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News Round-up ~ Resumen de noticias


 

The current crisis at the southern U.S. border has been all over the news as thousands of unaccompanied children have been apprehended. This crisis is yet another reminder of why we need comprehensive immigration reform and why immigration is a feminist issue.

While the majority of children apprehended at the border are boys, the number of girls is increasing at a startling rate. While from 2013 to 2014, the number of boys detained at the border rose eight percent, while the number of girls rose 77 percent, increasing from 7,339 to 13,008.  This year, 40 percent of children at the border were girls, up from 27 percent last year.

These girls and boys are all fleeing violence, extreme poverty, and high murder rates in their home countries. In addition to those threats to their security and wellbeing, women and girls also face gender-based violence.

There has been an increase in incidents of gender-based violence in Central America in recent years. Rates of femicide (the targeted, systematic killing of women and girls), sexual violence, kidnapping, forced disappearance and unjustified detention are on the rise in the region, causing thousands of women to flee Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico due to their well-justified fear of being raped, murdered or tortured.

Most of the unaccompanied girls apprehended at the U.S. border this year came from Honduras, where the pandemic of gender-based violence is particularly severe. Rates of gender-based violence in Honduras rose sharply after the 2009 coup d’état and during the subsequent regime of Porfirio Lobo. Between 2002 and 2010, the rate of femicide increased 257 percent and, today, the second most prevalent cause of death of women is gender-based violence.

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REPORT ON RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE AGAINST BLACK/AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN, INCLUDING THOSE IDENTIFYING AS LGBTQ, AND THE IMPACT OF INADEQUATE RACIAL JUSTICE INITIATIVES AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION POLICY IMPLEMENTATION IN THE UNITED STATES.

SUBMITTED BY BLACK WOMEN’S BLUEPRINT

June 30, 2014

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85th Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

11-29 August 2014

Geneva, Switzerland

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Which kind of policing do you want for your community?

Police recruiting videos provide a unadulterated view of exactly the kind of people police agencies want to attract. They expose the origins of police problems we're seeing today, and the overlooked need of communities to take control of selecting who should be allowed to hold police powers in the first place,

The four American videos show police agencies seeking people attracted to adrenaline fueled, hyper militarized, hyper male, hyper weaponized forces battling against the community in one aggresive use of force after the other.

The one Canadian video provides a stark contrast with the police agency seeking people who can communicate, listen, empathize, and care about their diverse community. Even the background music in these videos tells the story. It's a fascinating and instructive look at two polar opposite views of police philosophies. Which kind of police do you want for your community? 

Oh, and to which of these agencies would you be willing to report a rape or domestic violence?

RECRUITING VIDEOS - US:

Antioch, CA Police

Gainsville, Fl

Illinois State Police

Las Vegas Police

RECRUITING VIDEO - CANADA

Peel Regional Police (Ontario)

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from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Researchers and professionals in the field have known for years that domestic violence and child maltreatment often co-occur in families. The extent to which this happens is hard to estimate, with early studies indicating overlaps ranging from 30% to 60%. When domestic violence is identified in a juvenile dependency case, it is important that judges respond in a way that holds the perpetrator of the violence accountable, keeps the victim and children safe, and helps to prevent future violence.

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) recognizes the challenges inherent to the intersection of child maltreatment and domestic violence. In 1999, the NCJFCJ published Effective Interventions in Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment Cases: Guidelines for Policy and Practice (otherwise known as the Greenbook), which provides guiding framework for communities faced with co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment. Subsequently the NCJFCJ developed the Reasonable Efforts Checklist for Dependency Cases Involving Domestic Violence and the Checklist to Promote Perpetrator Accountability in Dependency Cases Involving Domestic Violence.

This Technical Assistance Bulletin (TAB) reports on additional steps the NCJFCJ has taken to further explore this complex issue. The TAB includes findings from case file reviews in three jurisdictions that explore how cases with overlapping domestic violence are treated in comparison to dependency cases without domestic violence, identifies themes that emerged from court stakeholder teams that attended a domestic violence and child maltreatment co-occurrence mini-conference, and provides recommendations to the field of how to enhance practice when there is a co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment. 

