Rise is a millennial driven, non-profit organization founded by Amanda Nguyen that advocates for civil and criminal justice reform to support sexual assault survivors. No state has comprehensive sexual assault laws to protect survivors and the laws that govern sexual assault drastically vary from state to state. For example, prior to Rise getting a law passed in Massachusetts earlier in October, a survivor’s rape kit could be destroyed after only 6 months when the statute of limitations to report a sexual assault is 15 years. Other survivors in our country lose their access to justice on a daily basis. In New Hampshire, untested rape kits can be destroyed after 2 months, and in Florida the kits can be destroyed after only a month.
Rise’s goal is to fix the patchwork of rights for survivors by changing the laws in each state that govern how criminal justice actors treat sexual assault. To achieve this goal, Rise created Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights and introduced the bill at both the state and federal level. At the federal level, Rise's bill has passed unanimously in the U.S. Senate (89-0) and U.S. House (399-0), and was signed by President Obama on October 7, 2016. Rise is now bringing their bill to the states, where 20 states have either passed portions of Rise's bill, including Massachusetts, Oregon, and Virginia, or plan the introduce the full bill in their upcoming legislative session, including New York, California, Michigan, and Maryland.
2017 Intern Reflection:
Working at Rise has been a huge eye-opener. We're involved in direct policy advocacy, meaning I get to do everything from researching legislation to sitting in meetings with legislators. I also help schedule, draft social media, plan political strategy, and fundraise. I've learned a huge amount about how the political process works and have gotten to meet many amazing, driven people. Amanda, the founder of Rise, is an especially inspiring and accomplished person to work with -- she's evidence that you're never too young to make a real difference in the world.
Rise is a small team of great people that I've gotten to know really well. Be prepared to learn quickly, work hard, and see results. I've seen 2 laws get passed while I've been on the team!
Amelia Goldberg '19