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


 

 

Verificarán si son de Guadalupe Pérez e Idaly Juache

Por Gladis Torres Ruiz     

 México, DF, 19 de julio 12 (CIMAC).- Tres integrantes del Equipo Argentino de Antropología Forense (EAAF) trabajarán como peritos externos acreditados por la Fiscalía General de Chihuahua en la identificación de los restos óseos de Guadalupe Pérez Montes e Idaly Juache Laguna, desaparecidas en Ciudad Juárez en 2009 y 2010, con lo que se abre la posibilidad de ampliar la investigación de al menos 12 casos similares.

 

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CEO and Pregnant; Yahoo! But Wait a Minute . . .By Melody Wilson, WeNews commentator, Thursday, July 19, 2012

Marissa Mayer is taking the helm of a major technology company while pregnant. That makes this the perfect opportunity to re-evaluate a broken system for parental leave that has allowed us to lag far behind other countries.

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Es jueves 5 de julio y son las 8 de la mañana. Mis hijos, de nueve y 11 años, saltan a mi cama y piden desayunar entre besos y apapachos. Están de vacaciones. Les he prometido que iremos a un restaurante. Nos preparamos para salir y nos encaminamos a la puerta.

 
De pronto, Vicky, mi asistente, aparece con el rostro pálido y me dice al oído: Hay muchos policías afuera, los acabo de ver por la ventana. Están entrando a la casa. Me asomo por la ventana del jardín y efectivamente hay tres policías encapuchados con armas largas. Voy al pasillo y veo a otros tantos y más gente en la puerta de la cochera. Están subiéndose y han entrado también a la terraza.
 

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In a year tarnished by the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, Penn State alumni and boosters brought in $209 million in donations for the university. (Source: CNN)In a year tarnished by the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, Penn State alumni and boosters brought in $209 million in donations for the university. (Source: CNN)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Despite Sandusky scandal, Penn State draws $208.7 million in donations

In a year marred with controversy and national notoriety, Penn State University alumni and boosters finally have something to smile about.

In fiscal year 2011-2012, the school earned $208.7 million in donations -- the second-highest annual amount in school history -- according to a release from the Development and Alumni Relations division.

Penn State spokesman David LeTorre said the donations "send a loud and distinct message," in what has been a particularly challenging time for the school.

"Despite the things that have happened with Jerry Sandusky, Penn State never really lost the support of its alumni," La Torre said.

Muralist replaces Sandusky image

The school was thrust into the national spotlight with accusations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted last month on 45 of 48 counts related to sexual abuse of boys. The scandal's fallout included the firings of legendary football coach Joe Paterno and university President Graham Spanier.

"So many alumni were ready to contribute this year," La Torre said, "which is proof enough our family our alumni family is there when we need them." (emphasis ours)

A total of 191,712 supporters donated 323,271 gifts that have put the school ahead of schedule to reach its $2 billion fundraising goal by June 2014 for its "For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students" campaign. Since the effort began in January of 2007, $1.6 billion has been raised.

"Fundraising is always challenging," La Torre said. But, he said, those seeking donations didn't go about it any differently even in light of the highly publicized scandal and an economic downturn.

Painful chapter closes with Sandusky conviction

"We knew people were going to ask questions and want answers," he said. "The philosophy of Penn State has been to listen and give answers to the best of our ability."

La Torre said anyone donating to the university has a right to specify what the money goes for.

Copyright 2012 CNN. All rights reserved.

 

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La acción que tuvo su origen en España

La campaña constará de más de una decena de anuncios que se trasmitirán por televisión, radio e Internet y que han contado con el apoyo de artistas, periodistas, y referentes de la cultura

InternacionalViolencia de géneroMaltratosCampañasBuenos Aires, Martes 10 de julio de 2012, por Norma Loto

Buenos Aires, 10 jul. 12. AmecoPress/SEMlac.- Un primer plano sobre una pantalla negra interpela a la sociedad, se observa el rostro de un hombre que dice: "no servís para nada"; ella responde: "claro, que te tiene miedo". Silencio. Rostro y primer plano de la tarjeta roja al agresor.

Otro spot, vuelve a interpelar, reflexiona acerca de lo que en Argentina llamamos "no te metas" y las frases enuncian la tardía reflexión de los vínculos cercanos ante los casos de violencia machista: "yo le dije, se te está yendo la mano", "me preguntaba cómo lo aguanta". … "nunca me imaginé que llegaría tan lejos"…. "un día la mató". Silencio. Persona empuñando la tarjeta roja al agresor.

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National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Conference

Preserving Our Roots While Looking to the Future

July 21-25, 2012
Denver, CO

It's always better if you can be there. But if you can't, reading through the workshop summaries put out by conference organizers is the next best thing for keeping up to date and and for knowing who's doing what.

