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Category Archives: Public Policy

The 2017 survey reveals the impact increased immigration enforcement has had on victims experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault. Seven national organizations that work to end domestic violence and sexual assault released the results of the 2017 Advocate and Legal Service Survey Regarding Immigrant Survivors on May 18, 2017. The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based […]

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Services supported by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) make a difference to victims every day. When a survivor chooses to obtain a protective order — a critical safety remedy supported by VAWA — more often than not, it reduces violence. Threats to kill or harm decreased nearly 50 percent. Moderate physical abuse decreased 61 percent and […]

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This week the Department of Labor (DOL) released its final rule[1] requiring employers that receive federal contracts to provide paid sick leave for their employees. DOL estimates 1.15 million federal contract employees will benefit, including hundreds of thousands who are not currently guaranteed a single paid sick day. These workers will join the approximately 11 […]

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By Pierre Berastaín, Assistant Director of Innovation and Engagement and Rebecca De León, Communications and Marketing Coordinator On June 23, 2016, the Supreme Court came to a split decision on Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and extended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA+). The four/four non-decision sends the judgment back to the lower […]

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Originally published by Elizabeth Podnieks, PhD, Professor Emerita at Ryerson University. Click here to visit the Center for Digital Aging’s website. “Imagine all the people Living life in peace” -John Lennon June 15th is the eleventh commemoration of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)! This blog is about the power of imagination … how it […]

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Systems change is a process that involves responding to an instance of lack of language access (for example) and builds on that one experience to create significant change in a system or service. The following steps were outlined through an interview with Enlace Comunitario, a social justice organization led by Latina women located in Albuquerque, […]

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U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women 2016 STOP Administrators & Coalition Directors Joint Meeting Remarks by Z. Ruby White Starr, March 29, 2016 I joined Casa de Esperanza as their Chief Strategy Officer in July of last year after working at various mainstream organizations. Since then I’ve had some time to reflect […]

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By Heidi Notario, Director of Implementation and Social Change Beginning on February 21, 2016, I had the opportunity to attend a week long domestic violence knowledge exchange in China, as part of the U.S. Delegation that brought together a group of experts on this topic. This trip was part of the People to People Exchange […]

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By Andrea Carcamo, Policy Analyst & Legislative Liaison Direct services are a way to help survivors of sexual assault after the fact, but prevention addresses the issue at its root. Although large companies and media outlets have the power to improve the discourse on sexual assault by bringing content to our phones, TVs and computer […]

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By Mónica Ramírez Director of Gender Equity and Advocacy at the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda; Director of Gender Equality and Trabajadoras Empowerment at the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement More than 600,000 women across our nation are responsible for harvesting the fruits and vegetables that we eat every day. We all benefit from their […]

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