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

We previously published Part I of this blog, which focused on explaining different types of interpretation. To access last week's blog please click here.  This week we are releasing Part II, which focuses on tips for working with bilingual staff who may at times find themselves having to interpret, as well as different tips for working with interpreters.

To read the rest of this blog click here.
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
Register now for Alianza Americas May Webinars

Alianza Americas' work in transforming communities across borders is rooted in a deep commitment to education. Please check out the two informational webinars offered during the month of May. Webinars are free, but pre-registration is required. Space is limited, so sign up to today and spread the word with your networks.

Women, Violence and Justice Across the Americas
May 10, 2-3:30 PM CST
Celebrate the resilience and courage of immigrant and refugee women to discuss gender violence from a multi-dimensional approach that extends across geographic, racial and economic borders. This webinar will feature Rosana Araujo of Women Working Together, Rosie Hidalgo of Casa de Esperanza, Dr. Quisia Gonzalez of Casa Yurumein, and Lucy Silva of the Muslim American Society, and seeks to expand the concept of gender-based violence to be more inclusive and to explore the various forms of violence that women of color experience in their respective socio-political and cultural contexts. This webinar will be offered in Spanish. 

Know Where Your Taxes Are Going on Tax Day
May 16, 1-2:30 PM CST
Join foreign-born taxpayers in calling for fiscal responsibility and learn how the irresponsible use of taxpayer dollars, implementation of regressive tax codes, and reckless application of our immigration laws harm communities across the country. This webinar is offered as part of Alianza Americas' ongoing #TaxDay campaign. This webinar, featuring leaders from United for a Fair Economy, Latin America Working Group, and Prosperity Now, will discuss how we can keep our elected officials accountable for ensuring that our hard-earned tax dollars benefit our communities. This webinar will be offered in English.
Achieving Language Access for Crime Victims:  A Regional Training Series  

Training Overview
This two-day training will increase crime victim service providers' capacity and expertise around language access for people with limited English proficiency and people who are Deaf and hard of hearing. The training will cover the following topics:
  • An overview of why language access matters* The legal and ethical responsibilities of providing language access
  • How to plan for language access
  • How to conduct a needs assessment and where to find resources in your community
  • Working with interpreters
  • How to manage the use of other language access devices, including the use of technology 
  • How to monitor your language access plan for quality assurance
This training is free, although registration is required. Attendees who travel to Washington, DC, Minneapolis, or Albuquerque will use their own grant or agency dollars to attend. 

Washington, DC 

June 27-28, 2018 

Washington DC 

Minneapolis, MN
July 11-12, 2018
Minneapolis, MN 
Register Here

Albuquerque, NM
August 22-23, 2018 
Albuquerque, NM 
Register Here

Space is limited and we will register on a first-come, first-served basis.

For any questions about this training series, or if you need assistance registering, please contact: Kim Punter at kpunter@vera.org.

This training is sponsored by the Translating Justice Initiative. Translating Justice is a joint project of Vera Institute of Justice's (Vera) Center on Victimization and Safety, the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API), the National Latin@ Network, IGNITE (formerly Advocacy Services of Abused Victims), Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA), the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC), and the U.S. Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime (OVC).
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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