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Featured Image for PRESIDENT TRUMP ORDERS END TO THE DACA PROGRAM, NOW IS THE TIME TO STAND WITH IMMIGRANT AND UNDOCUMENTED SURVIVORS!

This morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions formally announced that the Trump administration would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program effective March 5, 2018. DACA, a policy implemented by President Obama in 2012, has protected nearly 800,000 people brought to the US as children from deportation in the 5 years since it was implemented. These young people, often identified as 'dreamers', are leading successful lives here in the United States, starting families, earning college degrees, pursuing careers and giving back to their communities. In Wisconsin alone there are roughly 14,000 potentially eligible DACA recipients, with over 8,000 applications accepted as of March, 2017.

When a survivor’s immigration status, or the status of a family member, is uncertain, abusers exploit fears of deportation and separation from their families to stop them from reporting crimes or even seeking out protective services. The Trump administration's decision to end the DACA program will only exacerbate this fear and put countless survivors all across the country at even greater risk of harm and manipulation.

No person deserves to have their life destroyed because of their status as an immigrant, documented or undocumented. 
Some of our strong allies in Congress have introduced the bipartisan DREAM Act of 2017 (H.R 3440 and S. 1615) which would grant legal status to young dreamers who arrived in the United States before turning 18, thus allowing them an opportunity to continue living and working in the United States. Join us in urging Congress to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act, or enact similar legislation that would ensure survivors and witnesses of crimes like domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking feel safe to report crimes without fear that seeking justice will put them at risk of being deported. 

Call Senator Ron Johnson, Speaker Paul Ryan and the rest of our WI Congressional leaders and tell them:

  • Thanks to the DACA, hundreds of thousands of young people have been able to live and thrive in the US. 
  • DACA has helped thousands of young people get work authorization to support themselves and their families. 
  • Ending DACA will cost the American economy billions of dollars while doing nothing to reform our immigration system.
  • Without DACA, victims and their families will be at increased risk of violence and manipulation at the hands of abusers.

Find your Senators’ and Representatives' phone numbers by entering your zipcode in the space provided at this link

Sample telephone script: Hello, my name is [your name], and I am calling from [your city and/or organization].  I am calling to urge [your Senator/Representative’s name] to support the DREAM act to grant lawful immigration status to eligible DACA recipients. By providing deferred deportation status and work authorizatoin, DACA has helped thousands of young people support themselves and thrive in the US.
 Without DACA, victims and their families will be at increased risk of violence and manipulation at the hands of abusers

Find your Senators’ and Representatives' Twitter handles here:
 
Sample Tweet: @YourSenator’sHandle, #DACA allows families to stay together and keeps survivors safe, Congressional leaders need to pass the #DREAMact NOW!  
 
Sample Facebook Post: The rollback of DACA will only further stifle reporting of crimes and push more victims to the shadows of our society where they are increasingly vulnerable to manipulation and violence. I demand that our WI Congressional leaders like Senator Ron Johnson and Speaker Paul Ryan support The DREAM Act to grant legal status to young “Dreamers” who arrived in the United States before turning 18, thus allowing them an opportunity to continue living and working in the United States. 

Featured Image for Domestic Violence Advocates Dismayed by News of President Trump’s Plan to Roll Back DACA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 1, 2017
CONTACT: Chase Tarrier, Public Policy Coordinator
End Domestic Abuse WI
chaset@endabusewi.org, 608.237.3985

Domestic Violence Advocates Dismayed by News of President Trump’s Plan to Roll Back DACA

Madison— Domestic violence victim advocates across Wisconsin are strongly opposing President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program today. With nearly 800,000 enrollees in the program nationwide, advocates are expressing serious concerns about the effect the rollback will have on immigrant and undocumented survivors of violence.

“Undocumented victims face some of the most serious barriers to protecting themselves and their children of anyone in our communities” said Patti Seger, executive director of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. “When survivors are afraid to contact law enforcement because of the threat of losing their families through detainment or deportation, perpetrators capitalize on that fear to further abuse and control their victims. By ending a program that has provided hundreds of thousands of youth with work permits and deferred action status, President Trump is putting countless victims and their families directly in harm’s way.”

