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Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) is leading a bipartisan letter to Senate leadership and appropriators with Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), requesting that additional funding and critical provisions to support the victims of family violence, domestic violence and dating violence be included in the anticipated fourth coronavirus (COVID-19) legislative package. As the Nation engages in social distancing to combat the pandemic, the National Domestic Violence Hotline has reported contacts from victims, saying their abusers are taking advantage of the situation to further isolate them from their friends and family, with some abusers withholding financial resources or medical aid.

“As of the writing of this letter, more than 300 million Americans in 42 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico, as well as in several cities, local municipalities and Tribal communities are being advised to stay at home if at all possible. About 54 million K-12 students are no longer going to school in person, and millions of adults are out of work. As the pandemic continues, we expect these numbers to rise, and as a consequence, so will incidents of domestic violence,” the Senators wrote. “…Simply put, even though staying home is currently our best way to slow the spread of this deadly virus, home is not a safe place for people who experience domestic violence. As a result, communities around the country are reporting increased demands on victim service providers, which are facing new difficulties and complexities in assisting survivors.“

The Senators request that a fourth supplemental package addressing the COVID-19 pandemic include:

  • Funding for shelters and supports, resource centers and technical assistance to support victims of domestic violence, including an additional $100 million for programs funded by the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA);
  • Funding to coordinate language-accessible public outreach to hard-to-reach populations, including $100 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC);
  • Set-aside assistance for Tribes and Tribal organizations;
  • Robust increases in emergency supplemental funding under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) to prevent child abuse and neglect; and
  • Provisions to waive the matching requirements under FVPSA and under Title II of CAPTA so workers on the ground can swiftly respond to the needs of survivors during this public health crisis.

“News reports from across the nation and across the globe have documented a significant increase in domestic violence incidences. Our member programs are telling us that they do not have the resources to serve all of the survivors seeking help,” said Ruth M. Glenn, President and CEO of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “We appreciate Senators Casey, Murkowski, and Klobuchar’s leadership on making sure Congress recognizes the unique dangers victims and survivors face when they have nowhere to escape their abuser. The measures the Senators lay out in their letters will mean access to safety for the millions of Americans who experience intimate partner violence annually.”

“Rape crisis centers provide the nation’s frontline response to sexual assault. They are passionate about supporting survivors during this time of intense crisis. Over 600 local programs responded to our recent survey indicating they need emergency funding to address critical needs, transition to virtual services, and reach out to the most vulnerable. We are so grateful to Senators Klobuchar, Murkowski, and Casey for leading the charge to ensure sexual assault is addressed in any future legislation to address the coronavirus pandemic,” said Terri Poore, Policy Director for the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence.

FVPSA serves as the primary federal funding source for supportive services for victims of domestic violence and their children, and funds the Domestic Violence Hotline. Last year, Senators Casey and Murkowski introduced the Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act of 2019, which updates and enhances FVPSA so that it better addresses the needs of our communities, particularly those with underserved populations. Senator Casey also recently sent a letter to Senate leadership and appropriators with Senators Murkowski and Klobuchar, requesting that future legislation to address the coronavirus pandemic include robust funding through the Department of Justice to support victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Read the letter here.

Dear UNCF Friend,

First and foremost, I hope you and your family are well. COVID-19 is impacting our country in an unprecedented way, and the safety and well-being of our employees, our member institutions and the students we serve is UNCF’s top priority.

UNCF offices are currently physically closed, with employees teleworking until it is safe to return to work; we will reassess that status based on federal government guidelines. Further, we have also postponed our upcoming local fundraising events for the remainder of the month and next as public health and safety must take priority right now.

For 76 years, UNCF has helped more than half a million students graduate from college, and UNCF is rapidly preparing to help address the critical emergency needs of our students and HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities).

Click here to read the entire statement.

Yale University is providing some guidance for those who use substances during COVID-19. Yale University highlights some early symptoms of withdrawal and COVID-19 infection are similar. These include fever and muscle soreness. If symptoms include a persistent cough, it could be COVID-19.

To review the Guidance for People Who Use Substances on COVID-19 fact sheet, click here.

Harm Reduction Coalition is a national advocacy and capacity-building organization committed to providing for those who use drugs for those who provide harm reduction programs.

Check out some of there great resources below:

COVID-19 Guidance for People Who Use Drugs and Harm Reduction Programs

Safer Drug Use During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Syringe Services and Harm Reduction Provider Operations During the COVID-19 Outbreak

For more information about the Harm Reduction Coalition and their other COVID-19 resources, visit www.harmreduction.org.

About Harm Reduction Coalition

Harm Reduction Coalition is a national advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the health and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by drug use. Our efforts advance harm reduction policies, practices and programs that address the adverse effects of drug use including overdose, HIV, hepatitis C, addiction, and incarceration. Recognizing that social inequality and injustice magnify drug-related harm and limit the voice of our most vulnerable communities, we work to uphold every individual’s right to health and well-being and their competence to participate in the public policy dialogue.

 

 

We Are Teachers is a great resource for math for all levels. For more information about their math resources, visit We Are Teachers – Math

About We Are Teachers

Our mission is to inspire teachers and help them succeed by sharing practical classroom ideas, the best freebies and giveaways, and teacher-to-teacher advice and humor.

We publish daily articles, videos, and giveaways right here on our website as well as our social media channels on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and Pinterest.

Think of us as your virtual teacher’s lounge where you can find support and encouragement from your colleagues, a great idea for your next reading or math lesson, and a laugh when you need it.

For more information about We Are Teachers, visit www.weareteachers.com.

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a Licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible version of ourselves.

In session 145, Dr. Joy Harden Bradford shares 7 tips to help manage your anxiety related to the coronavirus. To check out this episode, click here.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recognizes the challenges posed by the current COVID-19 situation and is providing the following guidance and resources to assist individuals, providers, communities, and states across the country.  SAMHSA stands ready to assist in any manner possible.

For more information about SAMHSA and their COVID-19 resources, visit www.samhsa.gov.

The COVID Tracking Project is a volunteer organization dedicated to collecting and publishing the data required to understand the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. To view this information and to read more about The COVID Tracking Project, visit www.covidtracking.com.

About The COVID Tracking Project

The COVID Tracking Project is a volunteer organization launched from The Atlantic and dedicated to collecting and publishing the data required to understand the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. Since early March, 2020, we have grown from a tiny team with a spreadsheet to a project with hundreds of volunteer data-gatherers, developers, scientists, reporters, designers, editors, and other dedicated contributors.

Every day, we collect data on COVID-19 testing and patient outcomes from all 50 states, 5 territories, and the District of Columbia. Our dataset is currently in use by national and local news organizations across the US and by research projects and agencies worldwide. As of mid-April, our data API (which allows sites and apps to import our dataset automatically) receives about one million requests per day.

On April 15, we launched the COVID Racial Data Tracker, a partnership between the COVID Tracking Project and the The Antiracist Research & Policy Center that collects, publishes, and analyzes racial data on the pandemic within the United States.

NASTAD continues to closely monitor the rapidly evolving public health responses to contain and mitigate coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the United States. The organization is committed to providing NASTAD members with potentially useful information, as it becomes available, to help ensure the continuity of essential programming and the protection of people living with and vulnerable to HIV infection and viral hepatitis.

To learn more about NASTAD and to view their COVID-19 resources, visit nastad.org.

The Justice Collaborative has created a Response & Resource page to share essential information, proposed policies, and other resources for activists, public officials, and journalists to help confront this pandemic with a recognition of our shared vulnerability.

For more information about The Justice Collaborative and to review their Response & Resource page, click here.

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