A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Part 1: Emergency Preparedness from an Intersectional Approach

Written by: Jose Juan Lara, Jr., Project Manager, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

Disasters, whether manmade or natural, affect entire communities regardless of an individual's  age, immigration status, ability, faith practices, racial and/or ethnic identity, or gender identity. Current research on emergency preparedness systems consistently demonstrate minority communities are more vulnerable than others across the range of events before and after a disaster. The impact and how systems of help respond needs to be nuanced based on the circumstances and specific needs at the individual and community level.

A Global Community
The growing diversity of the U.S. population makes it especially important to provide culturally competent services to racial and ethnic groups. According to the report,  Projections of the Size and Composition of the U.S. Population: 2014 to 2060:
  • Around the time the 2020 Census is conducted, more than half of the nation's children are expected to be part of a minority race or ethnic group. This proportion is expected to continue to grow so that by 2060, just 36 percent of all children (people under age 18) will be single-race non-Hispanic white, compared with 52 percent today.
  • The U.S. population is expected to follow a similar trend, becoming majority-minority in 2044. The minority population is projected to rise to 56 percent of the total in 2060, compared with 38 percent in 2014.
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Podcast Conversations Over A Cafecito: Legal Advocacy with Maricarmen Garza, JD

New episode of our podcast!

Jose Juan Lara, Jr. drinks a virtual cafecito with his long-time friend Maricarmen Garza, who uses her capacity as an attorney to advocate for victims of violence in court. She is currently an attorney with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA), the largest legal aid provider in Texas and the third largest in the United States, and she was recently appointed to the Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence for the American Bar Association. 

Maricarmen talks to us about what inspired her to pursue a law degree, why she chose to fight for victims of sexual and domestic violence, and leaves a little inspiration of her own.

Click here to listen to this podcast on Soundcloud
Webinar Recordings ICYMI: Parts 1 and 2 of webinar series addressing justice in court for immigrant survivors

This webinar will discuss important issues that arise in family court cases involving immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking and their children. The range of issues that perpetrators raise in custody cases involving battered immigrant parents will be addressed with emphasis providing legally correct information that counters misinformation perpetrators provide about immigration law, immigration status and its relevance in domestic violence custody proceedings.

This webinar will discuss the special protections for immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking under Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) confidentiality laws and their effect on best practices in court systems, as well as for victim advocacy, legal representation, and safety planning.
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Webinar Intimate Partner Homicide Among Latinos

Monday, October 29, 2018 
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST 

Homicide is the most extreme consequence of intimate partner violence and yet research gives us little insight into the characteristics of these crimes for the Latino population. This webinar will present the current research that is available and preview results from a research project on Latino intimate partner homicide using data from the National Violent Death Reporting System maintained by the CDC. There are aspects of intimate partner homicide that are unique to Latinos namely: the gender ratio, number of wounds, location of deaths, and the number of suicide-homicides. The findings call attention to the racial and gender differences in IPH and reaffirm the need to continue to focus efforts toward prevention and intervention in these cases before fatality occurs.

Chiara Sabina, Associate Professor, University of Delaware
Click here to register for this webinar
Updated Facts and Statistic research posted on website
The research team for the National Latin@ Network has released updated information in English and Spanish after conducting thorough research of the field to compile statistics on how gender-based violence affects Latin@ communities. 

Statistics have been updated for: 
Click here to access these pages
Collaborative launches Alliance for Immigrant Survivors
The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence's Immigration Committee has helped lead the effort to launch the collaborative Alliance for Immigrant Survivors.

The Alliance for Immigrant Survivors (AIS) is a national network of advocates and allies dedicated to defending and advocating for policies that ensure immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and other gender-based abuses have access to life-saving protections that all survivors of violence deserve.

AIS envisions a future where everyone, regardless of gender or immigration status, can live in safety and thrive. It aims to harness the collective skills and energy of a growing number of advocates to center and protect immigrant survivors, providing tools and resources to take action on policies and positively influence the public narrative.

Visit the AIS website at immigrantsurvivors.org

Follow them on Twitter at @4ImmSurvivors
#LatinxVotan by Mamás Con Poder urges Latinas/os to vote
Mamás con Poder is the Spanish-language side of Moms Rising, and together they have launched a nonpartisan bilingual online campaign to urge Latin@s to vote. 

