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A Matter of Faith

By: Olga Trujillo, JD, Director of Education and Advocacy, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

When I was growing up, my father taught me a lot of things: some good, many bad. He raised us in the Catholic faith, and one of the things he taught me was about the hierarchy of respect - the one closely tied to the hierarchy of wisdom.

First, we were to respect our parents. I knew without him having to spell it out that he really meant for me to respect him, not so much my Mom.

Second, he taught me that we were to respect and revere our elders, like our neighbor - a 72-year-old woman from Central America. "She has lived a long life and in her wrinkled skin and grey hair is experience and wisdom. You should learn from the wisdom of others."

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Supreme Court's Decision on Immigration Detention Weakens Protections and Increases Fear

Advocates for immigrant survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, and human trafficking are deeply concerned about yesterday's Supreme Court decision affecting asylum seekers, legal permanent residents, and other individuals detained by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The court's decision in Jennings v. Rodriguez, overturning prior rulings by the lower courts, interpreted current statutes to permit individuals to be detained indefinitely without bond hearings while their cases are pending. The Supreme Court also refused to consider at this time whether the statute violates constitutional protections of due process and sent the case back to the federal appeals court for further consideration. 

Click here to read the rest of this statement from the National Task Force's Immigration Committee
TODAY is final day to apply for National Latin@ Institute scholarship

Deadline for scholarship application / Fecha Límite para Solicitar una Beca: March 1

The National Latin@ Network will provide ten partial scholarships for organizational advocates and community leaders who have a strong interest in building their advocacy capacity and commitment to ending domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or gender-based violence. 

This is a need-based scholarship and will cover flight or lodging expenses (up to $600). All other travel expenses are the responsibility of the organization or individual.
La Red Nacional Latina concederá diez becas parciales para intercesores/as de organizaciones y líderes comunitari@s que poseen un fuerte interés en desarrollar el trabajo de promoción y apoyo e incrementar su dedicación al trabajo por la erradicación de la violencia doméstica, la agresión sexual y/o la violencia de género.  

Esta es una beca que se concede  sobre la base de la necesidad y cubrirá gastos de viaje o gastos de alojamiento (hasta un máximo de $600). El resto de los gastos relacionados con el viaje serán responsabilidad de la organización o el individuo.

Click here to apply for the scholarship / Haga clic aquí para solicitar una beca
Webinar Engaging in Policy Advocacy on Behalf of Survivors: Understanding the Important Role and Rules for Nonprofits

Friday, March 9, 2018
1 p.m - 2:30 p.m.
Getting involved in policy advocacy is an appropriate and essential role for nonprofits in order to bring the voices of survivors to the policy table and advance the mission and vision of the organization. However, many nonprofit organizations and advocates refrain from getting involved because they feel confused about the rules on policy advocacy for nonprofits. This training will address issues such as different types of advocacy nonprofits can engage in, the importance of educating policy makers, how the tax law for 501 (c)(3) organizations permits lobbying within specific limits, and tips for how to engage in effective public policy advocacy.

Through this webinar, participants will: 
  • Learn about different types of policy advocacy that nonprofits organizations can engage in.
  • Develop a better understanding of the opportunities and limitations for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to engage in lobbying activities.
  • Access useful fact sheets and relevant resources to assist in better understanding the role and rules of policy advocacy.
Rosie Hidalgo, JD, Senior Director of Public Policy, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities

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Casa de Esperanza celebrates its 35th Anniversary

May 31, 2018
Minneapolis, MN
In 35 years, Casa de Esperanza has grown into the largest Latina organization in the country mobilizing Latin@ communities to end domestic violence.

¡Adelante Esperanza! will celebrate the courage and wisdom of our Latina founders and recognize Latin@ leaders locally and nationally who have a deep and passionate commitment to healthy families and communities.  Join us for the excitement!
Click here to  buy tickets!

For more information on sponsorship opportunities or to purchase a table contact Kathryn Ross at 651.646.5553 or  kross@casadeesperanza.org
CSAJ Call for Spotlights on Innovative Consumer Justice Initiatives

Deadline for submissions: March 31, 2018

As part of a new phase of the Consumer Rights for Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors Initiative, the Center for Survivor Agency & Justice is excited to consult with programs such as Spotlights on Innovative Consumer Justice Initiatives (Spotlights).

Spotlights is a peer exchange opportunity to share best practices in consumer and economic survivor-centered advocacy with the field.

CSAJ is looking for 10-12 Spotlight programs or initiatives from across the country that are survivor-centered, responsive to consumer and economic needs, done in partnership, and use multilevel advocacy.

Click here for more information and to submit
Amnesty International USA welcomes nominations for Ginetta Sagan Award

Deadline for nominations: June 1, 2018

Please consider nominating women human rights defenders you know/work with for Amnesty International's Ginetta Sagan Award. Nominations for 2018 are now open through June 1, 2018.  
The Ginetta Sagan Fund (GSF) of Amnesty International supports courageous women human rights defenders who are working in dangerous contexts to further the rights of women and children. The award is $20,000 to the awardee, with a potential additional $5,000 for training/professional development.

