Womens Justice Center

News Round-up ~ Resumen de noticias



Estudio sobre feminismo, violencia, sexualidad, paternidad y migración en Cuba

Feminismo, violencia, sexualidad, paternidad y migración, son los temas estudiados por Julio César González Pagés en un libro que, fruto de más de una década de investigaciones, aborda sensibles problemáticas del mundo contemporáneo. Se trata del volumen titulado Macho, varón, masculino. Estudios de masculinidades en Cuba (Editorial de la Mujer, 136 pp.).


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Demand the Resignation of Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Why This Is Important

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has failed to protect the public and carry out his duties as an elected official in a Constitutional manner. The latest disclosure that MCSO failed to investigate hundreds of sex-crime cases involving children is just one in a long list of atrocities that have taken place under Arpaio\'s 20 years in power. Too many people have died in Arpaio\'s jails, too many citizens\' Constitutional rights have been trampled, too many people have been forced to live in fear of retaliation for daring to challenge the Sheriff\'s policies. Now is the time to end his reign of terror, abuse and willful disregard for the Arizona and United States Constitution.

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Otro caso de violencia de género solapado por el gobierno estatal .

La señora Rocío Rodríguez Alayola, ha vivido otra historia de terror y violencia de género, en la que las instituciones y autoridades supuestamente encargadas de protegerla, han cerrado filas con su victimario, cediendo a los intereses inconfesables y formando un oscuro contubernio donde la ley se tuerce descaradamente y se utiliza el poder político para favorecer a los allegados y no para servir a la gente. Nuevamente el gobierno del estado, encabezado por una mujer, solapa estas indignidades, en vez de perseguirlas y castigarlas.


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Addressing Sexual 
Offenses and Misconduct 
by Law Enforcement:
ExEcutivE GuidE

see guide...

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New Law Enforcement Training Video

Available from the IACP

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has recently released a roll call training video entitled, \"Bringing Sexual Assault Offenders to Justice: A Law Enforcement Response.\" This training video was developed with support from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW Grant # 2005-WT-AX-K077) to expand law enforcement educational efforts on the crime of sexual assault and accompany the IACP Sexual Assault Guidelines and Investigative Strategies and Supplemental Report Form.

The goal of the video is to help officers generate stronger cases by reframing sexual assault crimes, providing tools to conduct perpetrator-focused investigations, and building an understanding of victim behavior. \"Bringing Sexual Assault Offenders to Justice\" will help officers and others identify victim trauma and provide information about victim behavior (such as delayed reporting, alcohol or substance abuse, and encounters that start out consensually) that can be used to support a sexual assault report. This video also provides useful information detailing how perpetrators often have a history of unreported acts of sexual violence and may select victims with vulnerabilities to exploit.

We encourage you to order copies of the video for your own agency and to share with colleagues, free of charge.

Please direct all orders for the video and investigative guidelines, by February 20th, 2012, to:

Aviva Kurash, Senior Program Manager at kurasha@theiacp.org 

All IACP Violence Against Women resources can be found at: bit.ly/PoliceResponseToVAW

A strong sexual assault training program will result in offenders being held accountable, fewer cases being dismissed, and ultimately increase successful prosecution.

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Cuba: Necesidad de incluir temas de género en la formación médica

La Habana, 11 ene. 12. AmecoPress/SEMlac- Los incidentes de violencia contra la mujer ocurren a puertas cerradas en la mayoría de los casos. Cuando ellas salen a buscar ayuda les urge hallar personas sensibilizadas y con conocimientos.

En Cuba, sin embargo, el sistema de formación de los profesionales de la salud no incluye el tema de género, lo que limita la atención de los problemas de salud relacionados con la violencia. 

Una investigación realizada por la psicóloga Aida Torralbas Fernández, en la oriental provincia de Holguín, a más de 700 kilómetros de La Habana, saca a la luz el déficit de conocimientos en un grupo de 18 doctoras de familia de un área de salud de la capital provincial, una realidad que probablemente se replica en otros espacios de la geografía cubana.


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Ms. Foundation report on Penn State media coverage

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Advocate Rates Sandusky Media Coverage a “C”


Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Advocate Rates Sandusky Media Coverage a “C”
Broader perspective, more precise language, but missed opportunity to focus on prevention

NEW YORK—Jan. 9, 2012—A new report today praised early media coverage of the Penn State University child sexual abuse crisis for its broader perspective and precise language but criticized its failure to address solutions for prevention.

