In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women will be working this month to support our tribal communities across New Mexico in their efforts to bring awareness to sexual violence and honor our brave survivors.  
When we discuss topics like sexual violence in our tribal communities, it is important for us to also recognize and honor the resilience of our people. We know that sexual violence affects everyone- our families, our loved ones, our friends and our relatives; no one is exempt from the impact of sexual violence. And in those times of need, we honor not only our survivors, but our advocates and programs who work tirelessly to stand beside our victims on their journey to healing.

Across the state of New Mexico, sexual violence is becoming a widespread problem, especially within our tribal communities. Research shows that more than one in three of our Native women will be raped in their lifetime and one in four of our Native men. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey found that 55% of Native women experienced some form of sexual violence in their life (such as made to penetrate, sexual coercion, unwanted sexual contact, and unwanted sexual experience).  

Although we do not have exact numbers involving the magnitude of sexual violence affecting our tribal communities- we do know that there are many reasons why someone may choose not to report or tell a trusted person about sexual violence. Some of these include-
  • Feelings of shame or guilt about the experience
  • Fear of being blamed
  • Concern about not being believed
  • Fear of the perpetrator retaliating at them or at their families
  • Pressure from others not to tell
  • Distrust of law enforcement or health professionals
  • Belief that there is not enough evidence or that nothing will be done
  • Desire to protect the perpetrator if they know them
For more information about sexual violence in New Mexico, please check out our sister Coalition, the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs-  CLICK HERE  
CSVANW Happenings!  
Did you know that the CSVANW Team will be running in the Shiprock Marathon??

To further the conversations about what it means to truly embrace what it means to strive to be healthy Native people, the #CSVANWTeam has decided to challenge ourselves by putting our organizational values into action! So our entire team of staff has registered for the Shiprock Marathon, May 7, 2016! We will be wearing sporty Coalition shirts that have been designed to bring awareness to violence against Native women and children.

As you may know, for CSVANW, 2015 marked a year of transformation, innovation and through new creative leadership, CSVANW was afforded opportunities to develop emergent strategy concepts to generate a strong foundation for action.

One question we continuously ask ourselves... is what does our mission look like in action? What does stopping "violence against our Native women and children" look like?

And because of this action-focused mindset, CSVANW took the initiative to focus on supporting our tribal communities in their prevention and early intervention efforts to reduce domestic and sexual violence and help build healthy communities, families and futures... and this work begins with honoring the legacies of our communities. Building healthy communities and families begin with honoring, championing and listening to not only our tribal elders, but to our Native youth. It begins with starting (and fostering) conversations about what it means to be healthy Native people. Running is traditional... violence is not.

We hope that you will follow us on Facebook as we will be highlighting our efforts!!
April 4-8, 2016 
Advancing Advocacy: CSVANW's 40-Hour Core Advocacy Training 
Hilton Garden Inn- Uptown
6510 America's Pkwy NE
Albuquerque, NM

April 12-13, 2016 
Protecting our Children from Violence 
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
2401 12th Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
For more info OR TO REGISTER!

April 16-17, 2016 
Red Shawl Solidarity Project 
Institute of American Indian Arts
Santa Fe, NM 87508
Agenda TBD   
May 13th, 2016 
CSVANW Board & Member Meeting
Location TBD

May 12, 2016
New Mexico Tribal Task-force on Human Trafficking
Bureau of Indian Affairs 1001 Indian School Rd NW Conference Room #133, Albuquerque, NM. 
Light refreshments will be served.
CSVANW'S 3rd Annual Tribal Leaders Summit
June 21-22, 2016
Sandia Resort & Casino
The 3rd Annual Tribal Leaders Summit will be held at the Sandia Resort & Casino. Please mark your calendars! Announcements and registration will be sent out this month! 
JULY 20-23, 2016
The 5th Annual Native Youth Summit will be held at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa on July 20-23, 2016. Flyers and Registration will be released in the next month. Stay tuned! 

April 9, 2016
Run Against Traffick 5k 2016-
Confronting human trafficking in NM
The International School 
Albuquerque, NM

April 19-21, 2016
Walking with our Hearts,  
Emerging Bravely:  
Revealing and Healing Child and Youth Survivors of Domestic Violence and Teen Dating Violence
Various Dates
NM Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs 
Various Dates
NM Coalition Against Domestic Violence  

May 1, 2016
61st Annual Nizhoni Days Powwow
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
10am to 7pm
For more information! 
New CSVANW Youth Video!! 
At CSVANW, we are proud of the work our student intern, Dakota Skye (Navajo & Hunkpapha Lakota), has done this past semester! Here is the link to our Native youth video created as an intern project. Dakota is a junior at the Native American Community Academy. This video features the brave voices and experiences of Native youth from NACA who shared how violence has affected them, their families and their communities. You can view the video HERE!

We thank  MissNikke blog for assisting Dakota in his project! Also, we shout-out to Ms. Kelley Mitchell, from NACA, for selecting CSVANW to be an intern site! And to our featured Native youth, for their bravery and eloquence in sharing their experiences.

Be sure to check out our Facebook page to catch our latest news and happenings! 

Consider joining!
CSVANW is proud of the partnership that we have with our sister Coalition, NMCADV.

NMCADV is looking to welcome new members! They would like to invite tribal domestic violence programs to join their coalition and network of members. While the NMCADV already collaborates with CSVANW on statewide issues at the coalition level, they also think there is an opportunity for individual programs to connect more closely and work together. All domestic violence service organizations apply as Principal Members. Membership fees are based on your organization's budget and a sliding scale, and fees can also be waived if necessary.

