Weekly Reader June 7, 2019
Updated: Oct 9, 2019
By: Hannah Rabalais, Program Officer
1. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs historic legislation to end rape kit test backlog, combat sex crimes
By: Dallas Morning News, Gromer Jeffers Jr
"Along with tacking the rape kit backlog, the bills would:
* Enhance tools to fight online sex trafficking, increase the penalties for buyers and create a process for victims to clear their records of certain offenses committed solely as a victim of trafficking.
* Create the Sexual Assault Survivors' Task Force within the governor's office to catalog services, identify gaps and coordinate efforts across the state to strategically address sexual assault.
* Direct forfeited proceeds from stash houses to services that aid victims of human trafficking.
* Establish a statewide tele-health center to expand victim access to specially trained sexual assault nurse examiners.
Tackling the sexual assault kit backlog has been a priority for several years, and Neave has spearheaded the effort in the Texas House."
Read full article here: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/texas-legislature/2019/06/04/gov-greg-abbott-signs-historic-legislation-end-rape-kit-testing-backlog-combat-sex-crimes?fbclid=IwAR2U4wEcJ2Qohok7b4TAEX6GNY0q_-TpgqUMWFtS4WuQevfR26o7ZTDTOd4
2. He spent 15 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Now he's on a mission to help others.
By: CNN, Allie Torgan
"Miles was fully exonerated in February 2012 and used a portion of the money he received from the state to provide comprehensive reentry services for people and families affected by incarceration.
Operating in South Dallas, the nonprofit assists individuals returning home from prison by helping them obtain identification, enroll in college and secure housing. The group also provides computer and career training, financial literacy programs and job placement.
The Miles of Freedom Lawn Care Service provides temporary employment for men and women in the program. Miles also offers a shuttle service that takes family members to see their loved ones who are incarcerated."
Read full article here: https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/06/us/cnnheroes-richard-miles-miles-of-freedom/index.html
3.This Chicago business trains former inmates to be beekeepers
By: CNN Business, Parija Kavilanz
"Brenda Palms Barber founded Sweet Beginnings in North Lawndale, Chicago, in 2005.
North Lawndale is a community beset with high unemployment, crime and incarceration. Barber sought to provide the workplace skills former inmates needed to rebuild their lives."The typical reaction we get when [former inmates] come to us is 'What?,'" said Barber. "They don't believe we are a real business until they see the products in stores. Then they realize they're being hired by a real company and it boosts their self-esteem."
Since its launch, the business has hired nearly 500 workers, providing them with a 90-day employment and training program and a starting wage of $10 an hour. Since the program has started, she said less than 4% of the workers have returned to prison."
Read full article here: https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/28/success/sweet-beginnings-honey-chicago-entrepreneurs/index.html
4.Have You Heard?
By: The Center for Effective Philanthropy, Sarah Cotton Nelson
"In my experience, exceptional philanthropy isn’t ivory tower work. It is most often relationally based, messy in the middle, and hard. Social change is, of course, always hard stuff. But listening-based philanthropy requires us to be vulnerable. It requires extra work to ensure others’ opinions and wisdom are poured into the collective pool of knowledge, and it insists that we be willing to overwrite our own conclusions as new information comes in. It requires us to ask for feedback regarding when we as foundations and people have it wrong vs. right, and it requires us to be willing to change our approach, even when it’s uncomfortable or inconvenient. And it asks us as “thought leaders” to please, pretty please, not lead with our own thoughts in the absence of rich, full-bodied perspectives from others."
Read full article here: https://cep.org/have-you-heard/
5. Giving Back with Style: Get P.O.S.H. Ministries + Novak Hair Studios
By: Dallas Doing Good, Mary Martin
"Today P.O.S.H. Ministries offers free hair cuts and styling from a team of 12 beauty professionals, hosted once a month at Novak Hair Studios in downtown Fort Worth. Clients can make an appointment, and are referred by over a dozen partner organizations, including Unbound, a nonprofit serving women who are human trafficking survivors. “We have helped three women from Unbound to have a professional appearance before they appeared in court to testify against their abuser,” Sheila shared. In May, five women made appointments with three stylists, and Sheila is hoping to serve many more people in the future."
Read full article here: https://www.dallasdoinggood.com/doing-good/get-posh-novak-hair-studios