The U.S. Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) in 2003.
PREA supports the elimination, reduction, and prevention of sexual assault, including abuse by correctional staff and by inmates in federal, state, and local prisons, jails, lock-ups, and community residential facilities.
Volunteers of America Residential Reentry Center has a zero tolerance policy toward all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment either by staff or other residents. PREA information is made available to all residents upon arrival during their initial orientation to the facility and it is provided in all needed formats.
Volunteers of America Residential Reentry Center views PREA as a priority for resident and staff safety and ensures that our staff are fully trained in using the current best practices in community corrections to assist in prevention of sexual abuse. VOARRC uses a strict policy for gender-responsive classification to ensure that each resident is assessed and housed according to the standards set forth by PREA.
Volunteers of America Residential Reentry Center has a trained investigator on staff and investigates all allegations of sexual misconduct involving any residents, staff or anyone visiting our facilities. Volunteers of America Residential Reentry Center's PREA Coordinator is the main point of contact for any allegations. Any person may make a report on the behalf of any resident.
Any questions or to make a report of sexual abuse at any VOA facility please contact 612-278-4205.