SEE NCADV SUMMARIES

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Petula Dvorak Columnist

Liz Gorman did what the others didn’t.
 
After she was sexually assaulted on a D.C. street in the middle of the day, she not only called police, she also wrote a blog post about the way she was violated. The response was incredible. It turns out that lots of other women have been assaulted on the street or on the Metroor even in the same bizarre way Gorman says she was. But, as they explained in e-mails to her, they never reported it.
 

 

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Join us for a FREE Webinar on 

Effective Victim Interviewing 

Thursday, August 9th
10am-11:30am, PST

Description of the Webinar

EVAWI Executive Director Joanne Archambault and Board President Roger Canaff are pleased to offer an upcoming webinar on victim interviewing. This webinar will mirror the newly updated OLTI module on Interviewing the Victim, which walks participants through the stages and techniques for successfully interviewing sexual assault victims. 

At EVAWI, we know the single most important factor in determining the success of the victim interview is the attitude of respect and professionalism conveyed by the law enforcement professional. Therefore, it is critical for law enforcement to establish rapport and respectful communication in order to conduct an effective interview. This webinar will provide guidance on how to conduct a competent and compassionate interview, while being mindful of the varying ways the victim may present.

Presenters

Joanne Archambault, Executive Director, End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI)
 
 
 
 
 
  

Roger Canaff, President, Board of Directors for End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI)

 


 

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Five years after he started “crime suppression” sweeps that terrorized Latino neighborhoods across Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio is finally having to explain himself. Not to TV crews in Phoenix or to fawning hosts on Fox News, but before a federal judge.

The trial in Melendres v. Arpaio, a class-action civil-rights lawsuit, is scheduled to begin Thursday in Federal District Court in Phoenix. The plaintiffs, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, accuse the sheriff of waging an all-out, unlawful campaign of discrimination and harassment against Latinos and those who look like them.
 

 

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El organismo también denunciará a México ante CEDAW

Por Anayeli García Martínez

 

México, DF, 12 jul 12 (CIMAC).-México no enfrenta la violencia contra las mujeres y ejemplo de ello es el feminicidio en Ciudad Juárez, la tortura sexual en Atenco, las violaciones sexuales cometidas por militares y las agresiones contra las migrantes, advirtió Amnistía Internacional (AI).
 
Las autoridades mexicanas no protegen a las mujeres de la violencia y la discriminación crecientes, ni garantizan que los responsables respondan ante la justicia, aseguró esta organización en un informe que presentará ante la ONU el próximo 17 de julio.

Con este informe AI se sumó a las organizaciones mexicanas que acudirán a Nueva York ante el Comité de la Convención sobre la Eliminación de Todas las Formas de Discriminación contra la Mujer (CEDAW, por sus siglas en inglés). 

El martes 17 de julio, un grupo de expertas de Naciones Unidas evaluará el cumplimiento de México de la CEDAW y analizará el informe presentado por el Estado mexicano y los reportes alternos elaborados por organizaciones civiles. 

“La situación de los derechos de la mujer en México es alarmante”, declaró en un comunicado Rupert Knox, investigador para México de AI, quien advirtió que no se hacen investigaciones efectivas en los crecientes homicidios de mujeres.

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An HIV-AIDS patient (R) places her hand on her forehead during a visit by a caregiver at her home in Matero township on the outskirts of Lusaka April 17, 2012. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

An HIV-AIDS patient (R) places her hand on her forehead during a visit by a caregiver at her home in Matero township on the outskirts of Lusaka April 17, 2012. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

 

By Jennifer McCleary-Sills,  International Center for Research on Women

..."we can provide more clinics and information, more condoms and pills, and we should. But there are numerous intangible forces at work in women’s lives that prevent them from taking advantage of these services."

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Reinventing the Matron: The Continued Importance of Gendered Images and Division of Labor in Modern Policing

Reinventing the Matron: The Continued Importance of Gendered Images and Division of Labor in Modern Policing

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The current research examines the workplace images and responsibilities of female police officers in 3 departments. Ethnographic interviews with 28 officers in 3 midwestern communities indicate that women in law enforcement are still viewed through a gendered lens, which shapes relations with fellow officers and the community. Images of female officers correspond to their early role in law enforcement as matrons charged with the care of female offenders and juvenile delinquents. Results indicate that female officers are expected to care for children, delinquents, and female victims regardless of personal preference or individual skills, and institutional practices tend to maintain women officers in the devalued position historically held by police matrons. Subtle interactions between officers and the belief in so-called natural feminine instincts are utilized to maintain patrol work as a masculine enterprise.

 

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Penn State Scandal

A report released today blasted senior members of the Penn State administration -- including head coach Joe Paterno and President Graham Spanier -- for their response to allegations of sexual abuse by former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

Sandusky was convicted on June 22 of 45 criminal counts of child sexual abuse of 10 boys over a 15-year period. Sandusky retired in 1999, but kept an office at the school and used its facilities. He awaits sentencing in the fall.