The report, released by the Ms. Foundation for Women and the Berkeley Media Studies Group, recognized the media for its ability to tell an institutional story about university officials’ failure to report and end abuse after they learned of it. However, the coverage fell short in examining what preliminary measures should have been taken to prevent the abuse from occurring and what steps are being taken now to prevent future abuse.

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Silence common in child sexual abuse cases
By Donna Leinwand Leger

Experts say many bystanders who witness inappropriate behavior or even obvious sexual abuse remain silent, too horrified to report what they have seen.

\"It\'s not that it\'s so invisible. It\'s that it remains a silent crime. People worry if they say anything they could ruin someone\'s life,\" said Maia Christopher, executive director of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers in Beaverton, Ore. \"Now everyone is asking what did you see and who did what (at Penn State). We know that people did see things and did not respond in a way that could help.\"


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The agenda for this April\'s End Violence Against Women International Conference is now online. The extensive summaries accompanying each presentation topic provide an excellant overview of current knowledge and direction of work on sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking.


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U.S. plan: Women, peace, security
Somewhat lost in last month\'s holiday shuffle was the release of the United States National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security.

Motivated by U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women and Peace and Security, and launched by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a speech at Georgetown (right), the plan sets forth goals and means for implementation. (photo credit)

Guiding principles:
► Further enable women to be not only beneficiaries, but also \"agents of peace and stability\";
► Address differences and inequalities between the roles of men and women, building on gender integration goals set out in the U.S. National Security Strategy and the 2010 Quadrennial Development Review (prior post);
► Include various stakeholders, \"women and girls, men and boys, and members of marginalized groups\" in the Plan\'s implementation;
► Coordinate among the many pertinent national agencies, among them the Departments of State, Defense, Justice, Treasury, and Homeland Security, the White House National Security Staff, the Agency for International Development, the Centers for Disease Control, the armed forces, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; and
► Invite civil society -- that is, all of us -- to hold those agencies accountable for full and proper implementation.


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The Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI) is the newly launched feminist scholarly and activist organization on mothering-motherhood, developed from the former Association for Research on Mothering at York University (1998-2010). The initiative houses the Journal of the Motherhood Initiative (formerly The Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering), Mother Outlaws, The International Mothers and Mothering Network (formerly IMN), Young Mothers and Empowerment Forum, The Motherhood Studies Forum and is partnered with Demeter Press.


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Haitianas dan su cuerpo por agua

Las violaciones de menores y la prostitución a cambio de techo y comida se han disparado.
Es mediodía en el campamento más peligroso de Haití, el de la Plaza Champ de Mars, donde sobreviven 20 mil personas en carpas maltrechas instaladas en las plazoletas que rodean las ruinas del Palacio Nacional de Puerto Príncipe. Este es el prostíbulo infantil más grande del país, aún sumergido en la destrucción y en un proceso de descomposición social. 


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La mente de los niños se ve afectada por la violencia familiar

Crecer en un hogar en donde la violencia es el pan de cada día, tiene serias repercusiones en la salud mental y emocional de los niños. Tanto así, que un estudio reciente compara el efecto del maltrato infantil en el cerebro de los niños, al que sufren los soldados que están en una guerra.


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Resources Collection:

International Parental Abduction


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Man arrested for arson of a Pensacola Florida abortion clinic

You may have missed this news, as it’s barely registered on the national media radar, but on New Year’s Day a Pensacola abortion clinic was destroyed by a fire. The clinic had been the site of violence and turmoil for a long time, including the 1993 and 1994 murders of two abortion providers.


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Algunos llevan años ahí; las madres, en la incertidumbre
Semefo de Juárez, negligente para identificar restos de mujeres 

Por Anayeli García Martínez

México, DF, 6 ene 12 (CIMAC).- En una muestra más del desprecio que sienten las autoridades judiciales de Chihuahua por las mujeres desaparecidas y asesinadas, así como por sus familias, el Servicio Médico Forense (Semefo) de Ciudad Juárez mantiene en la incertidumbre a por lo menos 26 madres de jóvenes, cuyos restos llevan años sin ser identificados.

En entrevista desde la localidad fronteriza, Cecilia Espinosa, integrante de la Red Mesa de Mujeres –una de las organizaciones que documenta casos de mujeres desaparecidas y asesinadas–, dijo que se trata de las familias de 26 jóvenes desaparecidas, que aún están a la espera de respuesta por parte de las autoridades.

