SWAN Tackles Sexual Violence and Discrimination at Military Service Academies

On April 27, 2015 HuffPost Live and Yale Law School’s Veterans Legal Services Clinic Law Student Intern Ashley Anderson discuss the Executive Order SWAN issued to the White House demanding sexual assault and harassment protections at Military Service Academies.

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MSNBC Asks Sen. Gillibrand and SWAN to Weigh in on MJIA

On November 20, All In with Chris Hayes asked Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and SWAN’s Anu Bhagwati about the status and steps forward for the Military Justice Improvement Act. To watch, click on the photo.

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SWAN Supports Senator Kristen Gillibrand's Justice Improvement Act

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SWAN Talks to FOX News’ Lou Dobbs About Military Sexual Assault

On May 17, SWAN Executive Director Anu Bhagwati responded to questions from Lou Dobbs on the events behind Defense Secretary Hagel’s order to review military sexual assault prevention measures. To watch this interview, click on the photo.

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Does Rise in Military Sexual Assault Reporting Signal Progress in the Crisis?

SWAN’s Anu Bhagwati sits down with Gwen Ifill on PBS Newshour, with retired Lt. Col. Geoffrey Corn, a former Army lawyer to discuss the rise in reporting. To watch the interview, click on the photo.

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MSNBC Asks Women Veterans About MJIA

On November 20, Chris Jansing asks SWAN Military Advisory Council member Capt. Lory Manning (Ret.) and SWAN intensive media training graduate Sarah Plummer to discuss the need for Senator Gillibrand’s Military Justice Improvement Act. To watch, click on the image.

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SWAN Briefs Hill Staffers on Combat Integration

On January 29, 2014, SWAN’s Greg Jacob joined Senator Gillibrand, the National Women’s Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union and Women in International Security for a Hill briefing. To read more, click on the image.

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SWAN Testifies Before the Senate Armed Services Committee

On June 4, SWAN Executive Director Anu Bhagwati testified in a historic hearing on the
military sexual assault crisis. To see C-SPAN’s full coverage of SWAN’s testimony, click on the image.

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SWAN Report Describes VA Discrimination Against Military Sexual Trauma-Related PTSD Claimants

On November 7, SWAN and the ACLU released a paper prepared by the Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School entitled “Battle for Benefits: VA Discrimination Against Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma.” To read the report, click on the photo.

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SWAN Talks Single Physical Fitness Standards with FOX and Friends

On January 4, SWAN’s Anu Bhagwati joined FOX & Friends to discuss the Marine Corps’ decision to delay pull-up requirements for women. To watch, click on the image.

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SWAN Files Amended Complaint in Combat Exclusion Lawsuit

SWAN and four service women are plaintiffs in the recently amended Hegar v. Hagel, a groundbreaking ACLU lawsuit challenging conditions in the service following the DOD’s January 2013 lifting of the Combat Exclusion Policy. To read more about the lawsuit, click on the photo.

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SWAN Takes on the Pull-Ups Controversy on Anderson Cooper 360

On January 3, SWAN’s Greg Jacob drilled down on the specifics of Marine Corps physical fitness standards with former Marine Corps captain Vernice Armour. To watch, click on the image.

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What We Do

SWAN’s mission is to transform military culture by securing equal opportunity and freedom to serve without discrimination, harassment or assault; and to reform veterans’ services to ensure high quality health care and benefits for women veterans and their families.

How We Do It

SWAN strives to aid service women through policy reform, media advocacy, litigation, and community organizing.

Why We Do It

SWAN believes all service women and veterans deserve equal opportunities, equal protections, and equal benefits.

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Women in Combat

SWAN believes that the most effective military is one where women are integrated into all sectors.

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 Military Sexual Violence

SWAN believes that our troops deserve to serve without fear of rape, sexual harassment or sexual assault, and without fear of retaliation for reporting.

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Reproductive Health Care

SWAN believes that providing service women with the best health care available is critical to the military’s mission success.

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VA Benefits and Health Care

SWAN believes that the VA must ensure women receive complete quality health care and maintain a disability and pension system that is fair and serves the needs of veterans.

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