A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month

Written by: María Cristina Pacheco-Alcalá, Project Manager, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

In 2008, Congress approved a measure designating September as  National Campus Safety Awareness Month to encourage a public conversation on important topics about violence prevention in colleges and universities.

When we think about safety, many things come to mind, but safety, by definition, is the condition of being safe from undergoing or causing hurt, injury or loss. Take a moment to think about what safety means to you: What makes you feel safe in a place? What are some things that could make you feel safer?

Click here to read more about campus safety planning
Public Charge regulation harms immigrant families and puts victims at risk

The Department of Homeland Security posted on its website Saturday what is likely to be a proposed rule putting immigrant families, including children, at risk if they use public programs to escape abuse and meet basic needs like food, housing, and health care. This cruel rule would put many families in the untenable position of having to choose between using critical programs available to them or risk reuniting with their loved ones. The proposal would undermine efforts by victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to secure essential services that enable them to escape from or overcome abuse. 

The proposed rule radically changes the "public charge" provision by expanding the range of programs and supports that can be counted against an immigrant victim applying for a visa or green card, and setting up strict disqualification criteria that will harshly impact victims. Advocates are seeing the chilling effects of this policy as more and more immigrants and citizens alike, including victims and their families, are already foregoing critical services.

Click here to read the rest of this letter from the NTF
NLN, Duke University asking for Latin@ youth participants

Casa de Esperanza's National Latin@ Network, in partnership with Duke University, is asking Latina and Latino young adults ages 18-29 to participate in a study that will help us develop a mobile app that aims to help Latin@ youth prevent intimate partner violence. 

Participants will receive a $50 Amazon gift card as compensation for their time.

Spanish speakers are especially encouraged to participate.

Click here for more information.
Register today to participate in 9th Annual Call of Unity

On Monday, October 1, Domestic Violence Awareness Month begins with the annual signature event - the National Call of Unity.
Beginning at 3pm EST, the call will feature #1Thing stories of perseverance, healing, resilience and strength, and offers an opportunity to mourn, celebrate, and connect with advocates from national, state, and community-based organizations, governmental agencies, allied movements, survivors and their family and friends.
New this year will be both a video and audio option.
This year's speakers include:
  • Kenya Fairley, Acting Director, Family Violence Prevention & Services Act Program (FVPSA)
  • Annika Leonard, Priceless Incite LLC
  • Keith H. Burgess, Dollicia F. Holloway Memorial Foundation
  • Tara Woodlee, Ashleigh Patience Project
  • Patti Tototzintle, Casa de Esperanza: National Latino Network
Click here to register for the National Call of Unity
Did you miss our most recent webinars?

We've uploaded the recordings so you can view them at your earliest convenience.

Language Access Planning: Ensuring Meaningful Access for Survivors with Limited English Proficiency

Working with Interpreters

Click here to to go our YouTube account and access all our webinar recordings. Don't forget to subscribe while you're there! 
Solicitation open for RFPs for Reaching Victims of Crime mini-grant
The Reaching Victims Mini-Grant program will fund up to 10 projects, with awards up to $50,000, that seek to better identify, reach, and/or serve victims from communities that are frequently underrepresented in healing services and avenues to justice. Projects will be funded across a 9-month period starting in December 2018 and ending in August 2019.

Important Dates
Applicants are strongly encouraged to send an email to  reachingvictims@vera.org  by October 5, 2018 stating an intent to apply.

Applications are due by  October 12, 2018 by 11:59pm EST, and can be submitted online.

Applicants will be notified by  November 2, 2018 of the outcome of their application.

Awards will be made for a 9-month period, starting  December 1, 2018 and ending  August 31, 2019.

Click here for more information and to apply
More communities say they won't jail immigrants for ICE
A growing number of communities are reevaluating their role in detaining immigrants on behalf of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Local officials in Atlanta, Georgia recently decided to  stop holding individuals for ICE in the city's jails. The  city was directed to "permanently stop accepting and housing ICE detainees at the Atlanta City Detention Center." Community members have long called for the jail's closure and an end to the ICE agreement, citing concerns about medical services and  conditions at the Atlanta City Jail, among other issues.

Click here to read more from Immigration Impact
Three days until #DVAM 
Register now for the National Call of Unity, #1Thing
Monday, October 1, 2018 
3 - 4:45 p.m. EST

Check out the #1Thing campaign
See the #1Thing Action Guide  here

Listen to the #1Thing / #UnaCosa podcast series
Check out NRCDV Radio's Stories of Transformation here

Remember to wear purple on #PurpleThursday!
On October 18

Join the #1Thing Twitter Chat
RSVP for the Twitter Chat here

Join the #1Thing Facebook live event
RSVP for the Facebook Live event here

Join the #1Thing webinar, Leveraging #1Thing in Your Community by registering here
Alianza Americas and the Hispanic Federation announce Family Unity Forums
Alianza Americas and the Hispanic Federation are calling for us to  come together -- as families, immigrants, and citizens of the Americas -- to ensure that not one more family experiences the pain and trauma we witnessed this summer.

Family Unity Forums will be held in five U.S. cities this fall.
Click here  for more information 
Speaking Truth to Power

By: Anita Hill

Twenty-six years before the #metoo movement, Anita Hill sparked a national conversation about sexual harassment in the workplace.

