Month: January, 2013

Confronting Sex Trafficking In South Dakota Workshop

Monday, January 28, 2013

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Protection Orders and Full Faith and Credit Webinar for SD Participants

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Date:  Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Time:  1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Location:  Your Desk

Registration Closes:  Monday, January 28, 2013 or when filled

A webinar is an online seminar and requires access to the internet to connect.  You must select one of the following audio options upon connecting to the webinar:

1)    Teleconference:   You will be responsible for long distance charges for a phone call to Texas.  The cost will depend on your phone company/long distance carrier rates and the duration of your phone call.  Phone lines are limited.

2)    Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP):  Provides free audio through the internet.  Speakers are required.

Faculty:  Hon. Steven D. Aycock (Ret.), Judge-in-Residence, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Reno, Nevada; Millicent Shaw-Phipps, Managing Attorney, Monica N. Player, Attorney Advisor, and Sarah Henry, Attorney Advisor, National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit (NCPOFFC)

Audience:  South Dakota participants only!

Content:  The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and the National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit (NCPOFFC) invite you to the first in a series of three webinars on issues related to protection orders in South Dakota – tribal and state jurisdiction, requirements for full faith and credit, and enforcement issues including firearms, economic relief and custody provision in protection orders.  Civil protection orders are an important tool for securing safety for victims of domestic violence.  To maximize victim safety and offender accountability in inter-jurisdictional situations, it is critical that these orders be enforceable across state/tribal boundaries.  Crafting protection orders that will be granted full faith and credit in other jurisdictions requires specialized knowledge and commitment by those involved in both issuing and enforcing the orders.  This first webinar will focus on jurisdictional issues involving protection orders.  Discussion will include the role of courts, law enforcement, advocates and attorneys in facilitating enforcement of protection orders. Specific information on key elements for courts on crafting protection orders that are enforceable across jurisdictional lines will be provided.  Presenters will review the federal law (Violence Against Women Act) regarding full faith and credit, and will examine tribal law and South Dakota state law as it relates to VAWA.  Participants will gain a better understanding of the federal, state and tribal laws concerning full faith and credit, and will be provided tips on increasing enforceability of protection orders across state and tribal boundaries.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credit for Attorneys:  NCPOFFC is not an approved CLE provider.  However, upon request, we will provide webinar materials, if available, to those applying for CLE credit with their state bar.   Please check with your state bar for CLE requirements and related fees.

Registration:  Registration is on a first come first served basis.  There is no charge to register for this webinar.  This webinar is open to OVW Grants to Encourage Arrest (GTEA) Grantees, and the general public in South Dakota only!

  • GTEA Grantees:  You will need to enter your OVW-issued grant number to register for this training.
  • General Public/Other OVW Grantees:  You will need to enter 2011-WEAX-1801 to register for this training.

If you do not receive a confirmation/webinar instructions email within a few minutes of registering, it has likely gone to your Spam or Junk Mail folder.  Please add emailservice@ilinc.com to your list of safe addresses.  If you have problems registering for this event, please contact BWJP (technicalassistance@bwjp.org) with questions.  If you have questions about the content of the webinar, please contact NCPOFFC via email at ncffc@bwjp.org, and type “FFC” in the subject line.

Register Here:  http://bwjp.ilinc.com/register/jxbhwbr

THE ABOVE LINK WILL DIRECT YOU TO OUR WEBINAR PROVIDER (ILINC) FOR COMPLETION OF REGISTRATION.


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Trafficking in Humans: Capitalism at Its Worst

Friday, January 11, 2013

In 2013, we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation ending legal slavery in the United States. But slavery isn't only a painful and tragic fact of our national history; it persists even today in the U.S. and around the world. Now we call it trafficking.

 

Human trafficking is a big, global industry. It generates at least $32 billion per year worldwide--more than Nike, Google, and Starbucks combined. The U.S. is both a source and a destination for human beings who are trafficked.

 

The United Nations defines human trafficking as "the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation." [The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, (2000), supplementing the United Nations Convention Against Organized Crime].

 

Almost 60% of trafficked victims into the United States are females and almost 50% are children. Women and girls who are trafficked are often sexually exploited, forced to work in domestic services, factories, farm labor, or as mail order brides or workers in the pornography and commercial sex industries.

 

Although this is an international problem, it is also a local problem here in the U.S. Traffickers recruit or abduct victims wherever they find vulnerable children or adults: large shopping malls, sporting events, in the aftermath of natural disasters, on the street, online, and in situations of extreme poverty or armed conflict. Immigrants, refugees, runaways, sexual abuse survivors, and LGBT youth are particularly at risk. They are forced and/or deceived into situations of involuntary servitude.

 

There is a market. There are customers who pay for the labor of enslaved human beings whether as farm or domestic labor or sexual services providers. There are people who hold other humans in bondage in order to profit from their labor. For the procurer or pimp, this business is lucrative: one human being forced to work as a sex slave can make a pimp $250K per year.

 

Slavery is as old as recorded history. But we must not kid ourselves that slavery is no longer a reality in our enlightened, post-modern world. 27 million people are in slavery around the world today.

 

Perhaps the notion that one human being can own and control another human being will always be a part of the brokenness of our world. But this is not a reality that we have to accept. The U.S. State Department is actively engaged in addressing trafficking both domestically and internationally. Individual states and municipalities are taking action with local laws and services to help victim/survivors escape and have made efforts to prosecute pimps and customers.

