We are pleased to share the Advocacy Committee's September update highlighting our grantees and issues impacting Jewish women and girls.
Please read the first article co-authored by JWF staff in the September edition of the JUF News. This article highlights the impressive work of our trustees and grantees, specifically addressing the issue of violence against women. We hope that this will be the first of many articles throughout our 20th anniversary year to shed light on the important work of our foundation in the Chicago Jewish community and around the world.
House of Representatives passed of H.R. 5578, the Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act of 2016 which establishes a national standard for survivors’ rights in the reporting, investigation, and prosecution of sexual assault crimes. Specifically, a survivor will have the right to have her rape kit preserved for the duration of the statute of limitations; the right to be notified in writing sixty days before her rape kit is scheduled to be destroyed; the right to request additional preservation of her rape kit; and the right to be informed of the results of her rape kit.
Governor Rauner signed SB3007, the bill that will provide state-funded services (including SNAP, TANF and Medicaid) for foreign-born survivors of trafficking, torture and other crimes. As you know, SB3007: The Survivor Support and Trafficking Prevention Act not only will provide meaningful supports for pre-certified survivors of trafficking it will also provide access to these programs to anyone preparing to file or waiting for a decision on a T-Visa, U-Visa or asylum.
Chicago also took a major step toward becoming the34th jurisdictionin the United States with a paid sick days law when the city council unanimously approved an ordinance that will establish a standard for the city. This tremendous victory was made possible by years of hard work by the Earned Sick Time Chicago Coalition– a dedicated group of at least 46 advocacy organizations and unions anchored by Women Employed.
As always, please feel free to pass along any information you think we should share with our Trustees.
Sue Rifas, Advocacy Committee Chair
Sara Kalish, Senior Program Officer