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For immediate release
July 12, 2019
Anti-sexual violence coalitions nationwide condemn the mistreatment of refugees and immigrants held in detention, demand an end to ICE raids, and POC community monitoring.
State and national sexual assault coalitions across the country are united in condemning the separation of children from family members as well as the violence and dehumanizing conditions faced by people being held in detention. The treatment of adults and children while detained in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) migrant detention centers under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is dehumanizing and therefore unacceptable. It must come to an immediate end.
We represent survivors of and advocates against sexual harassment, abuse and assault throughout the country. Many people coming to the U.S. are fleeing from sexual violence in their countries of origin. As advocates, it is incumbent upon us to bear witness and take action against cruelty.
Whereas there are no less than two immigrant detention centers per state, including Puerto Rico, and 184 centers in the state of Texas, we demand accountability from all officials and legislators for the atrocities that continue within these tax-payer funded detention facilities and camps.
Recorded reports of abuse include the following:
Lack of access to clean water and food
Unsanitary living conditions
LGBTQ+ discriminatory behavior
There have also been reports of systemic and widespread sexual harassment, abuse, and assault occurring in ice detention facilities across the nation and only 2 percent of complaints having been investigated, in clear violation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards. According to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) documents, thousands of migrant children have experienced sexual abuse while in U.S. government custody under the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) since 2015.
Reporters have not been allowed to speak with detainees or to record the conditions inside the facilities. Doctors are not able to access important medical records of refugees due to the lack of transparency from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. These agencies’ policies are unacceptable and undermine advocates working to end and prevent violence, who understand that a culture of silence creates a dangerous environment for violence to run rampant and unchecked.
It is imperative that all legislators, local and national, address the humanitarian crisis at our southern border immediately. We demand the current administration completely end the practice of separating children from their parents and minimize the placement of children and families in detention settings that expose them to further traumatization and dangerous living conditions. Additionally, legislators must work together to support policies that reduce obstacles to good-faith asylum claims, and avoid creating new ones.
We ask our supporters to contact their legislators regarding this statement and mention the concerns we have listed. We demand an end to secrecy by all immigration agencies and an end to the inhumane conditions that refugees are forced to endure inside detention centers and camps. We want an end to U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) raids that unfairly target communities of color and funnel more people into the inhumane conditions within DHS detention facilities. We urge all legislators to take a bipartisan, humanitarian position by acting to protect immigrants and refugees within our borders. Human rights, and the dignity of every person, are not partisan issues.
Other actions include supporting and reaching out to the sponsors of crucial legislation such as:
The Northern Triangle and Border Stabilization Act Of 2019 (H.R. 3524), which requires better treatment of detained children at the border, including by setting standards for CBP facilities and directing the hiring of child welfare professionals.
The Child Trafficking Victims Protection And Welfare Act (S. 661), which provides for the safe and appropriate treatment of children in CBP custody by requiring at least one licensed child welfare professional at ports of entry and border patrol stations that regularly hold a large number of children. The bill also provides minimum standards of care for children in CBP custody.
Together, we can prevent the continued sexual harassment, abuse, and assault of all persons regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or documentation status.
Alas: Alianza Latina En Contra La Agresión Sexual
Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault
California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Connecticut Alliance To End Sexual Violence
Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA)
Florida Council Against Sexual Violence
Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence
Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Jane Doe Inc. (Massachusetts)
Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Montana Coalition Against Domestic And Sexual Violence
National Alliance To End Sexual Violence
New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic And Sexual Violence
New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault
New Mexico Coalition Of Sexual Assault Programs, Inc.
New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Nevada Coalition to END Domestic and Sexual Violence
Ohio Alliance To End Sexual Violence
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA)
Vermont Network Against Domestic And Sexual Violence
Virginia Sexual And Domestic Violence Action Alliance
Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs
ACESDV was contacted by a survivor who has been working with attorneys, advocates, and academics to raise awareness and bring an end to a traumatic practice referred to as ‘court-ordered rape,’ or invasive gynecological exams that survivors of sexual assault are ordered to endure in the course of proceedings against their perpetrators.
