The Safe House Project 2009 for Displaced & Homeless MSM/Transgender reviewed & more


In response to numerous requests for more information on the defunct Safe House Pilot Project that was to address the growing numbers of displaced and homeless LGBTQ Youth in New Kingston in 2007/8/9, a review of the relevance of the project as a solution, the possible avoidance of present issues with some of its previous residents if it were kept open.
Recorded June 12, 2013; also see from the former Executive Director named in the podcast more background on the project: HERE also see the beginning of the issues from the closure of the project: The Quietus ……… The Safe House Project Closes and The Ultimatum on December 30, 2009

Thursday, June 26, 2014

More Overreaction to the Jamaicans for Justice Sex Education Course & Media Senationalism

I have to agree with Lloyd D'Agular (HOT12FM) and Dionne Jackson Miller (RJR 94FM & TVJ's All Angles) both competent radio hosts as to how this matter with the JFJ unapproved sex ed course (funded by CVCC) has played out in recent days. I am sure the opportunists are now going to jump on this like white on rice to bolster their anti gay stance. Ms Carolyn Gomes since her resignation from the JFJ (and secondment to CVCC) an organization she helped to found has become the lightening rod for antigay voices and uninformed followers with strong support from certain so called Journalists in parading this issue as an attempt to sneak in homosexuality through the back door, problem is this was in the front door frankly and if the CDA were doing their job properly they ought to have know that the course was on schedule since the reporting mechanisms by the homes to the CDA had included the activity in some of the six privately run institutions who participated.

this "poll" on the Jamaica Observer site (June 2014) and how the questions is framed just shows the backwardness out there and from places that ought to know better:



Here is the actual statement from the CDA take care to observe the alarmist tone and the subsequent interim report that suggests the analysis done so far to ascertain f there was trauma to the persons exposed to the materials; as if to suggest the teenagers for the most part will be "damaged" from learning or taught in a multi-hour set of sessions that anal sex is risky for HIV transmission. I am astonished as to the ridiculousness of all this and the hysteria that has been built up around this.

The statement from the CDA:

The Child Development Agency is seeking to determine the circumstances under which Jamaicans for Justice has been implementing a pilot programme titled, “Realising Sexual and Reproductive Health Responsibly” in six private residential child care facilities.

CDA which has responsibility for the regulation of children’s homes and places of safety only became aware of the initiative through a newsletter issued by the JFJ last week which stated that the programme began in October last year and is due to be completed next month.

JFJ did not seek the permission of the CDA to operate the programme in the homes, neither was the Agency informed, consulted or provided with the curriculum to review prior to the start of the programme. The CDA’s parent Ministry — Ministry of Youth and Culture — has also confirmed it was not aware of the programme.

It has been the custom for groups doing major interventions in residential child care facilities to contact the CDA for approval and provide details of the programme. Groups that are are granted permission are required to sign confidentiality agreements to ensure the privacy of the children is protected.

As the Government entity charged with the care and protection of Jamaica’s children, the CDA must at all times ensure that material and information being imparted to children in the care of the State are in their best interest – contributing to their positive mental growth and development while enabling them to make positive choices for their lives.

The Agency is concerned that there was no consultation or opportunity to review the curriculum prior to the start of the JFJ programme to ensure the material was age-appropriate and consistent with regulations governing the care of wards of the State.

The CDA welcomes the partnership of non-governmental organisations, public sector groups, faith-based bodies, international organisations and concerned citizens to enhance the operations of residential child care facilities, however it is our duty to ensure that this support is carried out in a manner that protects the best interests of our children.

The operations of privately-operated residential child care facilities are regulated by the CDA through the Child Care and Protection Act, Children’s Home Regulations, and the Guidance & Standard of Care for Residential Child Care Facilities, which outlines levels of care for children in the care of the State. In addition, the CDA provides budgetary support to privately-operated facilities to ensure standards of care. For financial year 2014-2015, the CDA is projected to spend in excess of $722 million in support of the operations of privately-operated residential child care facilities.

