NNEDV Demands Immediate Return of Missing Children

NNEDV Demands Immediate Return of Missing Children

The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) is posting this letter published on June 21, 2018 by KCSDV's national partners National Network to End Domestic Violence. KCSDV stands with its national partners. 

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June 21, 2018


RE: THE PRESIDENT’S EXECUTIVE ORDER ON FAMILY SEPARATION FAILS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS

As an organization that works to end violence, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) was shocked and disheartened that the U.S. government intentionally inflicted irreparable harm on the most vulnerable, including those fleeing sexual and domestic violence, and who were seeking safety for themselves and their children in the United States. The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) practice of detaining children and separating families seeking refuge has been both cruel and inhumane.

Although the President has signed an Executive Order to reverse his Administration’s decision to separate migrating children from their families, this Order does not resolve the compounding issues and uncertainty facing thousands of children and families already affected by the administration’s recent “zero-tolerance” policy.

“Many of the families this administration has torn apart have come to the United States seeking asylum from extreme violence and abuse. We, as a nation, have a moral obligation to protect them,” said NNEDV President and CEO, Kim Gandy.

DHS testified that over a period of just 13 days in May, 658 children were seized and taken away from their parents at the border. These children and their parents have experienced unimaginable trauma. We have seen images of the conditions in which some of the children are being held by DHS, and we have heard of parents who are unable to find or contact their children for weeks after being separated. The Administration’s recent Executive Order does not include a plan to reunite these families, and it is not clear that they have any intention to do so. In addition, the Order evidences an intention to amend the Flores settlement, which established essential baseline protections for children held in detention by the American government.

The President changed this policy because of nationwide outrage, but the crisis is far from over. Thousands of children are still separated from their families, and parents still have no way to contact them. We call on Congress to pass legislation ending the cruel and inhumane treatment of families at the border, limit the length of any detentions, and set standards to ensure that all children and families are treated with respect and humanity. The incarceration of asylum-seeking families is not the answer, and adds further cruelty to the violence many have already suffered.

Legislative responses to this issue must not undermine the rights of domestic violence survivors. Congress must reject current proposals that would erode VAWA self-petition protections, deport survivors who use violence against their abusers, and make it more difficult for survivors fleeing domestic abuse to gain asylum. At this time, we must all come together to recognize the need for a more fair and just immigration system – one that treats all immigrants as deserving of respect and humane treatment, regardless of documentation. Click here for NNEDV’s Action Alert opposing the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act and the Securing America’s Future Act.

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The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), a non-profit charitable organization, is a leading voice for domestic violence victims and their advocates. NNEDV members include the state and territorial coalitions against domestic violence, which include more than 2,000 local programs and serve millions of victims each year. NNEDV has been a premiere national organization advancing the movement against domestic violence for over 25 years, having led efforts to pass the landmark Violence Against Women Act of 1994 and to reauthorize and strengthen countless laws and regulations to increase safety and end violence. To learn more about NNEDV, please visit www.NNEDV.org.


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Coalitions on the Mexico-US Border Issue Statements

Coalitions on the Mexico-US Border Issue Statements

June 21, 2018

The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) is releasing two statements, one by the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) and one by the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV). Both organizations are addressing the immigration crisis in Texas.

Full Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) Statement:

Texas Association Against Sexual Assault

Statement in Opposition to the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018 (H.R. 6136) and the Securing America’s Future Act (H.R. 4760)

June 20, 2018
Contact:
Chris Kaiser
512-474-7190
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The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault is deeply concerned about the safety and welfare of migrants—especially children who are unaccompanied or who have been separated from their families—at our state’s southern border.

Action by our leaders is desperately needed. The President has the authority to change course on his enforcement policy requiring the separation of migrant children from their families, and we urge him to do so. But in the absence of such a reversal, we urge Congress to enact legislation to prohibit family separation, promote the welfare of children, and facilitate safe, fair, and humane treatment of asylum-seekers.

Thus, we write to express serious concerns about the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018, H.R. 6136 (BSIRA) and the Securing America’s Future Act, H.R. 4760 (SAFA), which may be considered in Congress as soon as this week. In addition to the grave concerns that pediatric mental health experts have repeatedly expressed about familial separation and the placement of children in long-term detention, we emphasize that [United States Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS)] current handling of migrant children creates a perfect storm for abuse.

