Join CALCASA during the 33rd Annual Research and Treatment Conference, sponsored by the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California, October 29 through November 1, 2014.  CALCASA was recently featured on ATSA’s blog titled Got Prevention? The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault Certainly Does! for ATSA’s journal Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment.Screenshot 2014-09-08 11.49.39

CALCASA is participating in a free event on “Understanding Sexual Abuse & Sexual Assault: Causes, Consequences and Prevention” prior to the conference on Tuesday, October 28 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. This is a free event and will curate a conversation about sexual abuse, sexual assault, and the prevention of sexual violence with panels of leading experts in the field.

In addition, on Wednesday, October 29 from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm, CALCASA’s Executive Director, Sandra Henriquez, and Director of Advocacy Services, Denice Labertew, will be presenting a pre-conference institute titled “Keeping the Victim at the Forefront: Collaboration Between Victim Advocacy and Sex Offender Management”. This workshop will look at the important role that victim advocates can play in the management of sex offenders. In gaining an understanding of the distinct purposes and functions of victim advocates and those working within sex offender treatment and management, partnerships that keep victims/survivors at the center can be formed.

We highly encourage participation at this conference and public event. Please share with your staff, board, and community partners.

For more information, event updates, and how to register, please visit www.ATSA.com/publicevent. You can also register for the full conference at www.ATSA.com.

Lately there has been a great deal of news coverage surrounding California’s Public Safety Realignment Act and how it will affect crime and victim’s rights in local communities. Realignment is a relatively new policy, so the full impact is still unclear. Below are some resources that provide background on Realignment, demographic information and ways to connect to your local Community Corrections Partnership.

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Week of July 4, 2011

Below is a summary of actions filed on legislation that CALCASA is currently tracking as of July 4th. The list includes bills that CALCASA is supporting and opposing. We included links to each bill, so that you can read the text. Help CALCASA push our legislative agenda by signing up and Taking Action!

AB 12 (Swanson D)   Abolition of Child Commerce, Exploitation, and Sexual Slavery Act of 2011.
Status: 7/7/2011-Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 12:15 p.m.
Location: 7/7/2011-A. ENROLLED
Summary:
Would enact the Abolition of Child Commerce, Exploitation, and Sexual Slavery Act of 2011, and would require that a person who is convicted of seeking to procure or procuring the sexual services of a prostitute, if the prostitute is under 18 years of age, be ordered to pay an additional fine not to exceed $25,000 to be available upon appropriation by the Legislature to fund programs and services for commercially sexually exploited minors in the counties where the underlying offenses are committed.

AB 44 (Logue R)   Inmates: release: notification.
Status: 7/6/2011-From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (July 5). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
Location: 7/6/2011-S. APPR.
Summary:
Current law requires the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, when releasing prisoners on parole who have been convicted of a violent felony, as defined, or certain other felonies, as specified, to notify the law enforcement agency and the district attorney having jurisdiction over the community in which the person was convicted and also the law enforcement agency and district attorney having jurisdiction over the community in which the person is scheduled to be released. This bill would require that notification be sent 60 days prior to the scheduled release date of an inmate . The bill would conform the timeline for local comments to the longer notification period, as specified. This bill contains other related provisions and other current laws.

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Week of June 27, 2011

Below is a summary of actions filed on legislation that CALCASA is currently tracking as of June 27th. The list includes bills that CALCASA is supporting and opposing. We included links to each bill, so that you can read the text. Help CALCASA push our legislative agenda by signing up and Taking Action!

AB 12 (Swanson D)   Abolition of Child Commerce, Exploitation, and Sexual Slavery Act of 2011.
Status: 6/27/2011-In Assembly. Ordered to Engrossing and Enrolling.
Location: 6/27/2011-A. ENROLLMENT
Summary:
Would enact the Abolition of Child Commerce, Exploitation, and Sexual Slavery Act of 2011, and would require that a person who is convicted of seeking to procure or procuring the sexual services of a prostitute, if the prostitute is under 18 years of age, be ordered to pay an additional fine not to exceed $25,000 to be available upon appropriation by the Legislature to fund programs and services for commercially sexually exploited minors in the counties where the underlying offenses are committed.

