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

Beyond the Sign: The Intersections of Homelessness and Domestic and Sexual Violence

By Airzola Cleaves, STAR Staff Attorney “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” While someone may generally agree with this concept, it can be admittedly difficult to do. Picture this for a moment, you are sitting in your car at a red light and you see a person holding a sign. The sign may include… Read More

Moving On…And “Giving” Back

by Angela Lore There’s a common saying people use when looking back at a difficult time in their life – “all’s well that ends well.” For me, I find that this expression rings true due to my courage, support from STAR, and my unwavering desire to find out the truth about what happened to me… Read More

STAR responds to LSU’s mishandling of sexual misconduct complaints against students

Yesterday, USA Today published a report detailing LSU’s mishandling of various sexual assault complaints that resulted in a lack of accountability for repeat offenders of sexual assault and dating violence within LSU’s athletic and fraternity systems. STAR echoes the concerns raised by students featured in the article and we want to respond to these allegations by providing additional… Read More

The Importance of Electing a Survivor-Centered District Attorney

By Alix Tarnowsky, Greater New Orleans Regional Director This election cycle, Louisiana voters are pulling the lever for more than just their preferred presidential candidate. For many in Louisiana, they are also voting for a number of local officials. It can be easy to gloss over down-ballot candidates; however, it’s important that we recognize that… Read More

Ensuring Access to Abortion is Trauma-Informed Care

By Samantha Sheppard and Alix Tarnowsky. Voting yes on Amendment 1 would require survivors who become pregnant as a result of rape or incest to carry the pregnancy to term in Louisiana.  Pregnancy as a result of rape is a public health issue where sexual violence and reproductive health connect. According to the Centers for… Read More

LGBTQ+ History: Been Here, Been Queer

By Emmie Saux (they/them), STAR Medical Advocate, New Orleans Since 1994, we celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month in October. The founder selected October to commemorate the first two marches on Washington for LGBT+ rights and to coincide with National Coming Out Day, which is on October 11th. As so many individuals are taking to the streets… Read More