Louis Freeh, former director of the FBI and chief investigator of the inquiry, said in remarks Thursday morning,

The evidence shows that these four men also knew about a 1998 criminal investigation of Sandusky relating to suspected sexual misconduct with a young boy in a Penn State football locker room shower. Again, they showed no concern about that victim. The evidence shows that Mr. Paterno was made aware of the 1998 investigation of Sandusky, followed it closely, but failed to take any action, even though Sandusky had been a key member of his coaching staff for almost 30 years, and had an office just steps away from Mr. Paterno’s. At the very least, Mr. Paterno could have alerted the entire football staff, in order to prevent Sandusky from bringing another child into the Lasch Building. Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley also failed to alert the Board of Trustees about the 1998 investigation or take any further action against Mr. Sandusky. None of them even spoke to Sandusky about his conduct. In short, nothing was done and Sandusky was allowed to continue with impunity.

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Preventing Violence and sexual Assault in Jail: A situational Crime Prevention Approach

Nancy G. La Vigne, Sara Debus-Sherrill, Diana Brazzell, and P. Mitchell Downey
 
With help from Urban Institute researchers, three county jails adopted strategies to prevent sexual assault and
violence among inmates by increasing the effort required to commit violent acts and by making perpetrators
more likelyto get caught. Rather than changing the underlying motivation behind offending behavior, these strategies used a situational crime prevention approach to change the environment and how it is managed, closing off
opportunities for crime (Clarke 1997). Fewer triggers and opportunities to commit violence should translate into
fewer offenses—and the jail environment is, in most cases, easier to control than individual behavior.
 

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The CASE Act: Californians Against Sexual Exploitation

Watch Daphne's video about the CASE Act receiving proposition number 35 for the November ballot. Then, help us spread the word using the buttons on the right!

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Incumplimiento de la Norma Oficial Mexicana de Violencia Familiar, Sexual y contra las Mujeres (NOM 046)

México, DF, 04 jul. 12. AmecoPress.- La organización Human Rights Watch (HRW) demandará al Estado mexicano ante el Comité de la Convención sobre la Eliminación de Todas las Formas de Discriminación contra la Mujer (CEDAW, por sus siglas en inglés), por obstaculizar el acceso al aborto legal a niñas y mujeres víctimas de violación sexual.

El próximo 17 de julio el gobierno mexicano comparecerá ante el Comité de la CEDAW, en la sede de la ONU en Nueva York, para explicar por qué no ha dado cumplimiento a la recomendación número 33 que le formuló en 2006.

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Much Accomplished, Much Left to Do

A Half Century Ago, Kempe And Colleagues1 Published In JAMA “The Battered-Child Syndrome,” An Article That Would Change The Way Physicians And Others Care For Children With Injuries. Although This Article Was Not The First In The Medical Literature To Address The Problem Of Physical Abuse Of Children, The Authors Did Report The First Epidemiologic Study And Highlighted Important Aspects Of The Evaluation Of Suspected Abuse: (1) The Discrepancy Between The Stated History And Clinical Findings, (2) Questions That Can Be Asked Of Parents When Physicians Are Concerned About Possible Abuse, (3) Some Of The Key Physical Examination And Radiographic Findings In Abused Children, (4) Associated Findings Such As Poor Hygiene And Failure To Thrive, And (5) Reasons Physicians Might Have Difficulty Believing That Parents Can Hurt Their Children.

Since 1962, several major developments have occurred regarding maltreated children in the United States, including the development of state-mandated reporting laws; the establishment of county- or state-based child protective services (CPS) agencies, which are responsible for the investigation of suspected maltreatment, decisions about whether a child has been maltreated, placement of children in foster care when necessary, and services for the families when maltreatment has occurred; the broadening of the term “child abuse” to “child maltreatment,” which now includes physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, and emotional maltreatment; and the establishment in 2009 of a new pediatrics subspecialty, child abuse pediatrics.

 

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Mary Robinson says failure on reproductive rights could have devastating impact on poorest and most powerless women


Mary Robinson, Elder and former president of Ireland, accused Rio+20 leaders of backsliding on earlier UN texts that protected women and girls. Photograph: Martin Argles for the Guardian

Women's rights are under the greatest attack for almost 20 years after a failure of world leaders to continue to support reproductive rights, according to Mary Robinson, the first female president of Ireland.

Her comments come amid fears that religious conservatives are eroding support for family planning around the world. Objections from the Vatican and other states removed specific support for reproductive rights, such as family planning, from an international agreement reached in Rio de Janeiro last month by the UN conference on sustainable development.

