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Wisconsin Has a New Program to Support Survivors of Human Trafficking–And There’s More Than You May Think

More than 150 people are victims of human trafficking in Wisconsin every year. January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

Erin Thornley Parisi, executive director of the Rape Crisis Center, and other sexual assault victim advocates accused Assembly Republicans in February 2020 of playing partisan politics by failing to hold a public hearing on a bill that would fund a protocol to prevent another backlog of rape evidence kits in Wisconsin. On Tuesday an Assembly committee held a hearing on the two bills. (Photo by Jessica VanEgeren)
Assembly Considers Measures Aimed at Preventing Another Rape Kit Backlog

Bills were approved by the state Senate last year but the proposals died in the Assembly when GOP leadership added immigration and school choice components.

Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, center, is taken into custody as his attorney, Eric Nelson, left, looks on, after the verdicts were read at Chauvin's trial for the 2020 death of George Floyd.
’Amen!’—Wisconsin Reacts to Chauvin Conviction. State’s Racial Disparities Task Force Begins to Wrap Up.

Jurors in Minneapolis convict former police officer. Wisconsin panel still debating a "use of force" policy.

(Graphic by Morgaine Ford-Workman; childhood photos provided by Garland Hampton and Dominee Meek)
Sentenced to Prison as Minors, These Two Men Want Kids to Get Help With Trauma Sooner

About 90% of children who commit crimes have significant trauma histories, according to a state trauma-informed care coordinator. But the system is not set up with treatment and rehabilitation as priorities, explained childhood trauma survivors and experts. Wisconsin’s governor wants to change that.

Top (from left): Rice Lake Police Chief Stephen Roux; Fred Royal, president of the Milwaukee NAACP; and Tory Lowe, Milwaukee-based advocate for victims of injustices.

Bottom (from left): Damond Boatwright, regional president of hospital operations for SSM Health Wisconsin; Tony Gonzalez, founder and co-chair of Toward One Wausau; Linda Fair, an academic adviser at Blackhawk Technical College; and Ted Neitzke, CEO of Oshkosh-based education service agency CESA 6. (Graphic illustration by Morgaine Ford-Workman)
Racial Disparities Task Force Members Hopeful for Action, But There Aren’t Any Proposals Yet

Spokeswoman says the group is on “an aggressive pace,” months after the Assembly Speaker dismissed pleas for immediate action.

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With Nine New Pardons, Evers Has Now Given Second Chances to 74 Individuals

Governor’s move restores rights to those who proved they’ve turned their lives around and made it stick.

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Evers Pardons Nine More People, Bringing Total to 65

Pardons restore some rights stripped from people convicted of felonies.