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As Ferguson continues to reel after Michael Brown’s death and the police threaten to shoot journalists and tear gas children, three badass teenage coders from Georgia have developed a timely mobile app to hold police accountable.

Five-O, created by siblings Ima, Asha, and Caleb Christian, allows users to detail their encounters with police officers and rate them on their professionalism. Anyone can check how their community stacks up and the information will be sent to law enforcement. “We’d like to know which regions in the US provide horrible law enforcement services as well as highlight the agencies that are highly rated by their citizens, explained senior Ima.” In addition to putting more power into the hands of citizens when interacting with law enforcement, we believe that highly rated police departments should be used as models for those that fail at providing quality law enforcement services.” 

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The Role of Educational Experiences in Promoting Resilience to Crime and Violence in Early Adulthood

Abstract

This study investigates whether positive educational experiences in midadolescence mitigate the impact of exposure to substantiated maltreatment and reduces young adult antisocial behavior. While there is theoretical and empirical support for the mediating or moderating role of educational experiences on maltreatment and antisocial outcomes, few prospective studies exist. In this exploratory study, data are from the Rochester Youth Development Study (RYDS), a longitudinal panel study of 1,000 adolescents. The original sample included 73% males, and 85% African American or Hispanic youth of whom about 20% were maltreated. Measures in this study are from a combination of interview data and official records collected through age 23. Outcomes include self-reported crime and violence, arrest, and partner violence perpetration. Educational variables include midadolescent self-report of high school graduation, educational aspiration, college expectation, school commitment, teacher attachment, self-reported grades, school GPA, attendance, and an additive index of all school assets. Multivariate path analysis controlled for gender, race/ethnicity, poverty, and early antisocial behavior.

Path analysis examined whether educational experiences mediated the impact of maltreatment on antisocial outcomes. Although maltreatment was significantly predictive of criminal and violent behaviors, it only was weakly associated with educational experiences. The impact of maltreatment on arrest was weakly mediated (reduced) by educational GPA and by high school graduation. The additive index also mediated the impact of maltreatment on crime and violence. Maltreatment’s impact on partner violence was also weakly mediated by school GPA. Interaction terms were used to test for moderation: only one significant effect was found: school GPA protects maltreated youth from perpetration of partner violence as young adults. Although there are few significant effects in a number of models, the research is consistent with a focus on promoting school achievement and completion among urban youth in general, in conjunction with addressing earlier antisocial behavior problems.

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Lorena Roca vive en Salta. Tiene 29 años y una muy temprana historia de abusos y maltratos. Desde los 19 es víctima de violencia de género por parte de su ex pareja. Aunque radicó 102 denuncias policiales contra la misma persona, jamás recibió asistencia integral por parte del Estado. Red Eco Alternativo

Contacto Lorena: 0387-156131081 / 
0387-4951601 
(Giselle Scardilli - Red Eco) Salta -  Lorena vive con sus hijas de 11 y 8 años en el barrio Los Pinares de la localidad Cerrillo en la capital salteña. Al día de hoy, realizó más de cien denuncias en distintas dependencias de la ciudad de Salta en contra de Luis Ledesma, su ex pareja y padre de sus dos hijas. A pesar de este abultado expediente que acumula los abusos de la violencia machista que sufrió durante 10 años, hoy tiene moretones de los golpes que le dio su ex marido hace tan solo una semana y media cuando la encontró por la calle.
Las 102 denuncias realizadas por la víctima se radicaron en diferentes dependencias. Muchas de ellas en la Subcomisaría Los Pinares, del barrio donde vive. Otras tantas fueron efectuadas en la Oficina de Violencia Familar (OVIF) del Poder Judicial de Salta. “Yo no les creo más nada a los de OVIF, hice casi 50 denuncias ahí y solamente conseguí vivir durante años con la policía en la puerta, pero nada más. Ahora, por orden del juez, debería tener custodia policial pero no hay nadie. Si reclamás, quedás mal en el barrio, los oficiales te miran mal”, contó a Red Eco. Si bien Ledesma posee una orden de restricción, la vulnera frecuentemente ya que la pena por dicha transgresión es una multa de $500, según cuenta Lorena.

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Highway Patrol's Ron Johnson Transforms Ferguson's Anger Into Healing

The time bomb that was Ferguson, Missouri, was defused Thursday thanks to the presence and leadership of Capt. Ron Johnson of the State Highway Patrol.

