For the sixth consecutive year, SIECUS is pleased to provide our SIECUS State Profiles. The Fiscal Year 2008 Edition again undertakes the enormous task of “following the money.” These profiles document all federal abstinence-only-until-marriage dollars doled out through the three major funding streams fueling these failed and ideologically driven programs. The profiles provide an unparalleled amount of information that is broken out by individual state. For this year’s edition, we have also added profiles on Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and one covering the outer U.S. territories.
Since the first publication of the SIECUS State Profiles, it has become the premiere tool for informed and empowered advocacy efforts that are carried out across the country—from local school board meetings, to state houses, to Capitol Hill. The profiles are used by national, state, and community advocates; by parents, faith communities, policymakers and their staff; and by media outlets across the country. Most importantly, SIECUS State Profiles are being used to set the record straight on how abstinence-only-until-marriage programs have fundamentally changed what our young people are—and are not—learning while also paving a way forward for a more comprehensive approach to sex education.
Thanks are due to many SIECUS staff for lending a hand on this publication. Morgan Marshall, our state policy assistant, has been enormously helpful in bringing this mammoth publication in for a strong landing. Jen Heitel Yakush, our assistant director for public policy, has also served as a strong shepherd under less than fortuitous circumstances to get this publication completed in record time. Martha Kempner, vice president for information and communications, also deserves enormous thanks for her ongoing and tireless dedication to this publication. We also recognize the important contributions made by other current and former SIECUS staff including Maxwell Ciardullo and Patrick Malone from our New York office for their assistance in compiling key sections of the Profiles; to Colin Schwartz, former public policy assistant, for lending a huge hand to the background research; and to Katharine Smith, who we cannot seem to fully let go from our work, for her support and immense contribution to editing. And no not-for-profit agency would be nearly as successful were it not for the valuable contributions of the many interns who provide hours of leg work. To this end, we want to thank SIECUS’ DC office interns, Lauren Finkel, Anna Salem, Jeremy Massey, and Sara Stepahin.
Perhaps most importantly, we need to thank our many state partners who work with us each year to make certain this publication provides the most accurate and up-to-date picture possible. The result is a publication that represents real collaboration which benefits all our efforts.
Thanks are also due to the Guttmacher Institute for its research on sexuality education laws and policies which is relied on heavily in this publication.
Finally, we need to thank SIECUS’ many donors who support our work and believe in the importance of advocacy that is firmly entrenched in research and evidence. In particular, the following foundations have supported SIECUS’ public policy and advocacy efforts over the past year: The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, The Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the John Merck Fund, and the Oak Hill Fund.
Joseph DiNorcia, Jr. William Smith
President and CEO Vice President for Public Policy