Annual Iris Chef Show Off, which was scheduled to be held on March 30, 2017 at the Belle Baton Rouge in Downtown Baton Rouge, will be cancelled due to the impacts of the recent flood.
The Stop Violence Against Women website (STOPVAW), a project of The Advocates for Human Rights, is a forum for information, advocacy and change in the promotion of women's human rights around the world.
Additional topics and ongoing expansion occur through the efforts of Paul and his classes, with thanks to EMU for a Faculty Research Fellowship which helped support this project.
Our main shelter and one of our outreach offices were physically damaged, and simultaneously we have been experiencing a significant increase for domestic violence services.
This higher than usual demand for services is anticipated to last into the long-term recovery period forcing IRIS to adjust its short-term plans and prepare for a major reorganization to respond to the increase for domestic violence services post flood.
All participating sponsors, chefs, table, ticket purchasers and auction donors will be contacted and refunded upon request.
“Iris was significantly impacted by the historic flood last August.
The underlying belief of Stop Violence is that punishment after a crime is not effective crime prevention; a safe and peaceful society requires justice, not overdoses of prison, chain gangs and executions.