On Thursday, amid unrest over the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Mike Brown, Gov. Jay Nixon announced the St. Louis County Police Department would be relieved from duty. Control was turned over to the Missouri State Highway Patrol with Johnson at the helm. The move came after the department's extreme tactics made headlines across the nation, with reports detailing unjust arrests as well as demonstrators being injured by rubber bullets, tear gas and pepper spray.

When Johnson took over, the mood in Ferguson changed.

He told troopers to remove their gas masks. Then he marched alongside protestors, holding their hands and listening to their stories.

“I’m not afraid to be in this crowd,” he said while walking with the marchers gathered in the St. Louis suburb, per The Washington Post.

“When I see a young lady cry because of fear of this uniform, that’s a problem," he also said. "We’ve got to solve that.”

Cpt. Johnson WALKED in the march. "We're all in this together...we're not in this for fear, to intimidate."

He told protestors Thursday evening that the issues facing the city have hit close to home for him. "I've got a son that deals with the same thing," Johnson said.

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SEE ALSO: It Turns Out Policing Is Better Than Occupying

AND:  To Terrify and Occupy, How the Excessive Militarization of the Police Is Turning Cops Into Counterinsurgents

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The Women Peacemakers Program (WPP) published its Policy Brief on Gender & Militarism! This Policy Brief aims to inform activities and lobby & advocacy efforts for the advancement of UNSCR 1325 and the Women, Peace & Security Agenda. 

Read the WPP Policy Brief Gender & Militarism

IMG 8895 CopyWith the 15th anniversary of UNSCR 1325 around the corner (October 2015), this brief draws upon the discussions held during the WPP Global Consultation (July 2014) about current trends and challenges in advancing implementation of UNSCR 1325. For 2,5 days consultation participants analyzed, from a holistic gender perspective, UNSCR 1325 in connection with militarism and the current global security framework. This analysis exposes the negative impact of current trends to militarize security for the Women, Peace & Security agenda; it also provides an alternative nonviolent framework for creating sustainable peace for both women and men. WPP has included recommendations to advance gender-sensitive peace and security in the brief, addressing a wide variety of stakeholders, from international (UN) to the local level, from governmental officials to (women) peace organizations.

WPP thanks all who supported and contributed to the successful Global Consultation, especially for the rich sharing of insights and experiences on Women, Peace and Security among participants. The analysis and examples of gender-sensitive nonviolent actions, aiming to challenge militarism and creating sustainable peace, inspire our activism. WPP will continue working in partnership as well as supporting ongoing and innovative work to advance gender-sensitive peace. 

Download the Policy Brief Gender & Militarism

 

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News broke yesterday that “Ma’Lik Richmond, one of two teens convicted in the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, is back on the roster of the Steubenville Big Red football team.”

It’s been only two years since the arrests of Richmond and fellow Big Red teammate, Trent Mays, for the rape of a girl in Steubenville. It’s important to remember that even after the boys arrests, no one cared about this case. Alexandria Goddard, a former Steubenville resident and a blogger, dug up everything she could off of the internet and started relentlessly pushing the story from her own site. Her account of her own experience being at the forefront of this case is horrible; she has paid a steep price for forcing this case into the national and international spotlights.

The victim in the case – Jane Doe – received death threats in the wake of Richmond and Mays being convicted. She was blamed for what happened to her, despite the conviction. She was the antagonist in a story where the real crime was how being found delinquent would ruin those boys’ lives:

It wasn’t enough that ABC aired a rosy profile of one of the now-convicted rapists before the trial, emphasizing his happy mood the night of the rape and his football career. Instead, CNN anchor Candy Crowley and correspondent Poppy Harlow talked about how hard it was to watch the convicted rapists break into tears, given their good grades and, again, their football-playing prowess. NBC’s Ron Allen spoke eloquently about the boys’ “dreams” of college and, again, their football skills now wasted by their convictions. And, of course, the APUSA Today andYahoo stories about the convictions all led off with how the victim in the case – of whom the boys were convicted of raping – was reportedly drunk on the night in question. The convicted rapists’ intoxication, or lack thereof, was not, apparently, editorially important.