ENDS
One of the homes had spoken up on the issue:


Indeed I will admit the JFJ erred in not getting the go ahead from the CDA but will they have gotten it though judging by the current paranoid reactions we are seeing now? Let us bear in mind it is only one or two pages that is causing all this furore from a 148/50 paged multi moduled document:


Now comes the Gleaner and Observer headlines both of whom seem to be relishing the opportunity to get back Ms Gomes especially since the near ill-fated press conference some days before and the walk out by "journalists" from the outlets. The deliberate conflation with the Child Care and Protection Act with the Offences Against the Persons Act is disturbing as well, they published such openly this morning:


preview the actual JFJ sex ed material HERE (the instructor's version) which may not be presented in its entirety to the respected audiences as it most materials similar in nature.
JFJ's reputation has certainly taken a hit as they have built their name over the years on transparency and rights coupled with citizen vigilance, to now watch this issue play out going against their own tenets is disturbing indeed and to think also that CVCC mostly made up of LGBT groups and their membership has completely ignored the main welfare issues surrounding LGBT homelessness as evidenced in New Kingston for years on end yet found it necessary to use this circumlocutory way to teach sex education.


The Gleaner obviously is having a field day on this with their tabloid types journalism on this specific matter while their editorials mostly written by non gleaner staff have been balanced, the article read in part:

Edmond Campbell, Senior Staff Reporter

THE SIX privately run children's homes that gave approval for Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) to introduce an unauthorised sex- education programme in their institutions have been accused of breaching child-care regulations and could face tough sanctions.

An interim report submitted to Youth Minister Lisa Hanna by the Child Development Agency (CDA) found that the operators, "by sanctioning and giving approval for the training", breached Regulation 15(1) and 15(2) of the Child Care and Protection (Children's Home) Regulations, because they did not seek the minister's approval.

Hanna yesterday gave the directors of the homes seven days to respond to the CDA's initial findings.

The institutions have admitted that they did not get permission from the CDA which has responsibility for the regulation of children's homes. A breach of the licence granted to operate a children's home could result in its revocation or suspension, according to Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison.

Gordon Harrison told The Gleaner yesterday that the portfolio minister could also go to the courts seeking a court order to have the children removed from the homes.

At the same time, a preliminary report submitted to Hanna by the CDA surrounding the circumstances under which JFJ implemented the controversial material into the homes, has revealed that the rights' group paid at least five of the institutions $10,000 each for use of their premises for training. One facility has not disclosed the amount it received.

It has been established that 135 children across the six child-care facilities participated in the JFJ training. The CDA has said data received from at least two homes indicate that the majority of children who participated in the training at the facilities were under 16 years old, the age of consent.

"Of the combined 51 children who took part, 31 were under the age of 16. The group included an 11-year- old, a 12-year-old and 10 children aged 13.

During the training exercise, the CDA said refreshments were served and at least one home reported that bags containing pens, footballs and brochures were given to the children who participated in the programme.

The training programme, Realising Sexual and Reproductive Health Responsibility: JFJ's Pilot Intervention in Children's Homes, was conducted in the Alpha Boys Home, St John Bosco, Jamaica National Children's Home, Sunbeam Children's Home for Boys, Elsie Bemand Home for Girls and Best Care Foundation.

The CDA has reported that the six facilities were contacted directly by representatives of JFJ by way of telephone and later by email and letter. The administrators of the homes were advised by JFJ that the workshop was being held in other homes, and that they were selected to participate.

Already, the children's home affair has led to the resignation of one of the founders of JFJ, Dr Carolyn Gomes, who at the time of her departure was a board member.

Gomes had negotiated and signed the contract with the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities (CVC) Coalition in April 2013 for the introduction of the programme in the homes.

Gomes is now co-chair of the CVC Coalition.

In the meantime, the CDA is reporting that it received a copy of the material used in the JFJ training programme and a review of the contents found that sections were "inappropriate for the age cohort and a departure from that approved by the Ministry of Education for use in public schools".

The CDA noted that brochures from the Ministry of Health used in the training exercise were in keeping with standard material used in schools. However, it said other modules, for example, module six on Sexuality and Society (Sexuality and Sexual Practices) by unknown authors which explained the use of condoms in anal sex were not age-appropriate.

