Michigan has opened an application process for organizations to apply for funds through the Federal Victims Of Crime Act (VOCA).
Michigan is accepting targeted victim services proposals that identify as underserved or unserved crime victims from six purpose areas including trauma recovery centers; human trafficking intervention services; sexual assault intervention services such as core comprehensive sexual assault nurse examiners/sexual assault response teams; victims of child physical and/or sexual abuse; American Indian tribal victim assistance and elder abuse services.
The deadline is June 8, 2017.
Reimagining Justice This Month highlights stories about effective responses to violence – responses that disrupt cycles of violence, heal trauma, and address structural racism.
The Racial Trauma of Police-Involved Shootings, Psychology Benefits Society
Following the police shooting of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, many are grief-stricken and enraged in communities across the country. The impact of the deaths of unarmed black men and women raises larger questions about the impact of police shootings on racial trauma. This article links race-based trauma to experiences of racial injustice. These wounds persist and have lasting impact, which highlights the need for responses that promote individual and social healing for surviving families as well as the community.
‘Trauma Teams’ To Help Boston Residents In Higher Crime Areas Cope In Wake Of Violence, WBUR
A neighborhood health clinic in Boston is partnering with a community-based organization to help those suffering in the aftermath of homicides and other violence. They connect survivors and their families with trauma services to prevent future violence and expand access to healing support within the community.
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EJUSA’s Associate Board is hosting a Happy Hour next week at Housing Works Bookstore in Soho – and you’re invited!
Please join EJUSA and co-hosts the Columbia Black Law Students Association for drinks and conversation. You’ll meet other like-minded New Yorkers and hear National Organizer Lex Steppling share an update on our work reimagining the justice system, including ending the death penalty, strengthening programs that help crime survivors address trauma and rebuild their lives, and promoting trauma-informed responses to violence that can save lives and help heal communities.
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On Monday, Arkansas officials planned to start an assembly line of executions – 8 in 10 days. After dozens of court challenges and an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, the first two executions were halted.
But the state still hopes to carry out up to 5 executions before the end of next week, in order to use its supply of a controversial execution drug, Midazolam, before it expires at the end of April.
With legal challenges coming from all sides, the situation is changing by the minute. As it currently stands, all executions – including two originally scheduled for tonight – are on hold. But all of that could change, and the state is preparing the two men originally scheduled for execution tonight as if their executions will go forward. Both men have been denied DNA testing that could prove their innocence.
On April 11, we released a letter that has received national attention. It was signed by 25 notable Virginia conservatives calling on Virginia Governor McAuliffe to halt the planned execution of Ivan Teleguz. His execution is scheduled for April 25, despite a complete lack of physical evidence and the fact that two of the three witnesses who originally linked him to the crime have since recanted their testimony. The third witness had incentive to lie because he received a lighter sentence in exchange for testifying against Teleguz.
Considering all of this, there is simply too much doubt to execute Teleguz, and there is reason to believe that he may actually be an innocent man. Thus, pro-life conservatives in Virginia signed the letter respectfully asking Gov. McAuliffe to commute Teleguz’s sentence. You can read it in its entirety and see the signatories here.
In these politically divisive times, EJUSA is as committed as ever to standing together with our partners to fight the death penalty and advance justice and healing.
There is tremendous strength in working together. I know this because of you. Your passion, your persistence, your unwavering partnership with EJUSA has made me – and everyone at EJUSA – stronger.
We’re a strong team. And like all strong teams, we keep our eyes on the prize and never, ever rest on our laurels. We can’t. Too many lives are at stake, and too many communities need our help.
The first was a panel of crime survivors at Common Justice’s conference, “Accounting for Violence: How to Increase Safety and Break our Failed Reliance on Mass Incarceration.” EJUSA was honored to get a shout on for our long history working with crime survivors during the conference’s opening remarks. Then our Trauma Advocacy Initiative Director, Fatimah Loren Muhammad, moderated the panel on survivor-centered responses to violence.
Survivor-leaders from across the country shared their experiences and perspectives on how the current reliance on incarceration fails crime survivors and their communities. Fatimah and the other speakers emphasized that effective responses to violence must focus on addressing trauma and helping survivors heal.
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