Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault by Law Enforcement

BWJP has a webinar coming up, Sexual Assault by Law Enforcement. It looks fascinating and if I weren’t in trial that day, I would definitely register (hopefully it’ll be archived). It will be held August 18th at 1pm CT. There is a cap on registration, so I encourage you to register early if it’s of interest to you. Click through for details:

From the site:

Attorney Ritchie will share her research on sexual violence by police officers. She introduced the field to her work at the White House Summit, “The United State of Women: The Movement,” in June. Through research conducted as a Soros Justice Fellow, Ritchie determined that 52 percent of 35 police departments surveyed in the U.S. do not have a policy addressing or preventing sexual violence by police officers, despite the issuance of a 2011 guidance on the subject by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Even policies that do exist are limited in scope and application – some consist of a single line noting that on-duty sexual misconduct is prohibited, but fail to define misconduct or the administrative or legal consequences thereof.  Ritchie, Franklin and Liger will discuss the needs of survivors of police sexual violence, service provider response to this particular form of violence, and policy, program, legal and legislative responses.


Andrea Ritchie is a 2014 Soros Justice Fellow and police misconduct attorney and organizer who has engaged in extensive research, writing, litigation, organizing and advocacy on profiling, policing, and physical and sexual violence by law enforcement agents against women, girls and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people of color in over the past two decades. A nationally recognized expert and sought after commentator on policing issues, she has testified before the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, the White House Council on Women and Girls, the Prison Rape Elimination Commission. She has appeared regularly in the New York Times, as well as on MSNBC, C-Span, NBC Nightly News, NPR, Al-Jazeera, and Mother Jones, and her blogs and opinion pieces have been published in The Root, Colorlines, Portside, Praxis, Bilerico and TruthOUT. She is co-author of Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women; A Roadmap for Change: Federal Policy Recommendations for Addressing the Criminalization of LGBT People and People Living with HIV, and Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States (Beacon Press 2011), and author of Law Enforcement Violence Against Women of Color, in The Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology. She is currently at work on a book titled Invisible No More: Racial Profiling and Police Brutality Against Women of Color to be published by Beacon Press in 2017, and is a contributor to Who Do You Serve? Who Do You Protect? to be released by Haymarket Press this June.

Additional Faculty:
Additional faculty will include Grace Franklin and Candace Liger, founders of Oklahoma City Artists for Justice, a grassroots group who organized around the case of Oklahoma City Police Officer Daniel Hotlzclaw, tried for the rape and sexual assault of 13 Black girls and women in 2015, convicted, and sentenced to 267 years in prison.