Children in Detention
BSIRA and SAFA, which seek to eliminate family separation but do not concomitantly reduce or eliminate the use of detention for children, pose a serious threat to children’s welfare. This legislation would result in more youth in detention settings for longer durations, heightening their risks of trauma and abuse. Funneling children into high-risk detention settings, rather than the least restrictive housing for them and their caregivers, runs counter to internationally accepted rights of children and the basic child welfare principles recognized by the United States for the last 20 years under the Flores v. Meese agreement.

It is well-established that even in highly regulated youth detention settings, children experience alarming rates of abuse. For example, according to a 2012 Department of Justice report, one in eight youth in federal youth detention facilities reported having been sexually abused while there, and they were four times more likely to be abused by facility staff than by other youth.

However, we know that certain specific factors contribute to an increased risk of physical and sexual abuse, including deficient monitoring and oversight, inadequate staffing, overcrowding, and the mixing of children of varying levels of vulnerability.

Each of those factors disturbingly parallels what we know about the facilities in which migrant children are currently being held apart from their family members. It is clear that the facilities currently used to house children are woefully ill-equipped to care for the children in their custody, both in terms of capacity and child welfare expertise. Moreover, according to a recent Texas Tribune report, more than a dozen of the private facilities contracting with the Office of Refugee Resettlement to house migrant children, including some in Texas, have been cited for serious deficiencies ranging from failure to seek medical care for children, to staff showing up to work drunk, to sexual abuse by staff. The dangers facing children in immigration detention are, sadly, not hypothetical.

However, simply reunifying children with their families by placing children in DHS detention facilities is not a solution. In contrast to federal juvenile detention facilities, the DHS facilities in which children would need to be housed with their families under BSIRA or SAFA are not specifically regulated for the housing and care of children. Those facilities have never been designed or appropriately resourced to meet basic standards for the care of children in residential settings, and staff at those facilities are neither trained to protect and care for children nor to respond to children who have been sexually or physically abused.

Even in the best-case juvenile detention setting, children with past experiences of trauma—and associated mental health and behavioral needs—are at heightened risk of sexual and physical abuse. Because a majority of children in DHS custody have experienced past trauma, they would come to DHS facilities already with significant risk factors for victimization. State and federal juvenile detention facilities, despite their dangers, are at least required to comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act by providing therapeutic resources for sexual abuse, emergency medical care, forensic medical examinations, and ongoing treatment for victims. DHS facilities are under no such regulation pertaining to children. At a bare minimum, any facility or provider responsible for the housing and care of children should be required to follow a coordinated, multidisciplinary protocol to respond to sexual and physical abuse, including working agreements with rape crisis centers, children’s advocacy centers, and other appropriate community-based service providers, to provide treatment that is consistent with the community-wide standard of care.

Yet, the DHS facilities that BSIRA or SAFA would funnel children into are not remotely equipped to provide any of the above. Our courts have recognized that fact, as has the federal government, for decades. That is why under the Flores agreement the government is required to release migrant children from detention settings without unnecessary delay and, in the meantime, hold children in the least restrictive setting available. BSIRA and SAFA would upend this crucial balance. Simply put, directing children into facilities that are not and have never been equipped to care for children would put children at a clear, direct risk of abuse within detention and have devastating health outcomes.

Reducing Victim Protections
In addition, any measure creating new obstacles to asylum or otherwise reducing the availability of victim protections will have significant humanitarian costs. Many migrants presenting at the US-Mexico border are asylum-seekers who have fled horrific carteldriven violence, human trafficking, and other physical and sexual torture. Heightening the the standard of evidence for asylum claims, as proposed in H.R. 6136, or expediting asylum claims for 14-day resolutions would result in fewer people escaping such violence, thus playing into the hands of perpetrators.

Further, various provisions of BSIRA and SAFA would roll back life-saving protections for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking. For example, H.R. 4760 would eliminate the ability of abused parents of U.S. citizens to submit petitions under the Violence Against Women Act to keep their families safe from their abusers and would reduce access to Special Immigrant Juvenile status for abused and neglected children. The bill would also bar abused ex-spouses of drug traffickers from obtaining legal immigration status—a measure that would play directly into the hands of abusers who use the threat of deportation to maintain control over their victims.

Recommendations
It is imperative that any legislation addressing the humanitarian crisis at our southern border not only explicitly end the practice of separating children from their parents, but also minimize the placement of children in detention settings. Additionally, we must at a minimum avoid creating new obstacles for victims of abuse seeking safety from their abusers or for victims of persecution seeking asylum in our country.

