TRISTAN'S MOON

Detained

There was no end to the American sadness and the American madness (Kerouac).

that which you are denying us

we should never have

had to ask for


Detained, a poem by Kevin (12)

One time I was detained.
I had to do sex work.
The cops beat me up and took me to the jail.
Men were throwing up in a room and they were drunk and throwing up on the floor and it had a drain in it where the throw up went.
It smelled really, really bad.
They make you be naked and they finger fuck you.
They shave your head.
They beat you bad.
They noked my toth out.
They will not let you go.
The food will make you sick.
If you have HIV they will not give you nothing.
Girl gards will come and they want to know if you have drugs so they finger fuck you again.
They will see your hole and your dick.
They will have spray and they will spray you in the face and it will burn your eyes if you fite them.
They can no way make me go back there and I will hang myself. If they come and say you are going to jail again I will stab my neck with a nife.
I hate cops and I hate gards and I hate jail.
Pleze pleze do not let them get me or my friends.
I mean it.
That is my poem.
The end.


Data obtained by the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), revealed that from 2008 to 2012, children under the age of 18 spent a combined total of 36,598 days in 30 adult detention facilities around the country. DHS detained more than 1,300 children in adult facilities in violation of the Flores v. Reno settlement agreement. DHS detained these children for periods ranging from three days to more than one year, and more than 800 children spent at least one week in adult custody. (May 2013; www.immigrantjustice.org).


Medical-Legal Certificate: As a medical organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has a clear role in issuing medical-legal certificates to victims of sexual violence. The medical-legal certificate can constitute important evidence in court – sometimes the only evidence beyond the victim’s own words. Even in conflict situations, where immediate legal action is impossible due to the collapse of judicial systems, patients still have the right to medical-legal certificates, as they may decide to pursue legal action once the conflict is over. (SHATTERED LIVES: Immediate medical care vital for sexual violence victims. A report by Médecins Sans Frontières. March 2009).

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) has not reported all allegations of sexual abuse and assault that were made in their immigrant detention facilities to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), according to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Women can also be perpetrators. Male rape survivors attending MSF clinics in ituri reported being forced to have intercourse with female fighters or guards while in detention. Most of these assaults were committed publicly, to cause humiliation. Even if not involved directly in forced sex, women may play a role as accomplices, facilitating repeated aggression or preventing the violation from being reported. (SHATTERED LIVES: Immediate medical care vital for sexual violence victims. A report by Médecins Sans Frontières. March 2009).

The Impact and Recovery of Prisoner Rape by Robert W. Dumond (A paper presented at the National Conference “Not Part of the Penalty”: Ending Prisoner Rape in Washington, D.C., October 19, 2001). extract

In situations of captivity, the perpetrator(s) often becomes the most important person in the life of the victim. Ironically, as noted by Mariner (2001), sexual victims may be coerced, threatened and intimated into long-term sexual slavery and continuous degradation in order simply to survive. Over time, the perpetrator's actions and beliefs profoundly influence the psychology of the victim (Herman, 1992). Especially in incarcerated settings, victims may experience a systematic, repetitive infliction of psychological trauma, as well as the continuation of terror, helplessness, fear and lack of autonomy.

In addition to the ravages of prison, male sexual assault victims face additional humiliation, which further complicates their potential for recovery. Dumond (1992) reviewed nine (9) key studies which examined the impact of sexual victimization upon males in particular. The vast majority of these studies were conducted in prison/incarceration settings, since few male victims report such abuse in community life. Male victims of sexual assault experience not only the more traditional "rape trauma syndrome" as described by Burgess and Holmstrom (1974, 1975), with its concurrent features of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but also a number of other issues which exacerbate the victimization experience (Anderson, 1981; Calderwood, 1987; Mezey & King, 1989).

The “rape trauma syndrome” identified that rape victims can manifest two (2) response styles: “expressive” and “controlled” (Burgess and Holmstrom, 1974a, 1974b). Kaufman, Divasto, Jackson, Voorhees & Christy (1980) noted that 79% of the men sexually assaulted in the community manifested a “controlled”response, characterized by being calm, controlled and/or subdued. This can be very deceptive to correctional staff, who may assume that the overwhelming crisis of a rape should precipitate a more “expressive” response. These staff may subsequently interpret a subdued, emotionless response as evidence that a forced sexual assault did not take place. However, given the dynamics of the prison subculture, and the emphasis on control, aggression and masculinity, it is entirely consistent that most male rape victims in incarcerated settings would be guarded in their overt manifestation of trauma (Wooden & Parker, 1982; Donaldson, 1993).


U.S. Government Action Plan on Children in Adversity (2012).
 The U.S. Government aims to achieve within targeted subpopulations: 1) The percentage of children who experience violence, exploitation, abuse, and neglect is reduced. 2) The percentage of children who receive appropriate care and protection after experiencing violence, exploitation, abuse, or neglect is increased. 3) The percentage of target population that views violence, exploitation, abuse, or neglect of children as less acceptable after participating in or being exposed to U.S. Government programming is increased. 4) The percentage of countries that ratify and implement relevant conventions or formally adopt internationally recognized principles, standards, and procedural safeguards to protect children from violence, exploitation, abuse, and neglect is increased.