Join the conversation by following the hashtags

Follow them on Twitter at @mamasconpoder and @momsrising
Survey Finds Abusers Coerce Pregnancy and Keep Women from Working or Attending College
"I was not allowed to work for 12 years for more than an odd job here and there. I can't even begin to start listing lost opportunities."

Nearly three in four survivors (73 percent) of intimate partner violence report that they stayed with an abusive partner longer than they wanted or returned to them for economic reasons, according to the findings of  a new survey  released today by the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR). IWPR surveyed 164 survivors (nearly all women), finding:
  • Disrupted Education
  • Diminished Ability to Work
  • Workplace Sexual Harassment on Top of Partner Abuse
  • Financial Abuse and Damage to Credit
  • Reproductive Coercion
Click here to read this press release about the survey
Nov. 1 is Latina Equal Pay Day
November 1st is Latina Equal Pay Day 2018, which marks how far into the year Latinas have to work to earn as much as their white male counterparts did the previous year. Latinas make an average of just 53 cents to $1 earned by white non-Hispanic male workers. Over the course of a 40-year career, Latinas will be denied an average of a million dollars in earnings because of this discriminatory, and unjustified gender wage gap.

The Labor Council of Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), along its Co-Sponsors present The Latina Equal Pay: National Day of Action & Power Summit, which will bring together community members, advocates, labor leaders, business representatives, and political leaders to shed light on how the wage gap impacts Latinas and their families. It will also focus on the solutions and strategies that are necessary to address this problem, including grassroots activism, policy advocacy, union engagement, and corporate accountability.

Click here to register for the Latina Equal Pay Day summit

Join us for a social media storm on November 1 at 2 p.m. EST! For more information, visit  www.latinaequalpay.org
National Center on Disability and Journalism updates Disability Language Style Guide
As language, perceptions and social mores change at a seemingly faster and faster rate, it is becoming increasingly difficult for journalists and other communicators to figure out how to refer to people with disabilities. Even the term "disability" is no longer universally accepted. This style guide, developed by the National Center on Disability and Journalism at Arizona State University, is intended to help. It covers almost 200 words and terms commonly used when referring to disability, most of which are not covered in The Associated Press style guide.

Sunu P. Chandy, Legal Director for the National Women's Law Center, recommended mindful language when advocating to ensure people with disabilities are not marginalized. Her recommendation: 

Consider replacing With
"stand up," "stand with," or "step up" "we're with X," "support X," "demand better," "commit to," "show up for," "gear up," "join us," "be in solidarity," "take action," "come forward"

Click here to access NCDJ's Disability Language Style Guide
¿Cuál frontera? Sexualidad y género en el México extenso

Por: Dra. Gloria González-López

La sexualidad se asume ampliamente como un asunto individual. No es de sorprender, dado que cada una de nosotras y nosotros vivimos nuestra sexualidad de manera individual, y como parte de una narrativa biográfica aún más extensa. Las y los psicólogos han estudiado la sexualidad por décadas.

El libro ¡¿Cuál frontera?! Sexualidad y género en el México extenso, escrito por la Doctora Gloria González-López de la Universidad de Texas en Austin, se inscribe en los actuales estudios de género feministas tanto por su temática como por su teoría y su metodología que permiten comprender los componentes complejos y dinámicos de la condición de la mujeres y de los hombres, sus cambios y sus dificultades o resistencias para cambiar la organización social familiar y comunitaria, así como los procesos de conservación.

Haga clic aquí para leer este libro (sin cargos)

Haga clic aquí para leer este libro en issuu
Healing for Crime Victims with Incarceration Histories  Request for Letters of Interest
Opportunity for Technical Assistance

Deadline for Letters of Interest: November 20, 2018

Crime victims with incarceration histories too often do not receive the services they need to heal because of the stigma and barriers associated with being formerly incarcerated. In an effort to reduce stigma and break down those barriers so these victims get the critical services they need, the National Resource Center for Reaching Victims (NRC) is soliciting letters of interest from local communities to participate in a pilot project to improve access to healing services for crime victims with incarceration histories.
Over an 8-month period, the NRC will provide technical assistance to a local collaboration of victim service providers and reentry service providers to help identify gaps and barriers to victim services for crime victims with incarceration histories and to create better pathways to healing for these victims. The project will also support local partners in devising a funding strategy to sustain the work and vision of their collaboration once the 8-month project period ends.
For this pilot project, we will select one collaboration, comprised of at least one victim services agency and one organization that provides reentry services. To apply, prospective collaborations must submit a joint letter of interest.

