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.

For more information about our technical assistance program, please contact CALCASA at [email protected].


PREA Resources

Archived Webinars

Publications + Materials:

General Resources:

Resources for working with LGBTQ survivors:

CALCASA and JDI California Advancing PREA Project Modules

Advocacy for All


Services and Scenarios