“Since President Trump’s inauguration, advocates across the country are reporting dramatic decreases in the willingness of immigrant survivors to engage with the legal system. Whether it’s filing for a restraining order or calling local law enforcement to get help in times of crisis, immigrant victims are increasingly hesitant to seek out the legal protections that are lawfully available to them. The rollback of DACA will only further stifle reporting of crimes and push more victims to the shadows of our society where they are increasingly vulnerable to manipulation and violence. End Abuse is calling on President Trump to rescind his decision to end the DACA program, and for our WI Congressional leaders like Senator Ron Johnson and Speaker Paul Ryan to support legislation that makes DACA permanent without militarizing the border or criminalizing other immigrants.”

The DACA program was instituted through an executive order signed by President Obama in 2012 and has provided nearly 800,000 young people with work permits and deferred action status so that they can get the employment authorization and documentation necessary to remain and thrive in the US.

Featured Image for Supporting Families Who Have Experienced Trauma Training
On August 15 and 16, End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin's Training Center was filled with victim advocates from across the state. The two-day training, Supporting Families Who Have Experienced Trauma, was designed and led by Tracy Plamann, the Community Education Coordinator at Harbor House in Appleton. Harbor House is one of End Abuse's member programs. Tracy was assisted by Cody Warner, Children and Youth Prevention and Outreach Coordinator at End Abuse.

The training provided a framework for understanding the ways in which many families who seek advocates' help have lived through multiple traumatic experiences. The wounds of childhood trauma often continue to drive behavior, feelings and attitudes into adulthood, and play a powerful role in parenting. The training helped advocates better understand how trauma affects children and parents, giving advocates a way to make sense of sometimes baffling and challenging behavior. 

“This two-day training gave advocates the chance to consider how they can better establish supporting and healing relationships with parents and children who have experienced trauma,” said Cody Warner, Children and Youth Prevention and Outreach Coordinator at End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. “To be trauma-informed, we must pause and understand where the survivors are with their healing journey to truly support them.  A key point is to have advocates reflect that we need to be connection focused more than program focused. Rather, making a meaningful connection to the survivor and their family is more important than the types of services offered in any particular program. These relationships create opportunities for the survivors and their families to heal and move forward from their trauma.” 

The training was unique in focusing on the needs of parents as well as children. This approach draws on the natural strength that exists within parent-child relationships.

In addition to providing a theoretical framework for understanding the impact of trauma, advocates came way with communication skills and techniques, ways to reduce stress and promote more positive experiences within the families, and within their own organizations. Often as much as anything advocates can offer, clients need empathetic and supportive relationships. These relationships create the conditions from which parents and children can let go of survival mechanisms and have better opportunities to thrive.

Featured Image for Statement on White Supremacism

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin is sickened by the press conference the president held yesterday. As many have repeatedly said, there are not two sides to the evil of white supremacy.

White supremacy is an evil that runs deep in our country’s history. Many people of color know that history well from their experiences and the experiences of their ancestors. Most white people have not done the necessary work of confronting that legacy of hate, and they have not reconciled with it.

Therefore, it is not surprising that the president does not understand the meaning and depth of this country’s original sins. What is shocking and shameful is that Donald Trump doesn’t even understand what is good about this country.

He apparently doesn’t understand that George Washington, who like others of his class and race held black people as slaves, fought to advance the notion that all men are created equal and to establish the potential for that self-evident truth to be realized by a democratic government. George Washington made our government better.

George Washington is not like Robert E. Lee. Robert E. Lee killed hundreds of thousands of Americans to keep a race enslaved. Both black people held as slaves and Union soldiers gave their lives to rid this nation of slavery. Their blood made possible a Constitution that includes the principle that all people are to have equal protection under the law. Their sacrifice made this country better.

Yesterday, the president said a mob of white people marching at night with torches chanting "Jews will not replace us" included "very fine people." The president, who “has sacrificed nothing and no one” doesn’t understand that this country, not so long ago, sent millions of its young people to rid the world of an evil ideology that murderously used anti-Semitism and ethnic nationalism as a basis for political power. The sacrifices of the soldiers who died defeating Nazism made this country and this world better.

