A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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A Call to Latin@s: Developing a mobile-based app to prevent IPV

Opportunity to get involved! 

The National Latin@ Network in partnership with Duke University are excited to announce an innovative new project to better understand how we can use mobile technology to prevent intimate partner violence among young adult immigrant Latin@s.

We are planning to to develop a smartphone application to prevent intimate partner violence among young adult Latin@ immigrants. Recruitment will occur through web-based correspondence through the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, listserve, newsletter, and personal outreach to develop a smartphone application to prevent intimate partner violence among young adult Latin@ immigrants.

Click here to read more about who can participate and how to get involved
Part II of Webinar Series on Ensuring Meaningful Access to LEP Survivors

Part II: Working with Interpreters

Wednesday, Sept 12, 2018
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST 

Session II of the series will focus on language (spoken or sign) as a crucial component of any agency's effort seeking to improve the life, safety and well-being of Limited English Proficient (LEP), as well as Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D/d/HoH) victims of domestic violence/sexual assault (DV/SA) and their families. Individuals are more likely to seek help when those services are offered in their primary language.

This training is designed for service providers to learn about equitable communication when serving and engaging with individuals who are LEP or D/d/HoH with the support of an interpreter. 

Ana Paula Noguez Mercado, LLM, Interpretation Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence
Click here to register for this webinar
Click here for more information on the three-part webinar series
Click here to watch Part I of the webinar series, Understanding Culture and Language
Watch the Recording of Part I of Webinar Series 

Did you miss the webinar on Aug. 31, and want to watch it before you attend Part II? 

Well, you don't have to look far! All webinars hosted by Casa de Esperanza are on our YouTube page. Become a subscriber by clicking here and never miss a webinar notification again!
Click here to view this webinar recording, Understanding Culture and Language: Providing Culturally Responsive Services 
Court Allows Lawsuit Challenging CBP's Practice of Turning Away Asylum Seekers to Proceed

A federal court in California recently allowed a class action lawsuit to move forward challenging U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) practice of turning away asylum seekers at the border.

The lawsuit,  Al Otro Lado v. Nielsen, was brought in 2017 by six individual asylum seekers and the organization Al Otro Lado, all plaintiffs in the case. The lawsuit, brought after advocates  began documenting incidents in early 2017 in which individuals arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border were not permitted to apply for asylum, alleges that CBP has been illegally turning away large numbers of asylum seekers at ports of entry (POEs). This practice has received increased scrutiny in the past year, with many organizations and news agencies documenting new CBP practices, including forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico.

Click here to read more
LULAC welcomes Sindy Benavides as new CEO

Univision and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation invite you to a reception celebrating Sindy Benavides' recent appointment as the CEO of LULAC. 

From the announcement: "Benavides has been with the organization for over 5 years and has served as LULAC's Interim COO since September 30, 2017. She previously served as the National Director for Civic Engagement and Community Mobilization for LULAC.

"Prior to joining LULAC, Benavides was the Vice President of Field & Political Operations for Voto Latino and Northern Virginia Political Director for the 2012 Kaine for Virginia senatorial campaign. She also served as National Director of Community Outreach for the Democratic National Committee, and Latino Liaison and Director of Gubernatorial Appointments for Governor Timothy M. Kaine."

Monday, September 10, 2018
7 - 9 p.m.
101 Constitution Ave. NW,
Washington DC 20001

Click here to RSVP to the reception
Voto Latino launches Somos Más campaign
Today, Voto Latino luanches the Somos Más campaign, a nationwide, three-year effort to organize, register and mobilize a new generation of Latinx voters. Our coalition, allies, and friends will be at the forefront of it. When our community stands together, we are stronger. When our community stands together, we win. Together, Somos Más.

Join us in the social media launch by posting a selfies with the hashtag #SomosMas, and see which celebrities are joining in!

A little more info about Somos Más:
  • Somos Más is the three-year initiative to register Latinx voters. Voto Latino has created Voterpal to make this process easier.
  • Voterpal is a user-friendly downloadable application which allows anyone to help register their friends, family and community by scanning their driver's licenses to fill out a voter registration form, taking the process down from 15 minutes to 2 minutes or less.
  • You can download Voterpal by visiting voterpal.org and selecting your device.
VL wants to see your lovely posts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and photos! Please share them by  uploading here or using the hashtag!
Futures releases tools for HCADV Day

Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day (HCADV Day) happens each year during October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and aims to reach members of the healthcare and advocacy communities about the critical importance of universal education to promote healthy relationships, address the health impact of abuse, and offer warm referrals to domestic violence advocates. There are many ways you can provide leadership in your community on HCADV Day, such as:
  • Host an HCADV Day Webinar viewing party on October 10, 1:30 - 3 p.m. EST at your clinic, center, or advocacy program
  • Use the templates on our HCADV Day Advocacy Toolkit to write an article or an op-ed for your local paper or workplace newsletter
  • Invite a DV advocate or expert to speak at a lunchtime presentation for your coworkers or staff
  • Display resources in waiting rooms that advertise local resource numbers and healthy relationship info, such as these free resources from FUTURES' National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence, orderable through our online store
Feel free to visit the  HCADV Day webpage for more ideas and to see what other healthcare providers and advocates across the nation organized last year.

Futures encourages you to be creative and would love to hear from you to feature your clinic, center, or progam's plans in an upcoming press release all about HCADV Day. 

Tell them how they can best support your HCADV Day activities. For questions about our materials, organizing local events, or to talk through your ideas contact: Graciela Olguin at golguin@futureswithoutviolence.org
NCADV launches DVAM social media toolkit
Inspired by the #MeToo movement, NCADV is introducing a similar concept focused on domestic violence. This movement will help debunk common myths about domestic violence. In an effort to destigmatize domestic violence, and as a reflection of our mission to amplify the voices of domestic violence survivors, we have implemented the #SurvivorSpeaks hashtag.

