apoyar a esta mujer y pedir que se le permitiera abortar y salvar su vida. Beatriz fue sometida finalmente a una cesárea y hoy sigue recuperándose de las secuelas de aquella situación.   Pero su caso “removió las conciencias” y facilitó que otras situaciones vieran la luz.                                                                                                                                                                                                               CONTINUES


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The 2014-2016 three year strategy was developed following a series of consultations with members of Girls Not Brides from around the world, as well as with other key partners and stakeholders. 
Girls Not Brides was created to help bring an end to child marriage, so that girls can have the opportunity to thrive and become full and equal members of society. The overall strategic objectives of the global civil society Partnership, as agreed upon by the members in 2011, are:
 Increased awareness of the harmful impact of child marriage at the local, national and international 
 Expanded policy, financial and other support to end child marriage and to support married girls; and
 Strengthened learning and coordination among organisations working to end child marriage.
While these aims are broad, they provide all Girls Not Brides members – whether acting individually or as groups – with a sense of how their work fits into the overall movement. However, with the increased global momentum on child marriage, members have been keen to identify more specific objectives for the Partnership to help focus our efforts and to maximise our Impact.
This three-year strategy was developed following a series of consultations with members of Girls Not Bridesfrom around the world, as well as with other key partners and stakeholders. 


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One of the most significant pieces of civil rights legislation passed in the closing decades of the 20th century is also one of the most overlooked.
The 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, passed following the savage 1991 beating of African American motorist Rodney King by four LAPD officers and the catastrophic Los Angeles Riots a year later, gave the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice an extraordinary mandate.
One of the law’s provisions empowered the government to sue police agencies anywhere in the country if they exhibited a “pattern and practice” of using excessive force and/or violating people’s civil rights—and compel them, under what’s known as a “consent decree,” to change those practices.
Since the law came into effect 20 years ago, two things have become apparent: how resistant many police departments remain to fundamental reform; and how critical, therefore, the consent decree has been—first, in forcing police departments to jettison their often brutal racist, and unaccountable warrior-cop cultures; and second, in transforming them into organizations committed to policing constitutionally and with legitimacy among the populations they serve.

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recent analysis of U.S. gun deaths has found that a majority of mass shootings were related to domestic or family violence.

The analysis, performed by Michael Bloomberg's gun violence prevention group, Everytown for Gun Safety, looked at mass shootings that took place between January 2009 and July 2014. In that span of five and a half years, the group identified 110 mass shootings, which were defined as shootings in which at least four people were murdered with a firearm. Of those shootings, at least 57 percent were related to domestic or family violence.

Kim Gandy, president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, said the report serves as sobering evidence for the need to improve gun laws.

"It’s clear that many of these murders were committed by people already barred from gun ownership by federal law -- but that law is full of loopholes, like background checks not being required for private sales, like Craigslist or at gun shows," she said. "It’s shocking that the gun lobby has succeeded in blocking such common-sense solutions, and that there aren’t more members of Congress standing up on the issue."

CONTINUES (with report and data base at end of article)

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 (California) Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill to help teachers better understand their mandated obligation to report suspected child abuse or neglect to law enforcement or child protective services.

When teachers apply for credentials or renewals, they are now required to sign statements acknowledging they must report suspicions of child abuse directly to law enforcement or child protective services, instead of to school district officials, according to AB 2560 by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, which Brown signed into law Wednesday.

The bill also requires that a written report of suspected child abuse or neglect be submitted within 36 hours of a teacher becoming aware of such an incident.

The law addresses the growing number child abuse cases in schools where reports were delayed.


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   Aún no hay castigo para agresores de Inés García

Inés García, reportera del Semanario Zeta, fue agredida física y verbalmente por dos sujetos el pasado 9 de julio cuando cubría una audiencia en los tribunales de Tijuana, Baja California, y aunque uno de sus agresores recibió una sanción administrativa, el ataque sigue impune.
En entrevista con Cimacnoticias, la periodista relató lo sucedido y lamentó que cuando se agrede a una comunicadora la acusación se desestime y se tolere, ya que con ello parece que el hostigamiento se ve “dentro de un parámetro que no merece ser denunciado”, lo que no sucede con los varones.


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Two weeks after the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision allowing corporations to refuse some kinds of birth control coverage for female employees, the brouhaha has not died down. In fact, anger is building among women -- and at precisely the time the Democrats are counting on single females to push them to victory in November.

Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, promised action to undo the decision, which not only elevates the rights of corporations over those of women, but legitimizes a form of sex discrimination in employment.

One option would be repeal of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the law on which the decision was based (impossible with a slim Democratic majority and no chance at all in the Republican-controlled House). Instead, a vote was held on Wednesday on whether to consider a measure dubbed the "Not My Boss' Business Act," introduced by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Mark Udall (D-CO). The bill mandates that employers cannot disrupt coverage for contraception or other health services that are guaranteed under federal law. No big surprise -- the GOP blocked the bill from even going forward for debate.

That means direct action by women will likely ramp up. Demonstrations have been ongoing in several cities, and social media is abuzz with hashtags like like #DrHobbyLobby and Facebook sites opposing the decision and calling for a boycott of Hobby Lobby. Other businesses that have sued to exclude birth control from company insurance are also in the crosshairs, including Eden Foods. Michael Potter, Eden's CEO, claims among other things, that contraception "almost always involve[s] immoral and unnatural practices." A petition went up immediately to "buy organic" somewhere else.


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The Protected Innocence Challenge is a comprehensive study of existing state laws designed to inspire and equip advocates. Under the Challenge, every state receives a Report Card that grades the state on 41 key legislative components that must be addressed in a state’s laws in order to effectively respond to the crime of domestic minor sex trafficking. In addition, each state receives a complete analysis of this 41-component review and practical recommendations for improvement. Click here to view 2013 report cards and analyses if you cannot see the map below.


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EXCERPT: Haselberger's accusations stand out because of her credentials and timing.

She is the highest-level official from a U.S. diocese to make claims of a cover-up. A canon lawyer educated at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, she served as a judge on church tribunals in Minnesota and was trained through the U.S. bishops' conference on child safety and monitoring guilty clergy.

Also, Haselberger is coming forward in what Anderson calls "real time." The bulk of previous disclosures about U.S. bishops sheltering abusers had been made years, if not decades, after the wrongdoing. Haselberger alleges a cover-up is happening now in Minnesota.

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Our investigation shows that in most states, laws do little to keep attackers from having firearms.

The Stay family and their five children. Both parents and four of the children were fatally shot Wednesday in their Texas home.

On Wednesday evening, Ronald Lee Haskell, disguised as a FedEx delivery man, gained entry to the home of his sister-in-law and her spouse, Stephen and Katie Stay, demanding the whereabouts of his estranged ex-wife. According to statements by the Harris County police and prosecutors, he then allegedly tied up the Stays and their five children, ages 4 to 15, and shot them execution style, killing all but his 15-year-old niece, who played dead. Haskell then began driving to the home of the children's grandparents, possibly to continue his rampage, but his critically injured niece managed to call 911. He was apprehended on the way by law enforcement. After a three-and-a-half-hour standoff three miles from the scene of the killings, Haskell surrendered and was arrested.

Court records show that in Utah in 2008, Haskell was charged with domestic violence and simple assault against his wife. She reported that he had hit her in the head and dragged her by the hair, according to police and court records. He pleaded guilty to the assault charge and had the domestic-violence charge dismissed as part of his plea deal. In July 2013, Haskell's wife filed a protective order against him in Cache County, Utah, where they lived at the time. The order applied to her and their four children. She then moved away and filed for divorce about a month later. The divorce was finalized this past February.

It's not yet clear if Haskell possessed his guns legally, but his case appears to be the latest example of how easy it remains for domestic abusers to possess firearms, thanks to weak legislation. Under federal law, Haskell's protective order should have prohibited him from owning guns, says Laura Cutilletta, a staff attorney at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.




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NACIONES UNIDAS, 11 jul 2014 (IPS) - La Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU) continúa las negociaciones para establecer los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS), que marcarán la agenda humana posterior a 2015, mientras expertos en población esperan que la salud sexual y reproductiva ocupe un lugar importante en la lista final.

La sesión especial que celebrará la Asamblea General a mediados de septiembre podría fortalecer los derechos reproductivos y el derecho a la planificación familiar universal.

“Estamos en un momento crítico para los derechos de la salud sexual y reproductiva (DSSR)”, afirmó Gina Sarfaty, de la organización no gubernamental Population Action International, con sede en Washington.

