Survivor Town Hall on DOJ Findings
For survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and concerned citizens
Wednesday, September 21st 6-8pm
Motor House, 120 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD
In response to the Department of Justice’s findings concerning Baltimore, a coalition of social justice organizations and survivor-led organizations are hosting listening session for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence to give feedback and input into the Department of Justice’s findings on the Baltimore Police Department and influence the upcoming consent decree. At the event, attendees will learn about: · The problems the Department of Justice found in BPD’s handling of sexual assault and gender discrimination. · Other civil rights violations found by the Department of Justice. · The Consent Decree process In response to the Department of Justice’s Findings, we’ll discuss: · What do survivors want to see change in how the Baltimore Police Department responds to sexual assault? What measures need to be put in place to make sure that change happens? · What needs to be included in the consent decree so that the Baltimore Police Department treats all Baltimore residents fairly, regardless of race or gender? · How can we make public spaces safer and free of harassment for women and the LGBT community? In August 2016, the Department of Justice released their findings on civil rights violations within the Baltimore Police Department. In the findings, DOJ clearly stated that the BPD’s investigations of sexual assault are inadequate, including untested rape kits, sexist comments made by detectives, a backlog of open cases and more. Furthermore, the findings show a pattern of unfair treatment of sex workers in Baltimore and the transgender community. In fall of 2016, The Department of Justice and Baltimore City will enter into a consent decree process, wherein the Baltimore Police Department will be mandated by the federal government to change its policies and practices. This agreement will be overseen by a court-appointed monitor. This event is being organized by FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, Hollaback! Baltimore, Power Inside, Gender Violence Clinic at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, and The Human Trafficking Prevention Project at the University of Baltimore School of Law.