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Facts about Teen Dating Violence in Latin@ Youth

Written by: Rebecca Rodriguez, Ph.D., Manager of Research and Evaluation, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

Teen dating violence (TDV) is recognized as major public health concern that impacts adolescents from all ethnic and racial backgrounds in the United States (CDC, 2016). However, less is known about the experience of TDV for Latin@ youth.

This factsheet summarizes the past 10 years of research literature to understand and identify current trends in the academic research on TDV for Latin@ youth. We restricted our review to Latin@ adolescents in the United States, including male and female youth between the ages of 13-17 years old and middle or high school students.

Protective Factors for TDV
  • Family and parents' role in reducing risk for youth
  • Latino cultural orientation
  • Other
Protective Factors for Sexual TDV

Click here to read the blog and download this factsheet
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Briefing: Preventing Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Assault

Friday, Feb. 16
9 - 10:30 a.m. EST
Cannon 112, Washington DC

*Light breakfast will be served*

Please join Break the Cycle, Casa de Esperanza, Futures Without Violence, Girls Inc, National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, Ujima, and YWCA USA in recognition of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month as we share new data, new campaigns, and policy solutions to address dating and sexual violence and relationship abuse.

Speakers will include:
Gretta Gardner, Ujima
Kiersten Stewart, Futures Without Violence
Matthew Huffman, Prevention Director, Missouri Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
VA Program Staff
Break The Cycle Survivor Advocates
(Student Speaker panel Q&A)
Please RSVP for the event by clicking here.

For more information, please contact Eesha Bhave at Futures Without Violence, 202-595-7382 or ebhave@futureswithoutviolence.org.
Call for Proposals open for 2018 National Latin@ Institute

*Deadline for proposal submission: March 30, 2018*

Institute: July 18 - 20, 2018
New Orleans, LA
(Pending OVW approval)

The NLN calls all Latin@s and allies working to end violence against women and girls and other forms of oppression to submit proposals for workshops at the 2018 National Latin@ Institute. Selected proposals would highlight 
  • innovative practices, 
  • culturally and linguistically specific approaches for working with Latin@ communities, 
  • lessons learned, 
  • successful collaborations, 
  • trauma-informed or survivors-centered advocacy and public policy, and 
  • evidence-based practices and/or practice-based evidence.
If you are interested in submitting a workshop proposal or want more information,  click here to download the workshop submission guidelines.

The 2018 National Latin@ Institute will bring together professionals from a variety of fields. This institute will provide participants with significant opportunities for networking, resource and expertise sharing and critical discussions on traditionally challenging topics. For more information, click here.
Life Paths offers travel scholarships for advocates focused on underserved communities

Life Paths Promising Advocate Award
Life Paths is offering two travel scholarships for participants who focus on advocacy for underserved or marginalized communities.  Scholarships include registration for the ResCon conference and 2 nights' lodging at the Scarritt-Bennett center. 

Life Paths Promising Scholar Award
Life Paths is also offering five travel scholarships for presentations that focus on underserved or marginalized communities. Scholarships include ResCon conference registration and 2 nights' lodging at the Scarritt-Bennett center.  Eligibility is limited to current students (Undergraduate, Masters, and PhD students), post-baccalaureate fellows, and post-doctoral fellows. Scholarship winners are expected to attend the entire conference.

Click here for information about the Promising Advocate Award
Click here for information about the Promising Scholar Award
Fusion-produced documentary "Science Fair" wins first-ever Festival Favorite Award at Sundance Film Festival

"Science Fair"  was directed by  Cristina Costantini  and  Darren Foster,  and produced by  Cristina Costantini Darren Foster Jeffrey Plunkett

Cristina Costantini is an Emmy-nominated investigative producer who has been a part of FUSION's investigative documentary unit since the cable network's launch in 2013. She has won four awards from the  National Association for Hispanic JournalistsDarren Foster is a Peabody Award winning producer. Foster and Costantini previously won an Alfred I. duPont- Columbia University Award for their work on the FUSION documentary, " The Naked Truth: Death by Fentanyl."

Fusion Media Group (FMG) is a media company that connects with the young, diverse audiences that are shaping our future. More at theFMG.com.
Tahirih Justice Center releases report nationwide survey about immigrant women & policy

The Tahirih Justice Center issued a nationwide survey in October 2017 asking immigration advocates, immigrant women, and legal and social service providers what they see as the most urgent systemic challenges facing immigrant women and girls. This report,  A Window Into the Challenges Immigrant Women and Girls Face in the U.S. and the Policy Solutions to Address Them presents the results of the survey.

