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


The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Report - Released 2/16/2012

PERF has released a new report that explores the issue of illegal immigration from the perspective of local police and sheriffs' departments across the country.   

The report, Voices from Across the Country: Local Law Enforcement Officials Discuss the Challenges of Immigration Enforcement, is based on regional meetings of police executives and other officials held in Raleigh, NC; Colorado Springs; and Laredo, TX. In addition, PERF convened a meeting at the Prince William County, VA Police Department to hear officials from that department describe their experience in implementing a new immigration policy.

The report, which PERF produced with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York, is available here

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Online Guide - pdf
Sexual Violence is a Threat to Stable Housing 
Sexual assault is a most intimate crime, and when it happens in our most intimate sanctuaries—
our homes—the trauma is devastating and difficult to escape. “The majority of sexual assaults 
take place in or near victims’ homes or the homes of victims’ friends, relatives, or neighbors” 
(Mindlin and Vickers, as quoted by NSVRC, 2010). Thus, for many survivors of sexual violence, 
home often is not safe. Survivors struggle with seeing and touching constant reminders of the 
assault: a bed, a kitchen table, a broken window, or the new locks on the door. And if a survivor 
must leave home—whether to get away from the constant triggers, or due to an eviction, or in 
order to flee the perpetrator—losing the comforts and familiarity of home only compounds the 
trauma of sexual violence. Survivors need a safe place for the emotional work of recovery. 
Advocates start where the survivor is. The advocate plays a critical role in helping survivors 
navigate housing options and regain a sense of safety.
Until very recently, the anti-rape field has not considered shelter and housing to be sexual 
violence issues. When we think and write about the crisis of sexual violence and our response, 
we typically think about medical needs, legal issues, and emotional support. As a movement, we 
often overlook the shelter and housing needs of sexual violence survivors. We seldom ask 
survivors about housing concerns. But healing from sexual violence can only happen on a 
foundation of safety and safety starts with home
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By Marcela Valente

BUENOS AIRES, Mar 2, 2012 (IPS) - For over 90 years, a law in Argentina has allowed women who become pregnant as a result of rape to have an abortion. However, hospitals often refuse to carry out the procedure, instead referring the women to the justice system.

Argentine law penalises doctors who carry out abortions and the women who have them, with certain exceptions.

continues...  http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=106941

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The average entry age of children (mostly girls) being sold for sex in the U.S. is 12 to 14 years old. They should be struggling with algebra problems, not how to make enough money each night so they won't be beaten or so they can have food to eat.
Victims need you to stand with them. This is the LAST WEEKEND to SIGN and MAIL in the Californians Against Sexual Exploitation petition (CASE Act).
Do it for all the girls who will be sold, raped and beaten this weekend.
Postmark mail by March 5th to give time to sort/count. Return signed petitions to PO Box 7057, Fremont, CA 94537. Only registered voters can sign. Check here. 
Justice starts with YOU. Here's your chance to do it for the girls.
Daphne Phung
Executive Director, Founder
California Against Slavery

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> Familias y activistas denuncian mil crímenes en un año

Por Gladis Torres Ruiz 

México, DF, 29 feb 12 (CIMAC).-Madres de las víctimas del feminicida César Armando Librado Legorreta, alias “El Coqueto”, junto con madres de jóvenes desaparecidas y la Coalición contra el Tráfico de Mujeres y Niñas (CATWLAC, por sus siglas en inglés), exigieron la renuncia del procurador del Estado de México, Alfredo Castillo.

Luego de la fuga del asesino confeso de siete mujeres –tres de ellas menores de edad–, las madres acusaron al funcionario de “incompetencia e ineptitud” para resolver los casos de niñas, mujeres y adolescentes desaparecidas y asesinadas en la entidad mexiquense.

Teresa Ulloa, directora de la CATWLAC, denunció que de enero de 2011 a lo que va de 2012 se han registrado 60 desapariciones de mujeres cada mes, 4 mil 800 violaciones sexuales y mil casos de feminicidio, según datos de la Procuraduría estatal obtenidos por la organización civil Anticorrupción vía acceso a la información. 




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By Meredith Tax, WeNews commentator

Women's rights groups are criticizing Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, for neglecting women's rights violations in an apparent rush to defend political Islam.
(WOMENSENEWS)-- Salafi mobs have caned women in Tunisian cafes and Egyptian shops; attacked churches in Egypt; taken over whole villages in Tunisia and shut down that country's Manouba University for two months in an effort to exert social pressure on veiling.
And while "moderate Islamist" leaders say they will protect the rights of women (if not gays), they have done very little to bring these mobs under control.
In this context, the support given by Kenneth Roth, head of the major U.S. organization Human Rights Watch, to Islamist parties is disturbing to say the least and shows a wider problem in the attitude of the human rights movement toward political Islam.