How can the President of the United States in one press conference insult so much that is good about this country and be so indifferent to what is evil? As much as we hoped he would act differently, yesterday confirmed Donald Trump he is the person we saw in the Access Hollywood video. He is a man for whom there is no good or evil, there is only power, narcissism and self-gratification. A man, who so callously treats women as sex objects like Donald Trump does, is willing to deny the humanity of any person, be it on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation, if it serves him. While he doesn’t grasp good and evil, he evidently understands ideologies that look to differences as a way to divide people in the service of power.

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin has a long history of working with conservative and liberals to prevent domestic abuse and, in our small way, to make this country better by promoting the equality and dignity of a group of people who had been historically exploited and oppressed. We especially urge our conservative friends and leaders to recognize the difference between disagreements about things like the size of government, healthcare, or tax reform and what is happening to our country now. Let’s not continue to tolerate a president who tolerates white supremacy. Our country has been here. At times in our history, our ancestors died fighting against this evil. What are you willing to sacrifice?

Featured Image for Statewide Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative Micro-grants are Now Available

We are excited to announce a new opportunity to fund violence prevention efforts! The purpose of the Community Micro-grant is to support programs to implement anti-violence initiatives throughout Wisconsin.

The Micro-grant funding is to begin on September 15th, 2017 and end June 15th, 2018. Projects will focus on engaging youth. The application deadline is September 1, 2017. Submissions after the deadline may be considered pending the availability of funds. 

See the Micro-grant application for details. 

Application Documents:

Micro-grant application

Micro-grant budget form

Questions can be sent to Stephanie Ortiz at StephanieO@endabusewi.org.

Featured Image for Announcing the Addition of Dr. Eddie Moore to the Lineup at #Liberate17!

We are very excited to announce that Dr. Eddie Moore will be a keynote speaker at Collective Liberation: Movement Building for the Year Ahead. Dr. Moore is one of the nation’s top motivational speakers and educators. He is the founder of the Privilege Institute and the National White Privilege Conference, which has become one of the top social justice conferences in the county. In addition to providing a plenary address, Dr. Moore will be leading a breakout session. We are sure his workshop will fill up fast, which is another reason to sign up to get notified when registration opens.

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin's Statewide Conference, Collective Liberation: Movement Building for the Year Ahead, will take place at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Green Bay, November 15 to 17, 2017. 

With a goal of radical movement building, this conference will feature more than 40 diverse workshops, four dynamic, nationally-acclaimed plenary speakers, and other related special events. It is our goal to embrace a message of unity with a racial justice framework, while maintaining intentional inclusion and healing at its core.

Other keynote speakers include Farah Tanis, Bonnie Brandl and a third yet-to-be-announced person. 

More details at: http://www.endabusewi.org/2017Conference/

Featured Image for Tell Ron Johnson to Vote NO on ACA Repeal

This week, the US Senate approved a motion to begin debating legislation to ‘repeal-and-replace’ the Affordable Care Act (ACA). So far, Republican leaders have been unable to unite their party around one piece of legislation to replace the ACA, meaning the future of healthcare in our country is still quite unclear. However, the fact remains that regardless of which bill is brought forward in the Senate during the current debates, repealing the ACA, or even key provisions of it, would seriously affect the millions of Americans who were able to access insurance because of the law. And of those millions who are survivors of domestic violence, the impact could be harrowing.

Now that the Senate has begun debating various healthcare related proposals, it could be just a matter of days Congress sends a final repeal bill to the President's desk to be signed into law. With strong inter-party divisions complicating the Senate GOP’s legislative efforts, it is now more important than ever to make our collective voices heard and tell our US Senators to vote NO on repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Call Senator Ron Johnson's office today and tell him to VOTE NO on the repeal of the ACA! Tell him:

  • Thanks to the ACA, victims of domestic violence cannot be charged more for, or be turned away from health coverage.
  • The ACA has helped millions of women purchase health insurance, opening doors for them to get the services they need.
  • The ACA promotes screening of domestic violence by health professionals, helping survivors access early help and support.
  • Find Senator Johnson's contact info here.

