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Eliminating sexual abuse in confinement

The Prison Rape Elimination Act Resource Center is funded through a cooperative agreement between the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the Department of Justice, and Impact Justice.

Our work is devoted to eliminating sexual abuse and sexual harassment of all people confined in prisons, jails, juvenile facilities, community confinement facilities, and lockups, and regards sexual safety as a fundamental human right. The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Resource Center (PRC) provides assistance to state and local agencies as they grapple with the challenges of ensuring sexual safety in their facilities and as they work to implement the Department of Justice (DOJ) National PREA Standards. That assistance includes robust training and technical assistance, such as links with experts who can review policies and coach leadership through the changes necessary to create sexually safe environments. The PRC also develops publicly available resources, including training curricula, to address common challenges in the field. The PRC maintains a federally sponsored website with an extensive library of resources for agencies seeking to become compliant with the PREA standards. Finally, the PRC supports the DOJ PREA audit function by assisting with the training and ongoing support of PREA auditors around the country.

What We’re Doing

Changing Attitudes & Perceptions

Sexual abuse should never be part of any punishment, and yet we have allowed sexual abuse in confinement to become too common. The PRC affirms the humanity of people who are incarcerated by working to end sexual abuse in confinement.

Implementing Policy Change

The PRC assists state and local agencies with implementation of the National PREA Standards, which represent sweeping policy change in the treatment and safety of people in prisons, jails, juvenile and community confinement facilities, and lockups.

Advancing Practice

The PRC helps confinement agencies to put change into practice by creating reporting cultures, training staff, educating people who are confined, providing meaningful support to victims, and undertaking comprehensive, practice-based audits.

PRC is curating and seeding important work to eliminate sexual abuse in custodial settings. They sweat the details and take seriously the goal of eliminating prison rape.

– Professor Brenda V. Smith, American University – Washington College of Law and Director, Project on Addressing Prison Rape

The PRC is the base that supports the successful fight against sexual abuse and sexual harassment in our prisons, jails, and community confinement centers. We can’t win without it.

– David Haasenritter, DOJ Certified PREA Auditor and Regional Manager, Compliance Accreditation Managers Association (CAMA)

Working with the PRC has strengthened my advocacy for transgender and non-binary people. With the knowledge I received from the PRC, I am able to meaningfully impact and save lives.

– Zahara Green, Co-Founder/Executive Director, TRANScending Barriers

 

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