A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Recognizing and Understanding my Male Privilege

Written by: Felix R. Martinez-Paz, Men and Boys Engagement Coordinator, Casa de Esperanza

When I share my story, as a Latino man, I would like to remind everyone that it is the result of my experiences and what I have learned over the years. It doesn't necessarily reflect everyone's experience and should not be used to define the Latino male community. All these experiences define me and move me to reject false concepts of masculinity and to reconstruct what I believe today makes me a man.

I share my story with the hope to encourage and engage others to take action and to help understand and reflect more deeply on what masculinity truly is. Our actions, customs, and actions (often unconsciously) promote a toxic or unhealthy masculinity, which hurts, denigrates, and limits the equality and rights of women; it also provides a privilege and shield that many men don't want to renounce and few want to talk about. I hope my story is one of many future stories in which reflection is the tool to help us promote healthy masculinity and support other men to break with this behavior and begin a change that promotes a society of respect and equality for future generations.

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Research report on serving survivors of human trafficking published

The report, 
A Scan of the Field: Learning about serving survivors of human trafficking , was created to increase understanding about how human trafficking survivors receive services from domestic and sexual violence organizations. Researchers collected information for this study through a web-based survey and case studies with five selected organizations. This report documents the study's findings in an effort to increase understanding about how human trafficking survivors receive services from domestic and sexual violence organizations. Second, it documents lessons learned for organizations that are looking to expand into this area of service.

English: A Scan of the Field (report for human trafficking service providers)
Spanish: Escaneo del Terreno  (report for human trafficking service providers / reporte para proveedores de servicios de la trata humana)
**Publishing next week **Se publicará la semana que viene
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Research report on housing solutions for Latin@ survivors published

The report,  Finding a Way: Innovative housing solutions of Latin@ survivors of DV and successful practices of culturally specific community based organizations, report takes the results of in-depth listening sessions with 12 community-based organizations across the country to ascertain the needs and barriers to housing for Latin@ survivors of domestic violence, as well as strategies and solutions for things that work, as well as what doesn't work, in practitioners' steps toward dealing with their communities' housing issues.

English:  Finding a Way  (report on housing solutions)
Español: Buscando un camino  (report on housing solutions / reporte sobre encontrar vivienda accesible)
Webinar Series  Part 2 of cultural responsiveness in the courts webinar series next week 

PART II: Protections in Court Proceedings and Sensitive Locations for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence Under VAWA Confidentiality Protections

Monday, October 22, 2018 
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST 

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. Participants will learn about the VAWA confidentiality laws and the: prohibitions that prevent immigration officials from relying on perpetrator provided information to harm victims; immigration case confidentiality rules that limit discovery of information about the existence of, action taken in and the contents of VAWA confidentiality protected immigration case filings; protected locations at which immigration enforcement against immigrant victims cannot occur except in very limited circumstances with high level supervisory approval; and potential protections from removal proceedings.This webinar will also discuss the additional protections available to immigrant victims under Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policies limiting immigration enforcement at courthouses and sensitive locations.

Rocio Molina, Associate Director for National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project (NIWAP) at American University's Washington College of Law

Leslye Orloff, Adjunct Professor and Director of the National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project (NIWAP) at American University Washington College of Law
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Webinar  Walking with Latin@ Survivors: Lessons learned over 35 years of working with Latin@ communities

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST 

Effective and culturally relevant program development can be challenging when resources are limited.  This workshop will share Casa de Esperanza's best practices to provide culturally relevant support and services to Latin@s survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking. We will take a deeper dive into Casa de Esperanza's history and the development of the Latina Advocacy Framework. We will also share 'Next Steps' that those working with Latin@ survivors can take back to their organizational leaders to adopt meaningful practices into your workplace and communities.

