A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Facilitating Language Access: Working with Interpreters (Part I)

Language access provision is crucial for any organization serving domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking survivors. The existence of a well developed and implemented language access plan could very well determine the difference between survivors reaching out for services or continuing to endure the abuse. While Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network has developed extensive tools to help organizations and agencies develop Language Access Plans, this document highlights important considerations to work with interpreters.

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Enhancing Organizational Capacity for Our Communities: Capacity Building Training for OVW CSSP, Underserved, Tribal, and Rural Grantees

Date: June 5 & 6, 2018
Location: Portland, OR
Application Deadline: May 4, 2018

Enhancing Organizational Capacity for Our Communities is a 2 day training that will bring together about 30 participants who are interested in strengthening their capacity to effectively manage, operate and sustain their organizations. The goal of this training is to increase the organizational capacity of OVW grantees and their partners serving culturally specific, rural, tribal, and underserved communities. This regional training will provide attendees with significant opportunities for networking, resource and expertise sharing, and critical discussions to enhance the work and overall capacity.

Who may attend?
  • OVW grantees and their partners that work with culturally specific, rural, tribal, and underserved communities.  The communities may include, but not limited to: racial and ethnic minority communities, tribal communities, LGBT communities, immigrant/refugee communities, rural communities, and other underrepresented communities.
  • OVW grantees and their OVW grant partners can participate and use their OVW travel funds to send grant funded staff and partners to this training, with prior approval from their OVW Program Manager.
  • Participants must attend in teams of 2-4 individuals. Team members may include, but are not limited to: executive director, finance, grant management, and/or program staff.
For questions about this training or for more information, please  contact Maritza Valdez at mvaldez@casadeesperanza.org or 651-646-5553.

For more information or to apply for this training click here.

Presented by:
Casa de Esperanza, the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, Asian Women's Shelter, Red Wind Consulting, and Ujima.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K053 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
Webinar  Cultural Responsiveness and the Courts

Monday, May 14, 2018
12:00pm - 1:30pm CST

For a justice system to be truly just, it must be accessible to all individuals. However, survivor litigants may face challenges when courts are not responsive to their cultural identity. For survivors of gender based violence, these challenges present additional barriers towards accessing justice and obtaining fair outcomes. Recognizing and respecting individual cultural differences are important to sensitive and effective work with survivors. In addition, differences in concepts of suffering and healing can influence how individuals may experience the effects of gender based victimization and interaction with courts.

  • Nida Abbasi, JD, Coordinator, Domestic Violence Programs, Center for Court Innovation
  • Jose Juan Lara Jr., MS, Project Coordinator, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network
Click here  to register for this webinar
Beyond the Hashtag: 
Low Paid Workers & Sexual Violence -  April 24th
Casa de Esperanza, in collaboration with Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, is organizing a briefing on Capitol Hill for next Tuesday, April 24 th in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, entitled
Beyond the Hashtag: Low Paid Workers & Sexual Violence. Senator Feinstein and Senator Cortez Masto are serving as the honorary co-hosts of the briefing, along with various members of the House of Representatives.
Women make up two-thirds of low paid workers, and more than a quarter have experienced sexual violence at work. Low paid workers are far less likely to have the resources to report exploitation, harassment, or abuse. Advocates and leaders in the field will highlight partnerships adopted at the local, regional and national levels to support survivors of sexual assault and hear about innovative community peer-leadership models to empower low paid workers, including survivor testimony from representatives of the farmworker, janitorial, and domestic worker alliances. The briefing will also highlight the importance of policies to ensure pathways to safety and justice for immigrant survivors.
For those in the DC area, we hope you can join us and also help spread the word. Please see the announcement at this link and RSVP here.
2018 National Latino HIV/HCV Conference

Dates: May 18-20, 2018
Location: San Antonio, TX

The 2018 National Latino HIV/HCV Conference is moving to San Antonio as we have outgrown our home of South Padre Island! Muchas gracias for your help in making this conference bigger and better every year. This years' conference will be held May 18th - 20th, 2018 at the Omni Hotel San Antonio at the Colonnade, with free transportation to The Alamo, Riverwalk, and amazing restaurants just minutes from Downtown San Antonio. While the side of the National Latino HIV/HCV Conference necessitates the move from the Rio Grande Valley, it's mission and objectives remain the same. To prevent HIV infection among Latino communities and ensure the highest quality care for the largest minority group in the United States. 

For more information and to apply online, please use this link.
Two Weeks Remaining to Submit your Application for
The Great Minds in STEM™
2018-19 HENAAC Scholarship

DEADLINE: April 30, 2018

Graduating high school seniors, undergraduate students and graduate students, who intend to or are currently pursuing a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) degree at an accredited college/university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico, are encouraged to apply for these merit-based scholarships. Students must have an overall minimum 3.0 GPA and must be of Hispanic descent or demonstrate strong leadership or service within the Hispanic community.

Scholarship awards range from $500 - $10,000
Scholarship recipients will be invited to attend the 30th HENAAC Conference, from October 18 - 21, 2018, in Pasadena, CA. Great Minds in STEM subsidizes over $850 in registration, travel and housing for the Scholars to attend this conference, where they will meet their sponsors, be awarded their scholarship and formally recognized as new members of the GMiS Scholars Society.

For more information on the conference and how to apply, please visit this link.
KARAMAH is accepting registration for their Law and Leadership Summer Program

Please consider KARAMAH's Law and Leadership Summer Program for Muslim women leaders, activists, and scholars in Washington, DC from July 9 to July 27,2018 or the LLSP Executive Session from July 9 to 13, 2018. 

LLSP is a three-week program held in Washington, DC and aims to enrich Muslim women's knowledge in the area of gender-equitable principles valued in Islam from a legal perspective while providing practical avenues for the development of Muslim women's leadership.

Please review the informational flyer  here.

New Hope, Inc.
Education and Prevention Manager

New Hope's goal is to increase representation of women, people of color, veterans and individuals with disabilities. Our programs are designed to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws, directives and regulations and cover all human resource actions including employment, compensation, benefits, training, education, tuition aid, transfers, promotions and social/recreational programs.

This position manages the Education and Prevention Program and is responsible for ensuring that the program is aligned with the agency mission/vision and strategic goals. The Manager promotes a culture of high performance and commitment to continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.

For more information or to apply for this position click here.
AFSSA is currently hiring

The Asian Family Support Services of Austin have several employment opportunities spanning from Direct Services, Communication to Administration. 

Please find links to the job descriptions below. 
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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