A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Honoring my Lineage Through Advocacy

Written by: Paula Gomez Stordy, M.Ed., Consultant/Educator

Political conversations were the backdrop of my childhood and the source of passionate arguments in my family. In 1973, four years after my parents emigrated from Chile to Boston, the U.S. supported a coup that resulted in the death of socialist president Salvador Allende and positioned Augusto Pinochet as the new right-wing president, who later became widely known as a dictator. My parents held socialist views while my abuelita (grandmother) had a framed picture of the pope and Pinochet on her dining room wall and statues of the Virgin Mary on her credenza.

Click here to read Paula's journey to becoming an advocate
Rosie Hidalgo, JD
Enhanced Advocacy and Safety Planning for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence

Part 2
Tuesday, Oct. 24
3 - 4:30 p.m. EST

Abusers often use the threat of immigration enforcement as a way to maintain power and control and to make victims less likely to seek protection. For this reason, it is important for advocates to understand how to: help immigrant survivors become aware of their rights; identify immigration remedies for victims, including special VAWA provisions around confidentiality; prepare enhanced safety plans for immigrant survivors; and increase meaningful access to services for immigrants and survivors with limited English proficiency. This training will also provide updates on recent immigration policy developments and new enforcement measures that impact immigrant survivors.

Rosie Hidalgo, Senior Director of Public Policy, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

Click here to register for Part II of this webinar

Did you miss Part 1? Check our YouTube account for the recording, uploaded within one business day of the webinar.
Josephine Serrata, Ph.D.
Trauma-informed and Culturally Specific Practices for Latina Survivors

Tuesday, Oct. 30
2 - 3:30 p.m. EST

In this webinar, presenters will provide practitioners with accessible language to describe the overlap between trauma informed and culturally specific aspects of their work. It will begin with the presentation of trauma-informed and culturally specific principles that were developed based on what
Rebecca Rodriguez, Ph.D.
the NLN has learned from culturally specific practitioners across the domestic violence field. Presenters will also discuss findings from a national research project designed to evaluate culturally specific and trauma-informed aspects of service for Latina survivors.

Dr. Josephine V. Serrata, Director of Research and Evaluation; Dr. Rebecca Rodriguez, Manager of Research and Evaluation; Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

Click here to register for this webinar
Children's bundle materials

This October, help raise awareness about Domestic Violence Awareness Month within your community and your own family with these trauma-informed children's materials that help them process their feelings and work through the trauma of immigrating to a different country or seeing instances of domestic abuse.

What Are You Feeling?
Bilingual educational flashcards.  The spiral-bound cards are designed for children ages 4 - 12 and come with suggestions for adults to help children identify and articulate feelings.

I Want to Tell You Something
Bilingual workbook. Designed to support healing for children, ages 6-11, who have witnessed domestic violence. One side of the book is in Spanish, and the flip side is in English -- allowing users to work easily through the text.

Elena and the Magic Beans
Bilingual children's book.  This book explores the importance of talking about feelings with Elena, as her family decides to move to the United States and she navigates her feelings about adapting to a new culture and language. 

Click here to access the store
NTF issues letter to Congress opposing Senate Budget proposal

As the Steering Committee of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF), comprised of national leadership organizations advocating on behalf of victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, we represent hundreds of organizations across the country dedicated to ensuring all survivors of violence receive the protections they deserve. Under the current budget proposal, survivors would be endangered in two ways - the likely reduction in funding for domestic violence and sexual assault programs, and the unsustainable cuts to safety net programs upon which survivors rely. For this reason, we do not support the passage of S. Con. Res. 25, and we urge you to reject the Senate Budget proposal, and fully invest in non-defense discretionary funding (NDD) and entitlement programs. 

NDD funding has been drastically reduced over the past several years, undermining programs that serve some of the country's most vulnerable populations. NDD funding provides money for important programs that support victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. Additionally, it funds job training, education, nutrition, housing, public services, and more. The Senate budget plan would reduce NDD funding by $800 billion over the next decade.

Click here to read more about what programs should be supported
Today is Purple Thursday

Don't forget to wear purple next Thursday to promote awareness for Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

Share your pictures on social media with the hashtag #DVAM2017!
NHMA releases information about relief efforts for Mexico and Puerto Rico

From the National Hispanic Medical Association:

"Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the devastating earthquake in Mexico have caused catastrophic damage to both regions and has put lives in danger. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted by the worst storm in 50 years to hit Puerto Rico and one of the hardest earthquakes to strike Mexico. As an organization based on helping the Hispanic community, we ask that our members look at some of the following ways to help the victims of these tragedies. We at the NHMA feel that supporting the families, physicians and healthcare systems in Mexico and Puerto Rico is crucial during this difficult time. NHMA is exploring options for physicians in the mainland US to volunteer in Puerto Rico and/or Mexico. If you have information that can help with this effort, please let us know either by emailing Imani Cabassa at  icabassa@nhmamd.org or by calling us at 202-629-5895."

