A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Meet the Artist: Jose Juan Lara, Jr.

Jose Juan Lara is a Project Coordinator for the National Latin@ Network (NLN) of Casa de Esperanza. He generously donated his art piece, Tree of Life, for use in the NLN's 2018 National Latin@ Institute to be held in New Orleans next week. We asked Jose Juan about his artistry in this Q&A.

When did you start creating art and why?

I've been painting for about eight years and recently expanded to multimedia, but artistic expression has always been part of my life in the form of singing or writing poetry.  Painting is just another evolution of my artistic side and, really, didn't come from any revelation other than I was curious to explore this art form.  One day I was talking to a good friend mentioning that I wanted to learn how to paint and vacillating if I should enroll in art classes and complaining about not having enough time, etc.  And my friend, in their infinite wisdom, turned to me and said I should just get some brushes, paints and canvas and just do it, and that's what I did!

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Special Invitation: HOME TRUTH screening

Wednesday July 18
6:30 p.m. 
New Orleans, LA

*Note: Trigger warning for domestic violence and DV-related homicide

Casa de Esperanza's National Latin@ Network is proud to present a special screening of HOME TRUTH, a raw, real documentary about groundbreaking Latina and Native American domestic violence and human rights advocate Jessica Gonzales Lenahan. Both Jessica and the documentary's directors, Katia Maguire and April Hayes, will be presenting the screening.

In 1999, Colorado mother Jessica Gonzales experienced every parent's worst nightmare when her three young daughters were killed after being abducted by their father in violation of a domestic violence restraining order. This documentary follows Jessica over nine years as she files a lawsuit against the police, claiming they did not adequately enforce her restraining order, pursuing her case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and an international human rights tribunal, seeking to strengthen legal rights for domestic violence victims. 

Click here to RSVP to this screening and for more information.
Click here to see this documentary's trailer.
Call for Proposals: Nuestras Voces - National Bilingual Sexual Assault Conference

Deadline for proposal submission: August 10, 2018

Conference date: May 2 - 3, 2019

Since 2005, the  Nuestras Voces National Bilingual Sexual Assault Conference has been guided and supported by members of the  Alianza Latina en contra a la Agresión Sexual, ALAS - the national Latinx alliance against sexual violence established in 2004. In 2008, Nuestras Voces was the first national Sexual Assault or Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) conference to offer a complete workshop track en español.

Click here for more information on this conference
Click here to submit a proposal in English
Haga clic aquí para entregar su propuesta en español
USCitizenship.info offers accessible self-help immigration support

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  • Customized filing instructions
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  • Permanent digital access to your completed forms
* USC is not a government agency, nor is it affiliated with or endorsed by the government. It is not a law firm and using us does not substitute for the advice of a lawyer. 

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Praxis International publishes  Make The Call Toolkit

Implementing an advocacy-initiated response (AIR) can provide critical information about upcoming court processes, resources available to help with court proceedings, and support available for coping with other aspects of  life affected by a batterer's behavior.

The  Make the Call Toolkit offers a free, on-demand resource for advocacy programs to explore, adapt, and implement the AIR model to connect victims of battering with community-based advocacy as soon as possible after law enforcement has responded to a domestic violence 911 call. Use it to learn about the model and consider key questions for advocacy programs exploring whether and how to implement AIR.

Click here to access this toolkit.
Human Trafficking Legal Center publishes Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence Factsheet

Advocates have long pointed to links between domestic violence and human trafficking. The federal government also has acknowledged the link between these two crimes, recognizing that cases that initially appear to be domestic violence may mask sex or labor trafficking. Understanding the connections between human trafficking and domestic violence is key to identifying appropriate criminal, civil, and immigration remedies. 

This Fact Sheet provides examples in each context, highlighting cases in which courts and administrative bodies recognized the nexus between human trafficking and domestic violence.

Click here to access this downloadable factsheet
Blog  How can therapeutic horticulture help meet the complex needs of domestic violence survivors and their children?

Written by Patty Branco, NRCDV Senior Technical Assistance and Resource Specialist

One of my favorite things about working as a Technical Assistance Specialist for the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence is the opportunity to research and respond to inquiries about innovative or alternative approaches to serving survivors of gender-based violence in more holistic and engaging ways. For many, the summer season inspires increased interest and opportunity to deepen their spiritual relationship with nature and connect with the earth as a way to foster healthy families and communities. Additionally, the physical, psychological, and social benefits of outdoor activity are well documented as a strategy for enhancing overall well-being.

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Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times

Edited by: Carolina de Robertis

With contributions from writers, activists, and thinkers such as Viet Thanh Nguyen, Junot Díaz, Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi, and Alicia Garza, the novelist Carolina De Robertis has assembled a collection of letters that will, she hopes, provide "messages of love and thoughts for how to continue to burn brightly and continue to work for a better world in these times." She conceived of Radical Hope three days after the 2016 elections, and would like the book to be "an antidote to despair" because "despair paralyzes us, and we need to not be paralyzed right now." I think I'm going to want to read this Baldwin-inspired collection yesterday, now, and through the conceivable future.
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Webinar DVAM 2018 Countdown: Inspiring Action Through a Unified Message - What is your #1Thing?

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 
3 - 4 p.m. EST

The DVAM 2018 action guide is here! Together, our collective One Things can lead to the social transformation we all desire to see in the world! Join us to learn about how to integrate the DVAM 2018 #1Thing message into your communications strategies, training activities, and policy-focused initiatives during DVAM 2018 and beyond. This webinar will mark the official launch of this year's unified #1Thing message, offering an opportunity to learn about its purpose and the inspiration behind it, and providing access to free materials and tools to support you in bringing the message to your community!

