End Silence: The Project on Addressing Prison Rape


The Project on Addressing Prison Rape

The Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Ave NW
50th Street Building
Washington, DC 20016
202-274-4385 (phone)
202-274-4373 (fax)
endsilence@wcl.american.edu

Mission

The Project on Addressing Prison Rape is committed to eliminating sexual abuse for individuals in custodial settings. The Project on Addressing Prison Rape is a leader in addressing the implications and implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA) and its national standards. Since 2000, the Project on Addressing Prison Rape has provided training, technical assistance and legal guidance for correctional agencies, advocates and survivors who want to effectively prevent, respond and eliminate sexual abuse in custodial settings.

Overall, the Project on Addressing Prison Rape has four goals: (1) training; (2) technical assistance; (3) legal expertise regarding sexual abuse in custodial settings; and (4) providing guidance on issues correctional agencies and advocates face in addressing PREA and responing to sexual abuse in custodial settings.

History

Since 2000, The American University, Washington College of Law (WCL) Project on Addressing Prison Rape has been funded by government and private grantors to address and respond to sexual abuse of people in custody. The Project on Addressing Prison Rape has continually provided training, technical assistance and guidance to high level corrections decision makers on key issues in addressing and responding to The Prison Rape Elimination Act.   

Work in the Area of Sexual Abuse in Custodial Settings

The Project on Addressing Prison Rape has conducted training for or in collaboration with:

  • leaders of  45 state department of corrections;
  • 30 county department of corrections;
  • two Native American jails
  • Two territories -- Guam and Puerto Rico
  • Two federal agencies – the Office of Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • 20 juvenile agencies
  • 15 community corrections agencies.

The Project on Addressing Prison Rape has provided technical assistance to adult prisons and jails, juvenile agencies and community corrections on:

  • State criminal laws prohibiting the abuse of individuals in custody
  • Investigations
  • Immediate and ongoing medical care
  • Mental health care and confidentiality

The Project on Addressing Prison Rape has provided guidance, training and technical assistance or served as subject matter experts for professional organizations, as well as advocacy and legal groups including:

  • the American Correctional Association
  • The American Probation and Parole Association
  • The American Jail Association
  • Local Rape Crisis Agencies
  • SANE Nurses
  • State and local prosecutors
  • Federal prosecutors