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 judge ruled today that a critical piece of video evidence in the domestic violence case against San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi will be admissible in his upcoming trial.
 
Mirkarimi, 50, has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of domestic violence battery, child endangerment and dissuading a witness in connection with a Dec. 31 incident in which he allegedly bruised the right arm of his wife, Eliana Lopez, during an argument in which his 2-year-old son Theo was present.
 
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Pagina 12 - Argentina

Por Cristina Fernández *
 
Sobre 131 denuncias de abandono de hogar recibidas en el Registro Nacional de Información de Personas Menores Extraviadas y analizadas en los últimos días, 82 pertenecen a adolescentes mujeres. Es el 63 por ciento. Y el ciento por ciento de ese universo de 131 denuncias, compuesto por varones y mujeres, corresponde a víctimas de violencia doméstica. Violencia ejercida sobre sus propios hijos por los padres y las madres.
 
Niños, niñas y adolescentes son víctimas invisibles de la violencia de género. Y deben ser reconocidos como víctimas visibles.
 
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Remembering Melissa Sue Platt: Has Someone Gotten Away With Murder?

On October 8, 2008, when Texas resident, Marian Mims, was unable to reach her 31 year-old daughter, Melissa, in North Carolina where she lived with her boyfriend, Marian called authorities in Lenoir County to request that they check on her welfare. Authorities discovered Melissa in her Pink Hill home, wearing only a t-shirt, wrapped in a blanket on her bed, incapacitated, and suffering from numerous injuries. Melissa was rushed to a hospital and then air-lifted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital’s trauma center in Greenville, NC.
 
Melissa’s injuries included bruises on her back, stomach, legs, arms, and behind her ear. Her left eye was blackened. Her jaw was broken on both the left and right sides of her face. She had a large mark on her neck that appeared to be a strangulation injury. Worse, she was suffering a brain bleed and a blood clot on the right side of her brain. Doctors immediately performed a craniotomy to try to relieve the pressure on her brain, inserting a tube into the right side of her head.
 
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Cspan video - US Dept. of Justice Panel

1 hour video

Following opening remarks from Attorney General Eric Holder, a panel of Justice Department women talked about the contributions of women to law enforcement and the legal profession. Mr. Holder said the government cannot become "complacent" in protecting voting rights and said his department will aggressively enforce the Voting Rights Act. 

Welcome Richard Toscano Dir,, Equal Employment Opportunity Staff Justice Management Division 
Pledge of Allegiance Dana Paige Director, Departmental Executive Secretariat Office 
Introduction of the Attorney General Richard Toscano 
 
Facilitator Suzanne L. Bell Dep. Dir. for Legal Management Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys 
Panelists Maame Ewusi-Mensah Frimpong Acting Dep. Asst. Attorney General Civil Division 
Jamila Frone Deputy Director for Legal Recruitment & Outreach Office of Attorney Recruitment 
and Management 
Kim M. White Assistant Director of the Human Resources Management Division Federal Bureau 
of Prisons 
Closing Remarks Richard Toscano
 

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Organizacion do los Estados Americanos

[Washington, DC, 20 de febrero de 2012] Cerca de 40 representantes de instituciones  que trabajan en la defensa y promoción de los derechos humanos, la atención y la prevención de la violencia contra las mujeres (VCM) y el VIH desde los ámbitos del derecho,  la salud, la educación, la investigación y la 
incidencia política, se dieron cita en La Antigua, Guatemala, entre el 18 y 20 de enero de 2012 para participar en el  "Encuentro Intersectorial Respuestas Integradas a los derechos humanos, VIH y violencia contra las mujeres en Centroamérica”, organizado por la Comisión Interamericana de Mujeres 
(CIM) de la Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA), con el apoyo de la Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID). 
 
Ya existe evidencia en la región sobre los vínculos entre el VIH y la VCM, al igual que algunos avances en materia de legislación y ejemplos de prácticas promisorias por su abordaje integral a ambas epidemias desde distintos sectores. Sin embargo, las y los participantes en el Encuentro, provenientes de España y 11 países de América Latina y del Caribe, registraron vacíos importantes en el diseño y ejecución de políticas integradas, de programas gubernamentales y no gubernamentales que aborden estas intersecciones, en la coordinación intersectorial y en la disponibilidad de indicadores consensuados a nivel regional para medir los avances y retos de las intervenciones al tiempo que se amplía la base de evidencia sobre dichos vínculos.
 
