By Sara Miller Llana

Type in "sex tourism" and "Brazil" in Google, and the first site that comes up is not a news report or academic study, but advice on going rates and how to hire prostitutes.

Release Date:
December 6, 2012

For Immediate Release
DHS Press Office
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By Allie Torgan

July 21, 2011

By the Indian Country Today Media Network Staff

The Obama administration will discuss legislation today geared at combating violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women.

The news comes shortly after United States Senator Lisa Murkowski raised awareness of the epidemic of domestic violence, sexual assault and sex trafficking among Alaska Natives and American Indians at the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on July 14.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator and former sex crimes prosecutor Claire McCaskill today released the results of a first-of-its-kind national survey on campus sexual assaults—results McCaskill said must serve as a “wakeup call” to the nation’s institutions of higher learning.

The massive survey of schools demonstrates a disturbing failure by many institutions to comply with the law and with best practices in how they handle sexual violence against students—failures which affect nearly every stage of the institutions’ responses to sexual violence.

After hours of debate, the Senate failed to vote yesterday on the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA). Introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), MJIA would move the decision of whether to prosecute sexual assault cases out of the chain-of-command and give it to independent, objective, trained military prosecutors.

By Jennifer Bendery

WASHINGTON -- The Senate easily passed its Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill on Tuesday, officially punting the issue to the House, where Republican leaders still haven't signaled how they plan to proceed.

The bill passed 78 to 22. It already had 62 cosponsors, which ensured its passage, but it picked up additional support from a handful of Republicans who weren't already sponsoring it.

A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill last week that would require the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) to improve health care for women veterans. According to the summary of the Women Veterans Health Care Improvement Act (see PDF), there are 1.7 million women veterans today, a number that is estimated to double in the next five years.

14 September 2011 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has sent a senior team to Haiti to enforce the United Nations’ zero-tolerance policy on misconduct by its personnel following the alleged sexual assault of an 18-year-old Haitian man by Uruguayan members of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Caribbean nation.


ATTORNEY-GENERAL Mark Dreyfus will discuss the difficulty of prosecuting crimes of sexual violence against women and children when he meets with foreign counterparts in New Zealand.

Mr Dreyfus will travel to Auckland for an annual meeting with the attorneys-general of the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and New Zealand.

The meetings aim to share experience and knowledge around complex cross-border issues, and explore how to tackle the challenges that globalisation poses to law enforcement and courts.


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