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.
- Bureau of Justice Statistics – Corrections
- Bureau of Prisons
- Center for Children’s Law & Policy (Youth Facilities) – Practice Manual
- California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation
- Dignity & Power Now
- ICE Detention Facilities
- National Commission on Correctional Healthcare
- National Institute of Corrections – PREA
- PREA FAQs
- PREA Resource Center
- PREA Toolkit for Jails
- The Sentencing Project
- Vera Institute – Corrections
- Women and Prison
Resources for working with LGBTQ survivors:
- Relevant PREA Standards
- The Equity Project
- GLBT National Help Center
- GLBT National Helpline – Free counseling and Information National Toll Free 1-888-843-4564
- LGBTQI Terminology
- LGBTI 101 Curriculum developed by Just Detention International
- Basic Competencies for Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Clients
- Los Angeles LGBT Center
- National Center for Lesbian Rights
- National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs – Based in New York City, provides TA and support for local and developing LGBTQ anti-violence projects.
- National Institute of Corrections Resource Card
- Northwest Network – Based in Seattle, WA, provides TA to SA and DV service providers on working with LGBTQ communities. Clearinghouse of resources available on website.
- PREA Resource Center on pat searches for trans inmates video
- Prisoner Advisory Committee
- Transgender Intersex Justice Project
- Transgender Youth & The Prison Industrial Complex Flow Chart