Richmond was released from Juvenile Detention in January after serving less than a year. Jefferson County Chief Probation Officer Fred Abdalla Jr. told WTRF, “There’s no law against it that states he can’t play. There’s no OHSA rules that they’d be violating, then I think the boy should be allowed to play. Malik Richmond has done everything the court has asked him since he’s been sentenced.”

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   Entre sus principales logros, la despenalización del aborto en DF

Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir (CDD) cumple 20 años de existencia en la defensa de los Derechos Humanos (DH) de las mujeres, en especial los sexuales y reproductivos; la promoción del acceso al aborto libre y seguro; la construcción de una Iglesia más incluyente, humana y justa, y el impulso de un Estado laico y democrático.
 
En dos décadas, la agrupación ha obtenido diversos logros a favor de las mexicanas y el resto de la población, entre ellos la despenalización del aborto en el DF, y visibilizar los abusos y violaciones sexuales por parte de sacerdotes contra religiosas y menores de edad, principalmente.
 
Al finalizar el gobierno de Carlos Salinas de Gortari –presidente que con sus reformas constitucionales otorgó reconocimiento jurídico a las iglesias y restableció relaciones diplomáticas con el Vaticano–, y en el contexto de la Conferencia Internacional sobre Población y Desarrollo (CIPD) de El Cairo, en 1994, CDD nació formalmente.
 
Desde su surgimiento, CDD tuvo como objetivo principal contribuir a que las instituciones, cultura y sociedades sean “más justas, democráticas y laicas”, meta en la que avanzaron (y continúan haciéndolo) mediante monitoreo de políticas públicas, capacitaciones, publicaciones y campañas; acciones que buscan incidir en la agenda política del país.  

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Lecture by Professor Diana E. H. Russell about sexual violence and abuse toward, and discrimination against women. Prof. Russell is one of the world's foremost experts on sexual violence against women and girls.
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The National Task Force on the Use of Restraints with Pregnant Women under Correctional Custody, initially convened by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2011, created this best 
practices statement to articulate a set of principles to guide agencies and jurisdictions in the development of local policy and practice. These best practices are relevant across a variety of settings including criminal justice, juvenile justice, psychiatric and forensic hospitals, law enforcement transport, and others. This document refers and applies to both women (age 18 years and older) and girls (younger than age 18) who are pregnant, laboring and delivering, or in the post-partum period.
 
This statement is not a proscribed policy. Rather, it should serve as a starting point for individual organizations to use in developing effective internal policies, procedures, and practices that maximize safety and minimize risk for pregnant women and girls, their fetuses/newborns, and correctional and medical staff. 
 

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Mujeres policías participaron en actividad para explicar cómo se debe denunciar a los acosadores ante las autoridades.

La Dirección de Protección de la Familia y Personas Vulnerables de la Policía estuvo hoy en la Estación Central del Metropolitano para recordar las medidas que debe seguir una persona cuando es víctima de una agresión sexual callejera.

¿QUÉ HACER?

1. Apenas sucede la agresión, la víctima debe fijarse bien en el rostro, el color y tipo de ropa del acosador, en caso huya. La víctima podrá retenerlo si pide apoyo inmediato a la gente de alrededor o la intervención de cualquier policía o sereno que esté cerca. Si se encuentra en un bus del Metropolitano, puede pedir ayuda al conductor. En varias zonas de Lima hay policías vestidos de civiles.

2. La víctima también debe asegurarse de grabar o tomarle fotos al agresor, mientras lo tenga cerca, para facilitar su identificación posterior. Una vez que llega la policía o un sereno, la víctima puede exigir la detención inmediata del acosador, si ha caído en flagrancia.

3. Luego, la persona afectada puede denunciar la agresión en la comisaría de la zona y exigir que la denuncia pase al Ministerio Público. Puede pedir una copia del parte o atestado policial y defensa jurídica gratuita.

4. La víctima debe recibir durante todo el proceso y exigir un trato digno, especializado, oportuno, reservado y multidisciplinario. Luego de presentar la denuncia, la persona tendrá que asistir a citaciones policiales, dar su testimonio y reconocer al acosador, hasta que un juzgado resuelva el caso.