According to the CDA, this could be deemed to be in contravention of the Offences Against the Person Act, sections 76 and 79, which sees such acts as illegal. The Office of the Children's Registry (OCR) is also conducting a comprehensive investigation into the matter. Gordon Harrison told The Gleaner yesterday that the OCR's probe could take up to three months.



ENDS


meanwhile the Observer deceptively tries to use the stipended arrangement as a bribery attempt to make the engagement an unethical one, those of whose are in the business for years know there are such arrangement to cover logistical costs and reimburse persons or pay for the use of spaces for such facilitation work.

"YOUTH and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna says appropriate action will be taken against human rights lobby group Jamaicans For Justice (JFJ) and the six children's homes where children were exposed to controversial sexual content.

In a release to the media yesterday, following receipt of the Child Development Agency (CDA) report on the controversial sex education programme, Hanna said she was particularly upset that JFJ did not advise the CDA about the 'Realising Sexual and Reproductive Health Responsibly' programme — the title given to the JFJ's pilot intervention in children's homes — and that the programme represented possible breaches of the Child Care and Protection Act and the Offences Against The Person Act.

Hanna, meanwhile, questioned why the homes did not advise the CDA about the programme, although they were visited by the agency's monitoring officers.

"A review of the content of the material found that parts of the training material were inappropriate for the age cohort and a departure from that approved by the Ministry of Education for use in public schools. Legal advice will have to be sought to determine if its presentation contravened any existing laws [as] information gleaned from the focus groups sessions in the homes confirmed that the training material was delivered," the minister said.

The offensive material was imparted to children at:

* Alpha Boys' Home;

* St John Bosco;

* Jamaica National Children's Home;

* Sunbeam Children's Home for Boys;

* Elsie Bemand Home for Girls; and

* Best Care Foundation.

"The administrators of the facilities gave approval to the JFJ for the implementation of the sexual education programme through MOUs. It was confirmed that the six homes each received a monetary contribution from the JFJ for use of their premises for the training," Hanna said.

Each home received at least $10,000 from JFJ, the CDA's investigation found.

"The operators of the six homes, by sanctioning and giving approval for the training, breached Regulation 15 (1) and 15 (2) of the Child Care and Protection (Children's Home) Regulations, in not seeking approval from the minister," Hanna said, in response to the CDA report.

Some 135 children in the six child-care facilities participated in the programme, according to the CDA. The majority of the children who participated in the programme were under the age of 16, including an 11-year-old, a 12-year-old, and 10 children who were age 13.

"I was taught that anal sex is not healthy for the body, but if one wants to have anal sex it is his rights and no one should try to hurt that individual," the CDA report quoted one of the children interviewed. Another child related that "I was taught that someone can get infection in the mouth from oral sex".

Another related that they were not influenced to do anal or oral sex but "it is a choice". Also, another related that he learned that there are individuals who are homosexual, heterosexual and bisexual.

Hanna said yesterday that a team of social workers was dispatched to offer counselling to the children and was mandated to determine if any psychological or traumatic fallout occurred due to the sex education programme.

The minister said, too, that a further review of any impact on the children will be assessed when the social workers produce a report of their findings and a decision will be made to determine whether extensive counselling will be needed to reverse any negative impact on the affected children.


ENDS

As I had said in a previous entry on this blog, The most recent data of adolescents in Jamaica in terms of 13 to 17 year olds 58.4% of that cohort say they are already having sex from an early age i. e. Out of 10, 5 of them are active from early, with multiple partners or more than two partners in one year. Seven out of every ten students aged 17 are already sexually active at a rate of 73% so we better stop fooling ourselves if we think sanitizing and deceptively misrepresenting terminologies to preserve some imagined public good somewhere is going to solve the present issues. 