AB 13 (Knight R)   Public school volunteers.
Status: 6/29/2011-In committee: Set second hearing. Failed passage. Reconsideration granted.
Location: 6/29/2011-S. ED.
Summary:
Would specify that each of these provisions applies to charter schools. The bill would also authorize a school district, county office of education, or charter school to request a local law enforcement agency to conduct an automated records check of a prospective nonteaching volunteer aide in order to ascertain whether that person has been convicted of a felony controlled substance offense that involves a minor or a violent or serious felony, as specified. The bill would additionally prohibit persons who have been convicted of violent or serious felonies, specified sex offenses, or felony controlled substance offenses, as specified, from serving as nonteaching volunteer aides , but would provide that a person would not be prohibited from serving as a nonteaching volunteer aide solely because of a conviction of a controlled substance offense that involves a minor or a violent or serious felony 5 years after the date of that conviction . This bill contains other current laws.

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Week of June 20, 2011

Below is a summary of actions filed on legislation that CALCASA is currently tracking as of June 20th. The list includes bills that CALCASA is supporting and opposing. We included links to each bill, so that you can read the text. Help CALCASA push our legislative agenda by signing up and Taking Action!

 

AB 12 (Swanson D)   Abolition of Child Commerce, Exploitation, and Sexual Slavery Act of 2011.
Status: 6/22/2011-Ordered to special consent calendar.
Location: 6/22/2011-S. CONSENT CALENDAR
Summary:
Would enact the Abolition of Child Commerce, Exploitation, and Sexual Slavery Act of 2011, and would require that a person who is convicted of seeking to procure or procuring the sexual services of a prostitute, if the prostitute is under 18 years of age, be ordered to pay an additional fine not to exceed $25,000 to be available upon appropriation by the Legislature to fund programs and services for commercially sexually exploited minors in the counties where the underlying offenses are committed .

AB 13 (Knight R)   Public school volunteers.
Status: 6/20/2011-In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
Location: 6/8/2011-S. ED.
Summary:
Would specify that each of these provisions applies to charter schools. The bill would also authorize a school district, county office of education, or charter school to request a local law enforcement agency to conduct an automated records check of a prospective nonteaching volunteer aide in order to ascertain whether that person has been convicted of a felony controlled substance offense that involves a minor or a violent or serious felony, as specified. The bill would additionally prohibit persons who have been convicted of violent or serious felonies, specified sex offenses, or felony controlled substance offenses, as specified, from serving as nonteaching volunteer aides , but would provide that a person would not be prohibited from serving as a nonteaching volunteer aide solely because of a conviction of a controlled substance offense that involves a minor or a violent or serious felony 5 years after the date of that conviction . This bill contains other current laws.

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Week of June 6, 2011

Below is a summary of actions filed on legislation that CALCASA is currently tracking as of June 6th. The list includes bills that CALCASA is supporting and opposing. We included links to each bill, so that you can read the text. Help CALCASA push our legislative agenda by signing up and Taking Action!

AB 13 (Knight R)   Public school volunteers.
Status: 6/8/2011-Referred to Coms. on ED. and PUB. S.
Location: 6/8/2011-S. ED.
Summary:
Would specify that each of these provisions applies to charter schools. The bill would also authorize a school district, county office of education, or charter school to request a local law enforcement agency to conduct an automated records check of a prospective nonteaching volunteer aide in order to ascertain whether that person has been convicted of a felony controlled substance offense that involves a minor or a violent or serious felony, as specified. The bill would additionally prohibit persons who have been convicted of violent or serious felonies, specified sex offenses, or felony controlled substance offenses, as specified, from serving as nonteaching volunteer aides , but would provide that a person would not be prohibited from serving as a nonteaching volunteer aide solely because of a conviction of a controlled substance offense that involves a minor or a violent or serious felony 5 years after the date of that conviction . This bill contains other current laws.

AB 90 (Swanson D)   Human trafficking: minors.
Status: 6/8/2011-Referred to Com. on PUB. S.
Location: 6/8/2011-S. PUB. S.
Summary:
Would provide that a person who deprives or violates another person’s liberty with the intent to effect or maintain the felony of making available to another person a person under 16 years of age for the purpose of any lewd or lascivious act, or the felony of the procurement of minors in the preparation of material depicting sexual conduct by a minor, is guilty of human trafficking. This bill contains other related provisions and other current laws.

AB 142 (Fuentes D)   Criminal procedure: pleas.
Status: 6/8/2011-Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
Location: 6/8/2011-S. THIRD READING
Summary:
Current law requires the court, prior to the acceptance of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, to advise the defendant that if he or she is not a citizen, conviction of the crime charged may result in deportation, exclusion from admission to the United States, or denial of naturalization. This bill would additionally require the court to advise the defendant that, if he or she is deported from the United States and returns illegally, he or she could be charged with a separate federal offense. The bill would make other conforming changes.

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Friday Policy Update – Week of June 6th