A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Meet The Team: María Cristina Pacheco Alcalá

María Cristina Pacheco Alcalá
Title: Program Coordinator
Main responsibilities: Coordinate and implement training and technical assistance for campus grantees from the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW).

Where are you from?
Caguas, Puerto Rico

Where do you feel most at home?
I feel most at home when I'm cooking and spending time with my family, especially at my parent's house.

What inspires you, professionally and personally?
Professionally, women inspire me. We go through so much and take care of all the so-called "simple things," the details each day help make a difference in the world. We deserve respect, equality, and more and better opportunities to develop. Personally, my family inspires me. We always been very close and always find ways to connect and spend time together even when there's some physical distance between us.

Click here  to get to know María Cristina!
563 Organizations Sign Letter to DHS and ICE Urging Protection for Immigrant Survivors

On International Women's Day this March 8, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, ASISTA Immigration AssistanceFreedom Network USATahirih Justice CenterWe Belong Together, and  Women's Refugee Commission delivered a letter addressed to the Secretary of U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement opposing the recent executive orders on immigration and DHS's implementation memos, which fail to protect immigrant victims of crime, reduce the likelihood of immigrant victims or witnesses reporting crimes, empower traffickers and abusers, contravene existing protections afforded by law, and create unprecedented fear for immigrant families and communities.

Click here to read the entire statement.
Are you an executive director, a service provider, activist, organizer, advocate, healer, consultant, social worker ? Are you a women of color in a position of leadership serving immigrants, women and girls, incarcerated and LGBT and are feeling the impact by the political climate? Are you being impacted by the possible cuts in Obama Care and Violence against Women Act? Are you fearful for yourself, family and community because of the immigration raids and the ban on immigrants? Are you a refugee, immigrant, sexual assault and war survivor being triggered by what's happening? 

Then this call is for you.

Join Dayanara Marte for the Monthly Healing Trauma Institute every first Tuesday of the month. Inspired by their first call with more than 80 registrants, Zoe and Dee are offering continued monthly calls for debrief, exhale, healing medicine, sharing resources and provide a gathering space for connection. Open for all womyn of color. 

You don't need to do this alone! You are not alone!

Click here for more resources about self care.
Friday, March 10, 2017
1pm - 1:30pm Central

In observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we are hosting an intimate conversation with Voces Latinas, a cultural specific non-profit organization that works at the intersections of HIV and domestic violence for immigrant Latina women in Jackson Heights, New York. For Voces, the impact of HIV and domestic violence is at the core of their work; it is the reason they exist, and the ending of both epidemics is what fuels the team.

Learning objectives:
- Identify a minimum of two talking points to explain the intersection of HIV and domestic violence
- Identify a minimum of one cultural strategy to work with immigrant Latinas to address the intersection of HIV and domestic violence
- Engage in sustainability, program development, and outreach strategies dialogue with a Latina leader and founder of Voces Latinas.

StrongHearts Native Helpline is now taking calls
The National Indigenous Resource Center and The Hotline have been working together for the past few years to launch a culturally appropriate confidential service for Native Americans affected by domestic violence and dating violence. They are excited to announce that the StrongHearts Native Helpline is now taking calls!

Through StrongHearts, Native callers can connect one-on-one with knowledgeable StrongHearts advocates who can provide immediate support, personalized safety planning, crisis intervention, and referrals to Native-centered resources. Advocates are available at 1-844-7NATIVE (1-844-762-8483), Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST.  
Please explore and share this resource with your networks.

Thank you for your support of this exciting new resource. We look forward to working with you to support Native survivors in our tribal communities.
WHO Ethical and Safety Recommendations for VAW Research

As the evidence base on the magnitude, context and consequences of violence against women (VAW) has grown, research efforts and attention have begun to focus on decreasing the knowledge gap on effective responses through intervention research. Demonstrating this focus, in November 2012 the WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research convened a group of experts to discuss health sector-based research to respond to violence against women This global network of researchers, scientists and practitioners was brought together to enhance existing research efforts and to advocate for greater funding for research on interventions to address VAW and policies and programs related to it.