Click here to access this report.
Polaris launches bilingual 24/7 chat and text for National Human Trafficking Hotline

The National Human Trafficking Hotline is excited to announce that it has added 24/7 SMS texting and online chat services in both English and Spanish!

Polaris launched an independent SMS service in March 2013 called the BeFree Textline (233733). This textline provided similar capabilities to the National Hotline, but was only available 8 hours a day based on available funding. The same BeFree SMS number (233733) will now be integrated into the National Hotline, 24 hours a day, seven days a week-and can now handle communication in Spanish. Online chatting, is a completely new service and will be accessible from www.humantraffickinghotline.org.
2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Theme Artwork Now Available in English & Spanish

The National Center for Victims of Crime, in conjunction with OVC, is pleased to present the 2018 NCVRW Resource Guide Artwork. This collection of theme artwork, posters, and web art is designed to help communities and victim assistance providers promote local awareness of crime victim rights, services, and issues.

Available in both Spanish and English, the 2018 NCVRW artwork includes a variety of professionally designed, ready-made outreach pieces for print and web:
  • Awareness posters
  • Social media images
  • Web banners
  • Bookmarks
  • Certificates
  • Information fliers, and much more
Sign up for the NCVRW mailing list to be notified when the complete Resource Guide is available.

Visit OVC's NCVRW page for additional information about National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 8-14, and related events.
The Empathy Instinct: How to create a more civilized society

By: Peter Bazalgette

Empathy is the power of understanding others, imaginatively entering into their feelings. It is a fundamental human attribute, without which mutually co-operative societies cannot function. In a revolutionary development, we now know who has it, who lacks it and why. Via the MRI scanner we are mapping the human brain. This is a new frontier that reveals a host of beneficial ideas for childcare, teens challenged by the internet, the justice system, decent healthcare, tackling racism and resolving conflicts.
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Webinar What Works? Preventing Teen Dating Violence Among Latin@ Youth

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST 

Through this webinar, participants will: 
  • Become familiar with the latest research on teen dating violence among Latin@ youth
  • Learn about a program that uses these approaches to prevent TDV through family relationships
  • Get tools to use these approaches in their own work by learning about the DECIMOS NO MÁS toolkit
Dr. Rebecca Rodriguez, Manager of Research and Evaluation, Casa de Esperanza
Sarah Fleming, Graduate Social Work Intern, Casa de Esperanza
Rebecca De León, Communications and Marketing Manager, Casa de Esperanza

Click here to register for this webinar
HRSA/MCHB offers funding opportunity for  Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Capacity Building Program

Application deadline: March 27, 2018

Last week, HRSA/MCHB posted a notice of funding opportunity, the Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Capacity Building Program, HRSA-18-082. Its purpose is to is to improve the health of adolescents and young adults (ages 10-25) by strengthening the capacity of state maternal and child health programs and their clinical partners to address the needs of these population groups.  Within the unique needs of this population, this program includes a focus on behavioral health. HRSA expects to make a single award with a project period of 5 years and an annual budget of $1.15 million.

Click here for more information about this opportunity and to apply
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness offers funding for Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program

Application deadline: April 17, 2018

HUD recently announced a new  Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)  to competitively award $43 million for the second round of the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP). These funds will provide up to 11 communities, including at least 5 rural communities, with resources to design and implement a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending homelessness.  Applications for the YHDP are due before midnight eastern time on  April 17, 2018.

Click here for more information about this opportunity and to apply
Tahirih Justice Center: Executive Director

For Greater Washington DC Office

This is a highly visible, public-facing role. The ideal candidate will be a solution-oriented, savvy professional who is skilled at leveraging both internal and external resources to achieve aggressive programmatic, fundraising, and strategic goals in a fast-paced environment. S/he will also need to be adept at facilitating trauma-informed legal representation and have a thriving passion for social justice. The successful candidate will be a proven, detail-oriented, self-starter who can effectively multi-task and easily shift gears from being strategic to tactical. The preferred candidate will be a progressive leader with prior management experience who can inspire staff to be exceptional ambassadors for Tahirih's clients and foster a collaborative work environment that embodies our mission.

Futures Without Violence: Senior Program Specialist

Location: Boston or Washington, DC

This Quality Improvement Center on Domestic Violence in Child Welfare (QIC-DVCW) is a cooperative agreement with the Children's Bureau at the Administration on Children, Youth and Families. The Senior Program Specialist will play an integral role in the management and implementation of this national initiative designed to improve collaborative responses to meet the needs of families involved in the child welfare system who are experiencing domestic violence. This role will include coordinating and supporting the efforts of multiple teams at multiple sites, managing relationships of project partners and providing technical assistance, developing materials, conducting training, and assisting with other aspects of project management, such as strategy development. 

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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