CALCASA Attends CA Child Welfare Council’s CSEC Action Team Meeting

Last week, CALCASA staff Adrienne Spires and Jeannette Page attended the California Child Welfare Council's quarterly meeting in Sacramento. Established by law in 2006, the CWC's purpose is to improve and streamline the components of the child welfare system throughout the state and, ultimately, create better outcomes for youth. The CWC consists of representatives from [...]

Walking to School: Schools and Social Change

The definition of civil rights within our schools is in the news again and there is another "Dear Colleague Letter." This time schools are the site of the debate around gender identity. It is clear that schools must play a role in representing opportunity for all and shifting the cultural landscapes that continue to oppress, control [...]

Filing Taxes – well, that was easy!

This week I worked with my tax preparer to file taxes and, while I do not think there is anyone that looks forward to tax season, I was surprised with how simple it was to make my voluntary contribution to the "California Victims Services Fund" on the CA State Tax Return form. You can simply [...]

#TBT Resource You May Have Missed: House Hearing on Campus Sexual Assault

Do you find it challenging to keep up with the latest news, research, and tools related to sexual assault? The national spotlight on sexual assault has led to increasingly rapid developments in the field, some of which have implications for how we serve survivors. Unfortunately, advocates are rarely afforded the luxury of time to read [...]

Time to Mobilize for VOCA Funding

Don’t cut VOCA - Calls Needed Immediately: VOCA Funding for Victims of Crime Under Threat We must make our voices clear and loud right now to sustain VOCA funding While many aspects of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, signed by President Obama this week, are good for vulnerable people, steady funding for the Victims of [...]

Federal Campus Legislation Announced

Today Congresswoman Jackie Speier and Congressman Patrick Meehan, along with a survivor of campus sexual violence and representatives from the bill’s many partners, presented the introduction of the HALT Campus Sexual Violence Act. The National Institution of Justice estimates that over 60% of universities do not fulfill their legal responsibilities in responding to sexual violence [...]