Specific proposals that would promote child welfare and improve the efficiency of our immigration system include the following:

  • The express prohibition of family separation
  • Expanding availability of non-detention family shelters near the border
  • Requiring DHS officials to consider the safety and welfare of families in any action concerning the prosecution or repatriation of individuals apprehended for immigration violations (as provided, e.g., by the Protect Family Values at the Border Act, H.R. 2572)
  • Establishing a right to legal counsel for unaccompanied children in immigration proceedings (as provided, e.g., by the Fair Day in Court for Kids Act, S. 2468)
  • Measures to strengthen due process in immigration courts, including more judges to handle asylum caseloads


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The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault is the unifying voice to eliminate sexual violence in Texas. As the statewide coalition of rape crisis centers, advocates, and survivors, we are committed to fostering a culture that respects the fundamental rights and dignity of all Texans.


Full Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) Statement:

For Immediate Release Contact: Linda Phan, Public Policy Director
Phone: 512- 685-6315
Cell: 512-767-2052
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We Stand with Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence
Statement from Gloria Terry, TCFV Chief Executive Officer

The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) joins the National Network to End Domestic Violence along with other service providers, experts, and advocacy groups across the nation in registering our strong opposition to the US Attorney General’s decision to reduce lifesaving protections for immigrants seeking refuge from violence and the Department of Homeland Security’s “zero-tolerance” policy that separates families at the border. These policies undermine the values of our nation and jeopardize the safety and well-being of thousands of people seeking safety, especially those fleeing from domestic or sexual violence.

TCFV is disheartened by the US Attorney General’s decision in the Matter of A-B, reversing years of precedent from the Board of Immigration Appeals and recognition by the Department of Homeland Security itself that survivors of domestic violence could qualify for asylum, which will have a detrimental impact on the safety of immigrant survivors fleeing violence. This more restrictive interpretation of asylum laws places already severely vulnerable populations, including survivors at risk of further harm, and undermines our progress toward addressing the unique and intersectional needs of immigrant women and children exposed to the trauma of violence. Moreover, the Department of Justice’s decision to strip protections away from prospective asylees broadcasts a detrimental message diminishing the known devastation that domestic violence causes to individuals, families, and communities.

Equally harmful is the Department of Homeland Security’s “zero-tolerance” policy, which automatically criminalizes asylum seekers upon entry. This leads to the separation of families, resulting in the infliction of unnecessary trauma on parents and children. Separating children from their sole caretaker causes irreparable damage and puts them at further risk of abuse and exploitation when placed in government facilities ill-equipped to care for young minors.

Texas is made stronger by the rich diversity of its communities. As a state coalition, TCFV remains committed to ensuring ALL survivors have access to protections, services, and justice. These government actions will have a detrimental impact on the safety of immigrant survivors in Texas and across the country. In response, TCFV stands ready to support service providers to address the needs of survivors further impacted by these policy decisions.

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The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) is Kansas’ leading voice for victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence. KCSDV trains professionals, works on policies and legislation, and increases awareness to prevent and eliminate sexual and domestic violence. KCSDV is a nonprofit organization in Topeka, Kansas and was founded on June 22, 1982. KCSDV is also a coalition made up of KCSDV and 27 independent, coalition member programs located across the state. Visit KCSDV’s website at http://kcsdv.org. The 24-hour, seven days a week Kansas Crisis Hotline is 888-363-2287.

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U.S. President’s Executive Order On Family Separation Fails DV and SA Survivors

U.S. President’s Executive Order On Family Separation Fails DV and SA Survivors

The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) is posting this letter published on June 20, 2018 by KCSDV's national partners National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. KCSDV stands with its national partners. 

National Task Force to End Sexual & Domestic Violence

June 20, 2018


THE PRESIDENT’S EXECUTIVE ORDER ON FAMILY SEPARATION FAILS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS

Dear Senators and Representatives,

As the Steering Committee of the National Taskforce to end Sexual and Domestic Violence (“NTF”), a national leadership coalition advocating on behalf of the rights of sexual and domestic violence survivors, we represent thousands of organizations across the country dedicated to ensuring that all survivors of violence are able to access the safety and justice they deserve. We write to denounce the White House’s Executive Order issued in response to the outcry from our communities and from Members of Congress regarding the ‘zerotolerance’ policy of separating families. The inhumane response of continuing to detain children, by placing them alongside their parents in detention, will continue to traumatize children and harm survivors of sexual and domestic violence. The NTF, along with our partners, has long expressed our disagreement with the cruel practice of detaining immigrant families and we continue to denounce these policies due to the negative impact on victims of domestic and sexual violence and their children.