Alisha Chavez, NMCADV Communication and Membership Coordinator can answer any questions you may have, or 505-554-6536.

Self-Care is Ceremony:
Honoring and caring for ourselves in the work
Devona Bradford 
What does it mean to honor and care for ourselves in this line of work?
In the domestic and sexual violence field, as advocates we are constantly extending ourselves and our energies to people all around us... to our coworkers, clients, family, friends and strangers. We often may leave a meeting feeling tired, drained or defeated. Over a period of time this can become exhausting, especially if we don't replenish the energy that's been lost.

This is when we are, as advocates, most susceptible to burn-out... the leading cause of advocates leaving this field.

Imagine trying to run on an empty gas tank. That is what burn-out is.

Last week, I had an experience where my fuel pump went out on my vehicle. It opened my eyes. I imagined this is what it must be like, to keep going going going until you eventually break down. My family and I faced tremendous hardship without our vehicle for a few days... and it allowed me to reflect on the concept for this blog.

Charlene Tsoodle-Marcus
Executive Director of ENIPC Peacekeepers

"I am proud to be on the Board for CSVANW. This Coalition is doing great stuff! We need more of our young Native women in this field and I like that the Coalition is really bringing in new ideas and starting to work with our youth more."

Click here! To learn about CSVANW's Board of Directors
Jana Pfeiffer (Navajo)
CSVANW Program Support

"It truly is a pleasure working with the organization! We are a dedicated team of women empowering women, striving to make our tribal communities healthier and safer. I look forward to redefining what, "to be of service to my community!" means for my continued commitment to the Coalition! 

At CSVANW we love our volunteers! In March, we welcomed our newest volunteers to our #CSVANW team and to our CSVANW Event Fundraising Committee. This AWESOME group of college women will be assisting CSVANW's member planning committees with putting fundraising packets together, conducting mailings and following up on our sponsor/ fundraising calls for the next two months. We LOVE and appreciate all of our community partners and members who help with our event planning and fundraising! Our largest events would not be as successful as they are without our AMAZING planning committees and fundraisers!
New CSVANW Position Openings!! 
CSVANW is led by passionate, distinguished and highly committed individuals working to collectively address violence against Native women and children. Each staff plays a complementary role to CSVANW and are committed to operating with the utmost integrity, accountability and responsibility to CSVANW's stakeholders. CSVANW is proud to have leaders who are passionate field experts with proven experience in advocacy, support, technical assistance and training.

CSVANW seeks three highly organized, self-motivated and passionate individuals to join our CSVANW Team. Must be reliable and have the ability to work both collaboratively and creatively with a team of professionals.

For more info!
Office Coordinator 
CSVANW's Office Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the office functions of a small but rapid-growing organization and dynamic team of staff. The Office Coordinator will undertake a variety of day-to-day office and clerical tasks to ensure that office operations are efficient and add maximum value to the organization. The Office Coordinator is, above all, an organized, detail-oriented, and competent professional with exceptional communication skills. The Office Coordinator must have great customer service skills, experience utilizing a multi-line phone system and ability to effectively carry out administrative duties with accuracy and speed.

Responsibilities will include handling and maintaining financial, programmatic and office records. Reception duties include answering a multi-line phone, processing incoming and outgoing office mail, scheduling, preparing documents and providing clerical support to a team.
Three (3) years of directly related experience preferably working in a non-profit capacity or with tribal entities. Must be proficient of MS Office, including Excel, Word, and Outlook and have experience with both reception and record management.  An equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience may be substituted. Pay range is $14 to $16 per hour. Full-time. With 100% employer-paid benefits.


Native Youth Coordinator
CSVANW's Native Youth Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the Coalition's capacity building of tribal domestic violence Native youth programs by supporting innovative and developmentally-appropriate Native youth prevention efforts and resources. The Native Youth Coordinator will lead the development and implementation of comprehensive prevention strategies and response to teen dating violence, promoting healthy relationships and work to support New Mexico's tribal community early intervention efforts.

Bachelor's degree in Education, Human Development, Prevention and/or a social science field plus two (2) years of directly related experience preferably working in a non-profit capacity or with tribal entities. An equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience may be substituted. Pay range is $16 to $19 per hour. Full-time. With 100% employer-paid benefits.

Membership and Outreach Coordinator
CSVANW's Membership and Outreach Coordinator is responsible for coordinating CSVANW's external communications and engaging with CSVANW membership and key community stakeholders across the state in a relationship building role for the Coalition. Position largely accountable for coordinating membership, community outreach, the Coalition's social media presence, public relations and developing the Coalition's external communication strategies. Additionally, provides strategic and creative membership recruitment and retention that support the mission, goals, and objectives of CSVANW.

Bachelor's degree in marketing, communication, journalism, and/or a social science field plus two (2) years of directly related experience preferably working in a non-profit capacity or with tribal entities. An equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience may be substituted. Pay range is $38k to 40k. Full-time. With 100% employer-paid benefits. 
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Executive Director

Training & Development Manager

Membership & Outreach Coordinator

Sexual Assault Project Coordinator

Office Coordinator

Program Assistant

Program Support Specialist

Native Youth Project Coordinator

Volunteer Support

CSVANW Student Intern from Native American Community Academy