Trauma Histories and Futures: STAR’s Response to Recent and Ongoing Political Violence

Last week, as our staff returned to work after the holidays with hopes of a better year to come, we were instead faced with the reports of a violent mob storming the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, January 6th. As arrests, investigations, and political responses continue to unfold, threats of violence remain. The FBI is warning… Read More

Understanding Human Trafficking

Watch our latest Teal Talk Tuesday video featuring Angela, STAR’s Community Educator Director, to learn about the definitions and prevalence of human trafficking in Louisiana. If you are interested in learning more about human trafficking, register for our upcoming virtual training on Friday, January 22nd from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. This 2-hour training is designed to… Read More

STAR Releases “Court Connect for Kids”: a workbook about going to court for kids.

By Morgan Lamandre, STAR Legal Director Every year there are thousands of cases involving child sexual abuse victims in the State of Louisiana. Going to court can be frightening and overwhelming for children that have experienced sexual trauma, and research show that without proper preparation and support, children can be further traumatized through the court… Read More

STAR Urges Congress to Stabilize the Crime Victims Fund

By Racheal Hebert, LCSW-BACS, President & CEO What is the VOCA CVF Fund? The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Fund (CVF or the Fund) is a non-taxpayer source of funding that supports thousands of crime victim service providers. These providers serve millions of crime victims annually and are funded by monetary penalties associated with federal… Read More