"Los activistas se están movilizando para garantizar que los derechos de salud sexual y reproductiva sigan siendo tan centrales en la próxima serie de objetivos como lo son para la vida de las mujeres”: Gina Sarfaty.


A medida que las negociaciones por los ODS comienzan a levantar vuelo “los activistas se están movilizando para garantizar que los DSSR sigan siendo tan centrales en la próxima serie de objetivos como lo son para la vida de las mujeres”, añadió en diálogo con IPS.

“Hay mucho en juego, y la necesidad de acción es de suma importancia”, advirtió Sarfaty, especialista en sistemas de información geográfica e investigadora en Population Action International.

Los expertos prevén que la población mundial, que en la actualidad supera los 7.200 millones de habitantes, crezca a casi 11.000 millones en 2100. Aproximadamente 64 por ciento de esa expansión se concentrará en 10 países, de los cuales nueve pertenecen al Sur en desarrollo, según Population Action International.

Un importante factor de crecimiento demográfico son las altas tasas de fecundidad en ocho de esos países, a saber: República Democrática del Congo, Etiopía, Kenia, Níger, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda y Zambia.

Los dos países restantes donde se concentrará la mayor parte de ese crecimiento son India y Estados Unidos, que ya tienen una gran población, con más de 1.200 millones y 312 millones respectivamente, y una elevada inmigración.


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About This Collection

This collection highlights the disproportionate vulnerability of women and children to domestic and sexual violence in disaster and emergency situations, and organizes information to help increase the safety and well being of those at higher risk for violence (or re-traumatization) during and after a major disaster or crisis. Note that the terms “disaster” and “emergency” are being used broadly to refer to major traumatic events and crisis situations that are either natural (e.g., hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, etc.) or man-made (e.g., massacres, terrorist attacks, etc.).

Included in this collection are selected materials and resources -- many gender-informed -- that can be used by domestic and sexual violence organizations to increase their preparedness for and response to major disasters and emergencies. Also included is information developed for victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence who are concurrently coping with trauma and stress after a natural disaster or major crisis. Special attention has been given to the issues faced by children in these situations. Links to several films and documentaries are offered as a tribute to the victims and survivors of those events as well as tools that advocates and activists may use in their educational and awareness programming. A list of organizations working directly or indirectly with disaster and emergency preparedness and response is included, including international and national relief efforts aiming at responding primarily to the needs of domestic and sexual violence survivors in the aftermath of a disaster.




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I met Mirabel in 2011, four years after she had left her home in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, a city reputed to be the murder capital of the world. She, her sisters and mother were terrorized by an alcoholic father who abused them and stole the earnings from her mother’s struggling grocery store to spend on liquor and women. The tipping point came when Mirabel, then 16, confronted her father after a drunken rampage, and he nearly killed her with a machete. When an uncle offered to pay for a smuggler to take Mirabel to the United States, her mother begged her not to go. “We all know the stories of women who get raped or die in the desert,” Mirabel told me. “But I couldn’t stay. I had no life there.” She told her mother she loved her, boarded a bus with her teenage cousin and headed north, hoping for a better education and a better life in “El Norte.”


But Mirabel’s safe passage across the U.S. border 15 days later was just the beginning of another ordeal that came with its own terrors. Immediately after entering the United States, she was apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol agents in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. “They were questioning me, and I was crying,” she recalled to me. “I said, ‘I can’t go back.’ I was 16, the only under-aged girl and little, but those officers put handcuffs on me just like I was a criminal.” After spending a few days in jail, she was taken into federal custody at a shelter in Los Fresnos, Texas, for unaccompanied minors. It was clean, Mirabel says, and had a nice enough living room, but she soon realized she couldn’t leave. “There was no life—life ended there,” she says. “The shelter was near the main road and I could see cars going by, and I wanted to be in that car.” It would be six months before an immigration judge in Texas granted her asylum petition and released her from federal custody to a foster family in Virginia.



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A 16-year-girl was raped at a party in Houston. Now pictures of her unconscious and naked body have gone viral, but the Houston police have failed to act.1

Jada,* a brave survivor who is speaking out about her sexual assault, went to a high school party where she was handed a drink that knocked her unconscious. She only found out what happened to her when pictures circulated on social media. The perpetrator even went so far as to mock her on on Twitter--and still others made fun of her by mimicking the pose she was photographed in while unconscious.2

It's absolutely outrageous that no arrests have been made, but if we all speak up now, we can make sure there is justice for Jada, just like there was in the Steubenville rape case. 