Rosario de la Torre, Co-Director of Family Advocacy and Community Engagement, Casa de Esperanza
Teresa Burns, Refugio Manager, Casa de Esperanza
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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
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The United States Must Embrace Global Talent, As High-Skilled Foreign Workers Go Elsewhere
From Immigration Impact's blog: 

If the U.S. government closes the door to highly skilled foreign workers, other countries stand ready to embrace their contributions. For instance, while the Trump administration contemplates an overhaul of the  H-1B temporary employment visa, a process that would make it more difficult to obtain them, the Canadian government is offering the opposite. Canada is promising a two-week turn-around time on  work permits for skilled foreign workers who are in the United States, but who might like to try Canada instead.

The U.S. government and employers must create a welcoming environment that attracts skilled people from around the world, because the United States is no longer the default choice for foreign workers looking for new opportunities.

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Proposed Changes to Public Charge Rule
The Administration has issued a proposed regulation that expands the definition of "public charge" and puts immigrant families, including children, at risk if they use public programs to escape and recover from abuse and meet basic needs like food, housing, and health careThe long-anticipated regulation was published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, which starts the 60-day comment period (October 10-December 10, 2018) for the public to provide feedback on the proposed rule will have on communities and families. 
The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender Based Violence (API-GBV) updated an advisory on How Will "Public Charge" Proposed Policy Changes Impact Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault? Oct 2018, that analyzes how, if the proposed public charge rule is implemented as drafted, it will impact immigrant survivors and their families. API-GBV will also host a webinar on this topic. See details below:
Webinar: Public Charge and Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

October 25, 2018
4 - 5:30 p.m. EST

Hosted by: Asian Pacific Institute on Gender Based Violence
We will discuss what "Public Charge" is, the proposed rule from the Administration that changes how "Public Charge" determinations for immigrants will be made, which immigration categories of survivors are exempt from the rule, how the proposed rule impacts immigrant survivors and their families, and the radical changes in longstanding policies that will limit immigrant families from being allowed into the U.S. or adjusting their status. We will provide resources to support advocates and community members in submitting comments during DHS's public comment period. If you are an advocate serving immigrant survivors from Asian, African, Arab, Latinx, Pacific Islander, and other immigrant/refugee communities, please register for this webinar! 

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Early bird registration discount available now
The NOVA Campus Advocacy Training (NCAT) is a six-week, 24-hour advanced training academy focused on building participants' knowledge and skills to prevent and respond to sexual assault, stalking, and interpersonal violence in higher education. Graduates of this unique academy may be eligible to apply for the  National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP)®s new Campus Advocacy Specialist Credential

You must be a campus-based advocate or community-based advocate providing services on a college campus to apply.

The Winter 2019 training will be January 16 - February 27 (every Wednesday), 11 am - 3 pm ET. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the class is full. 

The NCAT is a unique, high-quality training which allows students to directly interact with nationally recognized Subject Matter Experts from the following agencies:
Tuition for the Winter 2019 NCAT is $350/student. Register before 12/7/2019 for the Early Bird Rate!

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Questions? Please email  ncat@trynova.org.
Scholarships announced!
Scholarship submission deadline: 
February 1, 2019

ResilienceCon 2019 is proud to be able to provide eight scholarships for promising scholars, and promising advocate scholarships. This is an increase from the number of scholarships offered last year.

Both the Promising Scholar and Promising Advocate awards include conference registration and 2 nights' lodging at the Scarritt-Bennett Center.  Scholarship winners are expected to attend the entire conference.

Life Paths Promising Scholar Award: 
We are offering four scholarships to current students, post-baccalaureate fellows, and post-doctoral fellows that focus on under-served or marginalized communities.

Life Paths Promising Advocate Award:
We will also be offering four scholarships for advocates. See below for eligibility requirements.

Click here to apply for the Promising Scholar Award
Click here to apply for the Promising Advocate Award
NCPC releases toolkit for Crime Prevention Month
October is Crime Prevention Month, and it's a good time to talk about gun safety. 

According to research collected by the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the presence of a gun in domestic violence situations increases the risk of homicide for women by 500%. So the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) has released a toolkit for homes that have guns in them with tips and information on how to keep your family safe. 

