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Diane A. Sears – Coordinator
2013 International Men’s Day
KEEPING MEN AND BOYS SAFE: 2013 INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY
BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM – 14 February 2013 — People all over the world are used to relating to men as protectors and providers, but how often do we consider the actions we can all take to protect Men and Boys from harm and provide them with a safe world where they can thrive and prosper?
In the run up to 2013 International Men’s Day — Tuesday 19th November — ,we’re asking supporters of the day to focus on five key challenges that will help create a better world for everyone by Keeping Men and Boys Safe.:
Keeping Men And Boys Safe By Tackling Male Suicide
Every minute of every hour of every day, one more man reaches the point where he thinks the only option is to take his own life.
According to the World Health Organisation, it is estimated that nearly one million people take their lives every year and most of them are Men. In developed countries, Men are generally three to four times more likely to take their own lives.
ACLU Capital Punishment Project (www.aclu.org)
The ACLU’s Capital Punishment Project fights valiantly for those on death rows across the United States. They monitor conditions of confinement and are often the last resort for the innocent who sit on death row with no other avenue of recourse.
ACLU National Prison Project (www.aclu.org/prison)
The ACLU’s National Prison Project is dedicated to ensuring that out nation’s prisons, jails, juvenile facilities and immigration detention centers comply with the Constitution, federal law, and international human rights principles, and to addressing the crisis of over-incarceration in the United States.
ACLU Oregon (www.aclu-or.org)
ACLU Oregon is the Oregon branch of the ACLU. They are also a friends of PrisonEducation.com.
The Miami and faith-based organization Children of Inmates works with local services to help strengthen the bond between these children and imprisoned parents. The belief is strong that by keeping this bond strong, the trauma will be minimized.
One way to help reduce recidivism in our prison system is through prevention. The MacArthur Foundation provides grants and loans to programs that support organizations who contribute to defending human rights programs, making cities safer, international justice, education for children in developing countries and health services for those in need.
The MacArthur Foundation is one of the largest private philanthropies in the United States. Grants and loans go to individuals and organizations that support creative ways to defend human rights, global conservation and changing complex social strategies aimed at making the world a more peaceful place to reside.
The number of American children that have a parent or even both parents in prison is staggering. More than 1.5 million as of this writing and many of these children are under the age of 10 years old. Many of these children do not have reliable adult supervision and often are left to fend for themselves, or sent from foster home to foster home. A large percentage of these children will most likely end up incarcerated themselves as some point in their lives.
The National Service Knowledge Network is an online resource for children with parents in prison. The list is vast and comprehensive and provides programs where children can receive reliable adult mentoring in their lives.
Women who have spent time in prison, often have a much harder time reentering into society than men do. There is much stigma placed on women who have spent time in prison and they have been separated from their children, family, friends and support groups. Many of these women suffer from depression, ill-health and mental health.
The Females Reentering Empowering Each Other, known as I’m FREE, works with women who have been incarcerated in Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in helping them to self-sustaining lifestyles. The organization offers year-long residential training to assist women who have recently been released from the judicial system and are members of the Council for Returning Citizens at Resources for Human Development.
On September 28th, 2012, Governor Jerry Brown of California has finally signed AB 2530, which is a bill that bans shackling of pregnant women in California’s state prisons, juvenile detention facilities and county jails.
For years, pregnant women who are incarcerated, have had to wear chains around their pregnant bellies while appearing in court, shackles around their ankles while seeing doctors and very often have been shackled and handcuffed while giving birth. What an outrage!!
Prisoners’ Wives, Girlfriends and Partners (PWGP) was founded in 2009 by Reesy-Floyd Thompson, a wife of an incarcerated prisoner. Her life was shattered when her husband was sentenced to prison. She had no where to turn to for support on how ways to deal with the grief, loneliness and isolation that she felt.