- Villanova University Professor of Law Michelle Madden Dempsey provides preliminary legal research into ‘court-ordered rape’
- National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse panel discussion on ‘court-ordered rape’
If you are a survivor who has been ordered to undergo such an exam, you can access free, confidential help by reaching out to ACESDV’s Sexual and Domestic Violence Services Helpline by calling 602-279-2900 or through our online chat: www.acesdv.org/helpline.
A community member shares with us how they talk about consent with their partner:
I wanted to share a story of honest and open communication between me and my partner. We are both closer to 40, than 30. Therefore, have had time to exercise our respective appetites. A few months ago, I asked if they were satisfied with our sex life. I thought this is an opportunity to have an open, honest discussion about pleasure and intimacy deepening our sexual bond. However, my partner took offense at the question and began telling me that we did not need to talk about it because if they did not express anything being wrong then, I was to assume everything was good. This did not compute for me. I expressed, that that logic does not make sense to me and I would like to have a conversation, not based on assumption, but a verbal exchange. They agreed to have the conversation and what we found was that while mutual satisfaction was part of the conversation, there was some insecurity on my part which also bubbled to the surface. Finally, the discussion turned to comfort and assumption. I let my partner know that I never want to make them uncomfortable or obligated, therefore, I will never assume and always ask. They said that was not necessary and I said for me, it is very necessary. The ability to say yes or no at any time, with no hurt feelings, regret or shame is very important. I used several of the questions from the Sex Turned Up conversation guide to navigate through the conversation. Although, it was difficult to begin the conversation, having it was eye opening for both of us and the outcome of the conversation, has been extremely positive! Thank you for letting me share my story of health sex and sexuality.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Juana Galeno
SEXUAL AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVORS, ADVOCATES AND ALLIES TO BE HONORED
9th Annual Thrive Gala and Awards Dinner to Celebrate Their Work
(April 22, 2019 – Phoenix, AZ) The Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence will honor sexual and domestic violence survivors, advocates and allies with awards in six categories at the Thrive Gala and Awards Dinner presented by PetSmart Charities on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale. The evening begins with an hors d’œuvres reception, unique raffle, and silent auction experience with live entertainment and dancing.
The following individuals were nominated by the community at large and will receive awards named after plants native to the Sonoran Desert that have adapted and thrive despite the harsh climate.
Allie Bones, Office of Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, will receive the Saguaro Award in honor of a lifetime dedicated to ending sexual and domestic violence.
BilliJoy Carson, Kick at Darkness, has been selected as the Three Heart Award recipient, which honors a sexual and/or domestic violence survivor who has turned adversity into triumph by creating positive change in the community.
Sarah Kent, one-n-ten, will receive the Cliff Rose Award, which honors a person for their efforts in sexual and/or domestic violence education, prevention and outreach to culturally specific and/or marginalized communities in Arizona
Patricia Madsen, Community Legal Services, will be the recipient of the Desert Sunflower Award, which honors a person’s non-traditional involvement in the movement to end sexual and/or domestic violence.
Sheronda Jordan, Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, was selected for the Guara Award to honor an advocate’s outstanding efforts in providing direct services to victims of sexual and/or domestic violence in Arizona.
Representative Jennifer Longdon, Arizona Legislative District 24, will be given the Ocotillo Award, which celebrates a person who has identified an issue facing sexual and domestic violence survivors and has championed change to benefit victims.
The Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (ACESDV) works to dismantle oppression and promote equity among all people, focusing on increasing public awareness about sexual and domestic violence and enhancing safety and services for survivors. ACESDV was originally founded as the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 1980, so that concerned citizens and professionals could unite in a statewide organization to end domestic violence. In 2013, the Coalition became the designated dual coalition to address both sexual and domestic violence in Arizona, thus becoming the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. ACESDV provides training and technical assistance to responders, service providers, and community members, engages in public policy advocacy and public awareness initiatives, and provides direct services through their Sexual and Domestic Violence Services Helpline and online chat.