Click here to access the nominations form and more information
Responding to #MeToo in the Workplace Survey

In order to seize all opportunities this tipping point presents advocates and activists working to end sexual harassment, abuse, discrimination, and abuse of power in the workplace, we've built the following survey to capture efforts from across sectors and industries. Our goal is to find ways to work together, share best practices, and build alignments in work and strategy so we can use this momentum to bring about real change for workers vulnerable to experiencing workplace sexual harassment and violence.

Futures Without Violence, Level Forward, the National Council on Occupational Safety and Health, The Worker Institute at Cornell ILR, and United Way Worldwide are gathering this information from NGOs, academics, unions, donors, experts, industries, worker advocates, and individuals across the country to identify and leverage existing and new initiatives to build awareness, services, and programs that will disrupt, once and for all, these harmful practices and dismantle the culture of violence against women and the inequity and sexism that fuels it.

Click here to access the survey
WOCN publishes several reports under Economic Policy & Leadership Project

Purvi Shah, Economic Policy & Leadership Senior Consultant from the WOCN, Inc. has published several reports on various topics concerning marginalized communities and advocate information. 

Click here to read the report, Over-Incarceration of Trans Survivors & Immigrant Detention as Part of Mass Incarceration

Click here to read the report,  Defining Economic Justice for Survivors in Communities of Color & Indigenous Communities

Click here to read the report,  Healing On Our Own Terms for Survivors in Communities of Color & Indigenous Communities

By: Elie Wiesel

Night (1960) is a work by Elie Wiesel about his experience with his father in the Nazi German concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald in 1944-1945, at the height of the Holocaust toward the end of the Second World War. In just over 100 pages of sparse and fragmented narrative, Wiesel writes about the death of God and his own increasing disgust with humanity, reflected in the inversion of the parent-child relationship, as his father declines to a helpless state and Wiesel becomes his resentful teenage caregiver. 
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Webinar  Working with Interpreters: Enhancing Communications with Individuals Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
2 - 3:30 p.m. EST

For survivors who are culturally Deaf, the best way to provide them with accessible services is through a qualified American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter. This webinar will provide an overview of what to look for in ASL interpreters to interpret for Deaf survivors and provide insight into what Deaf people look for in an interpreter as well as how interpreters can best meet those needs. The importance of confidentiality, impartiality, and accuracy in interpreting will be highlighted as well as the legal and ethical obligations service providers have for meeting survivors' language access needs. Some less common types of interpreting needs will also be explored. 

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Webinar  What Does the Evidence Say? Innovative Approaches to Engaging Men and Boys

Thursday, March 29, 2018
1 - 2:30pm EST

Promundo is an applied research non-governmental organization whose mission it is to engage men and boys for gender justice. This webinar will present Promundo's latest research from the Man Box Study on men's attitudes, perceptions, and practices as they relate to gender equality. Promundo will also present how such research is informing innovative gender-transformative programming in the United States on engaging men and boys.

Through this webinar, participants will: 
  • Gain new understanding of how harmful ideas about masculinity and manhood link statistically with negative health and well-being outcomes in the US and Mexico.
  • Have increased knowledge about the process of adapting, designing, implementing, and evaluating an evidence-based discussion group curriculum for high school students in the US, focusing on challenging harmful ideas about masculinity, preventing various forms of violence, and promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights.
  • Better understand how insights from national surveys and past program evaluations can be used to inform, adapt, and improve programming for high schoolers.
Jane Kato-Wallace, Director of Programs, Promundo-US
Brian Heilman, Senior Research Officer, Promundo-US

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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: Staff Attorney

Location: Atlanta, GA

Tahirih Justice Center, a non-profit legal services organization, seeks an engaging, enterprising, and empathetic lawyer for the Staff Attorney position in our new Atlanta, GA office. This role will provide critical legal counsel to our clients, immigrant women and girls fleeing gender-based violence, who seek asylum and related relief before the Department of Homeland Security, federal immigration courts, and appellate courts. The successful candidate will be well-versed in immigration law, be adept at facilitating trauma-informed legal representation, and have a thriving passion for social justice. S/he will also play a lead role in litigating immigration appellate work for the Atlanta office.

PolicyLink: 2018 Summer Internships

PolicyLink is now accepting applications for our 2018 summer internship program.  PolicyLink operates a 10-week, paid summer internship program for continuing graduate students (master's or doctoral) in public policy, urban planning, and related fields. We are looking for graduate students who are interested in applying their graduate school training to influence public policy and learn how PolicyLink advances racial and economic equity through policy change.

All-In Cities Anti-Displacement Policy Network Research Intern

Arts, Culture, and Equitable Development Intern - 2018

Financial Security and Criminal Justice Intern

National Equity Atlas Intern

Fair Housing Intern - Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule

Asian Family Support Services: Various

Program Manager - Post-Crisis Services
This Program Manager position will be responsible for providing culturally-grounded and trauma-informed supportive client services for Asian and immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence and trafficking. In particular, the Program Manager will manage post-crisis services such as AFSSA's Economic Empowerment and Transitional Housing Programs.

Director of Programs and Client Services
The Director of Programs and Client Services will be responsible for the planning, implementation and evaluation of the agency's Direct Services programming, which includes case management, counseling and transitional housing programs that provide culturally-grounded and trauma-informed services for Asian and immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Additionally, the Director of Programs and Client Services will be responsible for supervising program staff; managing grant deliverables; liaising with community partners and technical assistance providers; and participation in program and organizational 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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