Add your name now demanding the Houston police arrest the teen responsible for sexually assaulting Jada.

ARTICLE HERE: 16-Year-Old’s Rape Goes Viral On Social Media: ‘No Human Being Deserved This’

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Police are relying on state wiretapping statutes to arrest citizens who film police in public. The federal circuit courts that recognize a First Amendment right to film police in public places where the citizen-recorder has a right to be present are in line with Supreme Court precedent. While the exercise of the right to film police is subject to reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions, police cannot be allowed to suppress speech at the core of the First Amendment’s protections. State wiretapping statutes that prevent citizens from filming police officers in such places without any further justification violate citizens’ First Amendment rights.


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Este documental producido por Radio Internacional Feminista narra la historia del paradigmático caso de Campo Algodonero en Ciudad Juárez, México, donde en el 2001 fueron encontrados los cuerpos de 8 jóvenes mujeres brutalmente asesinadas y torturadas. Ante la desidia del gobierno por realizar la investigación debidamente y buscar a los culpables de estos asesinatos, 3 madres de las víctimas presentaron el caso ante la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos CIDH. 

El 10 de diciembre de 2010 la CIDH sentencia al estado mexicano por este caso. El fallo es una sentencia histórica ya que le dice a éste y a otros estados qué acciones debe emprender para evitar que continúe la violencia feminicida. 
La Herencia de las Ausentes relata de la voz de Irma Monreal, una de las madres, la historia del caso y de todo el proceso ante la CIDH. 
Realización: Andrea Alvarado Vargas
Producción: Katerina Anfossi Gómez.
Producción general: Radio Internacional Feminista.

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The Women's Refugee Commission is pleased to announce the release of its groundbreaking new publication, Detained or Deported: What about my children? What to do if you can’t be with them

This toolkit is designed to help immigrant parents keep their families together. It is the first-ever comprehensive, nationwide resource to help families who are caught between the immigration and child welfare systems.

The toolkit will also be a valuable resource for attorneys, advocates, family members and others who work with immigrant families. It provides critical information to ensure that family unity and children’s best interests are taken into consideration in immigration, child welfare and family court decisions.

More than 5,100 children are currently in the U.S. foster care system because a parent has been detained or deported. Some parents have even lost their parental rights, and will likely never see their children again.

Detained and deported parents retain the legal right to make decisions about what happens to their children, even if children are temporarily out of their care. However, practically speaking, logistical barriers, a lack of coordination between the immigration and child welfare systems, and a lack of awareness of undocumented parents’ rights can make it extremely difficult to put families back together once the immigration and child welfare systems are involved.

Detained or Deported: What about my children? guides parents and those who work with them through the steps they need to take to keep children from entering the child welfare system, locate children in that system, comply with a child welfare case plan, participate in family court and make arrangements for children at the conclusion of a parent’s immigration case. It includes information on how to get a lawyer and how to stay in touch with children.

Detained or Deported: What about my children? has been approved by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for placement in all detention facilities that hold adults for more than 72 hours. 

An interactive version of the toolkit is available at http://wrc.ms/1gYgvrP

A printable version of the toolkit is available at http://wrc.ms/1ki59zN

For a print copy, contact info@wrcommission.org . Note, supplies are limited.

Learn more about the Women's Refugee Commission’s work on parental rights athttp://wrc.ms/1oRrgwx

Michelle Brané
Director, Migrant Rights and Justice Program

Emily Butera
Senior Program Officer, Migrant Rights and Justice Program



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Though overdue, Pope Francis's meeting today with clergy sex abuse victims was a positive and necessary step. The Pope’s homily shows some readiness to be transformed by his encounter in Rome with the survivors, and makes several important points – he emphasizes the specifically Catholic nature of abuse by priests, and the terrible impact of abuse on the victims’ families, and the role of “Church leaders.” (See the English and Spanish text of the Pope's homily.)

Most notably, the pope made a significant and historic promise to discipline bishops who fail to respond adequately to child sexual abuse: "All bishops must carry out their pastoral ministry with the utmost care in order to help foster the protection of minors, and they will be held accountable."

While the pope's description of bishops' culpability as "sins of omission" is inaccurate in the extreme, his is still a stern and specific acknowledgement that bishops must ensure the safety of children.

