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December 13, 2019
Montpelier, VT— In recent days, the Vermont media have published detailed stories describing profoundly disturbing reports of sexual misconduct, assault, and abuse at Vermont’s correctional facility for women, the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility (CRCF).
The Vermont Commission on Women has been a long-standing advocate for ensuring that Vermont women in prison are provided equal rights and opportunities and that their health, safety, education, and overall welfare are safeguarded. We recognize that many of the conditions described in the media have been known and acknowledged for many years, without being remediated. In 2012 we joined with other advocates in the publication of “Reclaiming Lost Ground for Vermont’s Incarcerated Women,” in which we called for immediate action to address threats to the health, safety, and human dignity of Vermont’s incarcerated women. We are gravely concerned that without a deep commitment to systemic and cultural change, accompanied by ongoing demonstrated accountability measures by the Department of Corrections and the Agency of Human Services, Vermont will continue to find itself in the same position in the future.
Based on the reported stories of abuse, the Commission has serious questions regarding the ability of CRCF to address allegations in a timely, thoughtful and consistent manner. Every government is supported by a community, and in this case the State of Vermont appears to have failed some of the most vulnerable members of the community. We applaud the swift response on the part of Governor Scott and the Agency of Human Services to commit to an external investigation of the reported incidents, and are encouraged by Agency leadership’s commitment to a more comprehensive and deeper evaluation of the entire system of corrections. The stories reported in the media are symptomatic of a system built upon punitive, rather than restorative, practices, and one that fails to appropriately respond to trauma.
Reaching out to community partners and organizations who provide resources that focus on shifting the system from punitive to restorative responses will allow for a greater opportunity for incarcerated women and men to be successful.
Our concern is not only for the safety and well-being of the Vermonters in the care and custody of the Department of Corrections, but also for that of the staff upon whom those Vermonters depend. It is imperative that the State of Vermont commit to implementing trauma-informed practices that will guarantee that women will not be further traumatized by the people whose job is to protect them; a corrections workforce that is well-qualified, well-trained, and well-prepared to high standards around accountability and professionalism; and correctional officers being supported as professionals and free from harassment on the job themselves.
The Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) is a non-partisan state agency advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls. Sixteen volunteer commissioners, along with representatives from organizations concerned with women's issues, guide VCW's public education, coalition building, and advocacy efforts.
Montpelier, Vt. – The Vermont Commission on Women, a non-partisan state commission working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls, welcomed staff member Anna Brouillette as their new Data Management Coordinator.
Ms. Brouillette will collect, analyze, interpret and communicate data relating to women’s well-being in Vermont. She’ll work with material from the Commission’s statewide Listening Project; collaborate with State agencies and departments to compile and present data disaggregated by gender; and contribute to the work of their partnership initiative, Change The Story VT.
“I’m so excited to get started supporting the work of the Vermont Commission on Women,” said Ms. Brouillette. “I look forward to working with the team and further understanding the well-being of women and girls in the state through the use and analysis of data. I am hopeful that the more data that we collect, analyze, and publish related to how we are serving women and girls as a state, the better we can promote equity in opportunities and policies for all Vermonters.”
Ms. Brouillette is currently engaged in pursuit of a master’s degree in Education Policy and Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She previously served as Policy and Research Analyst for Let’s Grow Kids; in work supporting civil rights research at St. Lawrence University; and in lobbying efforts of a non-governmental D.C.-based organization concerning funding for federally impacted schools. She holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University, where she majored in Government.
The Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) is a non-partisan state commission working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls. Sixteen volunteer commissioners and representatives from organizations concerned with women's issues guide VCW's public education, coalition building, and advocacy efforts. The Commission celebrates its 55th anniversary this month.
League of Women Voters Presents “The Impact of Incarceration: Women, Families, Society”
Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 7 p.m.
Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Hayes Room, 135 Main Street, Montpelier
As has the nation's prison population, Vermont’s incarceration rate has grown dramatically in the last 40 years. The League of Women Voters, in partnership with Montpelier’s Kellogg-Hubbard Library, is pleased to present the first of its Criminal Justice in Vermont Speaker Series.
On Wednesday, October 9, three panelists will delve deep into a discussion of issues around women's incarceration: how it differs from men's; its impact on families and children; and a correctional facility program which utilized writing as a tool for self-change. The event features a reading from an anthology of the women's work. Panelists include:
▪ Ashley Messier, Smart Justice Organizer for the ACLU of VT and a consultant for the Cabot Centennial Re-Entry Project. She is a passionate advocate, public speaker, and formerly incarcerated woman.
