A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Victoria 'La Mala' Ortiz and Univision partnership donates $5,000 to Casa de Esperanza

Victoria "La Mala" Ortiz, a Latina recording artist whose Regional Mexican songs have topped musical charts in several Spanish-speaking countries, put her best foot forward on the fifth season of  Univision's dance competition,  Mira Quién Baila. She selected  Casa de Esperanza as her charity of choice to receive a donation as a result of her time on the show because she supports and aligns with the organization's mission to serve Latina survivors of  abuse, and immigration.

Although she departed the show on October 29, Victoria's memorable time in the competition earned a $5,000 donation to Casa de Esperanza. However, she has remained committed to embracing advocacy and continuing to prioritize her dedication to the Latino community.

Click here to read more about this exciting partnership
Upcoming Webinars

Mirando Hacia Atrás: Promotor@ Wisdom in Hindsight
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST 

In this interactive webinar, presenters will draw from their experience both at the national and community level to discuss lessons learned from the implementation of the Promotor@s model, a widely used intervention in culturally specific organizations. At the National Latino Network, we have explored this intervention in depth, specifically focusing on their success, effectiveness, and strategies of implementation. What makes this webinar different? Beyond sharing lessons learned, presenter will discuss strategies they use to overcome challenges, how disputes were handled (if any), and looking back at their Promotor@ experience, they will explore- what's something you know now you wish you had known at the beginning of your work. This webinar will take you behind the scene of the promotoras work.

Kristiana Huitrón, Project Coordinator, Casa de Esperanza
Jorge Vidal, Project Coordinator, Casa de Esperanza

Click here to register for this webinar


Un Llamado a los Padres y Madres: Consejos para Preparar a sus Hijos/as para un Futuro Saludable y Libre de Peligro
Jueves, 14 de diciembre, 2017
12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. EST 

La Red Nacional Latina de Casa de Esperanza y el Centro Nacional para la Protección de Menores Desaparecidos/as y Explotados/as están colaborando para dar a conocer los proyectos respectivos de estas organizaciones: DECIMOS NO MÁS y KidSmartz, dos campañas encaminadas a ayudar a padres y madres a conversar con sus hijo/as de manera positiva y estimulante sobre formas en que se pueden proteger. KidSmartz ofrece materiales, actividades, videos, cuestionarios, consejos, música, artículos y más; para ayudar a padres/madres y educadores/as a conversar con sus hijos/as de una manera no amenazadora sobre cómo establecer planes de seguridad para evitar secuestros y cómo identificar situaciones que pueden ser peligrosas. DECIMOS NO MÁS es una colección de información, materiales y recursos que ayudan a guiar a los padres/madres a hablar con sus hijos/as sobre cómo establecer y reconocer qué es una comunicación, relaciones y sexualidad saludables; de una manera culturalmente relevante a los/as latinos/as.

Eliza Harrell, Directora de Participación, Adiestramiento y Prevención del Centro Nacional para Menores Desaparecidos/as y Explotados/as
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Women of Color Network, Inc. invites community to join call for Jagged Justice for Puerto Rico

"People are dying in this country. I am begging, begging anyone that can hear us, to save us from dying. If anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency and the bureaucracy." 
- Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto, Mayor, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Take two actions today:
1) Donate and support PR and USVI right now by visiting to two links directly supporting women and children in PR and USVI:
2) Register to JOIN WOCN on our next  Jagged  Justice call on November 20, 2017, from 5 - 7 p.m. EST, where we will hear from PR and USVI comrades who will provide current updates, and can provide additional ways to lend support.
The Jagged Justice call will talk about c onnecting the dots between current events and the work of women and men of color advocates; p roblem-solving how the movement/field can participate in addressing these important needs; s haring the impact the current political and social climate may be having on people of color working in mainstream organizations; and more.
Click here to register for the Jagged Justice call on Nov. 20
ivision Communications Inc. launches Univision Foundation

Univision Communications Inc Launches Univision Foundation, Expanding Focus on Corporate Social Responsibility, Philanthropic, and Social Impact Activities

In addition to supporting empowerment and philanthropic activities, the Univision Foundation will support independent journalism, innovative storytelling, and digital projects designed to advance education, health, civic engagement, and other critical issues among the constituencies served by UCI. The non-profit will partner with like-minded organizations including foundations, community groups, government agencies and businesses that are committed to advancing public discourse and civic participation around key issues. The Foundation will also build upon UCI's existing partnerships with foundation partners such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The California Endowment, and Ford Foundation, among others.