But now Pope Francis must internalize and personalize his point about Church leaders who "did not respond adequately to reports of abuse." His future actions on this crucial point must begin from his own past.

As Argentina's most powerful archbishop, he refused to meet with victims, and he stayed largely silent on the issue of clergy sex abuse, except to issue a surprising denial that he had ever handled an abusive priest. His only known action was to commission a behind-the-scenes report to judges that sought exoneration of a criminally convicted priest by impugning the credibility of the priest's victims.


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EXCERPT: Results: Approximately half (51.8%) of victims reported their most recent incident to the police. Victims were more likely to report if they had an AVO against the offender, if their property had been damaged, if they were physically injured, if the abuse was physical or sexual, if they felt their children were at risk or if they had reported previous DV incidents. Victims were less likely to report if they were pregnant or experienced more than 5 previous incidents of abuse. The top three reasons for not reporting to police were fear of revenge/further violence (13.9%), embarrassment/shame (11.8%), or the incident was too trivial/unimportant (11.8%). The primary barrier to reporting, according to those interviewed, is that police either do not understand or are not proactive in handling DV (17.1%). 



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escalatorThese days, sexual and domestic violence prevention is the place for engaging men.  It has been for several years.  But something I’ve noticed recently is a new focus on just how we are engaging men.  A few months ago, for an academic paper I’m writing, I put out a call on the PreventConnect email group for research and articles about women’s experiences working with men in the movement.  I didn’t find much, but I can’t tell you how many people were thrilled that I was writing about that topic and how many stories came from women in the group (and I promise a summary of the paper just as soon as it is complete).  This is an issue we have barely addressed, but everyday I see and hear more and more people taking it on.

We’ve likely all heard of the glass ceiling – referring to the barrier that keeps women from rising to the top levels of leadership.  But what about the glass escalator?  The other day, a colleague in the movement brought up the concept in relation to men in the movement to end violence against women.  She meant, as the glass escalator implies, that men in the movement tend to advance to leadership positions much earlier and much faster than women in the movement, and without doing the same amount of work to get there.  This is consistent with data that shows this tendency in most “female-dominated” professions, and I think it is particularly important to consider in light of the strong focus on engaging men in the movement to end violence against women.


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Autoras reconocidas, noveles y amateurs respondieron a una convocatoria para escribir relatos de no más de 150 palabras. El resultado es ¡Basta! Cien mujeres contra la violencia de género, que interpela, conmueve e invita a reflexionar. Cómo se gestó el proyecto.

 Por Mariana Carbajal

Cien escritoras unieron sus voces contra la violencia machista en una antología de microficciones, cuentos brevísimos, que no superan las 150 palabras, en donde la poética se cruza con el dolor y el horror. En ¡Basta! Cien mujeres contra la violencia de género (Buenos Aires, Macedonia), plumas de la trayectoria de Ana María Shua, Luisa Valenzuela, Silvia Plager y María Rosa Lojo se entrelazan con autoras noveles y amateurs que respondieron a una convocatoria abierta y reflejan la amplia geografía argentina. El proyecto nació en Chile, para llamar la atención social frente al aumento de los femicidios y se está replicando a lo largo de Latinoamérica.

Los libros son pequeños, de bolsillo. Los relatos conmueven, estremecen, interpelan, invitan a reflexionar. La primera versión de ¡Basta! Cien mujeres contra la violencia de género se gestó en el país trasandino y se publicó en 2010 bajo el sello del Grupo Editorial Asterión, a partir de la iniciativa de un puñado de escritoras chilenas, entre ellas Pía Barros y Susana Sánchez Bravo. “Las cifras negras de femicidio y sus secuelas llegan a un tope terrible en el año 2000 en Chile, cuando en Alto Hospicio, Iquique, quince jóvenes de entre 13 y 24 años desaparecen sin dejar rastro ante la pasividad de las autoridades competentes, quienes aventuran la tesis de que las niñas han optado por la prostitución para salir de la pobreza y han viajado al Perú. Una de las víctimas sobrevive y declara identificando a su agresor, quien posteriormente confiesa y se encuentran algunos de los cadáveres de las víctimas. Esto nos puso, como escritoras y editoras, ante una verdad ineludible: si eres mujer, vales menos que un hombre; y si eres mujer pobre, vales menos aún”, recordó Bravo.



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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. 





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