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Lovisa Stannow
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Lovisa Stannow is the executive director of Just Detention International, an international human rights organization dedicated to ending sexual abuse in all forms of detention. Ms. Stannow has spent the past two decades working in the fields of communications and international human rights. She is the former Executive Director of the Pacific Institute for Women's Health and the West Coast Director and Communications Director of Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières. In the early 1990s, she served as a Press Officer for Amnesty International, following several years as a journalist in Europe and Latin America. Ms. Stannow is multilingual and has spent significant parts of her career based in war zones and areas of humanitarian disaster in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

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Farmer v. Brennan and the Urgency of Ending Sexual Abuse in Detention

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 3:16 PM

We recently recognized the 20-year mark since the U.S. Supreme Court's precedent-setting decision recognizing the right of Dee Farmer, and all survivors of sexual abuse in detention, to seek redress from government officials who failed to protect them. Ms. Farmer, a transgender woman, courageously sued the Bureau of...

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Prisoner Rape Certification Deadline an Opportunity, Not a Threat

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 4:04 PM

Well over a decade after the passage of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), the first significant benchmark for states to confirm that they are taking seriously the fight to end prisoner rape is finally here. The Justice Department is requiring governors from around the country...

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The Supreme Court's Decision on Strip Searches Will Make Jails More Dangerous

(5) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 12:35 PM

The practice of strip searching all jail inmates, just because they are detainees, is a violation of basic human rights and unnecessary. It is also a recipe for sexual abuse. Sadly, earlier this month, five U.S. Supreme Court justices, a bare majority, found that policies that require strip searches of...

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When Good Isn't Enough

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 11:45 AM

Why the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's new standards will not end the crisis of sexual abuse in immigration detention

Sexual violence in detention is a national crisis in the U.S. The Department of Justice (DOJ) estimates that at least 216,600 men, women, and children are sexually abused in...

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Reaching Out to Those Most Alone at Christmas

(1) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 5:45 PM

Imagine if a simple note could save a life. If it could, would you send one?

A few years ago, Scott was a nonviolent, first-time inmate in a Colorado prison. A white supremacist gang called the "2-11 Crew," which had more than 1,000 members in prisons throughout the state,...

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Sexual Abuse Shatters the Lives of Inmates

(3) Comments | Posted August 26, 2010 | 2:29 PM

Today, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) released a new report on the epidemic proportions
of sexual abuse in U.S. detention. At least 88,500 prison and jail inmates were abused in a single year, according to the BJS, mostly by corrections officers. Some were victimized once, others...

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After Three Decades, the Fight to End Prisoner Rape Continues

(11) Comments | Posted August 6, 2010 | 9:32 AM

"Rape, which no judge has ever declared a fit penalty for a crime, is inflicted daily on prisoners whose sole offense may have been their inability to make bail."

So wrote Stephen "Donny" Donaldson, former President of Just Detention International (JDI) in a New York Times op-ed in...

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Attorney General Misses Historic Opportunity to End Sexual Abuse Behind Bars

(2) Comments | Posted June 23, 2010 | 4:03 PM

Today, June 23, Attorney General Eric Holder missed a critical opportunity to stop the sexual abuse of ten of thousands of Americans. He did so by failing to meet the deadline for enacting the first-ever national standards addressing prisoner rape.

These vitally important measures were mandated by...

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Time to End Prisoner Rape

(136) Comments | Posted April 16, 2010 | 12:38 PM

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and one place we need to be especially aware of sexual assault is behind bars.

Every year, more than 100,000 men, women and children are victimized while behind bars, usually by corrections officials whose very job it is to keep them safe....

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The Costs of Prisoner Rape

(2) Comments | Posted March 12, 2010 | 8:56 AM

In an important step toward implementing the U.S. Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), the Department of Justice is now soliciting public comments on the recommended Standards for the Prevention, Detection, Response, and Monitoring of Sexual Abuse in Detention. Developed by a bipartisan commission created under PREA,...

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Don't Delay Ending Sexual Abuse of Incarcerated Youth

(7) Comments | Posted January 7, 2010 | 11:09 AM

A government study released today reveals that an appalling number of youth are raped while in detention - more often than not at the hands of the very officials who are sworn to keep them safe.

According to this unique national survey of detained youth,...

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Assistance must reach prisoner rape survivors

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2009 | 10:31 AM

It has been twenty-five years since Congress passed the Victims of Crime Act. This important legislation has done a lot of good. But it could do more good with one simple change.

The Victims of Crime Act funds essential mental health and medical services to victims of sexual...

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