Click here to access the resources NHMA assembled.
One Hundred Years of Solitude

By: Gabriel García Márquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the multi-generational story of the Buendía family, whose patriarch, José Arcadio Buendía, founds the town of Macondo, in the metaphoric country of Colombia.

The magical realist style and thematic substance of One Hundred Years of Solitude established it as an important representative novel of the literary Latin American Boom of the 1960s and 1970s, which was stylistically influenced by Modernism (European and North American) and the Cuban Vanguardia (Avant-Garde) literary movement.

Description from Wikipedia
Women's Refugee Commission releases report on women seeking asylum in detention

The Women's Refugee Commission (WRC) released its report on the detention of women seeking asylum in the U.S., titled "Prison For Survivors," in response to the fundamental and nearly unprecedented transformation of the immigration detention system.

Alarmed by the increase in the detention of women seeking asylum, WRC sought to document the conditions of detention, treatment, and obstacles to a fair asylum process that women in detention face by visiting seven detention facilities in Texas, California, Arizona, and New Mexico. In 2016 and 2017, WRC spoke with numerous local service providers and advocates, analyzed government data, and interviewed approximately 150 women who were in need of protection but were instead detained, many for months.

Click here to access "Prison for Survivors"
Click here for the press release information about the report
Twitter chats for #DVAM2017 

Did you miss this week's Twitter chats? Read the Storify stories to get caught up!

Check out this Storify for #MeaningfulCollaboration, led by NRCDV!

Check our this Storify for #Safety4Survivors, led by NNEDV and @WomensLaw!

You can continue to follow the conversation throughout October using the Twitter chat hashtags, along with #DVAM2017, #ThisIsDV, and #ImAnAdvocate. Thanks for joining us in raising online awareness for domestic violence during DVAM! 
NWLC to launch first national legal network to battle sex discrimination

This week, National Women's Law Center announced that it will launch the Legal Network for Gender Equity in response to the unprecedented threats to women's rights. 

The Legal Network for Gender Equity has initially recruited more than 75 attorneys from across the country who stand ready to provide an initial free legal consultation and, when appropriate, represent women and girls who experience sex discrimination on the job, at school, and in the health care system. The Legal Network for Gender Equity will help those facing this sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination to connect with the legal resources and information they need to fight back.

The Center is assembling the infrastructure for the network to become fully operational later this year and will continue to expand its network with the goal of attorneys participating in every state. If you are an attorney interested in taking part in this network, please fill out your information at http://www.nwlc.org/legalnetworksignup.
NRCDV to host Facebook live party for #ImAnAdvocate

Tuesday, Oct. 24
3 - 3:15 p.m EST
Where: Facebook

Join us as we celebrate the value, strength and perseverance of the advocates who work to end gender-based violence. We will highlight those who shared their story in our NRCDV Radio podcast series and  #ImAnAdvocate Twitter campaign, while reflecting on the invaluable role of advocates in supporting survivors as they move along their healing journey.

Hold your own local celebration and create and post your videos and photos to @NRCDV #ImAnAdvocate  #DVAM2017.

Click here to RSVP
Tahirih Justice Center asks for your input on survey
Deadline: Tuesday, October 24

The Tahirih Center is requesting participation in a survey and/or interview for a Ford Foundation funded assessment of the challenges faced by immigrant women and girls in the United States.
Specifically, the Ford Foundation's U.S. program staff is seeking background information for an internal staff learning process about some specific issues related to migration. This background information is intended to deepen staff knowledge and understanding of these issues, without any changes to current foundation grant-making programs and funding priorities. The Tahirih Justice Center is one of several individual consultants and organizations that have been asked to assist Foundation staff with identifying and compiling some of this background information. Tahirih has been tasked with identifying 1) the broad range of challenges immigrant women and girls face as they navigate life in the United States; and 2) the policy and structural solutions with the greatest potential to address them.

We greatly appreciate your willingness to share your thoughtful and informed perspectives by filling out the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MW7GPPG by COB on Tuesday, October 24th, 2017.  Please feel free to forward it widely. 

The survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. We are happy to share the results with you early next year.  

If you have any questions, or prefer a phone interview (in Spanish or English) rather than an online survey, please email Alex Goyette at policyfmi1@tahirih.org.
NoVo: Director of Organizational Development and Leadership

Based in our New York office, this new full-time position is a senior leadership role, reporting directly to the Executive Director, serving on NoVo's senior management team, and having a strong voice in shaping how we operate and structurally organize.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN):  National Sexual Assault Hotline Support Specialist (Bilingual/ Part-time)

As a member of RAINN's Victim Services team, the NSAH support specialist will be responsible for providing high quality services to users of the National Sexual Assault Hotline.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Utilize crisis intervention best practices including safety planning, brainstorming, and listening skills to provide compassionate support to NSAH users.

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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