A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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U Visa: A Brief Overview

What is a Visa?
The U visa was created with bipartisan support under the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in 2000 in order to protect immigrant victims of certain serious crimes and encourage them to report these crimes and assist in the investigation and prosecution, regardless of their immigration status.

Who can apply for a U visa?
Victims of qualifying crimes can apply for a U visa if they are currently assisting or have previously assisted law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of a crime, or are likely to be helpful in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity. In order to apply for a U visa, certification is required from a law enforcement or investigative agency attesting to the victim's helpfulness in the investigation or prosecution of a qualifying crime.

Click here for more information about the U Visa
Latino Leaders Condemn Immigration Guidelines Signed by Secretary of DHS

The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda condemns the guidelines signed by John Kelly, the Secretary of Homeland Security, aimed at increasing the number of immigration enforcement agents, the speed of deportation, the use of local law enforcement for arrests, and widening the category of immigrants for removal. These measures further signal the Trump administration's attack on immigrants and their families. They also fly in the face of the NHLA's Latino public policy priorities focused on upholding immigration laws that respect the dignity of the individual and reflect our nation's commitment to human and civil rights.

Immigration laws should be enforced at the federal level and the increased use of local law enforcement, particularly through the continued use of 287(g) agreements, contradicts such federal enforcement. Furthermore, the recent administrative measures fail to consider the overwhelming, negative impact that these new policies will have on our country, not to mention immigrants and their families. These implementation memos are another example of a vague, poorly thought out policy proposal that fails to take into consideration the wide-ranging implications of the mere announcement of these plans, let alone of any attempts to enforce them.

Click here to read the entire statement
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.

Seminario Web Planeamiento de Seguridad Reforzado para Inmigrantes Sobrevivientes de Violencia Doméstica y Sexual

Viernes, el 3 de marzo, 2017
2:00 - 3:30 de la tarde (hora del este)

Las personas abusivas con frecuencia amenazan a sus víctimas con reportarlas para que sean detenidas por inmigración, lo que usan como un método para mantener su poder y control y para reducir la probabilidad de que las víctimas busquen protección. Por ello es importante que l@s intercesores/as sepan cómo: ayudar a que l@s sobrevivientes inmigrantes conozcan sus derechos; conocer remedios especiales de inmigración, incluyendo provisiones especiales de VAWA referentes a la confidencialidad; y saber cómo preparar para sobrevivientes inmigrantes planes de seguridad reforzados que tengan en cuenta la ejecución de las leyes de inmigración. Este seminario web también presentará cambios recientes que han tenido lugar en las políticas de inmigración, y nuevas medidas que han entrado en efecto para la ejecución de las leyes de inmigración, las cuales deben tomarse en consideración cuando ayude a sobrevivientes en la creación de planes de seguridad. Participe con nosotr@s en este seminario web para que aprenda cómo estos nuevos cambios afectan a inmigrantes sobrevivientes de violencia doméstica y abuso sexual; y para discutir maneras prácticas de mejorar las estrategias, políticas, prácticas y el trabajo de promoción y apoyo que realiza su agencia.

Una vez concluido este seminario web, usted podrá:

* Implementar planeamientos de seguridad reforzados para sobrevivientes inmigrantes y sus familias.
* Reconocer maneras claves de proteger a sobrevivientes inmigrantes e involucrarse en abogar por lograr un cambio en los sistemas.
* Acceder recursos confiables y actualizados disponibles para sobrevivientes inmigrantes como son materiales que les informan sus derechos, ejemplos de poderes notariales (powers of attorney) y otros recursos.

* Rosie Hidalgo, Casa de Esperanza: Red Nacional Latina
* Cecelia Friedman Levin, ASISTA
* Sonia Parras Konrad, ASISTA
* Rocio Molina, National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project

Analysis of recent events and their implications for DV/SA survivors
Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement

This order will unfairly prevent survivors of gender-based violence such as domestic abuse, sexual assault, and trafficking from accessing a full and fair procedure for determining their eligibility for protection under U.S. and international law. Because of rampant gang violence and a lack of government protection, Central America has become one of the most dangerous regions in the world for women and children who are targeted for violence with impunity. Thousands of women and children therefore approach the southern border of the United States seeking protection from domestic abuse, rape, murder, torture, and trafficking and qualify as refugees under the 1951 International Refugee Convention.