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This paper is part of the Special Issue: Understanding terror and violence in the lives of children and adolescents. More papers from this issue can be found at http://www.eurojnlofpsychotraumatol.net

Published: 2 July 2014

European Journal of Psychotraumatology 2014. © 2014 Grete Dyb and Miranda Olff. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported (CC BY 4.0) License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), allowing third parties to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, and to remix, transform, and build upon the material, for any purpose, even commercially, under the condition that appropriate credit is given, that a link to the license is provided, and that you indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. 

Citation: European Journal of Psychotraumatology 2014, 5: 25121 - http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/ejpt.v5.25121

Millions of children each year are exposed to acute events that affect one individual or family at a time (e.g., car accidents, residential fire, street violence, sudden medical events) (Langeland & Olff, 2008). Less frequent, but with major impact, are terror attacks. Across the world, terrorist groups, single actor terrorists, and perpetrators of school shootings have attacked groups of children and youth in spaces thought to provide safety. Research performed after such attacks suggests that the prevalence of posttraumatic stress reactions among persons with high levels of exposure is substantial (Schwarz & Kowalski, 1991; Scrimin et al., 2006).

This issue of the European Journal of Psychotraumatology focuses on recent major shooting events targeting youth in Europe. In Finland two shootings took place; the first school shooting occurred in Jokela 2007 and the second in Kauhajoki 2008. After the 2007 school shooting in Finland, high levels of posttraumatic distress were reported by 27% of females and 7% of males, 4 months after the shooting (Suomalainen, Haravuori, Berg, Kiviruusu, & Marttunen, 2011). In this issue, Turunen presents how attachment may be associated with the recovery processes following these events (Turunen, Haravuori, Punamäki, Suomalainen, & Marttunen, 2014).

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The Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative (IM-Defensoras) denounces the assassination of a woman defender in Guatemala.

- IM-Defensoras deplores and denounces the assassination of Guatemalan feminist and women human rights defender Patricia Samayoa, perpetrated by a private security guard.

- We extend our most sincere support, solidarity and sisterhood to her daughter Andrea, family, friends, and activist colleagues as well.

Friday, July 25, 2014 – The Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative (IM-Defensoras), comprising more than 300 women human rights defenders of Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua, has received with grief, consternation and indignation the news of the assassination of feminist activist and women human rights defender Patricia Eluvia Samayoa Méndez that took place in Guatemala City the night of the 3rd of July.

According to information provided by women human rights defenders in Guatemala and to local media coverage, Patricia Samayoa died after being shot by a security guard working for a drugstore she entered to buy medicines. The guard "shot her because he thought she was a robber."

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated event, and it occurred in a context of widespread violence throughout Guatemala, a country with one of the highest homicide rates in Latin America –34.03 out of 100 thousand inhabitants according to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The clearly unsuccessful response of the government to this situation of insecurity has been on one hand an ongoing militarization of the territory, and on the other a tendency to delegate duties to private security companies. According to our "2012 Assessment Report: Violence against WHRDs in Mesoamerica," the number of private security guards has triplicated that of police officers. Besides, most of the private security companies are not officially registered; their guards work beyond government control, frequently performing police functions and in many cases perpetrating abuses, as it is evident from the fact that in 2012 private security guards ranked fifth on the list of perpetrators of aggressions against women human rights defenders, being responsible for 25 of the 230 attacks recorded in Guatemala.

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Only three out of every 100 rapists will ever spend even a single day in prison, according to a new analysis by RAINN of Justice Department data. The other 97 will walk free, facing no consequences for the violent felony they have committed. Because rapists tend to be serial criminals, this leaves communities across the nation at risk of predators.

While the percentage of rapes reported to police has risen in recent years, a majority — 54% — still are not reported, according to the Justice Department. But increasing reporting alone won't solve the problem: only about one out of four reported rapes leads to an arrest, and only about one out of four arrests leads to a felony conviction and incarceration.

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EXCERPT:

“What we’re really missing is a coordinated global effort that is commensurate with the scale and the size of the issue” of FGM and child marriage, she said. “With 14 million girls married each year, a handful of individual projects around the world are simply not enough to make a dent in that problem.”

U.S. action

The need for better coordination and accountability was echoed by Lyric Thompson, co-chair of the Girls Not Brides-USA coalition, a foundation that co-sponsored Tuesday’s Girl Summit here in Washington.

