News Alert: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

FASD Justice and Prison Rape Elimination Act PREA


The National Center on FASD Justice & Equity, a project of MOFAS, has released a new resource to promote the protection of individuals with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in confinement settings.

A recent TIME article chronicled the story of a 17-year-old young man with an FASD who was incarcerated with adults that alleges he was raped by an inmate and infected with HIV in a Louisiana jail.

Individuals with cognitive disabilities and intellectual disabilities are victimized at the highest rates within the United States. Issues of victimization are also a major concern for individuals with brain injuries associated with an FASD, which can increase vulnerabilities to being victimized in confinement settings. This teenager met the criteria for a high-risk sexual victim under the Prison Rape Elimination Act. Being confined in an adult institution as a youth also increases the risk of victimization.

The Prison Rape Elimination Act, also known as PREA, establishes standards to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse in confinement settings. The Americans with Disabilities Act or the ADA provides protections for people with disabilities that are incarcerated. This includes protections for people with an FASD.

We created a new fact sheet for families, advocates, and confinement settings to help stakeholders understand the intersections of FASD and PREA and to set forth practical guidance to facilities to help protect vulnerable people that are incarcerated with an FASD.

You can download the fact sheet here: FASD & PREA Fact Sheet

For more information on equity and justice issues related to FASD visit For questions about this news alert, contact Ruth Richardson, Director of Programs & National Strategic Initiatives at or 651-917-2370.

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