A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Meet the Team: Paula Gomez Stordy

Title: Senior Director of National Training and TA

Where are you from?
I am from more than one place. I was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Chilean parents and have lived in various cities and towns in Massachusetts and Chile throughout my life. I feel fortunate to have discovered different places and connected with diverse people.

Where do you feel most at home?
Hearing Chilean and Boston accents make me feel at home. During the sobremesa in Chile, the time after dinner when everyone remains at the table to talk and connect, I feel at home. The Chilean accent and phrases feel familiar and comforting. I don't mind hearing the same story numerous times, because it brings my family joy to tell them, laugh, and connect. Similarly, when I arrive to Boston after being away, I hear the Boston accent and it feels endearing. I hear the subtle variations of the Boston accent representing different areas of and outside Boston. The accent is complex and more than the dropping of the letter "r" as portrayed in movies. I enjoy hearing the inter-generational various of the accent.

What inspires you, professionally and personally?
Professionally and personally, I am inspired by the strength individuals have to grow, transform, and achieve the things that once seemed impossible.

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There are only 4 days left to submit a comment about the public charge

Interested parties have until December 10 to submit comments opposing DHS' harmful proposal to expand the definition of "public charge." The proposed changes would punish immigrant survivors of gender-based violence for the violence they've experienced if they use crucial public programs such as healthcare and food and housing assistance to escape from abuse and rebuild their lives.

AIS strongly opposes the proposed public charge rule as part of the Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) Campaign. AIS developed tips, sample comment templates, and resources to help you speak out against the proposed rule and its harmful effects on survivors. Join us and thousands of others in opposition to this harmful proposal!

AIS and PIF have developed:
Click here for more information on how to submit a comment
Webinar: Our Journey of Transformation

Monday, December 10, 2018
3 - 4:30 p.m. EST 

The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence has been on a transformational journey -- beginning with an inward-facing individual and organizational transformation to an outward-facing transformation. Kelly Miller and Jennifer Martinez will share what inspired the transformation, our theory of change process, and the essential practices that build muscle for our ongoing transformation toward an emergent worldview. The Idaho Coalition will share ongoing challenges and successes in working toward a multicultural, liberating organization and our social change approach to center on historically marginalized communities.
Kelly Miller, JD, Executive Director, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
Jennifer Martinez, Social Change Associate/Organizer, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence

Click here to register for this webinar
Conversations Over a Cafecito: Renee Lopez

"If you build it, they will come!" This was true for Field of Dreams, and it's true for organizations who want to create spaces that are accessible to people with disabilities.

Renee Lopez, a civil rights advocate and long-term member of SAFE's Disability Services Project Advisory Committee, sips her cafecito with us as she talks about the unique barriers and triumphs that she and many people with disabilities experience, as they are statistically the demographic that are most likely to suffer abuse.

Click here to listen to this podcast with Renee!
NILC provides bilingual info about the Public Charge

The National Immigration Law Center provides introductory and in-depth information about the public charge. From its website: 

"PUBLIC CHARGE" IS A TERM USED by U.S. immigration officials to refer to a person who is considered primarily dependent on the government for subsistence, as demonstrated by either receipt of public cash assistance for income maintenance or institutionalization for long-term care at government expense. Where this consideration applies, an immigrant who is found to be "likely . . . to become a public charge" may be denied admission to the U.S. or lawful permanent resident status.
Click here  to see more information on NILC's website
'Icebox' premieres Dec. 7

Icebox is a timely drama about a 12-year-old boy  fleeing gang violence in Honduras in hopes of  seeking asylum in America. Captured by border agents,
he is trapped inside the "Icebox" with other migrant children and struggles to gain control of his fate.

The National Hispanic Media Coalition invites you to watch Icebox, written and directed by Daniel Sawka, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. on HBO.

Click here to watch the trailer for this film
NRCDV asking for your input

In an effort to make the trainings, products and services of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) most responsive to the needs of the field, they are seeking your input! Please take a moment to consider your current and emerging training and professional development needs over the next 3-5 years, and offer your thoughts on the topics and formats of resources that would be most helpful to you, your program, and the greater movement to end gender-based violence.

The survey should take approximately 5 minutes to complete. Responses will be accepted through December 31, 2018.

