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


A Statue Removed, and Still Warnings Will Go Unheeded By Roger Canaff, EVAWI Board President

As a rookie prosecutor in Alexandria, Virginia, I brought my first cases before an ancient and distinguished judge who at times had a penchant for the impeccable and brilliant aphorism. One he used when adjudicating minor traffic cases has stuck with me throughout the years. “The world is basically divided into two groups. The caught, and the uncaught.”
His meaning was simple: Folks, we’re all guilty of minor traffic violations. If you’re here, you’re probably just caught. If not, you’re uncaught, but only for now.
That is the Penn State Community in a nutshell. It is devastated. It is bewildered. It is ashamed. It is grieving, reflecting, adjusting and hopefully persevering. But what’s important to remember is that PSU is not doing these penances because it is unique or alone. Simply put, PSU is going through these things because its leadership was- to put it bluntly- caught. They were caught harboring a predator for at least sentimental and naïve reasons, and at worst for cynical, self-protecting ones. But as the reality of the sanctions settles and the pain to this remarkable and time-honored community is fully realized, it’s worth noting a basic and persistent truth: Predators like Jerry Sandusky are everywhere, and operating- as my fingers type these words- as efficiently as ever.


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States have clear obligations under international law to

address violence against women. States are required to 

exercise due diligence to prevent acts of violence against 
women; to investigate such acts and prosecute and punish 
perpetrators; and to provide redress and relief to victims. The 
requirement to adopt and implement national action plans to 
address violence against women is set out in international and 
regional human rights instruments and policy documents.  The 
adoption and implementation of multi-sectoral national plans 
of action to address violence against women is one of the five 
key outcomes which the Secretary-General’s campaign ‘UNiTE 
to end violence against women’ aims to achieve in all countries 
by 2015.
This Handbook is based on the results of an expert group 
meeting on good practices in national action plans on violence 
against women. The meeting was convened by the United 
Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of 
Women, UN Women in cooperation with the United Nations 
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean 
Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean, Port-of-Spain, 
Trinidad and Tobago, in September 2010.


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  • Many immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking who are eligible to apply for immigration relief under the Violence Against Women Act and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act and their derivatives also qualify for the new deferred action program for childhood arrivals. The new deferred action program provides protection from deportation and work authorization for two years. 
  • Victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking who are in the process of preparing their applications for legal immigration status as VAWA self-petitioners, VAWA cancellation of removal applicants, U-visa crime victims and T-visa victims who entered the United States as children should consider applying now for deferred action as childhood arrivals under this new program. They must apply for deferred action BEFORE the VAWA, U-visa or T-visa status is granted. Applications are being accepted as of August 15, 2012. 
  • Currently, due to case processing delays, immigrant survivors applying under the VAWA self-petitioning program must wait up to or over 1 ½ years before they receive deferred action and work authorization, and U visa applicants are waiting up to or over one year to receive their U-visas and work authorization. For those immigrant survivors who qualify, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program provides immigrant survivors an avenue through which they can be protected from deportation and receive work authorization significantly sooner than through their VAWA and U-visa applications. 
  • Significantly, for immigrant survivors initiating or involved in family court proceedings (e.g. protection orders, custody, child support), filing for deferred action prior to serving the perpetrator in the family court case will offer the victim protection should the perpetrator retaliate by reporting the victim to DHS enforcement officials. Since this deferred action program is temporary, immigrant survivors involved in family court proceedings as well as victims who have perpetrators threatening deportation if they cooperate with law enforcement officials, should not rely solely upon deferred action for protection. U-visa victims should obtain certification from law enforcement, prosecution or judicial officials after victimization as soon as possible and file for U-visa immigration relief. Immigrant victims of spouse abuse, child abuse or elder abuse eligible for VAWA self-petitions should file their self-petitions prior to litigating the custody case in family court.
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Presented by National Children's Advocacy Center

Spanish-Speaking Forensic Interviewing is a specialized but growing field that presents unique language and cultural challenges for professionals who also work within an English-speaking court system.