Possible Impacts of Feb. 20 DHS Memoranda on Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence 

This report reviews two memoranda issued on February 20, 2017, by John Kelly, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The memos implement the executive orders signed by President Trump on January 25. Tahirih issued a summary of the possible impacts of those orders on survivors of domestic and sexual violence on February 2. The Kelly memos not only embrace and uphold the significant policy changes put forth in the orders but also add directives that are likely to further impair survivors' ability to access the protections they need and merit under existing U.S. law. Tahirih provides this analysis to highlight some of the additional concerns for immigrant survivors of gender-based violence raised by the Kelly memos.
Strengthening Hope and Resilience in Children, Youth and Mothers in Domestic Violence Programs- Lessons from Friendship Home

March 21, 2017 
2-3:30 pm Eastern/1-2:30pm Central/11-12:30pm Pacific

Strengths-Centered Advocacy is a unique approach to providing individualized, strengths-based support to survivors of domestic violence and their children. The approach was developed by Friendship Home in Lincoln, Nebraska as a way to more intentionally tap into the power of resilience throughout survivors' healing processes. This webinar will highlight how this model can help to mitigate or repair some of the potential negative impacts of domestic violence on children and youth, while also strengthening protective factors that can lead to resilience across the lifespan.

NCADV Announces New Project to Address Teen Dating Violence

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) announces a new project addressing teen dating violence, in partnership with Discovery Education, with funding from Verizon. NCADV is creating resources that engages youth ages 12-18 on healthy relationships and teen dating violence. These free resources provide middle and high school educators easy-to-use, easy-to-integrate classroom lessons and activities. 
Now in development, the Take A Stand Youth Curriculum will contain six online interactive learning modules NCADV anticipates this curriculum will be integrated into schools across the country with the support of Discovery Education.  The interactive curriculum will clearly identify and address each form of abuse and the appropriate action steps to implement when engaged in or confronted by domestic violence. It will also include bystander strategies and resources for both victims, abusers, educators and parents.
Domestic Violence
Mentor Court Open House

May 11-12, 2017

NOTE: This event is currently pending OVW approval. Please do not make any travel arrangements.

The Center for Court Innovation and the Winnebago County Domestic Violence Coordinated Courts are holding an Open House at the courthouse in Rockford, Illinois (located 1.5 hours outside of Chicago) May 11-12, 2017. The day and a 1/2 Open House will include:
  • panels and workshops with local Winnebago County stakeholders;
  • a session with Jim Henderson from the Battered Women's Justice Project on probation's response to offender accountability;
  • a tour of the courthouse with particular focus on safety and security, as well as the petitioner's experience; and
  • the unique opportunity to observe three of the domestic violence courts' dockets (civil, criminal, and compliance).
The Winnebago County Domestic Violence Coordinated Courts is 1 of 6 Mentor Courts selected by the Office on Violence Against Women as a national court model for its work in the field. This Open House presents the opportunity to view the court's operations, meet the judges and staff, network with peers, and work with your team to enhance the response to domestic violence in your own community.

Sites interested in attending must submit an application by  5 pm EST on March 15th .

Click here to apply now!
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Webinar Let Her Learn: How to Push Discriminatory Discipline Policies Out of Schools
Thursday, March 9, 2017 
2 pm ET
*Please register for this webinar by March 7, 2017

School discipline policies are one of the biggest factors contributing to school pushout. If we want to end school push out, we need to change the policies that make it possible. 
During this webinar, participants will:
  1. Learn how to identify discipline policies that unfairly target girls of color;
  2. Hear from a parent advocate who is fighting to change discipline in her community; and
  3. Start to outline how you can advocate for a code of conduct that works for all students.
We will be joined by the following experts:

Adaku Onyeka-Crawford, Counsel for Education, National Women's Law Center
Zakiya Sankara-Jabar, National Field Organizer, Dignity in Schools Campaign
Click here to register for this webinar!
Restoration Project International presents Sustainable Restoration Conference

April 24th, 2017
8:30 am - 5 pm

University of Colorado Denver (SPA)
Terrace Room, 2nd Floor,
1380 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO 80204

Sustainable Restoration Conference: Understanding the Myriad of Challenges Inherent in Sustainable Restoration for Victims of Trafficking

Restoration Project International presents this one-day conference, hosted by School of Public Affairs at University of Colorado Denver, with presenters from various backgrounds including prosecution, mental health, shelter, faith-based community, and the FBI.  

Keynote Speaker: Dr. John Wulu, Jr. 

RSVP: eookupa@restorationpi.org, or register online here
For questions, call 702.907.1774
Tickets: $25 (General Admission); $15 (Student)
Hubbard House: Chief Executive Officer

Hubbard House, the certified domestic violence center serving Duval and Baker Counties in Northeast Florida, is seeking applicants for the  CEO position. Hubbard House is a comprehensive domestic violence center with 116 beds and 80 employees. The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the overall administration and operation of all Agency programs and services, is accountable for the achievement of all major organizational goals and objectives and is responsible for establishing policies, making all decisions, taking all actions, and developing all activities which are true to the Board's policies.

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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