Not only is family detention for prolonged periods of time cruel, it is also costly and senseless, particularly when humane and cost-effective alternatives to detention have been demonstrated to be effective. The NTF calls for the end of family detention to prevent further harming and re-traumatizing survivors of violence; to provide families in detention meaningful access to legal services, counseling, and mental health services; and to develop a plan to reunify parents and children who have already been separated, especially in situations where a parent has been ordered removed.

Detention is re-traumatizing to survivors of violence.
Women and children are fleeing rampant violence, including domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras and are seeking safety in the United States. Criminalizing the actions of those pursuing asylum is contrary to international human rights laws and contrary to the basic principles of this country. This Executive Order will likely have the effect of jailing, for months or even years, immigrant survivors and their children seeking safety in the U.S. Given the intense restrictions and disciplinary rules within detention facilities, mothers retain limited autonomy, weakening authority which weakens their ability to effectively parent their own children. For young mothers who have faced domestic and/or gang violence and sexual abuse, a detention setting often exacerbates the trauma they and their children have already experienced due to their victimization.

Detained families need adequate access to legal services, counseling, and mental health services.
Family detention facilities are frequently in remote locations, far from communities that have the capacity to provide services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Legal, counseling, and mental health services are critical for women and children recovering from trauma suffered in their home countries and on their journey to the United States. In addition, in light of the complexities of the immigration process, it will be critical for detained families to obtain legal counsel and representation to navigate the byzantine immigration process. Moreover, it is often difficult in remote communities to ensure detained families have access to services in their own languages.

The Executive Order Fails to Address Currently Impacted Families
In the past month, more than 2,000 children were separated from their parents, and many more were separated in the previous month. This Executive Order does nothing to provide direction on reunifying traumatized children with their parents, including parents who have already been removed from the United States. Trading family separation for family detention is not an appropriate solution. Detention in itself is re-traumatizing and hinders the willingness and ability of survivors to share the experiences that may demonstrate their eligibility for vital legal protections. Courts, child development experts, medical professionals, and many others have clearly found that family detention traumatizes and harms children.

For this reason we ask Congress to terminate funding used to implement the Administration’s “Zero Tolerance” policy and limit funding for the use of family detention centers, and instead allocate funding for non-intrusive alternatives to detention. Additionally, we call on Congress to preserve and defend provisions in our asylum laws that enable immigrant victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to seek life-saving refuge and protection when their countries’ officials fail to protect them from targeted violence.

We thank you for taking these important steps to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children who are fleeing persecution in their home countries attempting to find safe haven in the United States of America.

For more information, please contact Grace Huang, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Rosie Hidalgo, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@Network, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Kiersten Stewart, Futures Without Violence, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Archi Pyati, Tahirih Justice Center, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sincerely,
The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence


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Attorney General Decision Further Jeopardizes the Lives of Domestic Violence Victims

Attorney General Decision Further Jeopardizes the Lives of Domestic Violence Victims


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 20, 2018


Attorney General Decision Further Jeopardizes the Lives of Domestic Violence Victims
By the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)
and the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV)


“I hope individual immigration judges will use their own discretion to take these factors into account, and provide humanitarian relief to these survivors and their children.”
--NNEDV President and CEO, Kim Gandy

Full National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) Statement:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ ruling [on June 11, 2018] in Matter of A-B- is deeply disappointing, and will create even greater barriers for victims of domestic violence who are seeking asylum in the United States because their home countries were unable or unwilling to protect them.

After deciding to personally intervene in the case, Sessions overruled the precedent set in a 2012 decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) in Matter of A-R-C-G, which has been cited in numerous asylum cases of women who survived domestic violence. The Attorney General has now put at risk the lives and futures of victims fleeing for their lives.

“This heartbreaking decision further jeopardizes already vulnerable victims of horrific domestic violence who have nowhere else to turn,” said NNEDV President and CEO, Kim Gandy. “I hope individual immigration judges will use their own discretion to take these factors into account, and provide humanitarian relief to these survivors and their children.”