With the increased interest in and attention of the global community of researchers, practitioners and policy-makers regarding rigorous intervention research for preventing and responding to VAW, a discussion of the ethical considerations specific to this type of research is warranted.

Click here to download this PDF 
WHO Ethical and Safety Recommendations for VAW Research

Advocacy Tools
A short animation film on strengthening the health system response to violence against women available in English, Spanish, and French. This animation highlights how the health system can play a role in responding to women who have experienced violence against women.
Global policy

This call to action is a popular version of the violence against women and girls section of the Global plan of action to strengthen the role of the health system to address violence, in particular against women and girls and against children.
ILRC releases Family Preparedness Plan

Every family should have a Family Preparedness Plan. While it is our hope that you never have to use your plan, it is a good practice to have one in place to help reduce the stress of the unexpected. 

This packet will help everyone create a Family Preparedness Plan, regardless of immigration status. However, because of the additional challenges immigrant and mixed status families face, we also have additional advice for immigrants.

Click here for the Family Preparedness Plan in English

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Webinar T and U Visas and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 
2 pm - 3:30 pm ET
USCIS invites you to a webinar on T and U visas and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), immigration relief for victims for human trafficking, domestic violence and other serious crimes. This webinar is intended for community-based organizations, social service agencies, immigration practitioners, and advocates. Representatives from our Office of Policy and Strategy and the Vermont Service Center will provide an overview of:
  • T and U visa eligibility requirements
  • Law enforcement certification
  • VAWA eligibility requirements
A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. Please note that we cannot answer case-specific inquiries during this webinar.

To register for this session, please follow these steps:
 Visit our registration page to confirm your participation
 Enter your email address and select "Submit"
 Select "Subscriber Preferences"
 Select the "Event Registration" tab
 Complete the questions and select "Submit"
Once we process your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with additional details. If you have questions about the registration process, or if you have not received a confirmation email within two business days, please email us at Public.Engagement@uscis.dhs.gov

Note to media: This webinar is not for press purposes. Please contact the USCIS Press  Office at (202) 272-1200 for any media inquiries.

Did you miss the recent webinars about enhanced safety planning information and resources for advocates, attorneys, and survivors of violence? Don't worry! You can still access the recordings!


NNEDV: Director of Government Relations

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), a national organization dedicated to creating a social, political and economic environment in which violence against women no longer exists, is seeking a Director of Government Relations to work alongside our Director of Public Policy and policy team to represent the needs of domestic violence survivors and their advocates before Congress, the White House, and various federal agencies, including DOJ, HHS, and HUD.
This includes: (1) adoption and/or reauthorization of laws, policies and regulations to broadly enhance safety and economic empowerment for victims and survivors; (2) attainment of funding to support core and emerging survivor-focused advocacy and services; (3) collaboration with governmental, non-profit and corporate stakeholders to holistically address domestic violence and its intersecting issues; and (4) provision of accurate information and resources to guide public discourse.

Break the Cycle: Love is Advocacy Team

Love is Advocacy (LIA) Team

By centering the expertise of young people, we aim to build a team of young advocates to inform and support practitioners across the country who are involved in sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and human trafficking prevention, intervention, and response.  Team members will provide training and technical assistance on youth-driven strategies related to prevention, outreach, and effective youth advocacy and response services in support of young survivors of violence.
The Team

Team members are young adults (ages 18-24) who volunteer to spearhead change in our rural communities. Programming and support will be led by staff from Break the Cycle and the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Email Sarah Colomé for more information and to obtain an application
Healing Abuse Working for Change: Family Advocate

This full-time position provides services to victims and survivors in the shelter, providing advocacy with outside agencies and within the program, conduct groups for families and individuals in the shelter, assess and refer to appropriate services; accompany families and individuals to appointments when needed. This position requires regular morning, afternoon, and possible evening and week-end hours.

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 Coordinator


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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