As mentioned in an earlier post, Green Dot comes to California, CALCASA is excited to collaborate with Green Dot, et. cetera, Inc., sponsored by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), to bring the program to CALCASA Member Agencies.  After receiving 20 requests for proposals, we are excited to announce that the eight pilot sites have been selected!

The quality of the applications CALCASA received was very high and we had great difficulty narrowing down so many strong proposals to just 8 agencies, however, we are excited to welcome the following 8 centers as Green Dot Pilot Sites:

  • Antelope Valley Domestic Violence Council – Los Angeles County
  • Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Coalition (DVSAC) – Nevada County
  • North County Rape Crisis and Child Protection Center – Santa Barbara County
  • PEACE for Families – Placer County
  • Rape Crisis Intervention and Prevention – Butte, Glenn and Tehama County
  • Verity – Sonoma County
  • Women’s Crisis Support~Defensa de Mujeres – Santa Cruz County
  • YWCA of Silicon Valley – Santa Clara County

During the next year, CALCASA and the selected agencies will explore how Green Dot works, learn lessons about implementation and evaluate how this program can support California’s rape crisis centers.

Congratulations to these centers and we look forward to the new adventures this program will offer!


CALCASA is pleased to initiate the Green Dot Pilot Project sponsored by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).  Green Dot is a a comprehensive model of violence prevention that emphasizes the role of bystanders in addressing power-based personal violence (sexual assault, dating violence, stalking). This model targets all community members as potential bystanders, and seeks to engage them, through awareness, education and skills practice in proactive behaviors that establish intolerance of violence as the norm, as well as reactive interventions in high-risk situations-resulting in the ultimate reduction of violence. You can hear more about Green Dot here.

California Rape Crisis Centers have the opportunity to apply to be one of the eight (8) CDPH/Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) Program grantees to serve as pilot sites to implement the Green Dot Pilot Program in their local communities. Each pilot site will receive technical assistance, training and a contract for $4,500 for the period of May 15, 2011 to September 30 2011 to assist in the preparation to launch this campaign.

You can download the Request for Proposals (RFP) here. Please make sure to read the information completely before submitting the completed forms.

To learn more about Green Dot, you can download the following documents:

Please feel free to contact Cindy Marroquin or David Lee if you have any questions.

Arte Sana, is a non-profit organization that provides training resources, community education and support for survivors of sexual and domestic violence in [email protected] communities through cyber activism.  Using arts to promote healing and empowerment for survivors, Arte Sana states that:

By providing services to improve the quality of life of survivors of gender violence and racism, we strive to prevent violence in our communities. Arte Sana believes in the intrinsic healing power of art and culture. We believe that violence risk reduction programs and services must be culturally competent and linguistically appropriate. Arte Sana is committed to the value of indigenous leadership and collaboration sin fronteras (without borders).

Arte Sana’s bilingual website offers resources in Spanish and English for advocates working in [email protected] communities and survivors. Arte Sana strives to provide bilingual resources that are culturally and linguistically appropriate services to [email protected] communities but also celebrates and honors our cultures, traditions and language.

2011 marks the 10th anniversary for Arte Sana and their work in [email protected] communities. We take this time to honor the work of Arte Sana and Executive Director, Laura Zapata, and thier committment to:

proactively promote the link between art and healing with the intent of focusing on predominately underserved populations. By providing services to improve the quality of life of survivors of gender and racial-based violence, Arte Sana hoped to not only heal current wounds, but prevent new ones as well.

To learn more about Arte Sana’s history, you can access their Timeline: Lucha, Logros y Solidaridad (Struggle, accomplishments and sloidarity) here.

You can learn more about Arte Sana and the resources they offer here.


Legal Momentum and the Vera Institute of Justice have created an advocacy tool kit focusing on law enforcement’s use of the U-Visas. Sameera Hafiz, Senior Staff Attorney at Legal Momentum says:

This tool-kit provides law enforcement with legal information, model policies, FAQs, a flow chart and other relevant information in developing U-visa certification policies.  We hope this will be a helpful tool as you advocate with law enforcement agencies to adopt U-visa policies and seek justice for immigrant survivors.

Click here to download the Toolkit for Law Enforcement Use of U-Visas.

With Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) just around the corner, Verity, formerly known as United Against Sexual Assault of Sonoma County, is excited to share some of the events they have lined up for SAAM 2011.  Verity’s Executive Director, Christine Castillo, talks about the various events they are hosting as well as the many collaboration efforts they are excited about this year. Some of those events include a traveling clothesline remembering victims/survivors of sexual assault as well as:

  • April 5, 2011 – Sonoma County Board of Supervisor’s proclaim April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month throughout Sonoma County
  • April 12, 2011 – “Walk a Mile in her Shoes” event.  Participants include law enforcement, District Attorney’s office, and members of the Board of Supervisors.
  • May 2011 – “Take Back the Night” event hosted by a Sonoma State University Sorority.

You can hear more Verity’s Executive Director, Christine Castillo, in the video below.

Guest post from Monica Ramirez from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)

Migrant farmworker women and other low wage immigrant women face sexual harassment and sexual violence in the workplace at alarming rates.  Despite the gravity of the problem, few women have ever come forward to seek justice for the wrongs committed against them.  These women are often afraid, unfamiliar with their rights and isolated.  In an attempt to stop these abuses and to educate community members about their rights in the face of this problem, community groups, non-profit legal organizations, anti-sexual violence advocates, community activists, and many other groups throughout the United States will join together to speak out against this problem and to conduct educational programs to inform farmworker and low-wage immigrant community members of their rights and the community resources available to help victims. [click to continue…]

SAAM Highlight: The Bandana Project Campaign