“If we are going to end child marriage in a generation, as the Girl Summit charter challenges us to do, that is going to mean a much more robust effort than what is currently happening,” Thompson told IPS. “A few small programmes, no matter how effective, will not end the practice.”

In particular, Thompson is calling on the United States to take a more active stand against harmful practices that affect women globally, which she adds is consistent with the U.S Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

“If America is serious about ending this practice in a generation, this means not just speeches and a handful of [foreign aid] programmes, but also the hard work of ensuring that American diplomats are negotiating with their counterparts in countries where the practice is widespread,” she says.

“It also means being directly involved in difficult U.N. negotiations, including the ones now determining the post-2015 development agenda, to ensure a target on ending child, early and forced marriage is included under a gender equality goal.”

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Ángela González es la primera mujer en demandar al Estado como responsable civil del filicidio de su hija de 7 años; lo había denunciado 30 veces por violencia; condena de la ONU

Madrid-. Angela González, la primera mujer en demandar al Estado español como responsable civil de filicidio, afirmó que sabía que su ex marido acabaría matándola a ella "o a la niña, o a las dos", por lo que lo había denunciado en más de 30 ocasiones.

"Me llamo Angela González, vivo en Madrid, tengo 44 años y durante los últimos 20 he sido una mujer maltratada. Tuve el valor de abandonar a mi marido, Felipe Rascón, con una bolsa en una mano y Andrea bajo el brazo en 1996", dijo la mujer en una entrevista con el diario español El Mundo.

Desde entonces y hasta que su hija fue asesinada pidió ayuda "a los jueces, a la Policía, a la Guardia Civil, a los servicios sociales... íA todo el mundo! Pero nadie nos protegió", dijo.

"Supliqué que se interrumpiera el régimen de visitas, que no dejaran que Felipe viera a la niña o, al menos, que los encuentros fueran vigilados. Pero un juez estimó que el padre tenía derecho a estar con ella a solas, que no era peligroso. El 24 de abril de 2003 Felipe le disparó en la cabeza y se suicidó", contó.

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2013. She says the court’s majority fails to understand what women face in achieving equality. CreditTodd Heisler/The New York Times 

WASHINGTON — When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reflects on the Supreme Court’s recent rulings, she sees an inconsistency.

In its gay rights rulings, she told a law school audience last week, the court uses the soaring language of “equal dignity” and has endorsed the fundamental values of “liberty and equality.” Indeed, a court that just three decades ago allowed criminal prosecutions for gay sex now speaks with sympathy for gay families and seems on the cusp of embracing a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.
 
But in cases involving gender, she said, the court has never fully embraced “the ability of women to decide for themselves what their destiny will be.” She said the court’s five-justice conservative majority, all men, did not understand the challenges women face in achieving authentic equality.

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from the Executive Summary:

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Obama Administration reaffirmed the 
American values of freedom and equality by asking federal agencies to develop a plan to strengthen services for victims of 
human trafficking. Coordination, Collaboration, Capacity, the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human 
Trafficking in the United States, 2013-2017 (the Plan) embraces these principles and builds on the progress that our Nation has 
made in combating human trafficking and modern day forms of slavery through government action, as well as partnerships with 
allied professionals and concerned citizens. 
 
As our understanding of the scope and impact of human trafficking evolved over the years, we now recognize a more complex 
web of exploitation affecting diverse communities across the country. Today, we acknowledge that human trafficking affects U.S. 
citizens and foreign nationals, adults and children, and men, women, and transgender individuals who are victimized across a 
wide range of commercial sex and forced labor schemes. This Plan details a series of coordinated actions to strengthen the reach 
and effectiveness of services provided to all victims of human trafficking, regardless of the victims’ race, color, national origin, 
disability, religion, age, gender, immigration status, sexual orientation, or the type of trafficking they endured. 
 