The social media toolkit includes:
  • Easy-to-print placards to use in selfies, including options for #SurvivorSpeaks and the classic #TakeAStand
  • A curated blog post collection educating readers about domestic violence
  • Sample social media messages 
  • 27 educational graphics about domestic violence statistics
  • More information about how you can get involved as a voice against domestic violence all year long.
Click here to download the toolkit
A CALL TO MEN re-launches LIVERESPECT         
A CALL TO MEN is re-launching its LIVE RESPECT  on Campus toolkit with new resources for students heading back to campus.  Updates include Justin Baldoni's Man Enough video series, which is an excellent discussion starter for students who are organizing on campus.  Episode four - Men and #MeToo - features A CALL TO MEN CEO Tony Porter and explores how men can become part of the solution to end widespread sexual harassment and sexual violence against women.

Facebook live event
September 12
Noon EST
Join A CALL TO MEN with Trainer Jay Taylor will discuss ideas, share best practices and take questions about how colleges and universities are using  LIVE RESPECT on Campus.  

Click here to download the LIVERESPECT toolkit
Tell Me How it Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions

By: Valeria Luiselli

A moving, eye-opening polemic about the US-Mexico border and what happens to the tens of thousands of unaccompanied Mexican and Central American children arriving to the U.S. without papers. 

Valeria Luiselli works as a volunteer at the federal immigration court in New York City, translating for unaccompanied migrant children. Out of her work has come this book -- a search for answers and an urgent appeal for humanity and compassion in response to mass migration, the most significant global phenomenon of our time. 
Description from Google Books
Webinar VAWA Reauthorization Webinar: What's in it, and what happens next?
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
2 - 3 p.m. EST

The current Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) expires at the end of the month, and right now Congress is sitting on the reauthorization of VAWA (H.R. 6545). Domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking are crimes that continue to devastate families and impact communities across our nation. It is time for Congress to come together and pass a bill to close the current gaps in the law that leave so many victims vulnerable.  
Please join us for a free webinar to learn about the critical protections in VAWA, the key enhancements in H.R. 6545, and how you can help ensure that VAWA is reauthorized.

Click here to register for this webinar
Webinar Series Addressing Tax Issues in Family Law Cases with Survivors
In this second series in CSAJ's Consumer Rights Webinar Training Toolkits, CSAJ invites you to join esteemed faculty in addressing tax issues in family law cases with survivors.

Part 1
October 10
The purpose of Part 1 of this webinar series is to enhance individual survivor centered advocacy and share legal remedies and strategies to address tax issues in family law cases. Drawing on CSAJ's Guidebook and using case scenarios, our cross-disciplinary faculty will address the following questions: 
  • Why talk about taxes and family law? Why do they matter for survivors?
  • What do family lawyers need to know about tax?
  • What do tax issues look like in the family law context?
  • Based on your role (advocate, family lawyer, tax attorney), what can you do to help address tax issues in family law cases with survivors?
Part 2
October 17
The purpose of Part 2 is to have in-depth conversations with faculty about strategies to address tax issues and in family law cases, with a particular focus on partnership building. We'll also hear from an innovative project (TBD) doing work in this area.

Click here  to register for these webinars
Call for Proposals: DV and Firearms Technical Assistance Project
Deadline for Proposals: Oct 15
10 p.m. PST

Q&A Session: Sept 15
10 a.m. PST

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), invites proposals from communities to participate in the Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Firearms Technical Assistance Project (FTAP). The overall objective of the FTAP is to help communities identify challenges limiting a more robust implementation of domestic violence firearms laws in their jurisdictions and assist them in establishing a localized response that is best suited to their communities' unique needs and characteristics.  NCJFCJ seeks proposals from communities reflective of the geographic diversity across the country, including rural, urban, suburban, and tribal settings, as well as sites with differing governing laws.

Click here to register for the Q&A
Click here to access the Call for Proposals
Morgan State University : Deputy Title IX and EEO Coordinator
Developing investigation plans and conducting investigations of Title IX and other discrimination complaint in a timely manner;
* Preparing comprehensive reports of investigation with findings of fact and recommendation(s); 
* Continuously identify and integrate best practices in the Title IX investigation arena into knowledge base and practices;
* Coordinating the University's education, training, prevention and outreach efforts related to Title IX and sexual misconduct; 
* Assisting with tracking cases, data, and trends relative to discrimination and sexual misconduct and identifying appropriate courses of action;
* Reviewing and ensuring University policies, procedures, protocols, and practices are in compliance with Title IX, Violence Against Women Act ( VAWA), Clery Act and other applicable state and federal laws and regulations; 
* Keeping abreast of current state and federal laws and regulations and trends in the field of education related to harassment and other discriminatory practices that violate Title IX;
* Other duties as assigned.
Please note the position requires occasional evening and/or weekend hours. In carrying out these duties, the Deputy Title IX and  EEO Coordinator will work in concert with the Title IX Coordinator and other University officials and offices.

America Votes: Florida Senior Program Director
America Votes Florida is seeking a well-organized self-starter for a full-time temporary 2018 position as the senior program director. The senior program director will be responsible for tracking and coordinating statewide program work by progressive partners, including planning and implementing statewide advocacy and electoral programming. The position will work directly with the America Votes team as well as dozens of progressive partners across the state as they plan and execute electoral and issue campaigns, and will be expected to act with appropriate discretion and respect for confidentiality requirements. This position reports to the Florida state director.

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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