In this training you will:

  • Explore the alternatives for serving Spanish-speaking children and their families in a multi-system process.
  • Develop and refine interviewing skills during a child interview practicum with Spanish-speaking children.
  • Examine the use of interpreters with children and within an English-speaking system.
  • Identify Spanish words and phrases commonly used in interviews that do not clearly translate into English.
  • Participate in a peer review exercise, and explore resources for ongoing support for Spanish-speaking interviewers.
  • Explore wellness and burnout issues that relate to working with maltreated children

2012 Spanish-Speaking Interviewing Training

October 29-November 2, 2012 - Portland, Oregon

Who Should Attend?

This 5-day training is specifically designed for child interviewers who are proficient in Spanish and conduct some or all of their interviews in Spanish. The instruction will be presented in both English and Spanish, while small group work and discussions will be conducted in Spanish only. Background of interviewers may be law enforcement, child protective services, or employees of Children’s Advocacy Centers.


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Carlos Castresana sería perito en Juárez; agredió a reportera

Por Gladis Torres Ruiz

México, DF, 14 ago 12 (CIMAC).- La Fiscalía Especializada en Atención de Mujeres Víctimas del Delito por Razones de Género de Chihuahua, en coordinación con el gobierno federal, gestionan la contratación del fiscal del Tribunal Supremo de España Carlos Castresana, como perito externo para investigar los asesinatos en el llamado Campo Algodonero a pesar de estar denunciado por su ex esposa, la periodista Sanjuana Martínez, por violencia familiar.

En un comunicado de prensa, la Fiscalía informó que se gestiona la contratación de cinco peritos internacionales para dar con los responsables de los asesinatos de tres mujeres y responder así a la sentencia de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CoIDH) por el caso Campo Algodonero de Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, emitida hace dos años.

El 10 de diciembre de 2009 la CoIDH concluyó que los homicidios de Esmeralda, Claudia Ivette y Laura Berenice ocurrieron en un contexto de discriminación y violencia contra las mujeres, y que durante la indagación de los hechos existió impunidad, por lo que condenó al Estado mexicano.



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Another way to say that is: We exacerbate every problem we militarize. Indeed, militarization is as much a part of the problem — as much a threat to civilization — as, for instance, terrorism or drugs. And the recent, ongoing community uproar in Anaheim, Calif., over two police slayings of Latino males in one weekend — and the subsequent police reaction to that outrage — illustrates the terrifying ineffectiveness of a militarized "us vs. them" approach to conflict.


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By Silvia Casabianca, Voxxi

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) waits in limbo for reauthorization in Congress. While legislators discuss content, thousands of women are suffering the physical and mental consequences of abuse, and abusers go on with impunity.

Among those women, uncounted undocumented Latinas  continue to be unaware of their right to be protected by the law. They aren’t likely to report domestic violence incidents out of fear of being deported, of seeing their families split, and of enraging their partners making violence even worse.


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Police Chief Patrick Williams.

Petaluma City Manager John Brown announced Thursday that newly selected Police Chief Patrick Williams has passed the mandatory background investigation and will begin his new post Monday.

“The investigator found, based on the totality of his investigation, that Chief Williams far exceeds POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training) and government code standards and recommends him, highly, for the position,” Brown said in a statement Thursday.

Chief Williams was selected from a 42-applicant field to replace Interim Chief Dan Fish who has been running the department for the past three years. After a lengthy search that utilized an independent consulting firm, Brown announced Desert Hot Spring Police Chief Williams as his new hire on July 5.

Days after the announcement, news broke that a $5 million federal intimidation and wrongful termination suit naming Chief Williams had been filed by a former Desert Hot Springs Detective named Andrea Heath on June 28.

Heath's suit claimed that under Chief Williams' leadership she endured harassment, intimidation and wrongful termination after she testified for the FBI against a fellow Desert Hot Springs officer named Anthony Sclafani. Sclafani was later convicted of several civil rights charges and is currently awaiting sentencing.

After hearing this news, Brown said he had asked the city's background investigator to “pay special attention to the Desert Hot Springs issue.” What was supposed to be a three-week background check stretched to a month-long investigation and has ended with Brown sticking by his initial hire to run the 81-member department with an annual budget of almost $14 million.

Chief Williams could not be reached for comment Thursday, but has expressed his excitement to work with the Petaluma Police Department in past interviews.





