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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity in the Armed Services: Background and Issues for Congress

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Defense/Military,Sex Issues,Women

Discusses the differences in how these terms are used in civilian and military contexts.  Also examines how the inclusion of racial and ethnic groups, women, and LGBT individuals has evolved in the Armed Forces. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


PREA Data Collection Activities, 2016

Categories: Crime/Justice,Laws/Regulations,Sex Issues,Statistics,Youth

Describes methods used and results obtained from information gathering activities related to the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003.  Most 2016 activities related to juvenile correctional facilities.  From the Bureau of Justice Statistics


Facility-Level and Individual-Level Correlates of Sexual Victimization in Juvenile Facilities, 2012

Categories: Crime/Justice,Sex Issues,Statistics,Youth

Examines characteristics of correctional facilities for youth that relate to sexual victimization and youth characteristics that can predict sexual victimization.  From the Bureau of Justice Statistics


Trafficking in Persons Report 2016

Categories: Children,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Immigration/Migration,Labor/Employment,Sex Issues

Annual report on what countries around the world are doing to combat human slavery.  Of 188 countries covered, 36 were placed on Tier 1, 78 on Tier 2,          44 on the Tier 2 Watch List, and 27 on Tier 3.  Overall there were 27 downgrades and 20 upgrades.  From the State Department


Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance, United States, 2015

Full results of a survey on health-related activities and behaviors of youth.  Includes smoking cigarettes and e-cigarettes, texting while driving, prescription drug misuse, and sexual behavior.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Cigarette Smoking Among U.S. High School Students At An All-time Low, but E-Cigarette Use a Concern

Agency press release summarizing results of the 2015 results from the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Children and Armed Conflict: Report of the Secretary General

Categories: Afghanistan,Children,Crime/Justice,Iraq,Sex Issues,Sudan,Syria,Terrorism,United Nations

Annual report on the impact of war on children.  Annexes to the report which covers 2015 include information about parties that recruit and use children as warriors, sexual violence against children, attacks on schools and hospitals, and the abduction of children.  From the United Nations Security Council


Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students

Categories: Children,Civil/Human Rights,Education,Education-Higher,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Sex Issues,Youth

Letter of guidance sent to public schools and colleges directing them to provide transgender students with access to bathrooms and locker rooms that match their chosen gender identity.  The letter summarizes school obligations toward transgender students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and how the federal government will evaluate a school’s compliance with those obligations.  The letter begins on p. 2 following a Notice of Language Assistance.  From the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department and the Office for Civil Rights of the U. S. Department of Education.


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