Click here for more information 
700,000 female farmworkers say they stand with Hollywood actors against sexual assault

" We understand the hurt, confusion, isolation and betrayal that you might feel. We also carry shame and fear resulting from this violence. It sits on our backs like oppressive weights. But, deep in our hearts we know that it is not our fault. The only people at fault are the individuals who choose to abuse their power to harass, threaten and harm us, like they have harmed you."

In the lead up to  "The Take Back the Workplace" march in Los Angeles on Nov. 12, Latina farmworkers have written a letter of solidarity to the brave women and men in Hollywood who have come forward with their  experiences of sexual harassment and assault in the wake of the  Harvey Weinstein scandal. The upcoming event is organized by the  Feminist Majority FoundationCivican, and  We for She. It aims to shed more light on instances of sexual harassment in the workplace and call out those who commit it,  allow it and help cover it up.

Click here to read this letter from Alianza Nacional de Campesinas
Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape


In this groundbreaking new look at rape edited by writer and activist Jaclyn Freidman and Full Frontal Feminism and He's A Stud, She's A Slut author Jessica Valenti, the way we view rape in our culture is finally dismantled and replaced with a genuine understanding and respect for female sexual pleasure. Feminist, political, and activist writers alike will present their ideas for a paradigm shift from the "No Means No" model-an approach that while necessary for where we were in 1974, needs an overhaul today.

Yes Means Yes will bring to the table a dazzling variety of perspectives and experiences focused on the theory that educating all people to value female sexuality and pleasure leads to viewing women differently, and ending rape. Yes Means Yesaims to have radical and far-reaching effects: from teaching men to treat women as collaborators and not conquests, encouraging men and women that women can enjoy sex instead of being shamed for it, and ultimately, that our children can inherit a world where rape is rare and swiftly punished. With commentary on public sex education, pornography, mass media, Yes Means Yes is a powerful and revolutionary anthology.
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Raliance publishes Sport + Prevention Center to end sexual and domestic violence

Raliance has launched the Sport + Prevention Center, a one-stop-shop to support the sport community in ending sexual and domestic violence in one generation. 

You will find more than 100 prevention resources in the Prevention Database, learn about the "state of SV/DV prevention in sport" in the Overview Report, find a guide of specific action steps in the Roadmap, and connect with others working on SV/DV prevention in and through sports through the Learning Exchange.

Click here to visit Sport + Prevention Center
Click here to add your resources to the Prevention Database
Click here to register for the tour for Sport + Prevention Center on Dec. 6
MAP releases new infographic for LGBT elders

The holidays are nearly here, and for many LGBT older adults, this is a time of social isolation and vulnerability. LGBT older adults are less likely to be married or partnered, and are twice as likely to live alone, leaving them particularly vulnerable to social isolation.

Movement Advancement Project (MAP), along with partners at SAGE and the Diverse Elders Coalition, have released a new infographic providing resources for LGBT elders, as well as information about the challenges facing LGBT older adults.

The infographic is designed to help isolated or lonely LGBT older adults know that they are not alone, and that there are resources available ranging from financial support to identifying inclusive and affirming housing to hotlines with judgement-free support. And the infographic is translated into six different languages: English, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Arabic and Chinese

Click here to access the infographic.
Organizations unite to support IVAWA

On November 14, 2017 the U.S. Senate re-introduced the  International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA), a groundbreaking piece of legislation aimed at preventing violence against women and girls across the globe. The announcement followed the passage of the Women, Peace and Security Act, which was signed into law on October 6, 2017.