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Section 7061 of the Conference Report accompanying the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related 

Programs Appropriations Act, 2012 (Div. I, P.L. 112-74), provides that the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. 
Agency for International Development are “to submit to the Committees on Appropriations, not later than 180 
days after the enactment of this Act, a multi-year strategy to prevent and respond to violence against women and 
girls in countries where it is common.  The strategy should include achievable and sustainable goals, benchmarks 
for measuring progress, and expected results.  The formulation of the strategy should include regular engagement 
with men and boys as community leaders and advocates in ending such violence.”  This strategy document is 
submitted pursuant to the above referenced section.

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Civilian oversight of police has and continues to be the focus of heated debate, in terms of its efficacy in tackling police misconduct. In recent decades, the debate has broadened as some researchers have argued in favour of a ‘holistic’ approach to police oversight. The latter combines the traditional ‘reactive’ functions (i.e. tacking cases of individual misconduct) with ‘proactive’ functions designed to promote organizational changes that might reduce individual misconduct. Advocates believe that policy review and change—the preferred proactive function—can achieve police reform. This article explores the available research into the efficacy of holistic oversight in the literature, particularly in relation to the political factors that influence its success or failure. It also reviews evidence from the Police Inspectorate of Kosovo—a recent example of holistic oversight—and the relevance of certain political factors that influence its ability to achieve police reform.


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Dear Friends,

I'm writing to let you know about "Lauren," a remarkable new Youtube series written by Jay Rodan and directed by Lesli Linka Glatter (Mad Men, True Blood, Newsroom) featuring a female soldier (Troian Bellisario, Pretty Little Liars), who reports a sexual assault to her superior officer (Jennifer Beals), who then has to choose between what she loves and what is right.
Lauren provides a comprehensive and compelling portrayal of the many different issues surrounding sexual violence in the military, as well as the multifaceted and complex roles women in the military are often forced to navigate.  
I hope that many people watch this program, and that it increases public understanding about military culture and the brutality, retaliation, intimidation, and lack of access to justice that survivors often face when they come forward. 
 You can view the trailer here.The series will be premiering today atwww.youtube.com/wigs. The second episode
will be on Wednesday, August 15 and the final episode on August 17.

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About 5,000 children in more than 20 states were put in foster care after their parents were detained or deported by immigration authorities. That's unacceptable.

Excerpt: Many people swept up on immigration charges face similar problems. A study by the Applied Research Center, which studies the intersection of immigration enforcement and the child welfare system, found that some 5,000 children in more than 20 states were put in foster care after their parents were detained or deported by immigration authorities. Experts say parents who are detained or face immigration-related prosecutions often face obstacles communicating with family courts or accessing foster care systems, making it difficult to keep track of their children or assert their rights.


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El 2 de agosto de 2010, Corina Fernández fue baleada por su ex pareja en la puerta del colegio de sus hijas en Palermo. Todavía tiene dos balas en el cuerpo. Hoy cuenta su calvario por primera vez.

Sus hijas tenían 6 y 7 años. Ese día, el padre las sentó en la cama, clavó un cuchillo en el colchón y las dejó mirando. A Corina la sacó la Policía con la cabeza deformada por los golpes, pero el juez dijo que las nenas tenían que quedarse.


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IT STARTED with flattery. Staff Inspector Jerrold Bates summoned aide Keisha Johnson into his office in the Philadelphia Police Internal Affairs Bureau. He asked her to take a seat. She was smart, professional, he said. She put people at ease and made him look good. He walked toward Johnson and stood behind her chair.

"You're pretty much a reflection of me," Bates said that day in early 2008, according to Johnson. He placed his hands on the shoulders of her petite 5-foot-5 frame.

Then Bates slipped his fingers underneath her scooped-neck top and began to fondle her breasts, Johnson said.


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This is the seventh Gender Report Card
produced by the Women’s Initiatives for 
Gender Justice. Its purpose is to assess 
the implementation by the International 
Criminal Court (ICC) of the Rome Statute, 
Rules of Procedure and Evidence (RPE) and 
Elements of Crimes (EoC) and in particular 
the gender mandates they embody, in the 
nine years since the Rome Statute came into 

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The National Police Agency 2012 Edition of the annual White Paper on Crime hit bookstores last week with details of Japan’s shocking plan to raise the number of women in the police force from 6.8% to a stunning 10% by 2023.  The winds of change are blowing like a typhoon here in this insular island country.

