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Letter from the Chair

February 2017

Hello everyone,

A lot has happened in the four months since we gathered together in New Orleans. In December, Rosemary Barberet and I were joined by four DWC members for a research presentation at the UN Women headquarters in New York City. You can read about our experiences and see photos of that trip in this issue of the newsletter.

In January, our members voted to make one-time donations of $500 from DWC funds to four justice-serving organizations doing work on behalf of issues that DWC members value and that seemed especially important as we enter the new U.S. presidential administration. The organizations that received donations are:

  • Battered Women’s Justice Project
  • NAACP Legal Defense Fund
  • National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women & Girls
  • Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network

To accompany the donations, I emailed each organization introducing the DWC, explaining why we selected their group to receive support, and thanking them for their efforts to make the world a safer and more just place.

In February, in response to growing concern over the representation of and response to crime and justice issues by the new administration, ASC President Jim Lynch authorized creation of a task force to prepare an ASC policy statement and otherwise handle ASC’s response to the developments of the new administration. That task force is chaired by ASC Vice President Jody Miller and includes three ASC Executive Board members and three Division chairs, myself included. We are working on an official position statement, among other initiatives. If you have suggestions for our work, please let me know.

Finally, I have been working with ASC Executive Director Chris Eskridge over the last few weeks to develop a social media campaign for ASC. This campaign has two parts. The first part (as you will see in the March/April issue of The Criminologist that has just been published) involves use of the hashtag #realcrimedata to identify posts that link to research reports, data and policy analyses, or other reputable sources of crime and justice information. By using this hashtag on relevant posts, we hope to make it easier for social media users to find accurate information about crime and justice issues, while also increasing the visibility of criminologists on social media outlets.

The second part involves creation of social media directory, housed on ASC’s homepage, that provides links to social media accounts of crime-and-justice organizations, as well as for individual criminologists and practitioners. If you are active on social media and would like to add yourself to this directory, please do s0 at

I feel so grateful for the opportunity to lead the DWC, and especially so at this particular time. I look forward to continuing our work together in the year ahead.

With gratitude,
Amanda Burgess Proctor, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Oakland University
Chair, Division on Women and Crime, American Society of Criminology