A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Making Room for Culture: Domestic Violence Services and Minority Communities

By: Kelly Ranasinghe Esq., Managing Partner of Henderson 

We know, and have known for many years, that effective intervention in DV cases requires cultural humility. Culture is a predominant factor when victims assess the social and psychological cost of leaving a domestic violence relationship and seeking help. Culture influences how victims and batterers see system intervention, and accept services. Culture also helps shape and understand the emotional trauma of system intervention, particularly when violence necessitates the removal of children from the home. In domestic violence cases, the cultural dimensions that surround family relations are especially important. As noted by the Surgeon General in his discussion on Culture and Mental Health, for Latinx families,  "... family connections facilitate survival and adjustment."

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The NTF denounces White House's letter on family separation; it fails DV/SA survivors

As the Steering Committee of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence ("NTF"), a national leadership coalition advocating on behalf of the rights of sexual and domestic violence survivors, we represent thousands of organizations across the country dedicated to ensuring that all survivors of violence are able to access the safety and justice they deserve. We write to denounce the White House's Executive Order issued in response
to the outcry from our communities and from Members of Congress regarding the 'zero tolerance' policy of separating families. The inhumane response of continuing to detain children, by placing them alongside their parents in detention, will continue to traumatize children and harm survivors of sexual and domestic violence. The NTF, along with our partners, has long expressed our disagreement with the cruel practice of detaining immigrant families and we continue to denounce these policies due to the negative impact on victims of domestic and sexual violence and their children.

Click here for more information about how the executive order re-traumatizes survivors of violence, undercuts their access to life-saving services, and fails to address currently impacted families. 
Conversations Over a Cafecito: Juan Carlos Areán

After taking a brief hiatus, the National Latin@ Network has resumed Season 1 of its podcast, Conversations Over a Cafecito

Season 1 explores identity and what role identities play in informing their work to end gender-based violence. 

In this episode, we sit down over a cafecito with Juan Carlos Areán, Program Director for Futures Without Violence's Children and Youth Program. Juan Carlos talks to us about his identity as a cisgender male immigrant from Mexico and father of two sons, and how he incorporates his identity in working with men and boys in ending gender-based violence and addressing the meaning of masculinity in their lives.

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Webinar Recording Latino Boys and Men: Advancing Scholarship and Community Based Solutions 

Did you miss this webinar? Don't worry -- the recording is up on our YouTube account! Click here to access it.

This webinar analyzes the gap in existing content and the state of the field in understanding racial-cultural sociodemographic terms, inclusion of racial-cultural psychological variables, and gender related factors impacting the lives of men of color, specifically Latino men and boys. 

Featuring John Jay College of Criminal Justice and CUNY, in collaboration with Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network 

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Taller Salud asks for help rebuilding strong communities in Puerto Rico

This project plans to rebuild homes and strengthen local economy in the town of Loiza, Puerto Rico, which was severely impacted by hurricanes Irma and Maria. Taller Salud, a Puerto Rican feminist grassroots organization, focuses its work on helping 10 women leaders thrive to ensure Loiza's communities gain long term capacity and strength.

Click here for more information on how to contribute.
Follow partner immigrant advocate groups for up-to-date information  

For up-to-date information about policy and enforcement of laws concerning immigrants, please consider following some of our partner organizations*:

NIWAP was formed to educate, train, offer technical assistance and public policy advocacy, and conduct research that will assist a wide range of professionals working at the Federal, State, and local levels who work with and/or whose work affects immigrant women and children. 

NIJC provides comprehensive legal services to low-income immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.

Tahirih Justice Center stands alone as the only national, multi-city organization providing a broad range of  direct legal servicespolicy advocacy, and  training and education to protect immigrant women and girls fleeing violence.

Center for Gender and Refugee Studies
The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies provides legal expertise, training, research and publications, engage in appellate litigation and policy development, and use international human rights instruments to address the root causes of persecution and to advance human rights.

The Women's Refugee Commission advocates for the rights and protection of women, children, and youth fleeing violence and persecution.

Informed Immigrant is a bilingual collective of nationally recognized immigrant-serving organizations, lawyers, technologists, and allies dedicated to helping the undocumented immigrant community.

Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) advances the rights of low-income immigrants through  Impact Litigation,  Policy Analysis & Advocacy,  Strategic Communications,  trainings, educational materials, and legal counsel and strategic advice.

The ILRC trains attorneys, paralegals, and community-based advocates who work with immigrants around the country. We inform the media, elected officials, and public to shape effective and just immigration policy and law. Our staff works with grassroots immigrant organizations to promote civic engagement and social change.