There is a strong momentum in advancing women's rights, increasing their security and improving the conditions under which they can meet their full potential. The stage is set for the U.S. to confirm its commitment to making ending violence against women a pillar on which its foreign policy agenda stands.

Click here to read the letter to Congress and sign on
Webinar Sport is Part of the Solution to Ending Sexual and Domestic Violence: Launching Raliance's NEW Sport + Prevention Center

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST

Raliance, powered by PreventConnect, presents the launch of the  Sport + Prevention Center, an online resource to support the sport community in ending sexual and domestic violence in one generation. This web conference will showcase this exciting new resource that includes a prevention database, key research, a roadmap (or Theory of Change) and a learning exchange. Join us to learn more about the  Sport + Prevention Center, and to engage in discussion around promising practices in sexual and domestic violence prevention in and through sport.


Ashleigh Klein-Jimenez,  PreventConnect and CALCASA

Click here  for more information and to register for this webinar
Call for proposals: UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women

Application deadline: December 5, 2017

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) awards grants to initiatives that demonstrate that violence against women and girls can be systematically addressed, reduced and, with persistence, eliminated.
Civil society organizations are invited to submit grant proposals for a minimum of US$50,000 up to a maximum of US$1 million for a period of three years.
Proposals are invited under the following three programmatic areas:
(1) Improving access for women and girls to essential, safe and adequate multi-sectoral services to end violence against women and girls;
(2) Increasing effectiveness of legislation, policies, national action plans and accountability systems to prevent and end violence against women and girls; and
(3) Improving prevention of violence against women and girls through changes in knowledge, attitudes and practices.
This year, the UN Trust Fund is also seeking applications that specifically focus on:
(a) addressing violence against women and girls in the context of the current forced displacement and refugee crisis; or
(b) addressing violence against women and girls with disabilities.
Applications from women's rights, women-led, and small women's organizations are prioritized, in recognition of them being the driving force of the ending violence against women agenda, as well as being at the forefront of reaching women and girls survivors at the grassroots level. 

Click here for more information about this funding opportunity.

Click here for the Call for Proposals.

Información disponible también en español aquí.
NNEDV: Deputy Director, Transitional Housing Program

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) seeks a highly motivated and skilled individual to lead the implementation of NNEDV's Transitional Housing Program. This is a "roll up your sleeves" leadership position that includes implementation of the program, supervisory duties, direct consultation to transitional housing programs and the provision of training and facilitation. NNEDV provides training, technical assistance, and support to state domestic violence coalitions; local domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking programs; service providers for victims of intimate partner violence; and other stakeholders, including governmental agencies. The Transitional Housing Program provides a variety of support and services for nearly two hundred transitional housing programs. This includes topical meetings, site visits, intensive technical assistance and consultation, regional meetings, management of a participant listserv and the creation of resource materials.

New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Director of Public Policy and Advocacy

Location: Albany, New York

This position is a significant leadership opportunity for an experienced individual grounded in social justice movements and organizations. The Director of Public Policy and Advocacy is responsible for coordinating and enhancing policy and advocacy initiatives necessary for NYSCADV's continued success and growth. The ideal candidate should be able to think broadly and strategically about public policy and coalition building, and also be detail oriented about the process necessary to move our vision into reality.

Tahirih Justice Center:  Immigration and Family Law Paralegal

Tahirih Justice Center seeks an Immigration & Family Law Paralegal to provide administrative and paralegal support to the legal team in the representation of immigrant women and children fleeing gender violence in asylum cases, claims brought under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and other related immigration matters, including T and U visas, and in family law-based claims, such as divorce, custody, support matters and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.  The position reports to the Immigration and Family Law Supervising Attorney. The ideal candidate is an entry-level professional with a minimum of two to three years of humanitarian immigration services and one year of family law experience. The position is based in Falls Church, Virginia.

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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