“Asylum in the United States is, for many victims of domestic violence, literally lifesaving. Those affected by today’s decision have already faced extreme violence, and this decision will send them back to horrific abuse, or even death. In some countries, abusers are injuring and maiming their victims with impunity, and asylum seekers have nowhere else to turn,” continued Gandy.

While this ruling does not definitively prevent all domestic violence survivors from seeking asylum, the increased barriers [created by the ruling] may be insurmountable for the most vulnerable victims, many whom have access to [or funding to hire] an attorney.

In April, NNEDV joined an amicus brief in support of the plaintiff, which was filed by Tahirih Justice Center, the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, Asista Immigration Assistance, and Casa de Esperanza, urging the Attorney General to uphold the BIA’s order in her case, and to uphold the 2012 precedent.


Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive and coercive behavior used to gain dominance, power, and control over an intimate partner. Domestic violence includes the use of illegal and legal behaviors and tactics that undermine the victim’s sense of self, free will, and safety. This behavior can impact other family members and can be used in other family relationships. Find more information about domestic and sexual violence on KCSDV’s website at http://kcsdv.org/learn-more/domestic-violence.html.

 

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The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) is Kansas’ leading voice for victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence. KCSDV trains professionals, works on policies and legislation, and increases awareness to prevent and eliminate sexual and domestic violence. KCSDV is a nonprofit organization in Topeka, Kansas and was founded on June 22, 1982. KCSDV is also a coalition made up of KCSDV and 27 independent, coalition member programs located across the state. Visit KCSDV’s website at http://kcsdv.org.

The 24-hour, seven days a week Kansas Crisis Hotline is 888-363-2287.

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STATEMENT By Alliance Against Family Violence (AAFV) Board of Directors In Partnership with KCSDV Leadership

STATEMENT
By Alliance Against Family Violence (AAFV) Board of Directors
In Partnership with KCSDV Leadership

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Contact: 

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Office: 785-232-9784 Extension 335 | Mobile: 785-633-6648
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 9, 2018


The new Board of Directors (Board) of Alliance Against Family Violence (AAFV) has met and unanimously agreed that the critical, life-saving services provided by AAFV are needed in Leavenworth County communities. The Board is formulating a cash flow and fundraising plan with the goal of re-opening the domestic violence and sexual assault services to the community in the near future.

Alliance Against Family Violence (AAFV), founded in 1984, temporarily closed its doors on November 10, 2017. This was done due to lack of cash needed to carry expenses while waiting for grant reimbursements. The statewide organization Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) in Topeka has been working with AAFV’s former Board of Directors (Board), community members, public officials, and funders to get AAFV re-opened, so services can continue being provided for communities in Leavenworth County. As part of KCSDV’s efforts, AAFV’s new Board was formed and began meeting in April 2018.

“KCSDV wants to thank all of the former staff and Board members for their dedication to victims’ services. Being without critical services is not what any of them would have chosen for families in Leavenworth County communities,” said Joyce Grover, executive director of KCSDV.

We recognize that public officials and community members alike have commented on the dire consequences that may result from a lack of safe shelter and services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the Leavenworth County area. In 2017, over 1,100 people called AAFV’s hotline, receiving a variety of safety, crisis, and informational services. Additionally, 143 people received confidential shelter services and another 853 people received non-residential services such as court advocacy, assistance with protection orders, on-site advocacy response during law enforcement calls, and more. Without these AAFV services available, victims have had to seek help outside the community.

As domestic violence incidents are increasing, we do not have victim advocates and services available to help like we used to. This is a situation that all agree is unworkable and unsafe for many victims and their families.

AAFV’s critical services need to reopen. Our communities and families need AAFV and the nonprofit organization’s victim services.

AAFV’s Board has set an initial fundraising goal of $150,000 that must be raised before services can reopen with a smaller staff. Fundraising will need to be on-going to assure sufficient cash flow for the organization. AAFV’s Board will provide the community with periodic updates on how the fundraising efforts are going. Many community members have already donated and the Board hopes others will too.

At its meeting on May 8, 2018, Leavenworth County’s Board of County Commissioners agreed to match the first $55,000 raised by AAFV. We are grateful for this level of support from our public officials who also recognize the important role these services have in our communities. The AAFV Board has made a similar request to the City of Leavenworth, which will be considered soon.

Donations can be made by mailing a check to AAFV’s P.O. Box address in Leavenworth and made securely online through AAFV’s website and PayPal at www.aafv1984.com/donate.