After her astonishing testimony in the Clarence Thomas hearings, Anita Hill ceased to be a private citizen and became a public figure at the white-hot center of an intense national debate on how men and women relate to each other in the workplace. That debate led to ground-breaking court decisions and major shifts in corporate policies that have had a profound effect on our lives--and on Anita Hill's life. Now, with remarkable insight and total candor, Anita Hill reflects on events before, during, and after the hearings, offering for the first time a complete account that sheds startling new light on this watershed event.

Here is a vitally important work that allows us to understand why Anita Hill did what she did, and thereby brings resolution to one of the most controversial episodes in our nation's history.
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Webinar Trauma-informed interviewing: Turning understanding into outcomes
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
12 - 1:30 p.m. EST 

This webinar will focus on best practices for trauma informed interviewing of victims to retrieve memories of incidents that can be used by law enforcement investigators, prosecutors and civil attorneys. Topics will include a brief overview of trauma and its relationship to memory storage and recall, examples from actual cases where trauma informed interviewing produced concrete information that was used in court, information on interacting with victims who are resistant to prosecuting the batterer, strategies for helping victims construct a timeline for their narrative, and, most importantly, techniques for asking questions in a way that helps victims recall the answers.

Neva Fernandez, MA, Advocacy Manager, Texas Legal Services Center

Click here to register for this webinar
Webinar Protecting Immigrant Families Rapid Response Webinar

Monday October 1, 2018 
1:30 p.m. EST 

On Sept. 22, the Department of Homeland Security publicized a proposed Public Charge rule that would punish immigrants going through official immigration processes and their families for applying for or receiving government benefits for which they are legally eligible. This would take away vital government assistance programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, and housing assistance from low-income immigrant families, including U.S. citizen children. Denying access to basic needs programs will decimate their health and well-being.

Once the proposed rule change is published, there will be a 60-day period for the public to leave comments. The Coalition on Human Needs will be hosting a webinar on October 1st at 1:30 EDT on behalf of our partners at the Center for Law and Social Policy and the National Immigration Law Center. In this webinar, you'll find out what you need to know about the public charge rule, why this change is so dangerous, and what we can do about it.

  • Elizabeth Lower-Basch, Director of Income and Work Supports, Center for Law and Social Policy
  • Jackie Vimo, Economic Justice Policy Analyst, National Immigration Law Center
  • Moderator: Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director, Coalition on Human 
Click here to register for this webinar
Webinar Part I of two-part webinar series, Enhancing Cultural Responsiveness in the Courts

Part I: Judge's Roles in Cases of Immigrant Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors 

Monday October 15, 2018 
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST 

This webinar will discuss important issues that arise in family court cases involving immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking and their children. 

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to do the following:
  • Understand and use accurate information about immigration laws to issue court orders or seek court orders granting custody of children to non-abusive battered immigrant parents; 
  • Issue or obtain U visa certification by judges hearing protection order, custody, divorce or other civil court cases involving immigrant victims of domestic or sexual violence; 
  • Issue or obtain Special Immigrant Juvenile Status findings needed by immigrant youth who are victims of domestic or sexual violence perpetrated by one of the child's parents. 
Rocio Molina, Associate Director for National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project (NIWAP) at American University's Washington College of Law
Click here to register for Part 1

Click here for more information on the webinar series
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 webinar 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

Click here to register for this webinar
Up to $50K grants for undocumented entrepreneurs from Immigrants Rising Entrepreneurship Fund
Deadline for preliminary applications: Oct 4

Immigrants Rising's Entrepreneurship Fund provides grants to undocumented entrepreneurs working to create positive social change.

The Fund showcases the talents of undocumented young people and amplifies the positive impact of their work.  In 2018, we will award $250,000 in funding through $5,000 to $50,000 one-year grants. Grantees will also be offered support and guidance from professional advisors as well as opportunities to network with other undocumented entrepreneurs.

Six undocumented entrepreneurs have already received grants and support from the Entrepreneurship Fund, previously called the Fund for Undocumented Social Entrepreneurs (FUSE). Read profiles of our  Previous Entrepreneurship Fund Grantees.

Click here for more information and to apply
Call for Proposals: DV and Firearms Technical Assistance Project
Deadline for Proposals: Oct 15
10 p.m. PST

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), invites proposals from communities to participate in the Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Firearms Technical Assistance Project (FTAP). The overall objective of the FTAP is to help communities identify challenges limiting a more robust implementation of domestic violence firearms laws in their jurisdictions and assist them in establishing a localized response that is best suited to their communities' unique needs and characteristics.  NCJFCJ seeks proposals from communities reflective of the geographic diversity across the country, including rural, urban, suburban, and tribal settings, as well as sites with differing governing laws.

Click here to register for the Q&A
Click here to access the Call for Proposals
University of Colorado Denver: Administrative and Project Coordinator
The Administrative & Project Coordinator will provide solid administrative and project support for the Center. This position is primarily funded through grant dollars. Work carried out by this position will support all active projects of the Center. 

Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence : Fiscal Manager
The Fiscal Manager is a key team member of the financial and accounting operations of the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, with responsibilities ranging from daily accounting tasks to annual regulatory compliance. The Fiscal Manager ensures financial policies and procedures are enforced as well as maintaining accurate and up-to-date accounting records.

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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