*This is not a comprehensive list.
When I Was Puerto Rican

By Esmeralda Santiago

Esmeralda Santiago's story begins in rural Puerto Rico, where her childhood was full of both tenderness and domestic strife, tropical sounds and sights as well as poverty. Growing up, she learned the proper way to eat a guava, the sound of tree frogs in the mango groves at night, the taste of the delectable sausage called morcilla, and the formula for ushering a dead baby's soul to heaven. As she enters school we see the clash, both hilarious and fierce, of Puerto Rican and Yankee culture. When her mother, Mami, a force of nature, takes off to New York with her seven, soon to be eleven children, Esmeralda, the oldest, must learn new rules, a new language, and eventually take on a new identity. In this first volume of her much-praised, bestselling trilogy, Santiago brilliantly recreates the idyllic landscape and tumultuous family life of her earliest years and her tremendous journey from the barrio to Brooklyn, from translating for her mother at the welfare office to high honors at Harvard.
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Webinar Procedural Justice and its Impact on How Systems Respond to Domestic Violence

Thursday, July 12, 2018
3 - 4 p.m. EST

This training will provide a framework for improving access to justice in domestic violence cases through a procedural justice lens. The discussion will focus on the research underlying procedural justice, contextualizing these concepts within the realities of domestic violence cases and provide practical tools for overcoming the challenges to delivering procedural justice to all litigants. This will be an interactive session, where participants will be asked to use the chat box to provide examples of procedural justice from their own work. They will also be asked to identify challenges to delivering procedural justice and suggest unique strategic solutions, based on the information presented, to implement in their own practice and across the systems in which they work. Finally, participants will be asked to discuss how procedural justice and looking at perceptions of fairness can be used to identify opportunities for addressing actual unfairness and bias throughout systems that impact how domestic violence cases are adjudicated.

Kate Wurmfeld, Center for Court Innovation

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Webinar  Status of Women in Florida: Women's Health Report

Monday, June 25, 2018
10 a.m - 11 a.m. EST

Join the Florida Women's Funding Alliance, the Institute for Women's Policy Research and the Florida Philanthropic Network for a webinar with Elyse Shaw from IWPR to learn about new research examining women's health in Florida, including chronic disease, physical health, sexual health, and mental health along with policy recommendations.

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OVC FY18 Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance

Deadline for application: June 27, 2018

The successful applicant for this solicitation will provide specialized training and technical assistance to service providers and court personnel in one of three purpose areas (PAs): PA 1: comprehensive legal services, PA 2: trauma-informed responses and services, and PA 3: increased identification, referrals, and assistance of human trafficking in court settings. OVC expects to make up to three awards (one per purpose area) of up to $900,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $2.7 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018. 

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OVC FY18 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force To Combat Human Trafficking

Deadline for application: July 5, 2018

By statute, grants under this program may be awarded to states; units of local government; federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as recognized by the Secretary of the Interior); nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations (including tribal nonprofit and nongovernment organizations); and state and local law enforcement agencies. For the purposes of this program, a unit of local government is any city, county, township, town borough, parish, village, or other general purpose political subdivision of a state or territory. 

Eligible applicants are only law enforcement agencies and victim service providers located and operating within the community, jurisdiction, or geographic area of the human trafficking task force specified within the application. 

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OVC FY18 Enhancing Access to Services Program

Deadline for application: July 16, 2018

Many victims of crime, particularly those from limited English proficient, Deaf, and hard-of-hearing communities, may experience barriers that prevent them from accessing critical services. This program will enhance language access and direct services in affected communities and enhance the work of community-based organizations and programs working to help victims report crimes and access services they need to heal in the aftermath of crime victimization. OVC will make up to 10 awards of up to $200,000 each to organizations for the provision of direct services to victims of crime in affected communities. 

Note: Community-based organizations that currently receive federal funding to provide linguistically specific services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking should seek to expand those services to victims of other types of crime within that community, including victims of human trafficking, robbery, assault, elder abuse, and DUI/DWI; family members of homicide victims; and victims of hate and bias crimes.   

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NNEDV: Executive Assistant

NNEDV is looking for an experienced Executive Assistant to support the Executive Team (the CEO & two Vice Presidents) in a timely and professional manner. Sample duties include scheduling meetings, making travel arrangements, organizing daily calendars, assisting with follow-up after meetings, and supporting the Board of Directors. To be successful in this role, you should be proactive, meet deadlines, and communicate effectively. Our ideal candidate has several years of experience as an Executive Assistant supporting VP or CEO level management.

Praxis International: Program Director

The Program Director serves as a subject matter expert and senior manager responsible for the overall success of multiple Praxis programs. The Program Director administers all aspects of the Advocacy Learning Center and Rural programs via seamless team management; innovative program development, implementation, evaluation, growth and sound fiscal management. The Program Director works closely with the Executive Director and other senior managers to provide leadership and promote the organization's accomplishment of strategic objectives to advance our mission and vision. This position reports to the Executive Director.

Saving Grace Imagine Life Without Violence : Executive Director

Saving Grace Imagine Life Without Violence is seeking an Executive Director to lead this private nonprofit that provides comprehensive family violence and sexual assault services while promoting the value of living life free from violence.  Operating with an annual budget of $1.7 million, Saving Grace has been serving survivors in Central Oregon for over 40 years under the guidance of an engaged and dedicated board of directors, staff of 36, and a multitude of volunteers and community partners who are all committed to serving the survivors of abuse. 

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.

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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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