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National Institute of Justice Seminar - The Neurobiology of Sexual Assault: Implications for First Responders in Law Enforcement, Prosecution, and Victim Advocacy

In a presentation put on by the Department of Justice and the National Institute of Justice, Dr. Campbell, of Michigan State University, brings together research on the neurobiology of trauma and the criminal justice response to sexual assault. She explains the underlying neurobiology of traumatic events, its emotional and physical manifestation, and how these processes can impact the investigation and prosecution of sexual assaults. Real-world, practical implications are examined for first responders, such as law enforcement, nurses, prosecutors, and advocates.

Department of Homeland Security PREA Standards

On December 19, 2012, the U.S. Federal Register published the Department of Homeland Security's proposed Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Sexual Abuse and Assault in Confinement. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced on December 6, 2012 in a press release that these standards were being sent to the Federal Registry for official publication. You can find links to these standards by clicking "Read more" below. December 19, 2012 marks the beginning of the 60-day public comment period.

PRC Grant Announcement

The PREA Resource Center is pleased to announce a grant opportunity to establish “Zero Tolerance” cultures for sexual abuse in locally and tribally operated adult and juvenile detention facilities; with awards of up to $100,000 for individual agencies; $300,000 for collaborative applications. Agencies that operate small (less than 100 beds) or medium (less than 500 beds) facilities are strongly encouraged to apply. See full announcement for details.

Audit Update

The PRC frequently receives questions about the PREA standards’ audit requirements; topics include how agencies should prepare for the audit, progress on development of the audit, how auditors will be identified and trained, and audit logistics. We offer this update to answer some of those questions.

Mara Keisling And Cecilia Chung Discuss How The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Affects LGBT People

Huffington Posts bring discussion between Mara Keisling, Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, and Cecilia Chung, a member of the San Francisco Department of Public Health Commission and a board member at Just Detention International. Below Keisling and Chung discuss the Prison Rape Elimination Act, which was passed in 2003 and for which, now, after nearly a decade of study and review, the U.S. Department of Justice has recently issued final regulations to implement.

Presidential Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies

The White House issued a memorandum for the department and agency heads about implementing the final rule for the Prison Rape Elimination Act standards: "To advance the goals of PREA, we must ensure that all agencies that operate confinement facilities adopt high standards to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse. In addition to adopting such standards, the success of PREA in combating sexual abuse in confinement facilities will depend on effective agency and facility leadership and the development of an agency culture that prioritizes efforts to combat sexual abuse."

Justice Department Releases Final Rule to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape

The Justice Department today released a final rule to prevent, detect and respond to sexual abuse in confinement facilities, in accordance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA). This landmark rule sets national standards for four categories of facilities: adult prisons and jails, lockups, community confinement facilities and juvenile facilities. Today’s rule is the first-ever federal effort to set standards aimed at protecting inmates in all such facilities at the federal, state and local levels.