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Lecturer in Criminology, University of Western Sydney
The prediction and management of recidivism 
has become increasingly important in the field of 
domestic violence. It is well recognised that recidivism 
is high amongst domestic violence perpetrators and 
there is a cohort of perpetrators who are resistant to 
intervention or treatment (Gondolf 2002). Provocative 
research from the Winnipeg Family Violence Courts 
in Canada found that from 1992 to 2002, the thirty 
most frequent offenders appeared in the court 2263 
times, accumulated 1843 charges, were responsible 
for 862 police incidents, were subject to 551 court 
cases and had 319 court convictions (ursel 2011) 
Key points
Some men who abuse their partners are considered particularly high risk due to the frequency and/or
severity of their violence, and their resistance to current intervention strategies.
Risk assessment and management practices have become increasingly prominent in agency responses to
these offenders.
The way in which‘risk’ is defined, assessed and managed varies between research studies and between
agencies, and does not always reflect the complexities of practice or the lives of domestic violence offenders, 
victims and survivors.
Established approaches to the reduction and management of domestic violence risk have drawn on the
traditional justice principles of punishment, deterrence, incapacitation and rehabilitation.
The use of these approaches has changed as evidence has accumulated that neither the threat of
punishment, nor treatment, is curtailing the risk posed by very dangerous offenders.
Emerging approaches to risk assessment and management include a focus on offender surveillance,
individualised and comprehensive approaches to treatment, and outcome-orientated partnerships that 
integrate policing and judicial responses with health and welfare services.
Preliminary research suggests that interventions responsive to both perpetrator risk and need are more likely
to be effective than interventions that adopt a standardised approach.
The social connectedness of the perpetrator is a primary determinant of both his risk and his need, and
further research is needed into interventions that reduce risk by addressing the complex needs of offenders.

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2012 National Call to Action Institute and Conference Now Open

The theme for this ground breaking experience is "Collective Empowerment, Collective Liberation". The framework for the NCTA Institute and Conference is based on the following guiding principles:

* Uniting women of color across ethnicity, race, age, citizenship, sexual orientation, disability, body type, faith, discipline, and locality for collective survival.

* Inspiring those working to be allies to aim for collective liberation in challenging racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, heterosexism, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia, ageism and other forms of oppression and bias.

The 2012 National Call to Action offers 2-Day Institute (one for Women of Color, one for Men, and one for White Women Aspiring Allies) with joint keynotes throughout, and a 2-Day Conference bringing all groups together for workshops, plenaries, and a Cultural Cabaret and Marketplace.

This unique Institute and Conference will feature 5 Major Topics Impacting Women of Color: 

  • Tribal Sovereignty
  • Trafficking
  • Homicide
  • Gender Identity
  • Immigration

Additional subjects include self-care, economic justice, anti-oppression, building multicultural alliances, leadership and capacity building, and other key topics.




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Radio Internacional Feminista presenta su más reciente producción "Aquí no entra la violencia contra las mujeres", una serie que consiste en 10 microprogramas y 5 cuñas que abordan distintas manifestaciones de esta problemática, que afecta la vida de las mujeres en el plano físico, emocional, patrimonial y laboral.

La serie, y el material gráfico elaborado para esta producción, son de libre descarga. Puede distribuirlos en su radio, comunidad, centro educativo o grupo de trabajo.


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Women's Law Project

You’ve probably recently heard about the Virginia ultrasound bill, but did you realize Pennsylvania has a bill pending that’s even worse? The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is poised to take up HB1077, the disingenuously titled “Women’s Right to Know Act.”  Are you ready to stop the cruel, demeaning attacks on women in Pennsylvania? Sign the petition and urge your representative to vote NO on HB 1077 and stop this demeaning and unnecessary bill from becoming law in Pennsylvania.  Click here to find your PA Representative.

Open Letter to the PA legislature...

PETITION:  Stop Pennsylvania's Mandatory Ultrasound Bill  

By Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates (Contact)



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Hasta 25 restos de mujeres desaparecidas en Semefo de Juárez 

Por Gladis Torres Ruiz 

México, DF, 27 feb 12 (CIMAC).- Madres y familiares de jóvenes desaparecidas en Ciudad Juárez, que permanecen en plantón frente a la Fiscalía local, exigieron a la procuradora General de la República, Marisela Morales; al gobernador de Chihuahua, César Duarte, y al fiscal estatal, Carlos Manuel Salas, les expliquen a cuántas y a qué personas pertenecen los restos óseos localizados entre diciembre de 2011 y enero de 2012, en el Valle de Juárez.
Encabezadas por María García Reynosa, madre de Jessica Leticia Peña García, desaparecida en 2010 y cuyos restos fueron recientemente identificados y entregados el viernes pasado, las madres cumplen hoy cuatro días frente a la dependencia junto con los restos de la niña de 15 años en un féretro. Advirtieron que no se moverán de ahí hasta obtener una respuesta.

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Find Event in Your Area

San Francisco: 

Thursday, Mar. 8, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Gather at 11:00 a.m. and walk the Golden Gate Bridge at 11:30 a.m.
An international event organized through Women for Women International, which celebrates the strength of women working for equality, justice, and peace. We will be raising money for female survivors of war.
Participation is free, but donations are encouraged
Crissy Field, Warming Hut/West Bluff Picnic Area, San Francisco Presidio

60 Second Introduction to Join Me on the Bridge from Women for Women International .

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 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

see video...

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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


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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