Prison Rape Elimination Act
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) is a federal law that is focused specifically on addressing sexual violence in juvenile facilities, jails, prison, lockups and other facilities. PREA sets a standard that protects the Eighth Amendment right (constitutional right prohibiting cruel or unusual punishment) of federal, state and local youth offenders. AMIkids Acadiana has a zero tolerance policy toward all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment. The goal of the law and the agency’s Zero tolerance policy is to prevent, detect and respond to such conduct. All youth have the right to protection and to be free from sexual abuse and sexual harassment. A youth may report sexual abuse or sexual harassment to administration, program staff mental health professionals, probation officers or any person the youth trusts to make a report of abuse. All reports shall be referred for investigation according to PREA standards. There will be no retaliation for reporting any legitimate incidents of sexual abuse or sexual harassment. If you suspect sexual abuse or sexual harassment at AMIkids Acadiana, you may call the Director at 337-334-4838 or you may contact the Acadia Parish Sheriff Department.
For additional information on making a report please contact the PREA Coordinator at 337-384-1528. You may also complete the third party reporting form and mail to our PREA Coordinator at 611 Celestine LaTortue Rd., Branch, LA 70516.