Preventing and Responding to Third-Party Harassment

STAR staff members interact with many different community partners ranging from schools to law enforcement agencies to hospitals and more. Frequently, Black staff members and other staff members of color at STAR are called upon to go into majority white spaces to provide STAR services.  Last month, we became aware of a student at a… Read More

Support STAR and Celebrate Consent this Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, celebrate with consent. Share a STAR valentine with your sweetie and donate $10 to support STAR and the survivors we serve. Text STAR20 to 41444 or visit our online donation page to give now! Click on the links below to print out your STAR Valentines and share the love on February 14th! Download PDF… Read More

Honoring Black Changemakers

Highlighting those who have transformed the anti-sexual violence movement Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in our history. This month, we want to take the opportunity to highlight six key Black leaders in the anti-sexual movement that have shaped our work.… Read More

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