Click here to access this survey
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories

By: Carmen Maria Machado

In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. While her work has earned her comparisons to Karen Russell and Kelly Link, she has a voice that is all her own. In this electric and provocative debut, Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women's lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.

A wife refuses her husband's entreaties to remove the green ribbon from around her neck. A woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague slowly consumes humanity. A salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery within the seams of the store's prom dresses. One woman's surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted houseguest. And in the bravura novella "Especially Heinous," Machado reimagines every episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a show we naïvely assumed had shown it all, generating a phantasmagoric police procedural full of doppelgängers, ghosts, and girls with bells for eyes.

Earthy and otherworldly, antic and sexy, queer and caustic, comic and deadly serious, Her Body and Other Parties swings from horrific violence to the most exquisite sentiment. In their explosive originality, these stories enlarge the possibilities of contemporary fiction.
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Webinar A Scan of the Field: Learning about Serving Survivors of Human Trafficking
Thursday, January 10, 2018
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST  

Casa de Esperanza's National Latin@ Network conducted research with the purpose of gaining a better understanding of what current services domestic/sexual violence organizations across the country provide to survivors of trafficking. The study included a web-based survey of several DV/SA organizations and in-depth case studies of five organizations that serve trafficking survivors. We invite you to join this conversation where we will share the findings and lessons of our research.

Martha Hernandez-Martinez, MPA, Program/ Research Manager, Casa de Esperanza - NLN Research

Click here to register for this webinar
Webinar Enhancing Language Access within a Child Advocacy Center Setting
Monday, January 7, 2018
2 - 3:30 p.m. EST  

In this webinar, the National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC) will address language access within the context of a Children's Advocacy Center. Victim service providers commonly identify communication as one of many barriers that can impede access to services. Providing effective language access requires strong planning and ensuring the right resources are in place in order to meet the needs of children and youth. 
The presenter will examine the role language access plays at several critical points throughout the Children's Advocacy Center/ Multidisciplinary Team investigation of abuse allegations and delivery of supportive services. 
Participants will:
  • Learn about language access and the important role it plays within a Children's Advocacy Center
  • Explore how to develop an effective plan for working with limited English proficiency and Deaf/hard of hearing clients
  • Discuss best practices for working with interpreters
The webinar is designed for any staff or person who works to promote the safety and healing of children, including those who create policy/protocols for the investigation and response to allegations of child victimization.

Presenter :
Greg Flett, National Children's Advocacy Center

Click here to register for this webinar
RAINN : Community Outreach Coordinator (bilingual)
RAINN's visibility is at an all-time high. As a member of RAINN'S Communications team, the Community Outreach Coordinator will work with key constituencies to elevate RAINN's message and grow prevention efforts, focusing on college campuses, the Spanish-speaking community, and RAINN's Speakers Bureau.

The Community Outreach Coordinator will report directly to the Vice President of Communications.

Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault : Staff Attorney
This position within the ANDVSA Legal Program will provide statewide legal services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. This is a full-time, exempt position based in Anchorage and supervised by the ANDVSA Senior Staff Attorney. Some travel is required.

Now accepting submissions

We welcome submissions on a number of topics pertaining to domestic violence, family violence, and gender-based violence. These topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Gender-based violence intervention and prevention programs that are culturally specific
  • Working with Latin@ youth
  • Working with immigrant Latin@s
  • Health care and gender-based violence
  • LGBTQ Latin@ communities
  • Children and domestic violence
  • Building Latin@ leadership in Latin@ communities
  • Elder abuse
We also welcome photography, video, resources, and other digital material that organizations or people wish to share with our network.

If you're interested in submitting a blog post,  click here to email Rebecca De Leon, Communications and Marketing Manager


The National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities is a network of individuals and organizations committed to improving the health and well-being of Latin@ communities. The National Latin@ Network is led by Casa de Esperanza, a national Latina organization whose mission is to mobilize Latinas and Latin@ communities to end domestic violence. The National Latin@Network for Healthy Families and Communities builds on Casa de Esperanza´s experience working in local communities to support families, end domestic violence, and increase meaningful access to services for Latina@s and incorporates a research center, public policy initiative, and training.

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