Espinosa relató que el pasado 12 de diciembre, el Comité de Madres con Hijas Desaparecidas –que agrupa a las familias de las 26 jóvenes– se reunió con la fiscal de Control Interno de la Fiscalía General, Rosa María Sandoval, a quien le pidió que implementara un Programa de Identificación Humana en todo el estado.


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FREE Webinar offered on two separate dates:

Forensic Compliance: Where do we stand in 2012? 

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
11:00am - 12:30pm PST / 2:00pm -- 3:30pm EST 

Thursday, February 16th, 2012
11:00am - 12:30pm PST / 2:00pm -- 3:30pm EST 

Register now! 

Description of the Webinar

All states and territories must certify that they are in compliance with VAWA 2005 requirements for medical forensic examinations. Specifically, exams must be available to sexual assault victims: 1) free of charge, and 2) regardless of their decision to participate in the criminal justice process. 

Communities have faced considerable challenges in designing protocols that are compliant, in areas such as: the initial response to a sexual assault disclosure, payment for the medical forensic examination, mandatory reporting to law enforcement, storage and transportation of evidence, case tracking and retrieval, processing of evidence, and the potential for evidence-based prosecution (i.e., without the victim\\\'s cooperation). For many states and territories, the changes that are required in public policy and daily practice have been described as \\\"monumental.\\\" 

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Honduras: Quince Mujeres Periodistas Presentan Una Denuncia Contra Altas Autoridades Del Estado

Source: Reporteros sin Fronteras 

La motivan por los delitos cometidos por funcionarios civiles y militares contra el ejercicio de los derechos garantizados por la Constitución, por abuso de autoridad y tratos crueles e inhumanos y degradantes.

El presidente Porfirio Lobo Sosa, así como los generales René Osorio Canales, jefe del Estado Mayor Conjunto de la Fuerzas Armadas, y Andrés Felipe Díaz, jefe de la Guardia de Honor Presidencial, son objeto de una denuncia presentada el 21 de diciembre de 2011 por quince mujeres periodistas del colectivo “Periodistas por la Vida y la Libertad de Expresión” ante la fiscal especial de Derechos Humanos, Sandra Ponce.

Esto, después de que las denunciantes y unos cincuenta periodistas, defensores de los derechos humanos y representantes de algunos movimientos sociales fueran agredidos de manera violenta durante una manifestación realizada el 13 de diciembre pasado, cuando se encontraban en las inmediaciones de la Casa de Gobierno, en Tegucigalpa.


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Video and text:

Cell phone app to help domestic violence victims speak from the grave


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New Release with link to trailer

The Price of Sex
A film by Mimi Chakarova

US, 2011, 73 minutes, Color, DVD, English/Russian/Turkish/Bulgarian, Subtitled 

An unprecedented and compelling inquiry, THE PRICE OF SEX sheds light on the underground criminal network of human trafficking and experiences of trafficked Eastern European women forced into prostitution abroad. Photojournalist Mimi Chakarova’s feature documentary caps years of painstaking, on-the-ground reporting that aired on Frontline (PBS) and 60 Minutes (CBS) and earned her an Emmy nomination, Magnum photo agency’s Inge Morath Award, and a Webby for Internet excellence. 


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Victims' Group Refuses To Turn Over Names In Abuse Suit 

ST. LOUIS (RNS) The director of a leading victims\' advocacy group refused to answer some questions or turn over documents in a deposition held Monday (Jan. 2) in a Kansas City, Mo., clergy abuse case.

David Clohessy, who directs the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) from St. Louis, said in a statement that attorneys for an accused Kansas City priest had requested \"hundreds or thousands of pages of SNAP records involving victims and others across the country going back some 23 years.\"

Several courts, including the Missouri Supreme Court, had rejected Clohessy\'s request to quash the deposition subpoena. Clohessy\'s lawyers argued that forcing Clohessy to testify could result in disclosing confidential information from victims of clergy sexual abuse, members of the organization and journalists.

But after the state supreme court declined to intervene, Clohessy was forced to testify, even as he refused to turn over certain documents.