The reproductive health five year studies over time seek to find among other things experimentation with masturbation where on each survey the figures are increasing albeit populations increase but the jump also occurs none the less. Teens are already practicing some sort of anal sex via sex toy or object usage (cucumbers or so) as one psychologist in her private practice Dr Sandra Knight linked to the National Family Planning Board suggested she has been seeing increased cases of such non vaginal sexual acts as done by teens in a recent radio discussion. She mentioned the coercion by girls of boys into sex has increased; the “rape” of boys by older girls especially has increased respectful as respectful interactions as it relates to coercion of sexuality are not taught in guidance counselling sessions in high schools, stable relationships are on the decline, wife swapping or swinging and transactional sex is almost normative in some school populations that were surveyed in the last go round. We need to get real and stop this mass hysteria and head hunting games while abuse continues and ignorance reigns.

see this CVM TV vox pop and the varied responses:


Opposition spokesperson on Youth & Culture Babsy Grange also joins the bandwagon with no real points to bring to bear from TVJ News, attempting scoring political points as per usual:


video

also see:
Anti Gay Voice & 'Child Rights' Advocate Betty-Ann Blaine Taken to Task on Public Advocacy


Jamaicans for Justice at 15 – a Turbulent Adolescence? (Dionne Jackson Miller's Blog) 

The Deliberate Misuse of the “Sexual Grooming” Term by Antigay Fanatics to Promote Their Hysteria

and the Observer tries to redeem itself after their gay baiting binge in recent weeks via this editorial: 

Homosexuality: the beast within (again)



also see 

Hardened Positions by Religious Fanatics & Their LGBT Detractors Will Only Leave More Blood on the Floor

Anti Gay Voice & 'Child Rights' Advocate Betty-Ann Blaine Taken to Task on Public Advocacy

Why did CVCC & JFJ not Fund a Project/Home for Homeless LGBT Youth in New Kingston instead of the Children’s Home Fiasco that now obtains? 

Betty Ann Blaine's New Nation Coalition put out this release as it were:

"New Nation Coalition is calling upon Youth Minister, Lisa Hannah, to explain to the Jamaican people the circumstances under which specialized training in “sexual rights and discriminatory practices” is being delivered by Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) to children in six children’s homes without the knowledge and consent of the Child Development Agency (CDA), the entity responsible for the oversight of all children’s homes. New Nation is asking, “Was permission sought and given by the Youth Minister?”

New Nation has taken note that the CDA in a press release issued on July 12, 2014 expressed its own concerns that it was completely in the dark about JFJ’s training programme, and charged the organization with “violating procedure by undertaking an unauthorized intervention project…”, “What is the Minister prepared to do now that this violation has been made public?, New Nation asks.

New Nation has also taken note that to date, the names of the six children’s homes have not been disclosed. Children’s Advocate and New Nation Founder, Betty Ann Blaine wants to know, “Which homes are we talking about?, “Who runs these homes?, and what type of training are the children being exposed to?”
“Even more importantly is the matter of who the children are and what are their ages?, Blaine adds. “We have noticed that JFJ describes the children as “marginalized”, but that would apply to close to one-half of the Jamaican youth population. JFJ needs to explain to the Jamaican people exactly how “marginalized” the children they singled out are, and how different those children are from the large population of children who are vulnerable due largely to poverty, dispossession and poor parenting.” We are curious to know what criteria were used to identify and train this group of children.”

“We understand fully that children who are placed in institutions and become wards of the state are there under extenuating circumstances, and that is precisely why those children must be protected from certain types of training, and by the state which is in essence the “parent” of those children.”

New Nation is equally concerned that the stated support for the training project came from the newly formed, Dr. Carolyn Gomes’-led NGO, Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC). Asks Blaine, “Exactly which Jamaican children does CVC support and is CVC a grant-receiving or grant-making NGO?

“As a member of the NGO community, I find it interesting that funds for training seems to be geared to certain designated entities and not others. As far as I know there are a number of children’s NGO’s that are able to deliver training in health-related issues. Were any of them given the opportunity under this new funding mechanism?”, Blaine asks."

I ask what's the point or end game here?

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h) File a civil suit if you feel your rights have been violated

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What to Do .....




a. Make a phone call: to a lawyer or relative or anyone

b. Ask to see a lawyer immediately: if you don’t have the money ask for a Duty Council

c. A Duty Council is a lawyer provided by the state

d. Talk to a lawyer before you talk to the police

e. Tell your lawyer if anyone hits you and identify who did so by name and number

f. Give no explanations excuses or stories: you can make your defense later in court based on what you and your lawyer decided

g. Ask the sub officer in charge of the station to grant bail once you are charged with an offence

h. Ask to be taken before a justice of The Peace immediately if the sub officer refuses you bail

i. Demand to be brought before a Resident Magistrate and have your lawyer ask the judge for bail

j. Ask that any property taken from you be listed and sealed in your presence

Cases of Assault:An assault is an apprehension that someone is about to hit you

The following may apply:

1) Call 119 or go to the station or the police arrives depending on the severity of the injuries

2) The report must be about the incident as it happened, once the report is admitted as evidence it becomes the basis for the trial

3) Critical evidence must be gathered as to the injuries received which may include a Doctor’s report of the injuries.

