A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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The Monster in the Closet: Living with Complex PTSD

By: Rebecca De León, Communications and Marketing Manager, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

**Please note this entry contains language and material that might be triggering for some readers.

It is important to note that although I have spent years studying both myself and my mental illness diagnosis, I am not a licensed psychologist. I am simply sharing my personal experience with Complex PTSD.

Both PTSD and  Complex PTSD (PTSD is an acronym for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) are psychological disorders that develop as a result of a person's mental, emotional, and physical reaction to trauma or multiple instances of traumatic events. Though they often have complementary symptoms, the primary difference between the two is that PTSD is typically issued to a person who has experienced a single traumatic event, and Complex PTSD is diagnosed in someone who has experienced repeated trauma over a lengthy period of time.

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Vera Institute of Justice launches ICON (Immigrant Connection Project)

ICON, a partnership between the Vera Institute of Justice and  New America, is a resource for parents who have been separated from their children due to the administration's zero tolerance policy-as well as for the attorneys for these parents-to locate and connect with the legal service providers (LSPs) working with their children. ICON also seeks to ensure due process for these separated children and their families. 

While the federal government is the only entity that can physically reunite children and families, ICON provides a route to connect parents and their legal representatives with a legal service provider that is working directly with their children.

Click here to access this legal resource.
Op-Ed: How To Make Sure Immigrant Women Aren't Left Out Of Me Too

Written for the Huffington Post by: Grace Huang, Policy Director at the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence

" Of the 129 million women of working age in the United States, nearly 12 million of them are immigrants , just over 7 percent of the total labor force . Nearly one-third of those immigrant women workers are from Asia and  just over half of immigrant women workers are from Latin America. The largest numbers of workers are from Mexico, the Philippines and China.  

Two-fifths of these immigrant women workers fill low-wage jobs earning $20,000 or less per year. The largest numbers are maids and housekeepers, nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides, cashiers, registered nurses and janitors and building cleaners. Immigrant women comprise more than half of all workers in the grading and sorting of agricultural products, 42 percent of maids and housekeepers, 39.5 percent of textile and garment pressers and 39.5 percent of sewing machine operators. Limited English Proficient women are much more likely than their English-proficient counterparts to work in service occupations. People depend on these jobs in order to live their daily lives. However, because these jobs tend to be poorly paid, women workers are often overlooked in conversations around workplace safety and sexual harassment.

Click here to read this opinion piece on the Huffington Post.
Op-Ed: July 25 is International Afro-Latin American Women's Day

Written for NBC News by: Luz Marquez Benbow and Lori S. Robinson

People worldwide know and recognize March 8th as International Women's Day, a day to celebrate women and girls, to inspire and remind them of their power and capabilities, and to raise awareness of the issues they face everyday in society. Little known to most, there is a similar day set aside specifically for Afro-Latinx women that is celebrated throughout the Caribbean and Americas. July 25th is the International Afro-Latin American, Afro-Caribbean, and Diaspora Women's Day.

25 years ago, International Afro-Latin American, Afro-Caribbean and Diaspora Women's Day was founded at the First Meeting of Afro-Latin American and Afro-Caribbean Women in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to celebrate culture and identity and combat racism and sexism. 

Click here to read this Op-Ed on NBC News.
Scholarship available for NCADV's 2018 Conference, Voices Rising

Deadline for Applications: July 20th, 2018

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is able to offer a limited number of local and national scholarships to NCADV's 2018 national conference, Voices Rising, being held September 23-26, 2018 in Providence, Rhode Island. Scholarships are available to individuals who identify as a victim or survivor of domestic violence. 

To learn more about this conference visit,  www.ncadv.org/conference. 

Available Scholarships:
* Three (3) scholarships are available to local victims/survivors from RI, CT or MA. These scholarships waive the cost of conference registration and attendance at NCADV's 40th Anniversary Ruby Jubilee Gala. 

* Two (2) scholarships are available to victims/survivors residing outside of RI, CT or MA. These scholarships waive the cost of conference registration and attendance at NCADV's 40th Anniversary Ruby Jubilee Gala. These three scholarships will also cover one round-trip flight (within the contiguous United States) to attend the conference and four nights in the conference hotel over the dates of the conference.

Click here to access the scholarship application page.
Continuing Education course for nurses: Human trafficking

This course introduces nurses to the emergent nursing care of human trafficking victims.  An overview about the types of human trafficking, methods of coercion, recruitment strategies, and recognition of human trafficking victims is provided. Nurses will explore screening tools, available resources, and nursing interventions that facilitate interdisciplinary, victim-centered, care.

Key Learning Outcomes
  • Examine the types of domestic and international sex trafficking, forced labor trafficking, and domestic servitude of adults and children.
  • Identify methods of coercion, recruitment, and enslavement which increase the likelihood of a person becoming a victim of human trafficking.
  • Recognize victims of human trafficking in diverse healthcare settings.
  • Identify best practices which focus on victim centered interdisciplinary nursing care.
Click here for more information about this online course.
USCIS Ombudsman releases annual report given to Congress

2018 Annual Report Highlights
  • USCIS Anti-Fraud Initiatives: Over the past 6 years, the Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) Directorate's authorized staffing levels more than doubled from 756 positions in FY 2012 to 1,548 positions in FY 2018. 
  • Transformation: In 2017, USCIS revised its overarching electronic case management and benefits processing goals. USCIS now prioritizes the development of core capabilities, which cut across all form types.   
  • Background Checks: USCIS could improve public confidence in its efforts by providing the public more information on its process to review long-pending cases.    
  • Affirmative Asylum Backlog: As of March 31, 2018, USCIS had well over 300,000 affirmative asylum applications pending a final decision from the Asylum Division. While the backlog can be traced to the growing number of individuals filing asylum claims, the cause of the backlog stems from several converging factors. USCIS has taken a series of steps to reduce its pending caseload, but despite hiring new staff, changing processes, and opening additional offices, reducing the backlog will take time and present an ongoing challenge. 
Click here to read the annual report.

Written by: Yesika Salgado

Corazón is a love story. It is about the constant hunger for love. It is about feeding that hunger with another person and finding that sometimes it isn't enough. Salgado creates a world in which the heart can live anywhere; her fat brown body, her parents home country, a lover, a toothbrush, a mango, or a song. It is a celebration of heartache, of how it can ruin us, but most importantly how we always survive it and return to ourselves whole.
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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. 

Click here for more information about this funding opportunity
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.   

Click here for more information about this funding opportunity
Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence: LAP Project Manager, National TA Initiative

In cooperation with the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV) provides training and technical assistance to aid communities in promoting or enhancing strategies to address homicide prevention and reduce violence against women cases through the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) Technical Assistance and Training Project. The project provides Lethality Assessment Program-Maryland Model (LAP) implementation instruction, technical assistance, and program evaluation to partnering teams of law enforcement agencies and community-based domestic violence programs. MNADV, Maryland's state coalition against domestic violence, has as its mission the promotion of a coordinated community response to end domestic violence.

Family Justice Center Alliance Program: National Director

The National Director is responsible for providing organizational and administrative leadership to the Family Justice Center Alliance program of Alliance for HOPE International. The National Director reports to Chief Executive Officer Gael Strack and Alliance President Casey Gwinn.
The National Director is responsible for overseeing the following areas:

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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