Building your PREA Response Team
In 2003, the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was signed into law. The goal of PREA is to eradicate prisoner rape in all types of correctional facilities in this country. Locally, we at Partners Against Violence work with prisons, jails, detention centers, and even federal bureaus. We have established a different form of partnership with each one. Some more than others depending on what exactly you would like to feature. We are supported by VALOR, which also provides many resources for organizations looking to develop a PREA Response team institutionalizing services for incarcerated Survivors.
Recently, our Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Coordinator Yesenia Quevedo joins Connie Cueva (she/her) from the Women's Center Youth and Family Services, Carol Beecroft (she/her) from the Women's Center High Desert, and Vanessa Reyna (she/her) from Waymakers in a discussion that allows RCCs seeking to establish internal PREA response teams to hear from RCCs who have successfully implemented internal PREA response teams for the provision of rape crisis services to Survivors who are in detention. In sharing their experience in developing an internal PREA response team, RCCs can provide inspiration and concrete tips for their fellow agencies.
Check out the training here and below.