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Notice of Funding Opportunity
12/17/2016

Notice is hereby given of the availability of the FY 2016 STOP funds received from the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW), U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs.

The LCLE administers and allocates these FY 2016 STOP funds through the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault (LaFASA) Coalition.
 
The total amount available is $278,747.
 
If interested in this competitive opportunity:
Please refer to the FY 2016 STOP Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and complete the STOP Notice of Intent (NOI) Worksheet for submitting your proposal. The documents may be obtained from the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement’s website:
http://www.lcle.la.gov/programs/funding.asp.
 
For questions and additional information contact:
Rafael de Castro
Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault
2133 Silverside Drive, Suite A
Baton Rouge, La 70808
Ph# 225-372-8995

 
The deadline for submitting is: January 28, 2016
 
Proposals will be considered for final approval at the next available Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement Victim Services Advisory Board and Commission meetings. Agency representatives with proposals recommended for approval will be required to attend this meeting in order to receive funding.
 



Notice of Funding Opportunity
12/16/2016

Notice is hereby given of the availability of the FY 2016 Sexual Assault Services Formula Program (SASP) funds received from the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW), U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs.

The LCLE administers and allocates these FY 2016 SASP funds through the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault (LaFASA) Coalition.
 
The total amount available is $408,989.
 
If interested in this competitive opportunity:
Please refer to the FY 2016 SASP Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and complete the SASP Notice of Intent (NOI) Worksheet for submitting your proposal. The documents may be obtained from the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement’s website:
http://www.lcle.la.gov/programs/funding.asp.
 
For questions and additional information contact:
Rafael de Castro
Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault
2133 Silverside Drive, Suite A
Baton Rouge, La 70808
Ph# 225-372-8995

 
The deadline for submitting is: December 30, 2016
 
Proposals will be considered for final approval at the next available Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement Victim Services Advisory Board and Commission meetings. Agency representatives with proposals recommended for approval will be required to attend this meeting in order to receive funding.
 



It's More Than Harmless Locker Room Talk, It's Rape Culture
10/11/2016



Donald Trump’s recently released comments from a 2005 recording have prompted a national conversation about sexual assault. What Trump says in these tapes is more than just off-color talk about sex, but describes actions that meet the legal definition of sexual assault. Dismissal of these comments as harmless “locker room” banter or “just words,” not only dangerously normalizes sexual violence, but also dehumanizes women, of whom 1 in 5 is a survivor of sexual assault. Sexual assault is no laughing matter. Research shows that environments in which demeaning comments against women are tolerated lead to increased rates of sexual assault. LaFASA urges citizens of Louisiana and beyond to recognize that these comments contribute to rape culture and to stand up against it by supporting sexual assault services in your community.
 


LaFASA Welcomes New Executive Director, Rafael de Castro!
9/02/2016



Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault (LaFASA) is excited to announce new Executive Director Rafael de Castro. Mr. de Castro will officially join the LaFASA team on September 19th.

A graduate of Louisiana State University, Rafael de Castro has worked in Business Development and Non-Profit Management for the last 31 years. Before joining LaFASA he served as the Executive Director of Youth Oasis, a nonprofit agency that primarily operates a Homeless Shelter for youth ages 10-17 years old.

During his time at Youth Oasis, Rafael was responsible for a complete transformation of the agency resulting in a 170% increase in provided bed-nights and the development of the gulf coast region’s first Transitional Living Program for LGBTQ homeless youth ages 16-21. In a previous role as Executive Director of the National Independent Nursery Furniture Association, he worked to ensure safer sleeping environments for infants by serving as a member of the CPSC Infant Bedding Task Force Committee and participating in ASTM subcommittees to establish the ASTM Consumer Safety Specifications for Full-Size Baby Cribs (F1169).

According to Rafael: “LaFASA and its member agencies already do an amazing job providing supportive services, advocacy, and prevention education throughout most of Louisiana but we are faced with an immediate need to expand those services across the entire state. We must insure that all sexual assault survivors have access to reliable and quality local services.”

Rafael is a Louisiana native and excited to lead the LaFASA team! (Read official press release)



LaFASA & LCADV Celebrate Purple & Teal Day at the Capitol!
4/26/2016



On April 26th, Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault  kicked off Day at the Capitol with a short opening ceremony on the capitol steps.  We spent the day meeting with legislators from all over Louisiana to educate about sexual violence and advocate for survivor support. 

LaFASA's Cocktails for a Cause Was a BIG Success!
12/14/2015



Last Thursday, December 10th 2015, LaFASA hosted its first Cocktails for a Cause, and we are proud to say it was a huge success! We exceed both our attendence and fundraising goals! Thank you to the River Room and everyone who participated in the event! We appreciate your continued support as we work to eliminate sexual violence in Louisiana! 


Governor Jindal Signs Bills to Protect and Support Victims of Sexual Assault
6/23/2015



Governor Jindal signed four bills into law that will further protect and support victims of sexual assault. The pieces of legislation, HB 835, HB 143, SB 255, and SB 37 were included in Governor Jindal’s 2015 Legislative Package. Read More.   
 