Funds raised from Thrive will support ACESDV’s mission which is to end sexual and domestic violence in Arizona by dismantling oppression and promoting equity among all people. More information can be found on our website: www.acesdv.org/thrivegala. Sponsorships and tables are available for the 9th Annual Thrive Awards and Dinner by calling 602-279-2900 or by emailing email@example.com. Tickets for the Thrive Gala are currently available https://www.acesdv.org/get-tickets/.
For Immediate Release
WITH A NEW $45,000 GRANT FROM PETSMART CHARITIES®, THE AZ COALITION TO END SEXUAL AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE’s BaRC PROJECT IS HELPING TO KEEP SURVIVORS AND PETS TOGETHER
April 5, 2019— Phoenix, AZ – The Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (ACESDV) recently received a $45,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, designed to help keep more survivors and pets together throughout Arizona.
When people are experiencing life changes and challenges such as seeking shelter or services because of sexual or domestic violence, a pet can add an extra layer of both support and healing in addition to complexity and concern. Pet parents in these situations often feel they have no other option but to surrender their beloved pets to local animal welfare organizations when seeking victim services.
With the help of this new grant, the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence is committed to offering solutions that will help pets stay within their loving homes and families. Unfortunately, up to 40% of sexual and domestic violence survivors report they delayed their decision to seek safety and services out of fear for their animals’ safety. ACESDV’s Barrier Reduction Collaborative (BaRC) project offers solutions and support for survivors with pets. The BaRC project helps remove barriers to safety for survivors through funding for pet-related expenses, such as pet rental deposits, transportation of pets, veterinary fees, and pet boarding fees. The BaRC project also provides education and support to sexual and domestic violence programs to better assist survivors with pets.
“We’re thrilled to partner with PetSmart Charities and offer the BaRC project to sexual and domestic violence survivors and the Arizona community as a whole,” said Tasha Menaker, Co-CEO of Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. “Pets provide an incredible source of healing and support for survivors and people who have experienced trauma. This project is removing barriers many survivors face when seeking safety for themselves and their pets.”
“Pets are often a source of strength and comfort, and in many instances can be a deciding factor to seek shelter from an unsafe situation,” said Jenny Aho, regional relationship manager at PetSmart Charities. “As an Arizona-based organization, we are proud to support the work of the ACESDV’s BaRC project, that provides resources to our community which helps bridge the gap to a safer environment for both people and pets.” Funding from PetSmart Charities supports animal welfare organizations and non-profits committed to reducing pet homelessness and enhancing the human-animal bond. For more information, visit www.PetSmartCharities.org.
About the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
The Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (ACESDV) works to dismantle oppression and promote equity among all people, focusing on increasing public awareness about sexual and domestic violence and enhancing safety and services for survivors. ACESDV was originally founded as the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 1980, so that concerned citizens and professionals could unite in a statewide organization to end domestic violence. In 2013, the coalition became the designated dual coalition to address both sexual and domestic violence in Arizona, thus becoming the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. ACESDV provides training and technical assistance to responders, service providers, and community members, engages in public policy advocacy and public awareness initiatives, and provides direct services through their Sexual and Domestic Violence Services Helpline and online chat.
About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps to find forever homes and families for more than 500,000 shelter pets each year. PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to nonprofits aligned with its mission. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting more than $390 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 16 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org.
Tasha Menaker, Co-CEO of ACESDV 24-Hour PetSmart Charities
602-279-2900 ext. 426 Media Line: 623-587-2177
Do you value your relationships with your friends, family, coworkers, or intimate partners? Do you have honest and open conversations with them about sexuality, affection and boundaries? Whether you’ve been working on setting healthy boundaries, or you are a survivor reclaiming your sexuality, we want to hear from you. Submit your story by April 23rd and send to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: SAAM
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month – see our 30 facts for 30 days of SAAM which highlights a statistic, fact, or helpful piece of information about sexual violence for each day of April. We invite you to follow along on our social media platforms as we raise awareness throughout the month or use these facts to post on your own social media pages.
The Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence strongly urges the House Ethics Committee to recommend the expulsion of Representative David Stringer. This is based on Representative Stringer’s racist comments and lack of transparency around previous sex offense indictments. The people of Arizona deserve leadership that instills faith and integrity in the state legislature. This requires high ethical standards and a commitment to represent all constituents. If citizens and survivors cannot trust that sexual and domestic violence related issues will be met without bias or dishonesty, it lessens their confidence in the ability of the State to appropriately respond to community needs in situations of violence. This is especially true for survivors of color, who face significant barriers reporting sexual and domestic violence victimization and accessing appropriate services due to systemic racism and prejudice. It is our hope the House Ethics Committee works swiftly and decisively to restore faith in the integrity of the House of Representatives.
The deadline to submit comments on the proposed Title IX changes has been pushed back to January 30, 2019. In order to do a last push for public comments on this important issue, please review the information below on the proposed changes to Title IX and use the sample tweets to get others to submit comments during our ACESDV Tweetstorm January 28 at noon!
These proposed Title IX changes hurt survivors:
- By limiting the definition of sexual harassment to the point where survivors experiences will be discounted unless they experience endure severe, repeated, or escalating harassment which denies students their schooling and impacts their futures. This means that, under the proposed new definition, schools will be held to a lesser standard in addressing the harassment of students-including minors-under its care than addressing harassment of adult employees.
- Sexual harassment and assault is already widely under-reported. By limiting who can receive a report, students are forced to seek out an authority figure they may never have met and may not be easily accessible. This forces the survivor to discuss the worst experience of their lives to a stranger instead of a school employee with which there may be previous rapport. This is likely to further decrease the amount of reports creating an unsafe overall environment.
- By increasing the burden of proof through setting a higher standard than preponderance of the evidence, the proposed changes tilts proceedings to unfairly benefit respondents, making it even more difficult for those reporting abuse to attain safety.
- By allowing third party cross examinations that creates gross inequities if one party can afford a lawyer and the other cannot.
- By ignoring assault and harassment that happens off campus by students, survivors will have less options and support to deal with the experience caused by a fellow student. This is especially true since 87% of students live off campus. 41% of college sexual assaults involve off-campus parties. Only 8% of rapes occur on school property (NWLC, 2018)
Please join us for our tweetstorm to encourage others to comment on these proposed changes. You can use these sample tweets as a guide:
The administration wants to limit reporting. Tell them no! Survivor’s voices need to be heard #handsoffix #ProtectTitleIX
The proposed TitleIX changes will make schools less responsive to sexual harassment of students then their employees. Stop these changes. #ProtectTitleIX acesdv.org.
Send a message to the administration that the proposed changes to TitleIX make things worse not better for those experiencing campus sexual assault #ProtectTitleIX #HandsoffIX
Campus sexual assault survivors already do not feel safe reporting. The administration wants to make that worse. Stop them #ProtectTitleIX Learn how: HandsOffIX.org
Tell this administration that you #BelieveSurvivors. Submit a comment on the proposed changed to #ProtectTitleIX. Learn more at HandsOffIX.org
Tell the administration it’s time to stop investing on backwards false solutions like their proposed changes to TitleIX. #ProtectTitleIX. Learn more acesdv.org/civicengagenment.
The administration wants to bring the bad days of “boys will be boys” back to campuses with proposed rules changes on Title IX. #ProtectTitleIX by telling them no Learn more acesdv.org/civicengagenment.
With only a couple of days left it is important to make your voice heard by submitting a comment on her proposed Title IX rule. #ProtectTitleIX Learn how: HandsOffIX.org