Testimony - Immigration Detention Staff Attorney and Current VP of Immigration Policy at American Progress Tom Jawetz

This is a testimony from Immigration Detention Staff Attorney and current Vice President of Immigration Policy at American Progress (a progressive public policy research and advocacy organization) Tom Jawetz. The testimony basically describes the unnecessary and unjust environments and treatments detained immigrants have to endure in US Immigration Detention Centers. Mr. Jawetz primarily focuses on the inadequate health care in the detention facilities and specifically highlights the experience of a detainee named Francisco Castaneda. “I am here today to speak with you about a serious and growing problem in immigration detention- horribly inadequate health care that leads to unnecessary suffering and death”

Arrested for Walking While Trans: An Interview with Monica Jones

The article about Monica Jones discusses how Jones was arrested over "an intent to engage in prostitution," despite her simply stopping and making smalltalk with a passerby. Jones is also interviewed in this article, where she discusses where her inspiration comes from, which issues are most pressing for trans people of color in the Phoenix area, and what the phrase "walking while trans" means to her.

High court sidesteps ruling on transgender rights

The Supreme Court sent a case concerning seventeen-year-old transteen named Gavin Grim using a men's bathroom back down to a lower court in light of the Trump administration rescinding an Obama directive aimed at protecting transgender student rights. The court case also involves Title IX, the federal law that protects against same-sex discrimination, which should apply to transpeople as well.

Supreme Court recognizes transgenders as 'third gender'

The Supreme Court in India made a landmark decision in April of 2014 to recognize transgender people as a third gender, rather than forcing them to write either male or female on documents. This third gender allows for them to not be discriminated against when getting an education or applying for employment. In addition, the apex court in India wants to start a public awareness campaign to stop the discrimination of stigma toward transgender individuals.

ALL TOO FAMILIAR: Sexual Abuse of Women in US state prisons

This article is a culmination of years long investigations conducted by Human Rights Watch, of sexual abuse that takes place in US state prisons. The first half of the article is a summary of the investigations, and the second half is a list of detailed policy recommendations the US should implement to comply with international human rights standards. The focus of the summary was sexual misconduct perpetrated by male correctional officers upon female prisoners, and the gross negligence of prison administration in investigating such reports. In many cases, prisoner testimony about sexual misconduct is automatically assumed to be false, and correctional officers are protected by the administration. Even in those cases which the CO is found guilty, the response is very light punishment. Often the CO stays in their position, or has no trouble finding work at a different facility. The policy suggestions focus on creating a system of accountability, and an independent body to investigate claims of sexual misconduct.

Women in jail

Through statistics from the US Bureau of Justice Statistics, Feinman highlights the disproportionate imprisonment of women, especially with relation to race and mental health. Women put away disproportionately are people of color, low-income, survivors of trauma, mental illness, and substance abuse. Feinman relies heavily on the need to understand how and why break the law before using prison as a form of punishment. Feinman also notes that combating sexual violence and substance abuse needs a holistic approach (looking at all variables and working to actually improve the perpetrator instead of jailing them as a form of revenge for self medicating).

Reframing Justice: What No One Wants To Hear

This document shows the progression of a former inmate (Michele) as she recovered from her addiction and time in jail. Through explaining her time in jail, she touched upon the fact that her biggest aid, especially after the death of her mother, was counseling and programs that she found after prison (Women in Recovery program I attended at Southern Arizona Correctional Release Center). This “editorial” essentially is her cathartic way of explaining her time after jail, in which that was what really cemented the change in her life. This falls into the idea that prison was more of a punishment for her actions that placed a “number” on her was only a punishment. Her salvation and growth came from actual treatment that was created to help her. Michele also touched upon the idea that she is seen as a number instead of an individual, and this also falls into the entrenched ideas that prison removes humanity from individuals and is more focussed on punishment rather than growth.

Testimonial of Geraldine Quintin

Geraldine Quintin is a 62 year old woman who has been in SHU, Special Housing Unit for three years from 2010 to 2013. Her testimonial gives a taste of what living in solitary confinement means for a prisoner and a human. “I am here due to enemy concerns. This experience of living in solitary confinement hasn’t been good for me mentally. I haven’t been able to call my family and I get very little mail from them. My mental health has gone down a few notches. It’s so bleak in here at times that I have seriously thought about killing myself. The COs are extremely unresponsive and I have had to beg for toilet paper for hours. This is a terrible thing when you need to use the restroom.Everything here in SHU is “Hurry up and wait!” I have seen the COs abuse certain inmates. I have been ridiculed and it’s awful for me since I suffer from depression and anxiety. Not being able to get something that I need makes me mad and upset. I have high blood pressure, so it doesn’t help my physical health to get angry. At the present time I am living on a prayer. I’m hoping I’ll be back in general population before long. Thanks for listening. “

Incarcerated Women and Girls Statistics

A 5 page informatory article on the statistics behind women and girls incarceration from the late 90's to 2013. Put out by a group called The Sentencing Project, this article gives testimonial to the rising number of women behind bars and the reasons they are being put there.

Reporter Describes Arizona Execution: 2 hours, 640 gasps

Reporter Describes Arizona Execution: 2 hours, 640 gasps
It's hard to find a testimonial on anyone who has received the death penalty because, well, you know. This is a testimonial from a reporter who was witnessing his 5th execution in Arizona when something went wrong. Arizona was trying out a new combination of drugs on Joseph Wood, the unfortunate inmate, and found that it didn't really work the way it was supposed to.

Women in Prison - Survey of State Prison Inmates

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics from the 1886 to 1991 the amount of women in prison has grown by 75%. Most of these women were over 30 years old, with at least a high school degree or the equivalent, and part of a social minority group. Many of the inmates grew up in homes with lack a one of their parents or even both parents, and a large amount of them have recorded experiencing physical or sexual abuse. Most of the women have been incarcerated for nonviolent offenses, typically drug crimes. Women in prison for violent crimes were about twice as likely as male inmates to have committed their crimes against someone who was close related to them. Women inmates are unique to male inmates in that they are incarcerated for different types of crimes and they therefore require different levels of treatment while in prison. If these statistics are more carefully tended to, a more appropriate form of incarceration could be provided to aid the mass incarceration problem in the United States.

Somalia: over a million IDPs need support for local solutions

Martina Caterina and Johanna Klos explore IDPs in Somalia. This article discusses the history of conflict that resulted in large numbers of people being displaced. The article also touches on the current challenges faced by IDPs in Somalia.

High Resolution Stream Water Quality Assessment in the Vancouver, British Columbia Region: a Citizen Science Study

This article addresses a study that was done in Vancouver, British Columbia. It shows evidence that the water quantity and quality from natural sources is being affected due to the changing climate.

Climate Change impacts and adaptation: Story from my Nepalese Village

Climate Change impacts and adaptation: Story from my Nepalese Village
“Madan Poudel, a youth agriculture activist and student form Nepal, is feeling the heat in his village. This is his personal story on how climate change is affecting his community, and how farmers are trying to adapt to an increasingly variable climate.” This story won the CCAFS open blog competition for the South Asian region. Poudel us making a difference to food and farming in his country by getting an education in agriculture to better support his community members to adapt to climate change and leading the agricultural youth in Nepa network, gathering youths to jointly develop agriculture in the country.

Climate Change and Agriculture

This citation talks about a study that was performed that provides evidence that climate change will decrease the overall production of crops in years to come. It also addresses the economic impact it could have on our economy.