In a statement, SNAP called the subpoena \"an unprecedented, bullying maneuver designed to protect child molesters and silence victims\" and \"a new low in church hardball tactics.\"


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Derechos vulnerados, impunidad y desempleo, entre ellos

Dejó 2011 cúmulo de rezagos para las mujeres 

Por Anayeli García Martínez y Guadalupe Cruz Jaimes 

México, DF, 2 ene 12 (CIMAC).- Al concluir el quinto año de administración federal del PAN, los saldos son en su mayoría negativos para los derechos de las mujeres en áreas tan importantes como la salud, el trabajo y las garantías humanitarias.

En Derechos Humanos (DH), 2011 fue un año fatídico para activistas, quienes fueron víctimas de asesinatos, amenazas e intimidaciones, en medio del desdén del Estado mexicano para protegerlas.

Un ejemplo fue el vía crucis de la familia Reyes Salazar, la cual desde principios del año pasado exigió la presentación con vida de Luisa Ornelas, y Malena y Elías Reyes Salazar, “levantados” el 7 de febrero en Ciudad Juárez, y cuyos cuerpos fueron hallados el 25 del mismo mes. 


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Resource- Podcast

Center on Violence Against Women (January 2012)

On this podcast, Sheetal Rana of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and
Abuse interviews Cynthia Sanders, author on the VAWnet Applied Research
paper: *Asset Building Programs for Domestic Violence

Dr. Sanders discusses the importance of asset building to domestic violence
survivors, key themes from the research, and implications for new
directions in policy, programs, and practice.

Summary: www.vawnet.org/summary.php?doc_id =3080&find_type=web_desc_TT
mp3 Version: www.vawnet.org/Assoc_Files_VAWnet /AR_AssetBuilding.mp3
m4a Version: www.vawnet.org/Assoc_Files_VAWnet /AR_AssetBuilding.m4a

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Violence Against Women net launches:

Special Collection: Asset Building and Individual Development Accounts (IDAs)

This special collection includes a categorized and selected listing of articles, fact sheets, papers, reports and surveys. It is offered as an additional tool to assist advocates working on and interested in Asset Building and Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), including how they specifically relate to survivors of domestic violence. Items in this collection may appear in more than one place for ease of use. Direct links to the documents are provided from this page. Those interested in this topic may also want to review material contained in the topic areas credit, employment and welfare. Please contact the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence with comments, questions, or suggestions for new additions to this collection.


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La licenciada Laura Sisa Luciano es coordinadora de proyectos de la Fundación Rahab y compartió interesantes informaciones sobre esta problemática y qué debemos hacer ante los traficantes de seres humanos.

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Taking Exception: Is Evidence of Prior Oral Sex by 15 Year-Old Victim Admissible in Prosecution of 38 Year-Old?

A 38 year-old defendant is charged with four counts of sexual conduct with a minor, and it is undisputed that he engaged in four acts of oral sexual intercourse with the victim, who was 15 years-old. The defendant, however, seeks to present evidence that the victim had engaged in oral sex with two other individuals, claiming that it went to his belief that the victim was eighteen or older. Should the court deem this evidence admissible? According to a trial court the answer is “yes,” and it may reach the same conclusion after a remand from the Court of Appeals of Arizona.


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Women\'s Human Rights Education Institutes 2012 at OISE/UT

Are you a women´s human rights defender? Do you want to increase your 
knowledge of women´s human rights? Do you want to use the UN system 
to support your activism, or train others on the principles of human 
rights? Do you want to learn how to use a human rights framework to 
promote social change? Join other international activists, scholars, 
community workers, NGO representatives, lawyers and educators at the 
Women´s Human Rights Education Institutes 2012.

The Women\'s Human Rights Education Institutes is now accepting 
applications for the 6-week \"Women´s Human Rights Education 
Institute\" with feminist jurist and activist Alda Facio running 
from May 21 - June 28, 2012.

Please note that the final application deadline for this 6-week 
institute for international applicants is February 28, 2012. We will 
accept rolling applications until the WHRI is full, but applying 
before this deadline ensures sufficient time for support in visa 
processes and the possibility of being considered for discounts or 
any funding that becomes available.

We are also accepting applications for the 1-week \"CEDAW for Change\" 
module offered in collaboration with IWRAW-AP Malaysia, held from May 
28 - June 1, 2012.

Don´t miss this incredible chance to learn about the UN Convention on 
the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) 
and how to integrate it into your work and activism. Details follow, 
or visit our website at the address given above.

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