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Days and Nights of Love and War

By: Eduardo Galeano

Days and Nights of Love and War is the personal testimony of one of Latin America's foremost contemporary political writers. In this fascinating journal and eloquent history, Eduardo Galeano movingly records the lives of struggles of the Latin American people, under two decades of unimaginable violence and extreme repression. Alternating between reportage, personal vignettes, interviews, travelogues, and folklore, and richly conveyed with anger, sadness, irony, and occasional humor, Galeano pays loving tribute to the courage and determination of those who continued to believe in, and fight for, a more human existence. The Lannan Foundation awarded the 1999 Cultural Prize for Freedom to Eduardo Galeano, in recognition of those "whose extraordinary and courageous work celebrates the human right to freedom of imagination, inquiry and expression."
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Webinar (series) Planning for the Holidays & Setting Financial Goals for the Year Ahead

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST 

Economic control in an abusive relationship takes many forms, and gaining financial self-sufficiency can be the difference between staying in or leaving a violent relationship. In the fifth installment of this webinar series, attendees will learn practical strategies for 
* Spending 
* Saving 
* Planning and tools for stability
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Webinar Economic Empowerment & Generational Poverty

November 1, 2018
3 p.m. EST
The Transitional Housing Team at the National Network to End Domestic Violence is excited to announce the upcoming Generational Poverty and Domestic Violence Survivors Webinar, in partnership with the Center for Survivor Agency & Justice (CSAJ). This webinar will introduce the intersection between generational poverty and domestic violence, and highlight unique challenges and barriers faced by survivors who are also experiencing poverty. Presenters will discuss the findings from CSAJ's Racial and Economic Equity for Survivor's Project, along with other research and innovative practices, and how it can be used to enhance survivor centered economic advocacy. Presenters will also engage attendees in exploring needs and exchanging innovative practices to address the ways bias and inequity show up in our work and as survivors navigate safety. 

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Webinar Building Resilience & Hope

Sunday, October 21, 2018
12 p.m. EST
Objectives of the webinar: Significance of Imam/Chaplains role in a community when Violence is in issue; Importance of being trained professionally to deal with issues of violence, and how training can make a difference addressing cases of violence; Highlighting impact of Imams'/Chaplains effective and appropriate responses Resources Available (for survivors, victims, advocates, etc.).

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Webinar Evidence-Based and Emerging Interventions for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
2 p.m. EST
Many children and youth experience domestic violence, which can negatively affect their development, health and wellbeing. The growing number of programs and services for child survivors of domestic violence suggests that there is growing awareness of how domestic violence can impact children. Information about evidence-based and emerging interventions can help to inform domestic violence advocates and other service providers working with survivors to implement, enhance and evaluate best practices.

The Promising Futures National Capacity Building Center carried out a national scan in 2010 to find programs and models that support children's healing and resilience. The results from this scan are featured on an interactive website and companion publication. In 2017 & 2018, The Promising Futures National Capacity Building Center conducted another scan to update the website and publication on evidence-based and emerging interventions for children exposed to domestic violence. In this webinar, Dr. Linda Chamberlain will provide an overview of some of the more than 20 interventions that were identified during the update of the national scan of best practices. The updated publication will be shared during the webinar and posted on the website afterwards.

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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.

National Network to End Domestic Violence: Policy Specialist/Sr. Policy Specialist
Location: Washington, DC

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) seeks a highly organized and motivated Policy Specialist or Senior Policy Specialist to join our advocacy team. The ideal candidate will be a skilled diplomat and relationship builder who will work independently and as part of a team to implement NNEDV's policy priorities, which include re-authorization, implementation, and funding of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), funding for provision of victim shelter and housing, and the advancement of economic self-sufficiency for victims. This is a mid-level position with significant responsibility.

National Network to End Domestic Violence: Budget & Finance Analyst
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) seeks a highly-organized Budget & Finance Analyst. This is a great opportunity for a committed team player to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.

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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