Louisiana Senate Passes Rape Kit Funding and Revenge Porn Legislation
5/27/2015



HB 489, which criminalizes revenge porn in Louisiana, passed through House and cleared the Senate with unanimous approval. Additionally, the senate passed HB 143 and HB 835. Together both bills ensure that victims will not be billed for rape kits and that these kits will be funded by unclaimed gambling earnings. Read the full articles about these bill here: Revenge Porn Criminalization (HB 489) and Louisiana Rape Kit Billing (HB 143 & HB835)
 


Capitol Day: One Day, Two Causes
4/15/2015


 

LaFASA and LCADV need your support; help end sexual and domestic violence in Louisiana by attending Capitol Day.

LaFASA and LCADV will collaborate to host Capitol Day 2015. This year’s rally will be held on the steps of the Capitol Building in Baton Rouge, LA on Tuesday, April 28th at 9am. This year’s event will feature speakers and exhibits about the impact of sexual and domestic violence on our communities. 

Unfortunately, domestic and sexual violence are problems that affect every community in Louisiana. 1 out of 4 girls and 1 out 6 boys will be sexually victimized before their 18th birthday. Additionally, Louisiana leads the nation in the rate of women murdered by men, and has done so since 1997. We need your support to encourage lawmakers to pass legislation that will help eliminate sexual and domestic violence, as well as provide assistance to survivors. Capitol Day is perfect day to demonstrate your commitment to making our communities safer for our families, friends, and neighbors.
 

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
4/1/2015



April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This year LaFASA will focus on preventing sexual assault on college campuses, supporting survivors, and holding perpetrators accountable.  

All month long, LaFASA and its 13 sexual assault centers will be hosting SAAM activities throughout Louisiana. “We are encouraging everyone to get involved this year by attending the SAAM events in their local community, using social media to spread the word, and to take time to learn about this issue and educate others. Everyone benefits when campuses and communities are safer” says LaFASA’s Executive Director, Ebony Tucker. As this year’s slogan states, “It’s Time to Act: Safer Campuses. Brighter Futures. Prevent Sexual Violence.”

Unfortunately sexual assault affects every community and campus in Louisiana. As many as one in five women and 1 and 16 men are sexually assaulted in college. The impact of sexual assault can be wide-ranging and can have long-term health impacts. LaFASA stands with the Louisiana policymakers and leaders who have used their influence to assess the problem, support survivors, and change our culture. “Get involved, demand safe communities, and together we can end sexual violence” says Tucker.
 


LaFASA's Executive Director Speaks to NOLA.com About Untested DNA Evidence
3/9/2015



According to the Times-Picayune, NOPD has a backlog 1,300+ untested rape kits. About a third of these kits are more than five years old, and some even date back to the late 1980s. Ebony Tucker and New Orleans Senator J.P. Morrell offer insight into this issue. To read the article, click here
 


Ebony Tucker, LaFASA's Executive Director, On the Cosby Scandal
2/27/2015



Ebony Tucker, LaFASA's Executive Director, speaks to WWL FM105.5 about victim blaming in this high profile scandal. 
Tucker says there has been so much victim blaming surrounding the Cosby allegations that people are separating Dr. Huxabtable from someone who is capable of committing a horrible crime."I'd like for people who are going to this event know that just because this is a talented person it doesn't mean he doesn't have the ability to commit sexual assault."
To read the full article click here


Nomination For Capitol Day Awards!
2/2/2015

LaFASA and LCADV wants to honor individuals and organizations that work to end sexual and domestic violence in Louisiana. Individuals and organizations eligible for awards include program staff and volunteers, judges, attorneys, legislators, other allied professionals and businesses/organizations. In addition, for individuals, include a one-paragraph biography about the nominee and, for businesses/ organizations, include a one-paragraph summary of its work. Nominations are due Friday, March 20 at 12:00 p.m.
Email submissions to Jessie Nieblas, Director of Education, at jessie@lafasa.org. If you have any questions, please call 225 372 8995.


National Stalking Awareness Month
1/8/2015



Imagine that you don’t feel safe. Someone is following you, texting and e-mailing you, and you are afraid. In one year, 7.5 million Americans were victims of stalking — a dangerous crime that can happen to anyone. If you or anyone you know is being stalked, or to find out more about stalking, contact LaFASA at 888-995-7273 or visit the National Stalking Resource Center's website.


 
LaFASAsS E.D. Speaks About The Governor's New Executive Order
12/10/2014





Governor Jindal's Executive Order Regulates Forensic Exams
12/9/2014



Governor Jindal's executive order seeks to protect victim's rights by ensuring victims recieve a forensic exam. 



New Orleans Family Justice Center's Conference Starts Today!
12/3/2014


The New Orleans Family Justice Center's Sexual Assault Best Practices Conference starts today. They have approximately 300 attendees, including advocates, law enforcement officers, and community leaders from all over Louisiana. The Mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu and Director of the New Orleans Family Justice Center Mary Claire Landry delivered opening remarks thanking and supporting those in attendance. 



Senator Morrell's Sexual Assault Task Force
11/21/2014


After the results of the Board of Regents report from September 2014, Senator Morrell created a task force to address campus sexual assault. LaFASA is playing a key role in helping the task force develop a baseline for future university/college policies and improve current policies regarding campus sexual assault.



Inspector General's Report of Inquiry
11/12/2014
Office of Inspector General, City of New Orleans, Report of Inquiry into Documentation of Sex Crime Investigations by Five Detectives in the S.V.S. of the N.O.P.D. 



 


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