Sample telephone script: Hello, my name is [your name], and I am calling from [your city and/or organization]. I am calling to tell Sen. Johnson to vote no on the motion to debate the repeal of the Affordable Care Act in order to maintain victims and survivors of gender-based violence access to essential, life-saving services. The ACA has helped countless victims purchase health insurance, allowing them to get the services they need. Should the law be repealed, survivors could lose their autonomy and be penalized for wanting to access the same benefits at the same cost as their peers.

Sample Tweet: @SenRonJohnson, repealing the ACA puts victims and survivors of gender-based violence at risk. Stop the #ACA repeal now!

Sample Facebook Post:  The Senate plans to move forward the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which would be devastating for victims of domestic violence. Senator Ron Johnson needs to show his support for survivors by maintaining the ACA to ensure victims and survivors of gender-based violence have access to essential, life-saving services!

Featured Image for Announcing Farah Tanis as a Keynote Speaker for Collective Liberation

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin is thrilled and honored to announce that Farah Tanis, co-founder and Executive Director of Black Women's Blueprint and founder of Museum of Women's Resistance (MoWRe), will be a keynote speaker at the Collective Liberation Conference.  Her work has been an inspiration to End Abuse's gender violence prevention program and has had impact across the globe. 

We will be announcing the other three keynote presenters in the coming weeks. Registration begins in August.

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin's Statewide Conference, Collective Liberation: Movement Building for the Year Ahead, will take place at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Green Bay, November 15 to 17, 2017. 

With a goal of radical movement building, this conference will feature more than 40 diverse workshops, four dynamic, nationally-acclaimed plenary speakers, and other related special events. It is our goal to embrace a message of unity with a racial justice framework, while maintaining intentional inclusion and healing at its core.

More details at: http://www.endabusewi.org/2017Conference/

Featured Image for Coalition Chronicles: A New Generation of Leaders

Read End Abuse’s Coalition Chronicles newsletter to learn more about the innovative and inspiring work done across Wisconsin to end domestic abuse and oppression.

This issue of the Chronicles focuses on WE LEAD (Wisconsin Empowered! Leadership Enhancement and Ally Development), an End Abuse program. WE LEAD builds new leadership within the movement to end gender-based violence by providing hands on leadership development opportunities for survivors of violence and/or people from Wisconsin’s underserved or underrepresented communities.

Although WE LEAD formally began in 2012, its formation followed a rich and long history of advocacy and activism in Wisconsin, that continually struggled to hold the many linked forms of oppression at the center of efforts to address domestic abuse. Included in this issue are some snapshots from that history – excerpts from various sources addressing this struggle. Additionally, a few authors and resources recommended by the facilitators of the WE LEAD program are featured. Enjoy the WE LEAD issue of the Coalition Chronicles!

Featured Image for Urgent Health Care Action Alert: Raise Your Voice for Survivors

Victims need your help before it is too late.

Please take a minute to urge your U.S. Senators to block the damaging health care bill that would turn back the clock for victims and their children. 

  •  If you have time to call, please use this toll-free NEA number: 1-855-764-1010. Just put in your zip code and you’ll be connected to your Senator’s staff. Tell them you oppose the Senate health care bill (now called the Better Care Reconciliation Act).

Even if you think your Senator supports this dangerous bill, please don’t stop writing and calling. Every Senator needs to hear that their constituents are watching this vote, and whether their Senator puts health care in jeopardy, especially victims of domestic violence.
 
Background: Last month the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which repeals the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and puts victims of domestic violence at serious risk. Yesterday, the Senate introduced a similar bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, that is even worse in some ways.  

It would cut Medicaid even more deeply and rob victims and vulnerable citizens of access to care. Both the House and Senate bills would allow insurance companies to charge more for pre-existing conditions. Both bills would put health care coverage out of reach for countless victims of violence.
 
These proposed bills are poised to become a new tool in an abuser's arsenal to trap victims. If this bill passes the Senate, it could go quickly to the President for signature. Terrifying. 

Contact your U.S. Senators today, by phone or email, and urge them to protect survivors by rejecting the Better Care Reconciliation Act. This bill would be devastating and harmful for survivors. Join us in urging the U.S. Senate to reject it.

Thank you for all that you do to support survivors and help end domestic violence, it is only with your help that we can stop this dangerous legislation from passing.

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