AAFV’s mailing address:
AAFV
P.O. Box 465
Leavenworth, Kansas 66048

Donations are tax deductible, and all will go toward efforts to reopen services.

Thank you to all for your help!

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The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) is Kansas' leading statewide voice for victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence. KCSDV works with 27 coalition members and with partners across the state of Kansas to prevent and eliminate sexual and domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Find more information on KCSDV’s website at http://kcsdv.org. Contact KCSDV by message at http://kcsdv.org/contact.html and by phone at 785-232-9784.
The 24-hour Kansas Crisis Hotline is 888-END-ABUSE (888-363-2287).

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2017 Kansas Crime Victims Conference Speech

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Crime Victims’ Rights Former Kansas Attorney General Robert Stephan, who championed crime victims’ rights in Kansas, wrote the following speech and had planned to give it at the 2017 Kansas Crime Victims Conference but did not get the chance due to...

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An Adult Survivor’s Story of Domestic Violence

10-30-2017

An Adult Survivor’s Story of Domestic Violence Robert Stephan was Attorney General for Kansas in 1979 – 1995. He has been very active and involved in reform and making laws and processes better for victims and survivors in the state of...

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Friends of Yates Opens Renovated Domestic Violence Shelter

10-27-2017

Friends of Yates Opens Renovated Domestic Violence Shelter Contact: Lucca Wang, Communications Coordinator, Media Contact lwang@kcsdv.orgOffice: 785-232-9784 Extension 335 | Mobile: 785-633-6648http://kcsdv.org      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 26, 2017   KCSDV Coalition Member Friends of Yates Opens Renovated Domestic Violence Shelter TOPEKA, Kan. – Northeast Kansas’ Friends...

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Remembering Victims and Survivors as an Attorney

10-26-2017

Remembering Victims and Survivors as an Attorney Kansas Legal Services has been a partner of the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) on legal issues for many years. The following piece of writing is by Marilyn Harp, Executive Director of...

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Purple Thursday at KCSDV

10-24-2017

Purple Thursday at KCSDV We are grateful for working together with all to prevent and eliminate sexual and domestic violence! We wore purple on Purple Thursday (October 19, 2017) to show support for survivors and to increase awareness about domestic violence. Learn...

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Trusting Friends About Domestic Violence and Fear

10-19-2017

Trusting Friends About Domestic Violence and Fear Carla Stovall Steckline was Kansas' Attorney General in 1995 - 2003, and in this piece, which she wrote for the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence's (KCSDV) blog, she remembers a friend, who...

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Domestic Violence in the Suburbs

10-16-2017

Domestic Violence in the Suburbs “…Domestic abuse affects people across all socioeconomic lines.” - Janee' Hanzlick The situation: A man shot and killed his wife – and then he shot himself. It happened on July 31, 2017 in their Prairie Brook neighborhood home...

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An Adult Survivor on Domestic Violence and Tragedy as a Child and Now

10-11-2017

An Adult Survivor on Domestic Violence and Tragedy as a Child and Now By Crispian Paul, Member of Women for Kansas September 2017 In the Wichita Eagle newspaper published on February 26, 1994, there was an article titled, "Dad of Girl Killed in...

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Power and Control Wheel

10-06-2017

Power and Control Wheel The Power and Control Wheel is an infographic describing how abusers and batterers do things to gain power and control over another person – that person usually being their intimate partner, who is in an intimate relationship...

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Kansas Proclaims October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month

10-03-2017

Kansas Proclaims October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month We are happy to announce that the month of October is officially proclaimed by the governor of Kansas as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (#DVAM2017)!

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Press Release: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

09-29-2017

Press Release October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 29, 2017 Press Contact: Lucca Wang, Communications Coordinator, Media Contact lwang@kcsdv.orgOffice: 785-232-9784 Extension 335Mobile: 785-633-6648http://kcsdv.org      TOPEKA, KS – The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) recognizes the 30th anniversary of Domestic...

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Statement: Condemning Violence

08-16-2017

Statement: Condemning Violence FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 16, 2017 Topeka, KS – The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) advocates for the prevention and elimination of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Oppression such as racism, sexism, homophobia, and...

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Press Release: Kansas Serial Rapist Investigation by Police, KCSDV Coalition Member Resources and Information

08-01-2017

PRESS RELEASE Kansas Serial Rapist Investigation by Police, KCSDV Coalition Member Resources and Information FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 1, 2017 Media Contact:Lucca Wang, Communications Coordinator, KCSDVlwang@kcsdv.orgOffice: 785-232-9784 Extension 335Mobile: 785-633-6648 MANHATTAN, KS – On Thursday, July 27, 2017, the Riley County Police and...