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From having to address the judge as, “Husband,” to receiving fewer opportunities to speak in court and advance in their careers, female legal professionals in Nepal cite discrimination in the male-dominated field. If their rights aren’t respected in the legal sector, they ask how they are supposed to uphold equal rights for women nationwide.
 
by Lochana Sharma
 
KATHMANDU, NEPAL – Meera Dhungana, 46, a lawyer, was 28 when she first stepped into the courtroom to try her first case. Though confident, she says she was uncomfortable addressing the judge. In Nepal, the word used to address the judge is “Shreeman,” which means “Husband.”
 
“To address a judge as, ‘Shreeman,’ that too for an unmarried woman to use that word, it becomes quite awkward,” she says.
 
"Women in other countries might be shocked that Nepali advocates are themselves working against their will in the courts."
- Meera Dhungana, Nepali lawyer
She says the consequences can be more than discomfort for female lawyers.
 
“For women who aren’t confident enough, it could even put a negative impact on their case, resulting in them losing the case and denying their party justice,” she says.
 
Dhungana says she remembers that she didn’t address the judge during that first case.
 
“‘Shreeman’ is someone who we are married to officially,” she says. “But due to the existing traditions, we are forced to use this word in the court.”
 

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AUDIOS - Radio Internacional Feminista

 

 
 
Honduras
 
Mujeres de Bajo Aguán denuncian represión y violencia
 
16 de Febrero del 2012
Andrea Alvarado, Radio Internacional Feminista
 
Este 16 de febrero, decenas de mujeres de la comunidad hondureña de Bajo Aguán y algunas mujeres de otros países, se reunieron en el taller "Cuerpos, Luchas y Esperanzas de las Mujeres" para compartir sus luchas, su resistencia y darse apoyo, en medio de un contexto de represión que se ha agudizado desde el golpe de estado en ese país.
 
Bajo Aguán es desde hace varios años el escenario de una lucha civil de la comunidad organizada por recuperar la tierra, que es el lugar donde han vivido. Estas tierras del valle de Aguán, se encuentran en manos de unos pocos terratenientes que han encontrado en el golpe de estado y en la actual militarización que vive Honduras, aliados para la violencia y la represión de la población civil. Antes del golpe de estado, el gobierno estaba negociando una titulación de tierras para campesinas y campesinos, esos procesos no solo se detuvieron, sino que la zona se ha convertido en un campo de permanente de persecusión y violación a los derechos humanos.
 
Conversamos con mujeres activistas de Bajo Aguán y con la activista feminista Daisy Flores, ellas nos comparten sus voces, sus luchas como mujeres, sus esperanzas y la necesidad de que lo que se vive en Aguán, se sepa por todo el continente.

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from Intlawgrrls

SYDNEY – Many insightful commentaries marked the excellent “Justice for All?” conference organized by the University of New South Wales this week. The conference, dedicated to examining the first decade of the work of the International Criminal Court, had a strong focus on exploring the Court’s record in the investigation and prosecution of sexual and gender-based violence.
 
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By Alisa Clarke*

NEW YORK, Feb 20, 2012 (IPS) - A growing list of U.N. Security Council Resolutions acknowledges the importance of gender in processes for peace. Resolutions 1325, 1820, 1888, 1889 and 1960 note that women continue to be marginalised in peace negotiations and their potential is not fully utilised in humanitarian planning, peacekeeping operations, peace building, governance and reconstruction.
 
They call for the participation of women at all levels of decision- making, protection of women and girls from violence, promotion of women's rights, accountability, law enforcement, and mainstreaming of gender perspectives in peace operations. International humanitarian and human rights law justify these appeals. But what is the true nature of this potential of women? 
 
If war is still a man's game, what is particular to women that they bring of value to the peace table? And what would be the implications for the U.N.'s work if this was clearly articulated and factored into decision-making? 
 
The answer may lie at least partly in values and values research. In particular, one 2005 study drew relevant conclusions from a cross- cultural assessment in over seventy countries on sex differences in 10 basic values. Men consistently rated power, stimulation, hedonism, achievement, and self-direction values as more important than benevolence and universalism values. The reverse was true for women. 
 
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Niños huérfanos, las otras víctimas de los femicidios en la provincia
 
(DIARIOC, 19/02/2012) Eliana Ordóñez (26) fue degollada por su ex pareja luego de una discusión: era madre de dos niños de 5 y 2 años de edad. Herminia Coronel (40) murió en manos de su ex esposo: tenía 4 hijos. Estos son algunos nombres y apellidos de mujeres santiagueñas que en 2011 sufrieron las peores consecuencias de la violencia de género y terminaron muertas. En todos los casos, quedaron niños huérfanos, muchos de ellos testigos de la matanza de su propia madre y de la aprehensión de sus padres asesinos. 
 
