The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) calls on corrections officials to take concrete steps to detect, prevent, and respond to sexual abuse and harassment inside detention facilities. While the PREA standards don’t apply to advocacy programs, only corrections agencies, advocacy programs have a responsibility to serve the entire community, jails and prisons included. The resources below will help your program learn more about PREA and how to provide advocacy to survivors who are incarcerated.
Mapping It Out: A Tool to Get Started on Providing Victim Services for Incarcerated Survivors, Resource Sharing Project & Just Detention International
Since the release of national standards to address sexual abuse in detention — as mandated by the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) — advocates have been called upon more than ever to assist incarcerated survivors. Yet the dynamics of sexual violence behind bars, and the related needs of incarcerated survivors, are new to many advocates. This brief guide is intended to help advocates get started by answering some common questions asked by those who are new to working with incarcerated survivors.
Shedding Light on the System: A Corrections Primer for Victim Advocates, Resource Sharing Project & Just Detention International
The PREA standards provide an unprecedented opportunity for advocacy programs to begin working with survivors in detention. This resource guide seeks to make it a little easier to do so. In this guide Just Detention International and the Resource Sharing Project provide a brief overview of who the victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse in detention are; what the difference is between prisons, jails, and other types of facilities; the roles and responsibilities of various corrections officials; and some terminology that you will benefit from understanding as you step through the gates of your local facility.
Hope Behind Bars: An Advocate’s Guide to Helping Survivors of Sexual Abuse in Detention, Just Detention International
This manual aims to help sexual violence advocates and other victim services providers to support survivors of sexual abuse in detention. Prisons and jails are culturally distinct environments that are often unfamiliar to advocates. This manual addresses these and other concerns, while offering guidance to service providers on how to work with survivors in custody. Sexual violence advocates can provide a lifeline for incarcerated survivors who are struggling to heal in the aftermath of a sexual assault.
No Safe Place: Sexual Violence in the Juvenile Justice System, Just Detention International
This brief resource from Just Detention International addresses the link between juvenile detention and sexual abuse. Included in the resource are tips for advocates, statistics on sexual violence in detention, and information about the Prison Rape Elimination Act as it pertains to minors.
Targets for Abuse: Transgender Inmates and Prisoner Rape, Just Detention International
This brief resource from Just Detention International addresses the realities for transgender survivors of sexual violence while incarcerated. Included in the resource are tips for advocates, statistics on sexual violence in detention, and information about the Prison Rape Elimination Act as it pertains to services.
Words of Hope: Starting a Correspondence Advocacy Program for Incarcerated Survivors, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
This guide is an excellent starting point if your agency is interested in providing crisis support services to incarcerated survivors through a correspondence program. It provides information on what you will need to start a program, tips on working with incarcerated survivors, and resources such as template letters and materials for you to adapt to your own agency needs.
This report discusses the PREA Standards for a multidisciplinary response to sexual abuse in confinement. It includes assessment findings, barriers, and strategies for creating a meaningful and compliant response.
Join the Resource Sharing Project (RSP) and Just Detention International (JDI) for an informative webinar in which we answer victim advocates’ most pressing questions about how to help prisoners who have experienced sexual abuse — either during their incarceration or at some other point in their lives. The webinar covers how to launch a program to serve incarcerated survivors, giving tips on how to negotiate agreements with corrections facilities, what types of services you might consider offering, and how to maintain client confidentiality in a detention setting. “Mapping It Out” introduces a written guide to help advocates who are new to working with survivors behind bars. The webinar features speakers from RSP and JDI, as well as an advocate from a rural rape crisis program that provides services to inmates in a local corrections facility.
Help is on the Line: Providing Hotline Services for Incarcerated Survivors, Resource Sharing Project & Just Detention International
Join us for Help is on the Line, an exciting webinar on providing crisis hotline services to incarcerated survivors. This webinar addresses the challenges facing prisoner rape survivors who seek support, especially those who are held in rural detention facilities. Not only are crisis services far and few between, but many local programs have limited experience in — and limited funding for — giving services behind bars. We focus on how rape crisis centers can adapt their existing hotline for a correctional setting. It cover strategies for working with inmates, including how to ensure that calls are kept confidential. The webinar features JDI staff, as well as a rape crisis advocate from a rural program who has provided support to incarcerated survivors.
Who’s in There? Demystifying Incarcerated Survivors, Resource Sharing Project & Just Detention International
Please join us and the Resource Sharing Project for this enlightening webinar to learn who we are talking about when we say “incarcerated survivors.” Who are they? Are their needs different from survivors “on the outside?” Do you have concerns about whether or not your advocacy skills will transfer into a corrections setting, to working with male survivors, or to working with survivors who may also have been perpetrators? If so, this is the webinar for you. During this webinar, we unpack some common misconceptions about people in detention and you will hear from incarcerated survivors and advocates who have worked with them about the power of advocacy in their healing. The webinar features speakers Just Detention International (JDI) as well as rape crisis advocates and survivors.
It Can Happen Anywhere: Responding to Sexual Abuse in Small, Rural Jails, Just Detention International
The session reviews the obstacles to providing victim services in such facilities, including a lack of resources and trained crisis counselors. Expert speakers give advice on best practices to delivering vital services in isolated settings, covering hospital accompaniments, confidential reporting, and hotline calls. The webinar also reviews the new opportunities to expand inmate services afforded by the Prison Rape Elimination Act standards, which are binding on jails nationwide.