In a special section of the report,  Concerning the hiring and use of female police officers (女性警察官の採用・登用の拡大), for the first time in the history of the report, the National Police Agency laid out concrete plans for integrating more police officers into the overwhelmingly male police force. The report was even nice enough to add, “For maintaining public order and the vigor of the organization, highly skilled female police officers are indispensable.”  Currently female police officers constitute roughly 7% of the 250,000 police officers nationwide.


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Shari Archibald’s black handbag sat at her feet on the sidewalk in front of her Bronx home on a recent summer night. The two male officers crouched over her leather bag and rooted around inside, elbow-deep. One officer fished out a tampon and then a sanitary napkin, crinkling the waxy orange wrapper between his fingers in search of drugs. Next he pulled out a tray of foil-covered pills, Ms. Archibald recalled.

“What’s this?” the officer said, examining the pill packaging stamped “drospirenone/ethinylestradiol.” “Birth control,” Ms. Archibald remembered saying.


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Film student Sofie Peeters moved to Brussels to pursue her craft, but when she got there, she was constantly harassed by an assortment of males as she walked through her neighborhood. Haunted by the experience of being sexually catcalled and insulted, even called a slut, and wondering what she was doing wrong, the young student decided to secretly record the harassment that plagues women in a city that is often equated with European charm.



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¡Lee Más Y Comparte Tu Opinión!

¿Una Quinta Conferencia Mundial de la ONU sobre la Mujer en 2015? ¡Lee más y comparte tu opinión!

Te invitamos a compartir tu opinión en el cuadro para comentarios que figura abajo.

NOTAS DE LOS VIERNES: Se necesita urgentemente, entre feministas y activistas por los derechos de las mujeres de todas las regiones del mundo, un debate en torno a las implicaciones de la Quinta Conferencia Mundial de la ONU sobre la Mujer que se ha propuesto realizar en 2015.  

Hay diversas opiniones acerca de la organización, la sede y el propósito de la conferencia propuesta, todo lo cual no ha sido discutido ampliamente.



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Learn more and share your opinion! 

We invite you to share your opinion in the comments box below.

FRIDAY FILE: A discussion about the implications of the proposed UN Fifth World Conference on Women in 2015 is urgently needed among feminists and women’s rights activists from all regions of the world.

There are diverse opinions about the organization, hosting and purpose of the proposed conference, which have not been broadly debated. 



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Join California Assemblymember Fiona Ma to help bring justice for the incarcerated battered women of California.  

A California state prison study found that 93% of the women who had killed their significant others had been battered by them; 67% of these women indicated the homicide resulted from an attempt to protect themselves or their children.  It's time to let the incarcerated battered women of California go free!  With the State of California in ongoing budget crisis and each prisoner costing taxpayers close to $41,000 per year, it only makes sense to release prisoners who are deemed eligible for parole.  There are 50 inmates throughout the state that deserve to be free after spending decades behind bars. Understand their stories. Understand their pain. Understand their plea. They served more than enough time for the crimes of defending their lives, and they deserve a chance to give back to society. Their lives can be best utilized if they have the ability to directly impact people whose lives they can help lead away from a path of devastating choices.

Sign the petition to show your support of AB593 that rectifies the problem with current law by allowing victims of domestic violence whose expert testimony was limited during their trial court proceedings to file for a writ of habeas corpus.

http://www.change.org/petitions/the-governor-of-ca-support-ab-593-the-sin-by-silence-billSIGN PETITION

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New study finds systemic problems in parental capacity assessments discriminate against women.

By Katie Hyslop,

When a woman flees an abusive relationship, we expect the justice system will protect her and her children.

But a new report finds in some British Columbian child custody cases allegations of spousal abuse are used to paint the mother as mentally ill or an "alienating" parent, and instead recommend visitation, or even custody, for the abusive parent.

"Troubling Assessments: Custody and Access Reports and their Equality Implications for BC Women" is a new report released today by West Coast LEAF, a women's legal education and advocacy organization. The report looks at what are known under the Family Relations Act as Section 15 reports: parental capacity assessments conducted during child custody and access cases.

Often a useful tool for getting a third-party, outsider's view of parenting abilities, the report found they could also be biased against and dangerous for vulnerable women with abusive ex-partners.


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