▪ Representative Marybeth Redmond, who is helping to lead the Women’s Legislative Caucus in its advocacy for more transformative alternatives to incarceration for women.
▪ Kassie Tibbott, Coordinator of the Community Legal Information Center (CLIC), a research fellow for the Center for Justice Reform at Vermont Law School, a volunteer advocate at criminal record expungement clinics, and a Circles of Support and Accountability volunteer.
▪ Cary Brown, Executive Director of the Vermont Commission on Women, will moderate the discussion.
The program is open to the public and there is no cost to attend. Registration is encouraged, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Vermont Commission on Women has an opportunity for you to combine your passion for equity and your expertise in data to help make our state a more equitable place for all. The VCW Data Management Coordinator will work independently and collaboratively to collect, analyze, interpret, and communicate quantitative and qualitative data relating to women’s well-being in Vermont.
The Data Management Coordinator will collaborate with a wide range of partners and consult a variety of sources to collect and analyze data disaggregated by gender. Partners and sources may include State of Vermont agencies, departments, and programs; the Executive Director of Racial Equity; nonprofit, business, educational, and other groups in Vermont; the US Census and American Community Survey, and other federal agencies. They will identify key points and relationships in the data, identify topics for further research, and assist with building systems for ongoing reporting of data related to women’s well-being in Vermont. They will communicate the results of data analysis in a variety of forms, to a variety of audiences, including the general public, and will contribute to the Change the Story VT partnership’s work improving economic security for Vermont women.
This is a temporary, part-time position. The work schedule will be approximately 12 hours weekly. Some flexibility may be available for establishing the daily work schedule.
Specific duties will include, but not be limited to:
- Collect, analyze, interpret, and communicate data relating to women’s well-being in Vermont.
- Interpret quantitative and qualitative data, identifying key points and relationships.
- Collaborate with State agencies, departments, and programs to collect and analyze data disaggregated by gender. Examples of such data may include that relating to workforce development, economic development, economic and labor market information, education, social benefit programs such as Reach Up and the Child Care Financial Assistance Program, health care, women and minority-owned businesses and state contracting procedures, and others. Collaborate with a broad array of partners to compile data regarding the experiences of women of all backgrounds in Vermont. Collaborate with nonprofit, business, educational, and other groups in Vermont to collect and analyze data.
- Collect data from sources such as the US Census and American Community Survey, US Department of Labor, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Vermont Department of Labor.
- Assist with building systems for ongoing reporting of data related to women’s well-being in Vermont.
- Research and compile data relating to various aspects of women’s leadership, including political, business, and occupational.
- Analyze and interpret statewide survey results, including a significant body of qualitative responses.
- Identify topics for additional research.
- Communicate the results of data analysis in a variety of forms, including written narratives; tables, graphs, or other data visualizations; and present materials, reports, and briefs to a wide variety of audiences, including the general public, employers, and policymakers.
Who May Apply
This position, (Job Requisition # 2418), is open to all State employees and external applicants. If you would like more information about this position, please contact Cary.Brown@vermont.gov. Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting. Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail.
You must apply online to be considered.
Bachelor's degree INCLUDING six 6 college credits in statistics, research or qualitative analysis. OR Associate's degree INCLUDING six 6 college credits in statistics, research or qualitative analysis AND two 2 years or more of experience gathering data from various sources and using software applications to retrieve, edit, or tabulate data into forms or reports. OR Six 6 college credits in statistics, research or qualitative analysis AND four 4 years or more of experience gathering data from various sources and using software applications to retrieve, edit, or tabulate data into forms or reports.
- Deep commitment to the mission of the Vermont Commission on Women, a passion for social justice, and a desire to build systems that create equity for all
- Exceptional analytical capabilities with both quantitative and qualitative data
- Experience analyzing large datasets with high accuracy and attention to detail
- Ability to use data effectively in the conceptualization of both short- and long-term objectives
- Adept and confident in communicating complex data-driven analysis and recommendations, including complicated and/or technical information, to non-technical audiences with clarity and ease
- Comfortable working directly with a variety of partners, including State agencies, legislators, nonprofit groups, and the public
- Proficient with Microsoft Office suite
- Stellar communication skills, both written and oral, online and in person, with a range of audiences
- Self-starter, with the ability to work independently and as part of a highly collaborative team, and a strong ability to multitask and prioritize
- Highly resourceful, with strong problem-solving skills
- Strategic thinker, with the ability to think critically about issues and solutions
- Positivity, optimism, and a solutions-oriented mindset
Equal Opportunity Employer
The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.