 

Here's what you can do:

 

  • Support your elected officials and law enforcement in these efforts.
  • Pay attention to your own neighborhood, faith community and family. Support people who are particularly vulnerable in their life situations. Watch for these signs: someone (1) Accompanied by a controlling person or boss; (2) Not speaking on their own behalf; (3) Lack of control over personal schedule, money, house key, I.D., travel documents; (4) Transported to or from work; lives and works in the same place; (5) Debt owed to employer/crew leader; (6) Inability to leave job; or (7) Have bruises, depression, fear, and be overly submissive (U.S. Dept. Of Health and Human Services).If you think someone you know might be a trafficking victim, call theNational Trafficking Resource Center hotline at 1(888) 373-7878 or file a report online.http://www.polarisproject.org/what-we-do/national-human-trafficking-hotline/report-a-tip
  • Confront your friends, co-workers, or family members who are customers of persons forced to work in the sex trade.

 

Trafficking flourishes in the shadows in our communities. Don't think this isn't about you. Don't turn your eyes away. Shine a light and speak out to support victims of trafficking.

 

Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune
FaithTrust Institute

 

www.faithtrustinstitute.org

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National Stalking Awareness Month, 2013 Presidential Proclamation

Thursday, January 3, 2013

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION


Each year, millions of Americans face the fear, isolation, and danger of being victims of stalking. At some point in their lives, 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men will be stalked, and many of these crimes will go unreported and unprosecuted. During National Stalking Awareness Month, we rededicate ourselves to supporting victims of stalking and sharpen our resolve to bring perpetrators to justice.

Stalking is a pattern of unwanted contact that causes victims to fear for their safety or the safety of family members. It can include implied or explicit threats; harassment; or nonconsensual communication through phone calls, text messages, or emails. The perpetrator is usually someone the victim knows. Stalking behaviors may appear innocuous to outside observers, but victims often endure intense physical and emotional distress that affects every aspect of their lives. Many feel forced to move, or change jobs. Tragically, stalking tends to escalate over time, and it is sometimes followed by sexual assault or homicide.

My Administration remains committed to building a robust criminal justice response to stalking -- one that holds offenders accountable, offers protection and support to all victims of violence, and empowers them to break the cycle of abuse. In January 2012, we held the first-ever White House stalking roundtable with survivors, law enforcement officers, victim advocates, and researchers. We have built partnerships with communities across the Nation to implement anti-stalking efforts. And we continue to support nonprofit organizations and local, State, and tribal governments as they develop more effective responses to violence against women -- including direct services, crisis intervention, transitional housing, legal assistance to victims, court improvement, and training for law enforcement and courts.

We are also working to address the threat of cyberstalking. While advances in technology are making this crime more prevalent, they can also pose unique opportunities to address it. Communities are developing new tools that help connect victims to local services, and State governments are updating statutes to further protect people from cyberstalking. Through our Apps Against Abuse challenge, my Administration recognized mobile applications that are empowering people to defend themselves against dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Thanks to the dedicated work of law enforcement officials, community leaders, advocates, organizations, and survivors, our country has made great strides in combating stalking. During National Stalking Awareness Month, we resolve to keep building on this momentum until no American lives in fear of this crime.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 2013 as National Stalking Awareness Month. I call upon all Americans to recognize the signs of stalking, acknowledge stalking as a serious crime, and urge those impacted not to be afraid to speak out or ask for help. Let us also resolve to support victims and survivors, and to create communities that are secure and supportive for all Americans.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

BARACK OBAMA

House GOP blocks Violence Against Women Act

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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Associated Press

Sen. Patty Murray has been the Democratic point person on the Violence Against Women Act.

Congress had a lengthy to-do list as the end of the year approached, with a series of measures that needed action before 2013 began. Some of the items passed (a fiscal agreement, a temporary farm bill), while others didn't (relief funding for victims of Hurricane Sandy).

And then there's the Violence Against Women Act, which was supposed to be one of the year's easy ones. It wasn't.

Back in April, the Senate approvedVAWA reauthorization fairly easily, with a 68 to 31 vote. The bill was co-written by a liberal Democrat (Vermont's Pat Leahy) and a conservative Republican (Idaho's Mike Crapo), and seemed on track to be reauthorized without much of a fuss, just as it was in 2000 and 2005.

But House Republicans insisted the bill is too supportive of immigrants, the LGBT community, and Native Americans -- and they'd rather let the law expire than approve a slightly expanded proposal. Vice President Biden, who helped write the original law, tried to persuade House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to keep the law alive, but the efforts didn't go anywhere.

And so, for the first time since 1994, the Violence Against Women Act is no more. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the Democratic point person on VAWA, said in a statement:

"The House Republican leadership's failure to take up and pass the Senate's bipartisan and inclusive VAWA bill is inexcusable. This is a bill that passed with 68 votes in the Senate and that extends the bill's protections to 30 million more women. But this seems to be how House Republican leadership operates. No matter how broad the bipartisan support, no matter who gets hurt in the process, the politics of the right wing of their party always comes first."

Proponents of the law hope to revive the law in the new Congress, starting from scratch, but in the meantime, there will be far fewer resources available for state and local governments to combat domestic violence.

As for electoral considerations, Republicans lost badly in the 2012 elections, thanks in large part to the largest gender gap in modern times, but if that changed GOP attitudes towards legislation affecting women, the party is hiding it well.

Update: Reader AG asks about the House version that was approved several months ago. AsI reported at the time, the House gutted the bipartisan Senate bill with a watered-down version, which was widely seen by everyone involved as a joke that undermined the interests of victims. It had no support in the Senate and drew a White House veto threat. House Republicans knew this, and instead of revisiting the issue and/or working with the Senate on a compromise, GOP leaders simply decided the law was not a priority. The result was this week's outcome. From: http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/


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