Public Hearing Report – October 2016 - Restorative Justice: How Cook County Can Promote a New Approach to Justice
The Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues held its annual public hearing on the topic of Restorative Justice. Restorative Justice has proven to be an effective alternative to traditional, more punitive justice measures, especially regarding juveniles and young adults. Restorative justice methods reduce recidivism, encourage behavioral rehabilitation, provide for victim advocacy and satisfaction, and recognize input from the community.
Public Hearing Report – November 2015 - Graduated Reentry: One Step Closer to Strengthening Communities
Public Hearing Report - October 2014 - The New Stay-at-Home Mother: Pre-Trial Services and Family Reunification
Public Hearing Report - October 2012 - Incarcerated Females: Breaking The Cycle
Public Hearing Report - October 2011 - The Mature Woman: Navigating Life’s Challenges to Live, Survive and Thrive
Public Hearing Report - October 2010 - Women and Girls Sex and Sexuality: Health and Harms
The Commission on Women’s Issues analyzed how violence, low self esteem, inadequate health care and educational gaps negatively impact women and girls’ thoughts and perceptions about sex and sexuality. The Commission also examined how to best address and reverse these harms by looking at programs which promote and encourage the positive physical, mental, emotional and sexual well-being of women and girls.
Public Hearing Report - October 2009 - Housing: A Basic Human Right
The Commission chose to scrutinize as how issues such as mortgage lending practices, the current foreclosure crisis, and the increase in evictions have a disparate impact on women, as well as how other policies, practices and laws may affect a woman’s ability to attain and retain housing, a basic human right.
Public Hearing Report - October 2008 - Economic Status of Women in Cook County: Strategies for Economic Empowerment
The Commission took a particular interest in gathering local statistics that depict the current status of women in Cook County. These essential issues impact the economic well-being of women.
Public Hearing Report - October 2007 - The Realities of Human Trafficking in Cook County: Strategies for Ending the Exploitation of Women and Girls
The Commission selected this topic because of the increased attention the media has given to human trafficking. Furthermore, the city of Chicago has been labeled a national hub for human trafficking because its large airport, central geographic location, and elaborate transportation infrastructure make it an ideal port of entry. Unfortunately, majority of the victims of human trafficking are women and girls.