- We Are Still Here: Serving Incarcerated Survivors During COVID-19
- Beyond Basic Services
- The Role of the Advocate for County Jails
- Serving Youth Survivors in Detention
- Providing Rape Crisis Services to Survivors in County Jails
- Training Your Advocates to Work with Incarcerated Survivors
- Accompanying Incarcerated Survivors at Forensic Exams
- CDCR Conservation Camps
- Sustaining Our Services, Sustaining Ourselves
- Trauma Responses in Detention
- I Carry Your Words With Me: Meaningful Written Correspondence for Incarcerated Survivors
- Receiving Phone Calls from Incarcerated Survivors
- Introduction to Year Four of CA Advancing PREA: Chasing the Work
- Expanding the Movement: Incarcerated Male Survivors
- Conversations from the Field: Incarcerated Survivors with Mental Illness
- CA Advancing PREA Project: Update
- Understanding Corrections Culture
- Working with Incarcerated Survivors with Disabilities
Publications + Materials
- COVID-19 Client Sample Letter (California) PDF | DOCX
- COVID-19 Client Sample Letter (General) PDF | DOCX
- Group Agreements – Form
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation – Infographic English | Español
- Privileged Correspondence Labels CA Evid. 1035.4 – Print on Avery 5160
- Access for All: A Guide for Serving Incarcerated Survivors (updated version)
- Advocacy for All: An Introduction to Serving Incarcerated Survivors | FACILITATOR’S GUIDE
- “Help is Available” Posters for CDCR
- MOU Template for Emotional Support
- Exhibit A
- Exhibit E2- Rape Crisis Counselor/Victim Advocate Information Sheet
- CA Advancing PREA Project Modules
- Clarifying the Roles of Advocates and Therapists in Detention
Resources + References
- Just Detention International: Just Detention International is a health and human rights organization that seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of detention.
- PREA Resource Center:The PREA Resource Center aim is to provide assistance to those responsible for state and local adult prisons and jails, juvenile facilities, community corrections, lockups, tribal organizations, and inmates and their families in their efforts to eliminate sexual abuse in confinement.
- Bureau of Justice Statistics: The Bureau of Justice Statistics mission is to collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. These data are critical to federal, state, and local policymakers in combating crime and ensuring that justice is both efficient and evenhanded.
- California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR): The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is the agency of the government of California responsible for the operation of the California state prison and parole systems. Their mission is to enhance public safety through safe and secure incarceration of offenders, effective parole supervision, and rehabilitative strategies to successfully reintegrate offenders into our communities.
- Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ): The Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) provides education and treatment to California’s youthful offenders up to the age of 25 who have the most serious criminal backgrounds and most intense treatment needs. Under CDCR, DJJ’s mission is to enhance public safety through safe and secure incarceration of offenders, effective parole supervision, and rehabilitative strategies to successfully reintegrate offenders into our communities.
- Bureau of Prisons:The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is in charge of ensuring federal prisons are safe, humane, cost-efficient, and secure. It is responsible for more than 200,000 inmates and early 400,000 employees.
- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE):Immigration and Customs Enforcement enforces federal laws governing border control, customs, trade, and immigration.
- National Commission on Correctional Healthcare:The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the standard of care in the field of correctional health care in the United States.
About the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
CALCASA works to develop legislative and systems policy change that supports survivors and increases the capacity of institutions and community partners. This uniquely positions CALCASA to advocate on behalf of incarcerated survivors of sexual assault, as well as our member agencies who serve them. Our local, national, and international work informs our advocacy on policy changes and capacity development for programs, always keeping at the forefront what is best for survivors.
CALCASA partners with other national leaders to work with prisons, jails, immigration detention centers and juvenile facilities throughout CA to develop best practices for responding to survivors of sexual violence in detention. CALCASA supports the development of community based, culturally specific models of addressing and preventing sexual violence. The foundation for CALCASA’s Technical Assistance strategies is using a survivor-centered approach when addressing these issues.
In 2015, CALCASA partnered with Just Detention International (JDI) for the groundbreaking California Advancing PREA Project, the goal of which is to bring the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) into compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). The California Advancing PREA Project provided hands-on technical assistance for both CDCR and CA rape crisis centers with state prisons in their service area. Advancing PREA builds rape crisis centers’ capacity for serving incarcerated survivors via several day-long trainings and one-on-one technical assistance, as well as by facilitating the MOU process with each prison to ensure incarcerated survivors have access to emotional support services and advocacy. A PREA toolkit is forthcoming from the project, but helpful resources for advocates are available in the “Resources” tab.
CALCASA also provides ongoing technical assistance to CA rape crisis centers serving incarcerated survivors in a range of facilities. Our methods of training & technical assistance include: web conference, consultation, training, policy review, and more.