The purpose of this Plan is to describe the steps that federal agencies will take to ensure that all victims of human trafficking in the 
United States are identified and have access to the services they need to recover. This includes steps to create a victim services 
network that is comprehensive, trauma-informed, and responsive to the needs of all victims. While prevention and prosecution 
activities fall outside the scope of this document, the Administration recognizes that addressing human trafficking through 
prevention, exploring and implementing demand reduction strategies, and using prosecution to hold offenders accountable are 
critical elements in the U.S. Government’s comprehensive approach to combating all forms of human trafficking. The Plan focuses 
on providing and coordinating support for victims and it aligns with all other efforts of the Federal Government to eliminate 
human trafficking and prevent further victimization, particularly as outlined in the Attorney General’s Annual Report to Congress 
and Assessment of U.S. Government Activities to Combat Trafficking in Persons.1 
 
The Plan identifies several “core values” (page 9) related to trafficking victims’ services and key areas for improving service delivery. 
Recognizing that government alone cannot stop this insidious crime, the Plan is written to appeal to a wide audience in order to 
bring additional resources, expertise, and partnerships to end human trafficking and better support victims. For example, public 
awareness must be increased to engage more stakeholders and increase victim identification. There must also be an expansion 
of access to victim services. Finally, the quality of the services, not merely the quantity, must be addressed to ensure that victims 
are supported throughout their long-term journey as survivors. 
 
The Plan lays out four goals, eight objectives, and contains more than 250 associated action items for victim service improvements 
that can be achieved during the next 5 years. Federal agencies will coordinate efforts and work toward each of these goals 
simultaneously. Actions to improve victim identification are woven through each of the goals. The four goals are: 
1. aliGn EFFortS: 
Promote a strategic, coordinated approach to the provision of services for victims of human trafficking at the 
federal, regional, state, territorial, tribal, and local levels. (page 11) 
2. iMproVE UndErStandinG: 
Expand and coordinate human trafficking-related research, data, and evaluation to support evidence-based 
practices in victim services. (page 18) 
3. EXpand aCCESS to SErViCES: 
Provide and promote outreach, training, and technical assistance to increase vvictim identification and expand the 
availability of services. (page 24) 
4. iMproVE oUtCoMES: 
Promote effective, culturally appropriate, trauma-informed services that improve the short- and long-term health, 
safety, and well-being of victims. (page 38) 
 

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Girl Summit 2014

Grassroots campaigners were mostly portrayed as victims not agents of change, says Naana Otoo-Oyortey. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images
 
The global event on FGM and child marriage was a big step in the right direction, but there are still four key areas to address
 

On 22 July, more than 600 people and much of the UK's media gathered in London for the Girl Summit, which focused on the themes of female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage.

It was great to listen to the numerous pledges, funding commitments and policy announcements, but with most delegates now gone and the media's attention for the most part turned to other things, now is the time to reflect on the long journey to the Girl Summit.

The summit marked a turning point for FGM and child marriagecampaigners. However, we need to ask ourselves whether this will lead to lasting change. Changing centuries-old social norms can only happen at community level, and to end these practices within a generation, we need to address the missing links from the Girl Summit as a matter of urgency.

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Presented as extensions of the Violence Against Women Act at the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on Wednesday were Sen. Amy Klobuchar's Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act and Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act.

A standing-room only crowd attended the Senate Judiciary Committee’s first (ever!) hearing on guns and domestic violence on Wednesday morning; when the door opened, one could hear that there were people out in the hall as well. Under discussion were S. 1290, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)’s Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act, and S. 2483, freshman Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)’s Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act. Both were presented as extensions of the Violence Against Women Act, which was reauthorized last year.

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August 1,2014, In December 2013 Michelle Bachelet won a landslide victory in the first ever presidential race between two women candidates, giving her a second term in the top decision making position in Chile. AWID spoke to feminist Sociologist Teresa Valdés, Coordinator for Chile's Gender and Equity Watch, about women's expectations and challenges to be addressed.

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ENTREVISTA: La Presidenta Chilena Michelle Bachelet Con Agenda De Género En Su Nuevo Mandato

1 Agosto, 2014, En diciembre 2013, Michelle Bachelet obtuvo una aplastante victoria en la primera carrera presidencial entre dos mujeres candidatas, dándole un segundo mandato en ese alto cargo de toma de decisiones. AWID conversó con la socióloga y feminista Teresa Valdés, Coordinadora del Observatorio de Género y Equidad de Chile, sobre las expectativas del movimiento de mujeres respecto al nuevo mandato de la presidenta Michelle Bachelet y los desafíos a dar respuesta.

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