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En Argentina, las redes de trata de personas operan y se multiplican amparadas por el Estado, denuncian organismos locales e internacionales y víctimas de las organizaciones delictivas. En un negocio que, según la Organización Internacional para las Migraciones(OIM), es el tercero más lucrativo luego del tráfico de armas y drogas, autoridades policiales y funcionarios son cómplices de este delito que cada año se encarga de reducir a la esclavitud a cientos de personas, señalaron.

“Para que exista una red de trata es necesario que haya una connivencia con las autoridades, sean tanto políticas como policiales”, afirmó Mercedes Assorati, coordinadora general del Programa Esclavitud Cero de la Fundación El Otro y ex analista superior de la Subsecretaría de Derechos Humanos. CONTINUA

 

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By Stella Marr, survivor of prostitution

James Baldwin wrote, "The victim who is able to articulate the situation of the victim has ceased to be a victim: she has become a threat."

I had no idea how threatening my voice was until I started to make it heard. None of us trafficking and prostitution survivors did, until we started to write about the brutality we've experienced and these big players within these pimp-dominated 'sex worker activist' groups started to do everything they could to silence us and deny we exist. Survivor bloggers arecyber-stalked via Facebook, email, Twitter and hateful blog comments. Our email accounts are hacked and private information that could endanger us is tweeted or revealed elsewhere online. Spiteful emails about us are sent to people we work with. Supportive activists who feature our writing on their blogs are similarly swarmed with vilifying emails and comments.

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Mariana Vargas: “Si piensan que nos van a amordazar están equivocados”

ENTREVISTA

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Optional Protocol Blog Here

Guide to Using Optional Protocol

Mechanisms for advancing women’s human rights: A guide to using the Optional Protocol to CEDAW and other international complaint mechanisms

This is a practical guide for lawyers, advocates and women experiencing violations of their rights on how to use the Optional Protocol to CEDAW and other international complaint mechanisms to seek redress for alleged violations of women’s human rights.

 

 

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An inconvenient truth is hiding behind the current excitement about educating girls.

By Kavita N. Ramdas | 10 | Summer 2012

Girls are hot. Reproductive rights are not. This is the strange and yet unspoken contradiction endemic in the current development discourse about gender equality. From the boardrooms of Exxon Mobil, to the World Bank, to the offices of the Nike Foundation and the overflowing halls at Davos and the Clinton Global Initiative, you can hear people talking about the importance of investing in girls. Women are often added as an afterthought—their inclusion is often phrased as “girls and women” rather than as “women and girls.” Most often you hear that “educating girls” is the magic bullet of the 21st century.

The last time I heard something being prescribed as often as the solution to everything from low GDP rates and malnutrition in infants to endemic poverty, it was the early 1990s and the buzz was about something started by a Bangladeshi man named Muhammad Yunus. Girls’ education is the new microfinance. Yet educating girls about their sexuality and providing funding for access to contraception, safe and legal abortion, and broad education about their reproductive health and rights—which was a significant emphasis of global philanthropy in the 1980s and 1990s—has now dwindled in popularity. Although a few dedicated foundations and the European bilateral aid donors continue their commitment to organizations such as the United Nations Population Fund, the new global actors are focused on girls’ access to schools and learning. CONTINUES

 

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Camino a la impunidad, Ley de Violencia de Género

24 mujeres asesinadas en los primeros meses del año 2012, y las cifras de mujeres maltratadas, violadas, abusadas sexualmente, siguen siendo las mismas que hace diez, veinte y treinta años.

PolíticaLegislación y géneroViolencia de géneroEncuentros y JornadasBarcelona, Miércoles 27 de junio de 2012, por Diva Criado Pacheco


Barcelona. 27 jun. 12. La Independent/AmecoPress.- La conferencia sobre las Reformas a la Ley de Violencia de Género, llevada a cabo el pasado jueves 14 de junio en el Colegio de Periodistas de Cataluña y convocada por El Club Vindicación Feminista de Barcelona, estuvo presidida por Lidia Falcón y Pilar Altarriba, presidenta y vicepresidenta del Club, y por María Antonia Huarte integrante de la Mesa de Igualdad de oportunidades de Granollers.

Esta es la primera actividad que se hace para promover la modificación de la Ley de Violencia de Género, cuyo fracaso es tan visible como lo indican las cifras: desde su aprobación en diciembre de 2004 se ha asesinado a 500 mujeres, contabilizadas 2.500.000 maltratadas físicamente y 15.000 violadas cada año.

En la charla se valoro el impacto de la reforma de la Ley y la necesidad de crear un plan de sensibilización y prevención de la violencia de género, la formación de jueces fiscales y del personal de administración de justicia, la formación del personal sanitario: como médicos y forenses, psicólogos, psiquiatras asistentes y trabajadores sociales, estadísticas y difusión de los medios de comunicación.

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