it provides more opportunities to hire some more Women’s Studies graduates to run more meetings and seek “collaboration opportunities” to schedule even more meetings.
(I finally figured out how to do the green-text thing with usernames, just put a @ in front of them; this way I can maneuver around this site’s abysmal software and keep selected folks in the conversation…)
You have pointed above to another of the many perverse incentives on the VAWA Gravy Train Railroad (“railroad” also serving as a verb, to describe what is done every day the courts are open, to innocent men):
The Violence Against Women Act, in short, has created an entire new industry these past twenty-three years, offering new and vast opportunity to otherwise unemployable degree-holders, or anyone else with various “concerns” but no other way to get paid for having them. If you had met some of the people I have met, who brag that they have taken some crash course and are now “domestic violence counselors”, or probably you have met some of your own, you’ll see my point.
For someone with a meaningless liberal-arts degree, VAWA means one can trade it in for a middle-class lifestyle replete with credit rating and social standing, rather than make sandwiches and wait tables as many other such graduates end up doing. For some gal who discovered the perverse incentive of how to grease the wheels of her divorce by re-naming her ex as “My Abuser”, and then goes on to believe her own bullshit while she continues raising her kids as an abusive and negligent and serial-monogamous single mom, VAWA and its endless training programs give her a wide field of opportunities to be the Office Lady in the local shelter and pass out vouchers to the local Walmart, instead of having to end up working there herself.
Have a look at this, from the DOJ website:
The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is seeking interns for the fall (September-December), spring (January-April), and summer semesters (May-August). Students with an interest in public service, violence against women issues, federal grant program administration, budget, finance, administration and government are encouraged to apply.
Interns at OVW are closely monitored in their work, progress and assigned substantive tasks, including, but not limited to, cataloguing an OVW resource library, assisting with the stakeholder database, tracking events in the field relevant to OVW, assisting with media outreach, preparing talking points, gathering news stories relevant to violence against women issues, and assisting senior management staff members.
Candidates must provide their own housing and have a clear understanding that this internship is on a volunteer, unpaid, basis. Students accepted for an internship may earn academic credit for working at OVW.
Several loaded terms are in the text I have bold-faced here: the “OVW resource library” includes reports made by local OVW grantees about specific cases and how specific officials have handled them, basically making the role of that grantee (in part) into one as federal informant on the degree of political correctness shown by police officers, judges, private and public attorneys, expert witnesses, etc.
I have watched this in action, as many local NPOs have internship and volunteer positions of a similar nature: any case before a local judge where any issue deploying VAWA protocols has appeared in an official report, enables a VAWA grantee org to send one of its operatives into court proceedings, sit at the same table as the prosecution, and take notes. The purpose of these notes (and they could be taken by a high-school intern as well as a PhD child-psychologist, or anything in between), is to go into this “OVW database” at DOJ headquarters in Washington DC, essentially (in career terms) making this VAWA-commissar into the most powerful person in the room.
All along during the several years I have spent, first living through the VAWA nightmare then dedicating myself to decoding it, I have suspected that the ultimate goal of VAWA has nothing at all to do with “violence against women.” What these programs really are meant to do, and have succeeded spectacularly at doing, is expand federal reach and grasp into every jurisdiction of local self-government.
“Tracking events, media outreach, talking points, gathering news stories”…. all these are code terms for “spying for the Justice Department.” And every small-town cop and every backwater judge and every big-city public defender, as well as parole/probation officers, human services administrators, social workers, essentially anyone given an official role in a VAWA-related case, damn well knows they are being spied on, and that their careers depend on their jumping through the correct VAWA hoops in every case.
As such, VAWA is not just a gravy train, sacred ideological symbol and cash cow, it is a Trojan Horse of federal power: by requiring every local government to qualify for, receive and come to depend on its federal funding schemes, VAWA essentially completes the mission that every executive branch under every political party has been on since the beginning of the republic of “united” states: to eradicate not violence against women at all, but local self-governance itself, and impose in its place an omnipotent national regime administered from DC.
As one of the signatories of VAWA (2005 version) once so bluntly claimed on another matter of expanding federal power: “mission accomplished.”
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This painstaking infiltration of the entire nation’s system of local justice as authorized by the Tenth Amendment to the US Constitution, has been one form of revolution in itself, and has succeeded perhaps beyond the wildest hopes of those who originally saw the VAWA bill made into law by Congress.
But VAWA is only part of a much larger revolution: the final deciding of a power struggle in play since the beginning of the United States’ existence as an independent nation: between the powers of the federal government, and those of the individual States.