For instance... 

a) Only three United Nations Member States have still NOT ratified the CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD (1989). Those would be THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and SOMALIA and SOUTHERN SUDAN.

The USA has, however, signed the Convention. Where the United States has signed but not ratified a treaty, it is obligated not to act contrary to the purpose of the convention under Article 18 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (a separate treaty governing treaty interpretation and adherence that the United States has ratified). Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties art. 18, May 23, 1969, 1155 U.N.T.S. 331, 336 (entered into force on Jan., 27, 1980); see also Jean Koh Peters, How Children Are Heard in Child Protective Proceedings, in the United States and around the World in 2005: Survey Findings, Initial Observations, and Areas for Further Study, 6 NEV. L.J. 966, 969 (2006).

b) The USA ratified the Convention's optional protocol on the SALE OF CHILDREN, CHILD PROSTITUTION AND CHILD PORNOGRAPHY in 2001. This optional protocol charges the USA with providing the kids with legal counsel & legal representation, healthcare, trauma therapy and a safe haven.  However, in 2014 the USA still has no Federal or Coordinated response that serves the best interest of kids who happen to find themselves in US Territories.


My Tricks All Have Big cars. A poem by Miguel (14)

My tricks all like showing off. Driving big car tricks. Big Cock Daddy for his little boy. You want to put your tongue you Big Daddy in my shit hole will cost you twenty bucks.

You want me to shit in your mouth will cost you a hundred. The cops said I beat one trick up pretty bad. But if you eat my shit and you do not pay me I am going to beat you up Big Car Daddy. You want to suck my titty will cost you one whole dollar.

I only eat shit if Daddy gets me needle high. You do not taste it then.

I piss on you will cost you fifty bucks. Your car will smell like pee. I gotta calculator running inside my head like the nurses have when you go the ER with like some pimp has broke your bones. Clicking off the numbers you will owe them.

You wanna come in my mouth will cost you seventy-five dollars upfront. You wanna cum in my hole will cost you an ounce of coke. I am supposed to be impressed by Daddy and his big old car.

But all dicks taste the same to me. I don’t own a car. You gotta be careful with the tricks cuz after they cum they want you out of there. They throw me out. And then they burn rubber out of there. Sometimes I wonder what kind of houses they live in.

All I know is that the houses must be big. You gotta big house and a big car and a heart smaller than my left tit in a deep freeze.



President Barack Obama (anti-human trafficking speech, 2012): "We’ll strengthen training, so investigators and law enforcement are even better equipped to take action -- and treat victims as victims, not as criminals." ***In 2010 the USA spent millions of dollars: 27,000 people were trained by federal agencies to recognize and fight trafficking and there were 29 active federal anti-trafficking task forces.

Dear Rep. Michael McCaul [R-TX10], Chairman of House Homeland Security and Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6], Chairman of House Judiciary,

Please urge your colleagues to URGENTLY pass HR.2235 which was submitted to your committees in 2011. The kids will greatly benefit from being offered appropriate and consistent blankets, nutrition, medicines, trauma therapies, protection and legal representation, that serve their best interests whilst they are detained and processed in the USA.

Thank you for using your influence to raise the quality of life for kids, whose lives have been changed forever by what adults in the USA have done to them and what they have been forced to do to survive.

Please could you also ensure the rights afforded to kids by HR.2235 are extended to all the kids, who are survivors of human trafficking / sex trafficking, including: “children who have been adjudicated delinquents or convicted of adult offenses or are pending delinquency or criminal proceedings, and those inmates exhibiting violent behavior while in detention as is consistent with the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5601 et seq.).” These children need to be placed in environments that serve their best interests ie not being housed with adults, and have access to blankets, medical care, legal representation, etc.

Yours sincerely,

Rachel Chapple, PhD (Founder, Real Stories Gallery Foundation 501c3)


Young males at-risk
means the kids are confronting serious, life-threatening, deeply personal & intimate issues with sexual abuse, conflict, rape, displacement, survival sex, human trafficking, gang violence, addictions, cyclical prostitution, suicide, disability from physical abuse, homelessness, school failure, cutting, running away, life on the street, coming out, severe bullying, jail, HIV/AIDS-defining infections and diseases, and powerful side-effects from prescription drugs. The kids do not necessarily speak English. They are reached through the arts.

According to the American Correctional Association, the average cost to incarcerate a juvenile for a 9-12 month period is between $66,000 and $88,000. In California, the cost is $224,712.

Governments spend an estimated $5.7 billion annually incarcerating juvenile offenders [www.justicepolicy.org]. The result is that the deep end eats up much of state and local juvenile justice budgets, leaving scarce resources for interventions with the vast majority of youth referred to juvenile courts. This imbalance is especially problematic because local jurisdictions often have little incentive to reduce commitments because state government typically foots most or all of the bill for incarceration, while the locals are on the hook for community-based supervision and services (see Annie E. Casey Foundation).

Vanguard Group Incorporated is the largest holder in Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and the third largest holder in the GEO Group. Vanguard also holds considerable stake in the media giants determining this country’s culture (see http://hiphopandpolitics.com/2013/04/24/jailhouse-roc-the-facts-about-hip-hop-and-prison-for-profit/)

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