4) The description must be clearly stated; describing injuries directly and identifying them clearly, show the doctor the injuries clearly upon the visit it must be able to stand up under cross examination in court.

5) Misguided evidence threatens the credibility of the witness during a trial; avoid the questioning of the witnesses credibility, the tribunal of fact must be able to rely on the witness’s word in presenting evidence

6) The court is guided by credible evidence on which it will make it’s finding of facts

7) Bolster the credibility of a case by a report from an independent disinterested party.

Notes on Bail & Court Appearance issues


If in doubt speak to your attorney

Bail and its importance -

If one is locked up then the following may apply:
Locked up over a weekend - Arrested pursuant to being charged or detained There must be reasonable suspicion i.e. about to commit a crime, committing a crime or have committed a crime.

There are two standards that must be met:

1). Subjective standard: what the officer(s) believed to have happened

2). Objective standard: proper and diligent collection of evidence that implicates the accused To remove or restrain a citizen’s liberty it cannot be done on mere suspicion and must have the above two standards

 Police officers can offer bail with exceptions for murder, treason and alleged gun offences, under the Justice of the Peace Act a JP can also come to the police station and bail a person, this provision as incorporated into the bail act in the late nineties

 Once a citizen is arrested bail must be considered within twelve hours of entering the station – the agents of the state must give consideration as to whether or not the circumstances of the case requires that bail be given

 The accused can ask that a Justice of the Peace be brought to the station any time of the day. By virtue of taking the office excluding health and age they are obliged to assist in securing bail

"Bail is not a matter for daylight

Locked up and appearing in court

 Bail is offered at the courts office provided it was extended by the court; it is the court that has the jurisdiction over the police with persons in custody is concerned.

 Bail can still be offered if you were arrested and charged without being taken to court a JP can still intervene and assist with the bail process.

Other Points of Interest

 The accused has a right to know of the exact allegation

 The detainee could protect himself, he must be careful not to be exposed to any potential witness

 Avoid being viewed as police may deliberately expose detainees

 Bail is not offered to persons allegedly with gun charges

 Persons who allegedly interfere with minors do not get bail

 If over a long period without charge a writ of habeas corpus however be careful of the police doing last minute charges so as to avoid an error

 Every instance that a matter is brought before the court and bail was refused before the accused can apply for bail as it is set out in the bail act as every court appearance is a chance to ask for bail

 Each case is determined by its own merit – questions to be considered for bail:

a) Is the accused a flight risk?

b) Are there any other charges that the police may place against the accused?

c) Is the accused likely to interfere with any witnesses?

d) What is the strength of the crown’s/prosecution’s case?

 Poor performing judges can be dealt with at the Judicial Review Court level or a letter to the Chief Justice can start the process

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Peace

Battle Lines Javed Jaghai versus the state & the Jamaica Buggery Law



Originally aired on CVM TV December 8th 2013, apologies for some of the glitches as the source feed was not so hot and it kept dropping from source or via the ISP, NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED and is solely for educational and not for profit use and review. The issue of the pending legal challenge in the Constitutional Court in Jamaica as filed by Javed Jaghai an outspoken activist who happens also to be openly aetheist.

The opposing sides are covered as well such as
The Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society
The Love March
Movement Jamaica

The feature seems destined for persons who are just catching up to the issues and repositioning JFLAG in particular in the public domain as their image has taken a beating in some respects especially on the matter of the homeless MSM front. They need to be careful that an elitist perception is not held after this after some comments above simplistic discourse, the use of public agitation as beneath some folks and the obvious overlooking of the ordinary citizen who are realy the ones who need convincing to effect the mindset change needed and the national psyche's responses to homosexuality in general.


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