Presenters:
Tonia Moultry, Deputy Director of the Capacity Technical Assistance Team, NNEDV
Joe Ostrander, Communications Manager, NRCDV
Shaina Goodman, Policy Director, NRCDV

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Webinar Support Domestic and Sexual Violence Programs in the FY 2018 HUD CoC Program Competition

Wednesday, July 16, 2018 
1:30 p.m. EST

Information for domestic and sexual violence (DV/SA) housing programs about HUD's CoC Program Competition Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA): A review of the just-released FY 18 NOFA, an overview of HUD priorities, as well as new project opportunities. This webinar is intended to help increase DV organizations' understanding of the HUD NOFA. It includes an overview of the FY17 HUD NOFA application including HUD priorities and system performance measures; information on how DV/SA providers can engage and coordinate with their CoCs to increase access for DV survivors; highlights new opportunities and potential changes in the NOFA that could impact DV/SA providers in the application process; and reviews core components for the new Joint Component Project model (Transitional Housing-Rapid Rehousing/Permanent Housing) and key considerations for DV/SA programs.

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Webinar  Decolonial Approaches to the Psychological Study of Social Issues

Monday, July 16, 2018 
9 - 10:15 am EST

The majority of work in psychological science -- including the psychological study of social issues -- has its basis in epistemic foundations of Eurocentric Global Modernity associated with settings that are WEIRD: Western, educated, industrialized, rich, and (supposedly) democratic. In contrast, this symposium uses web conferencing technology to enable presentations from researchers who work in settings of the Global South, including some who face barriers that prevent them from presenting their work in person. 

The philosophical orientation of the presentations is that of "theory from the margins": works that takes marginalized communities not as an exotic case for the application of basic theory, but instead as a privileged standpoint from which to re-think basic theory in ways that better resonate with the majority of humanity.

Presenters
Dr. Fouad Bou Zeineddine, American University of Cairo, Egypt
Dr. Glenn Adams, University of Kansas, USA

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OVC FY18 Enhancing Access to Services Program

Deadline for application: July 16, 2018

Many victims of crime, particularly those from limited English proficient, Deaf, and hard-of-hearing communities, may experience barriers that prevent them from accessing critical services. This program will enhance language access and direct services in affected communities and enhance the work of community-based organizations and programs working to help victims report crimes and access services they need to heal in the aftermath of crime victimization. OVC will make up to 10 awards of up to $200,000 each to organizations for the provision of direct services to victims of crime in affected communities. 

Note: Community-based organizations that currently receive federal funding to provide linguistically specific services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking should seek to expand those services to victims of other types of crime within that community, including victims of human trafficking, robbery, assault, elder abuse, and DUI/DWI; family members of homicide victims; and victims of hate and bias crimes.   

Click here for more information about this funding opportunity
OVC FY18 Enhancing Access to Services Program

Deadline for application: July 16, 2018

Many victims of crime, particularly those from limited English proficient, Deaf, and hard-of-hearing communities, may experience barriers that prevent them from accessing critical services. This program will enhance language access and direct services in affected communities and enhance the work of community-based organizations and programs working to help victims report crimes and access services they need to heal in the aftermath of crime victimization. OVC will make up to 10 awards of up to $200,000 each to organizations for the provision of direct services to victims of crime in affected communities. 

Note: Community-based organizations that currently receive federal funding to provide linguistically specific services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking should seek to expand those services to victims of other types of crime within that community, including victims of human trafficking, robbery, assault, elder abuse, and DUI/DWI; family members of homicide victims; and victims of hate and bias crimes.   

Click here for more information about this funding opportunity
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape:  Latin@/x Advocacy Resource Coordinator

The primary focus of this position is engaging Latin@ communities and strengthening the development of culturally-relevant and Spanish-language resources and training. In addition, this individual supports building agency-wide capacity to provide high quality, culturally relevant and linguistically accessible information and technical assistance on sexual violence prevention and intervention to agencies and individuals throughout the country and internationally.

Justice in Aging:  Program and Communications Associate

Location: Oakland, CA

Are you passionate about social justice? Would you like to contribute to a national effort fighting poverty among older Americans-particularly women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and people with limited English proficiency? Justice in Aging is looking for a talented Program and Communications Associate to join our team in our Oakland, CA office.
The successful candidate will be part of the organization's communications team, working on our National Center for Law & Elder Rights (NCLER) project, which is a national resource center for the legal services and aging and disability networks, focused on advancing the legal rights of older adults with the greatest need. NLCER administers a regular curriculum of web-based trainings, accompanied by chapter summaries, issue briefs, and practice tips for legal and non-legal professionals .

National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life NCALL National Resource Center for Reaching Victims Project Coordinator

Under the supervision of the NCALL National Resource Center for Reaching Victims Project Director (Project Director), the NCALL National Resource Center for Reaching Victims Project Coordinator (Project Coordinator) is an exempt position. This 40-hour per week, exempt position is responsible for national leadership within the crime victims' field and leadership within the Office for Victims of Crime's (OVC) new National Resource Center on Reaching Victims (National Resource Center) on identifying and serving older victims, including older victims from marginalized communities. The Project Coordinator will provide training and technical assistance (TTA) to professionals in the crime victims' field and engage in key activities of the National Resource Center. National travel is required. Although NCALL is based in Madison, Wisconsin, this position can be performed remotely.

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

ABOUT THE NATIONAL LATIN@ NETWORK FOR HEALTHY FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES

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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