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Pittsburg, Kansas' Safehouse Crisis Center Opens New Domestic Violence Shelter

07-21-2017

Pittsburg, Kansas’ Safehouse Crisis Center Opens New Domestic Violence Shelter FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 21, 2017 Media Contact:Lucca Wang, Communications Coordinator, KCSDVlwang@kcsdv.orgOffice: 785-232-9784 Extension 335Mobile: 785-633-6648      PITTSBURG, KS – This week, the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence's (KCSDV) coalition member...

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Kansas Lawmakers Pass Significant Violence- And Abuse-related Bills Into Law That Are Effective July 1, 2017

06-29-2017

Kansas Lawmakers Pass Significant Violence- And Abuse-related Bills Into Law That Are Effective July 1, 2017 For Immediate Release: June 29, 2017 Media Contact:Lucca Wang, Communications Coordinator, KCSDVlwang@kcsdv.orgOffice: 785-232-9784 Extension 335Mobile: 785-633-6648      TOPEKA, KS – This Saturday, July 1, 2017, new domestic violence-,...

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The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence Marks 35 Years Since Founding On June 22, 1982

06-26-2017

The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence Marks 35 Years Since Founding On June 22, 1982 For Immediate Release: June 26, 2017 Media Contact:Lucca Wang, Communications Coordinatorlwang@kcsdv.orgOffice: 785-232-9784 Extension 335Mobile: 785-633-6648      TOPEKA, KS – This year, in a tumultuous year for women’s...

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MOCSA Recognized for Innovative and Effective Workplace Practices

05-25-2017

MOCSA Recognized for Innovative and Effective Workplace Practices Receives prestigious When Work Works Award KANSAS CITY, Mo.─ the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) has been honored with a 2017 When Work Works Award for exemplary workplace practices. The prestigious When Work...

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NNEDV National Survey Results

05-19-2017

Survey Reveals Impact of Increased Immigration Enforcement on Victims Experiencing Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Washington, DC (May 18, 2017) – On May 18th, seven national organizations – including Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (APIGBV), ASISTA, Casa de Esperanza: National...

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NSVRC Press Release - Visionary Voice Awards 2017

05-01-2017

National Sexual Violence Resource Center Recognizes Leaders in Sexual Assault Prevention With 2017 Visionary Voice Awards Recipients include trailblazers in advocacy, legislation and the justice system PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Enola, PA, April 11, 2017 – The National Sexual Violence Resource Center...

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Press Release - Audrie & Daisy Screening

03-28-2017

Student Groups Screen Documentary & Host TalkbackHighlighting Sexual Assault PITTSBURG, KANS. – April 3, 2017 – Students for Violence Prevention (SVP) in coordination with Safehouse Crisis Center, the Tilford Group, Student Alliance for Gender Equality, and Gorillas in Your Midst present are...

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Kansas Coalition Provides Services to All

02-16-2017

KCSDV Provides Services to All, Regardless of Immigration Status TOPEKA, KS – Recently, a domestic violence victim was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in El Paso, TX while seeking a protection order from her abuser. While not all details...

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NNEDV Response to ICE Actions

02-16-2017

NNEDV condemns ICE detention of immigrant victim of domestic violence.  FEBRUARY 16, 2017 - In El Paso, TX, a victim of domestic violence was seeking an order of protection from her abusive boyfriend when she was arrested in court by Immigration...

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KCSDV Press Release - Advocacy Day 2017

01-30-2017

Advocacy Day at Capitol for Sexual and Domestic Violence Programs For Immediate Release:  Monday, January 30, 2017 Contact:  Shannon KennedyKCSDV Communications Coordinatorskennedy@kcsdv.org785-232-9784 ext. 335 TOPEKA, KS – February 8th, Kansas Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence will be hosting their 14th Annual Advocacy...

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KCSDV Press Release - 2017 Prevention Conference

01-23-2017

International Filmmaker and McArthur Fellow to give Keynotes at Topeka Conference For Immediate Release:  Monday, January 23, 2017 Contact:  Shannon KennedyKCSDV Communications Coordinatorskennedy@kcsdv.org785-232-9784 ext. 335 TOPEKA, KS – February, Kansas Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence will be hosting their second conference for...

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