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Advocates for survivors of domestic violence, child abuse, and low-income mothers are deeply concerned that the released proposal that would amend the Child Tax Credit, called the Family Security Act 2.0 (“FAS 2.0”), may do more harm than good, particularly to the most vulnerable mothers and children.

Leila Milani, Program Director for Global Policy and Advocacy, provides an update on the protests in Iran and how women and girls are at the forefront of the fight for freedom.

Claire Kao, Communications and Advocacy Coordinator, writes about the challenges and continued work to prevent and respond to domestic violence this Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Futures Without Violence remains steadfast in our work to prevent and end domestic violence, and federal policy advocacy is an important component of that work.

Leila Milani, Program Director of Global Policy & Advocacy writes about the current demonstrations in Iran, and connects how “women are often the canaries in the coal mines for the erosion of freedom.” As Iranians take to the streets lead by women and girls shouting for freedom, Milani urges us to listen and amplify their voices.

Are you an employer or manager? Read our blog post for more information on what goes in to making a Workplace Safety Plan, and how you can help prevent violence for the people in your office or profession.

Protests are sweeping across Iran in the wake of the death of the young women, Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by the Iranian Morality Police for not wearing her hijab properly. We stand with the women and protestors of Iran speaking to truth and fighting to get the word out. Find here facts on the situation, how you can engage, and what actions the US Government can do.

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Futures Without Violence co-hosted an event on the Hill to advocate for the Keeping Girls in School Act. We heard from 3 members of Congress, a UNICEF Ambassador, and two youth advocates who all came together to amplify the message of why education is so important for young girls everywhere.

It is becoming increasingly common for health care settings to respond to the non-medial, social needs of their patients, such as for housing or food insecurity and as part of that work increasingly addressing domestic violence. Health care providers now have access to a range of tools, including online supported referral and coordination platforms, sometimes called Social Service Referral Organizations (SSRO).

Learn more about how SSRO’s help providers connect patients with the help they need in this Policy Memo: Evaluating Social Service Referral Platforms: Considerations for Domestic and Sexual Violence Referrals.

FUTURES has taken the nationwide success of Coaching Boys Into Men and expanded it into the international space, hosting trainings, supporting program adaptations, and partnering with international organizations to expand the reach of CBIM across the globe. 

In December of 2019 FUTURES was invited to partner with Women Win, US Embassy Pakistan, and Right to Play Pakistan to help explore the topic of gender-based violence (GBV) within the context of Pakistan and better understand the landscape of actors and stakeholders working on issues related to GBV and sport for social change, adolescent girls and engaging boys and men,  and to share U.S. and global best practices around using sport to address gender-based violence, working with adolescent girls and engaging boys and men

In 2021 Rwanda was added to the USAID missions engaged in the implementation of Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) scale up efforts as part of the Pact ACHIEVE (Adolescents and Children, HIV Incidence reduction, Empowerment, and Virus elimination) Project.