CALCASA and JDI are pleased to announce the completion of the California Advancing PREA Project Modules. CALCASA and JDI have been offering support and guidance to all rape crisis centers on how to build strong relationships with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) staff and how to create sustainable agreements and protocols for the provision of services to survivors who are incarcerated. The focus of the project is to support advocates and prison staff to better understand each others roles and culture, build capacity of rape crisis centers and prisons to provide trauma-informed and empowerment-based services, and develop a program of services for survivors that is sustainable.

 

The modules are designed to provide advocates with training on how to support incarcerated survivors. These modules address U.S. detention, bias, and The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). The modules will provide an overview of the PREA standards, how PREA applies to survivors and advocates, and how to work with corrections officials. In providing services under PREA, the modules address the specific dynamics in detention, empowering survivors, and available services. Finally, these modules will help advocates troubleshoot challenges and concerns of confidentiality, access to detention facilities, scarcity of resources and crisis intervention.The modules include slides and a facilitator’s guide so that you can lead the trainings for your teams or volunteers.The three modules  build upon each other so you are able to choose depending on your training needs.

 

CALCASA and JDI view this project as a cutting edge example of collaboration and systems change. This project connects some of the most marginalized survivors to resources and support.  Our hope is that these modules help advocates strengthen and build their work to support incarcerated survivors.  Please let CALCASA know about how you are using the modules by contacting Juliana Baez at [email protected]. We look forward to our continued partnership on the California Advancing PREA Project.

 

Click this link to view and download all three modules!

Ya Basta! “Enough is Enough” is the phrase I kept hearing. It wasn’t the first time I’d heard it, but it was the first time I felt it.

 

Hearing Leticia, a janitorial worker, share her story of being raped by her supervisor was powerful and emotional. Her daughter stood by her side in tears, but supporting her mother as Leticia found the strength to finish her story. Leticia is only one of many stories that we hear from women who experience sexual violence in the work place. These women are working to bring food to the table, women who leave late at night and return home in the early morning tired and with no time to rest; these are the women who so often are forgotten about, mistreated, and violated by supervisors who know how bad they need this job. These women luchan (fight) to make ends meet.

 

IMG_6609These real life stories reminded me of the many privileges that I have. Many of us work in nice buildings and very rarely do we think about those that come after hours to clean. I heard Sandra, CALCASA’s Executive Director stand before all those present that night and call us to action: “We have to bring those that are most marginalized out of the shadows. It is our responsibility.” It is statements and actions like those that create and define a movement. After watching and hearing the stories of so many woman janitors, I will never be able to see a building and not think about what happens when the lights turn off and the night shift begins.

 

I’m going to act and experience what it’s like to work on the night shift. And I am committed to continuing to shine a light on the reality of these women’s lives. I’m nervous about what to expect, but I also realize that this is only a glimpse of what janitorial workers live everyday as they work the night shift. In the great words of Dolores Huerta ,“the great social justice changes in our country have happened when people came together, organized, and took direct action. It is this right that sustains and nurtures our democracy today.” By taking action I can better understand the isolation of their work, become a better advocate for workers, and support these workers in demanding a healthy and safe work place.

 

It is my hope that we live these words and come together and support janitorial workers as they fight for a better work environment free from sexual violence. Ya Basta!

Ya Basta!: Activism on the Night Shift