NYWF In the Know – August 2, 2015

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U.S. House of Representatives Passes the Ruth Moore Act of 2015
This week, the House of Representatives passed the Ruth Moore Act of 2015, which will ease the process of getting help from the Department of Veterans Affairs for veterans who are survivors of military sexual trauma (MST). A challenge that sexual assault survivors in the military have faced is the burden of proof for sexual assault, which often results in further barriers that prevent them from gaining access to their resources and benefits. Click here to read more.
$30 Million Program to Help Low-Income New Yorkers Get Mental Health Care
New York is set to begin a $30 million program aimed at providing mental health services to low-income residents with little or no access to care.
The large, delicate role of children in New York activism
They may be small, but their presence is widely felt in New York politics, their voices often heard in controversial policy fights over education, health care, energy, the environment nad more.
House Backs Bill to Help Vets Who’ve Suffered Sexual Assault
Veterans who suffered sexual assault or other sexual abuse while in uniform would get help more easily from the Department of Veterans Affairs under the Ruth Moore Act, a bill approved Monday by the House. The bill would allow a statement by a survivor of military sexual trauma to be considered sufficient proof that an assault occurred.
Long-term solutions to three-quarter houses
Illegal boarding houses that rent beds in overcrowded, unsanitary rooms to the city’s most vulnerable inhabitants – formerly incarcerated individuals, street homeless and recovering drug addicts – have long been recognized as a persistant problem at the nexus of housing, substance abuse and criminal justice.
Pell Grants to Be Restored for Prisoners
Obama administration plans a 3- to 5- year test to see if college classes help reduce prison recidivism.
Five Facts to Know on Black Women’s Equal Pay Day
In April every year, that pesky gender wage gap jumps to front-page news again as we mark Equal Pay Day. The date signifies the day when American women, on average, have finally earned as much as the average white American man did the past year. This week is an equally important and depressing milestone: Black Women’s Equal Pay Day.
Dutee Chand, Female Sprinter With High Testosterone Level, Wins Right to Compete
The final appeals court for global sports further blurred the line separating male and female athletes on Monday, ruling that a common factor in distinguishing the sexes – the level of natural testosterone in an athlete’s body – is insufficient to bar some women from competing against females.
‘Sea Slaves’: The Human Misery That Feeds Pets and Livestock
Men who have fled servitude on fishing boats recount beatings and worse as nets are cast for the catch that will become pet food and livestock feed.
Search for Mexico’s missing students finds 120 other bodies
Mexico’s attorney general says search for 43 missing college students has found 60 clandestine graves, 129 bodies.
Tortillas on the rise in New York
Move over, matzo: Meet the unleavened bread that’s a fast-rising baked good in New York. Workers at Hot Bread Kitchen use $150,000 worth of equipment to church out tortillas that sell $4 per 12-pack.
Boy Scouts lift blanket ban on gay adult leaders, employees
The Boy Scouts of America lifted its outright ban on openly gay adult leaders and employees on Monday, rolling back a policy that has deeply divided the membership of the 105-year-old Texas-based organization.
The New American Slavery: Invited To The U.S., Foreign Workers Find a Nightmare
The H-2 visa program invites foreign workers to do some of the most menial labor in America. Then it leaves them at the mercy of their employers. Thousands of these workers have been abused – deprived of their fair pay, imprisoned, starved, beaten, raped, and threatened with deportation if they dare complain. And the government says it can do little to help.
‘I’m No Longer Afraid’: 35 Women Tell Their Stories About Being Assaulted by Bill Cosby and the Culture That Wouldn’t Listen
There are now 46 women who have come forward publicly to accuse Cosby of rape or sexual assault; the 35 women here are the accusers who were willing to be photographed and interview. Accompanying this photo essay is a compilation of the interviews with these women, a record of trauma and survival – the memories that remain of the decades-old incidents.
Afghan shelter provides security for abused women
Afghan women who have suffered violence and trauma at the hands of their families, find secret reprieve in shelter.
On the Death of Sandra Bland and Our Vulnerable Bodies
Because Sandra Bland was driving while black, because she was not subservient in the manner this trooper preferred, a routine traffic stop became a death sentence. Even if Ms. Bland did commit suicide, there is an entire system of injustice whose fingerprints left bruises on her throat.
Judge Orders Release of Immigrant Children Detained by U.S.
A federal judge in California has ruled that the Obama administration’s detention of children and their mothers who were caught crossing the border illegally is a serious violation of a longstanding court settlement, and that the families should be released as quickly as possible.
How New York’s mentally ill get lost in courts, jails and hospitals
Defendants spend years on ‘merry-go-round’ between psychiatric wards and Rikers before gaining competency to stand trial.
From NYWF:RADIANCE is a striking photo book celebrating 46 grantee partners of The New York Women’s Foundation– some of the most powerful and daring activist, visionaries and community leaders transforming and illuminating New York City. Click here for more information and to purchase your copy today! Save the Date: Neighborhood Dinner in Staten Island Join us on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 as we celebrate outstanding community leaders in Staten Island! Click here for more information.
From the Field:Bronx Salsa Fest 2015 Two days of Salsa at the Bronx Heritage Music Center– August 14 and 15. Click here for more information.Transgender People and HIV Transgender people are not getting adequate health care, and widespread discrimination is largely to blame according to a recent World Health Organization report. Click here for the story on NPR. Click here for the report.
Valuing the Invaluable 2015 Update: Undeniable Progress, but Big Gaps Remain Family caregivers are an essential part of the social, health, and economic fabric of the U.S. But family caregiving often comes at substantial cost to the caregivers themselves, to their families, and to society. Click here for the full report from AARP.

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