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February 18, 2012

MÉXICO
Violencia manda al exilio a defensoras de ddhh
Por Gladis Torres Ruiz * IPS /Cimac

MÉXICO, 15 feb (IPS) - Por la ola de ataques en su contra, las fundadoras de la organización humanitaria Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa decidieron dejar México y operar limitadamente desde el exilio.

Tras más de una década de lucha y ante la inacción del Estado mexicano para proteger a las defensoras de derechos humanos, la organización pionera en investigar el feminicidio en la fronteriza y norteña Ciudad Juárez dejará de operar en el país, para continuar sus labores desde el exterior. 

"Sí, me voy, pero voy a seguir en la lucha donde quiera que yo esté. No me voy a quedar callada porque el gobierno tiene una deuda con mis hijos a quienes les quitó a su madre", advierte Norma Andrade, una de las fundadoras de la organización y quien en menos de tres meses ha sufrido dos atentados. 

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http://www.ipsnoticias.net/nota.asp?idnews=100152

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February 17, 2012
 
By Fred Clark, blog
 
This week, the Virginia state Legislature passed a bill that would require women to have an ultrasound before they may have an abortion. Because the great majority of abortions occur during the first 12 weeks, that means most women will be forced to have a transvaginal procedure, in which a probe is inserted into the vagina, and then moved around until an ultrasound image is produced. Since a proposed amendment to the bill—a provision that would have had the patient consent to this bodily intrusion or allowed the physician to opt not to do the vaginal ultrasound—failed on 64-34 vote, the law provides that women seeking an abortion in Virginia will be forcibly penetrated for no medical reason. 
 
I am not the first person to note that under any other set of facts, that would constitute rape under state law.
 
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February 17, 2012
 
Recordings and materials from the web conferences are available.  Below are the titles from our series "From Data to Prevention." 
 
Amber Batchelor, Safe Nest
 
Findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: Implications for Prevention (Feb 1 & 2, 2012) 
 
Understanding the Differences between National Sexual Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Surveys 
 
Framing Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention Impact From a Cost-Effectiveness Perspective http://www.preventconnect.org/2011/05/cost-effectiveness-of-sexual-and-d...
 
Create News to Prevent Violence: Using Data to Make the Case for Prevention 
 
Framing Data to Make the Case for Primary Prevention 

 

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February 16, 2012
 
By Wendy J. Murphy
For The Patriot Ledger
     
‘I have proven myself to be a fit and loving parent.” So claimed a man in an affidavit days before expressing his parental fitness and love by incinerating his two children when they arrived for a visit last Sunday.
 
Josh Powell, a suspect in the 2009 disappearance of his wife Susan, insisted he was a good father when he recently asked a judge to give him custody of 5- and 7 year-old sons, Brayden and Charlie.
 
The judge denied his request but allowed the guy to have visits with the boys at his home in Washington, even though law enforcement officials recently found child pornography on a home computer Powell shared with his father. When a social worker arrived at Powell’s front door to facilitate the children’s visit with their dad, Powell pushed her away, pulled the children inside and ignited a blast that leveled the house and killed everyone inside.
 
This tragic ending shines a much-needed light on serious flaws in our family court system.
 
At a minimum, we should be asking how any judge could allow a father to be anywhere NEAR his children in the face of clear evidence that he killed his children’s mother, especially when the children were eyewitnesses to the circumstances surrounding their mother’s death. After Susan Powell disappeared, cops asked Josh what happened. He said he had no idea and that Susan had apparently left the family when she was home alone, after he’d taken his sons camping, in the middle of the night, in subfreezing temperatures. The kids soon reported that “mommy was in the trunk” during their “camping” trip and that she went away from the car “with daddy,” but never came back.
 
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February 16, 2012
 
 
La complicidad policial con redes de prostitución que secuestran a jóvenes obliga a tomar medidas de fondo
 
Editorial - lanacion
 
Tal vez haya pocos delitos de tan dolorosas y devastadoras consecuencias como el de la desaparición de niñas, adolescentes y jóvenes secuestradas para forzarlas a integrar redes de prostitución.
 
Al mismo tiempo, pocos delitos hay en la Argentina que encuentren, como éste, tan escasa voluntad por parte de las autoridades para su eficaz combate, más allá de lo meramente declamativo y de medidas que, al carecer del genuino apoyo de parte de la justicia federal y algunas fuerzas policiales, se vuelven inútiles, pues hablamos de un delito aberrante que, como bien se ha señalado, pertenece al crimen organizado.
 
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