Click here to access the Request for Letters of Interest

Sanación para víctimas del crimen con antecedentes de encarcelamiento  Solicitud de cartas de interés  
Oportunidad para Asistencia Técnica

Último día para entregar Carta de Interés: 20 de noviembre de 2018

Con demasiada frecuencia las víctimas del crimen con historial de encarcelamiento no reciben los servicios que necesitan para poder sanar debido al estigma y las barreras asociadas con el encarcelamiento previo. En un esfuerzo por reducir el estigma y romper esas barreras para que estas víctimas obtengan los servicios críticos que necesitan, el Centro Nacional de Recursos para el Alcance a Víctimas (NRC, por sus siglas en inglés) solicita cartas de interés de las comunidades locales para participar en un proyecto piloto para mejorar el acceso a los servicios de sanación para las víctimas del crimen con antecedentes de encarcelamiento.
A lo largo de un período de 8 meses, el NRC brindará asistencia técnica a una alianza local de proveedores de servicios para víctimas y proveedores de servicios de reingreso para ayudar a identificar las carencias y las barreras de acceso a los servicios para víctimas con antecedentes de encarcelamiento y para crear mejores vías de sanación para estas víctimas. El proyecto también apoyará a los socios locales a diseñar una estrategia de financiamiento para sostener el trabajo y la visión de su alianza una vez que finalice el período de 8 meses del proyecto.
Para este proyecto piloto, seleccionaremos una alianza que esté formada, cuando menos, por una agencia de servicios para víctimas y una organización que proporcione servicios de reingreso. Para hacer la solicitud, las posibles alianzas deberán presentar una carta de interés conjunta.
Haga clic aquí para acceder La Solicitud de Cartas de Interés
Casa de Esperanza, National Latin@ Network: Research and Evaluation Manager
This position is responsible for designing and conducting research and evaluation in support of the advancement of the goals of Casa de Esperanza's National Latin@ Network research and evaluation team. This position involves the dissemination of research and evaluation finding through the development and publication of academic and non-academic manuscripts in addition to writing and obtaining grant funding for research and evaluation work. This position may train and supervise emerging researchers and evaluators and will work with the team to build the evaluation capacity of Latin@ community-based organizations. This position may manage technical assistance programs that fall under the scope of the research and evaluation team.

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA): Managing Attorney - Asylum Program

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) seeks to hire a managing attorney to oversee a project that works with mothers and their children who are seeking asylum and prepares them for their credible fear interviews. The mothers and children are fleeing from the highest levels of violence in the Western Hemisphere. They have suffered traumatic experiences, including sexual assault, robbery, extortion, death threats, and other acts of violence, in Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala. Almost all of the refugees are unable to navigate the process without the professional assistance of trained lawyers and paralegals.

New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault: Assistant Director of Intervention Programs
We are currently seeking an experienced, dedicated and creative professional in the field of sexual assault to join the leadership team at the Alliance. The Assistant Director of Intervention Programs is responsible for all intervention-related initiatives at the Alliance. This includes development and implementation of all training activities of the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Training Institute (SAFETI). SAFETI trains medical professionals in the provision of acute care and the collection of forensic evidence and provides multiple courses for medical professions as well as training for other social service professions in sexual assault and response to such disclosures. Additionally, the Assistant Director is responsible for leadership of the Alliance's Direct Service program for survivors of sexual violence, Alliance for Advocacy (AFA). In this role, the Assistant Director provides supervision and oversight of programs and services for survivors. In addition, this position provides technical assistance on evidence informed, best acute care practices citywide. In positions of leadership of the Multi-Disciplinary Task Forces on Sexual Assault, the Assistant Director advocates for adoption of best intervention practices by the various responders to sexual assault.

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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