A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Creating a welcoming space: Casa de Esperanza announces a new move

By: Cassie Amundson-Muñoz, Community Engagement Communications Specialist, Casa de Esperanza

With sunlight flooding into the collaborative work areas of the new administrative office for Casa de Esperanza in St. Paul, Minnesota, women who participate in the  Fuerza Unida Amig@s initiative put the finishing touches on the altar they created for Día de los Muertos. On Thursday nights, Latin@ youth come together to create art in the conference room for the Free Arts programming, for which a teaching artist comes to work with them on a specific art project usually related to culture, healing or social justice. Toward the end of this month, the art that shone in the office was the altar which invited the spirits of their ancestors into the safe and welcoming space that our staff work to work to realize each day. The Mexican tradition of honoring our ancestors as we move forward set the backdrop for our humble announcement of a new space.

Click here  for more information about the intro to our new space, and to see more photos of the Open House
Webinar recording uploaded

Now uploaded: Intimate Partner Homicide Among Latinos

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 presents 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. 

Presenter: Chiara Sabina, Associate Professor, University of Delaware

Click here to view this recording
Casa de Esperanza hiring several positions

National Latin@ Network
research and evaluation manager
Build the evidence base (academic and community based) regarding Latin@ families and communities through production of knowledge, training and technical assistance... See full description  here.

project specialist
Administrative and project support for directors, managers, and the technical assistance team... See full description 

Responsible for maintaining one or more financial system in the accounting functions of the organization... See full description  here.

family advocate: in-house, daytime
Assist survivors of domestic violence and their children to develop, pursue and achieve their goals to live free of violence... See full description  here.

family advocate: relief staff, flexible schedule
Assist survivors of domestic violence and their children to develop, pursue and achieve their goals to live free of violence... See full description  here.

Click here to view more about these positions
Domestic Violence awareness doesn't end when October ends

As we step out of October, which was Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we remember that awareness about violence is a year-round effort. In October, we took time to mourn those lost because of domestic violence, celebrate the strengths of survivors, and join together to end violence. We at Casa de Esperanza created a campaign to paint our fingers
purple, the color of domestic violence awareness, so we could declare One Thing - or Una Cosa - that we can do to help end domestic violence beyond October.
Together, we can create a community of love, trust, and respect.

Click here to view more photos of our participants and staff sharing their #1Thing #UnaCosa
Advocate to regulations.gov about the harm of public charge

The new, extreme "public charge" proposal would mark a significant and harmful departure from a longstanding policy in which the government has recognized that these help families thrive and remain safe and productive. Without sufficient resources, victims are either compelled back into an abusive relationship, or face destitution and homelessness.

Since the long-anticipated regulation was published in the Federal Register on October 10, the public has 60 days (October 10-December 10, 2018) to provide feedback on the impact the proposed rule will have on our families and communities. 

Join us in opposition to this harmful proposal by lifting your voice and submitting your public comment today!

In this link, there is information about the public charge, guidance on how to submit a comment, commenting tips, and support for questions.

Click here  to access the Alliance for Immigrant Survivors website for more information

Click here to access the public charge toolkit

Click here to read the press release from the National Task Force to End Domestic and Sexual Violence about the public charge
NCADV requests survey responses for Voices Rising

NCADV's 17th national conference on domestic violence, Voices Rising, held in Providence, RI, September 23-26, 2018 was a huge success!
In response to numerous requests from you and our partners and because of the urgency with which we feel we must increase our efforts to address domestic violence and other forms of violence against women, we have determined that the national conference on domestic violence will now be held annually, versus biennially as in the past. 
Because we value your input and rely on that feedback to guide the format, content, and theme of future years, we hope you take a few minutes to complete this short survey. In exchange and if you choose to identify yourself, you will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 Amazon gift card. The drawing will be held on Friday, November 9th.

Click here to access the survey (attendance to past Voices Rising conferences not required to take survey)
Early bird registration open for 2019 International Conference: Increasing Access
End Violence Against Women International hosts annual conferences focusing on sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, human trafficking and elder abuse. EVAWI consistently brings together law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, victim advocates, judges, parole and probation officers, rape crisis workers, health care professionals, faith community members, educators, researchers and others in this three-day conference highlighting promising practices and emerging issues to effectively respond to these crimes in all of our communities.

Click here to read more about this conference, early bird rates, and how to register
AIC offers information about seeking asylum in the U.S.
Here are 3 thing to know about asylum, from AIC: 
Click here to visit the American Immigration Council's website for more info
Webinar recording, supplemental information about public charge available

On October 25, APIGBV hosted an informational webinar about the public charge. You can access the recording of that webinar and supplemental materials in the links below:  
Juliet Takes a Breath

By: Gabby Rivera

Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn't sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that's going to help her figure out this whole "Puerto Rican lesbian" thing. She's interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women's bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff. Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle? With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself.
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Webinar CVR Showcase: A Tour of Our Offerings
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
2 - 3 p.m. EST  

The Center for Victim Research is reintroducing itself to you. Learn how the CVR can help you stay abreast on the latest research, locate a research or victim services partner for a research or evaluation project, identify trainings to build your skills, and find tools and instruments to get you started.

The presenters will lead you through an exploration of the CVR's features, including: 
  • Engaging podcasts with experts in the field
  • Comprehensive syntheses of research and practice evidence
  • The first-of-its-kind directory of victim researchers
  • An easily searchable library of the latest research materials
Technical assistance with literature searches and research design. 

Marina Duane, MS, Research Associate, Urban Institute' Justice Policy Center
Bailey Maryfield, MS, Research Analyst, Justice Research and Statistics Association
Laura Puls, MLIS, Research Librarian, Center for Victim Research

Click here to register for this webinar
Webinar Getting Started on Supporting Economic Opportunities for Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 
1:30 - 3 p.m. EST 

Research shows that improving financial security and economic opportunities may reduce risk for sexual and domestic violence. From sustainable living wages to pay equity and paid family leave, advocates and practitioners are diving into new policy and practice areas to advance sexual and domestic violence prevention. Join us for this web conference where we will learn from emerging work in Ohio and Alaska focused on increasing economic opportunities for prevention as part of their DELTA (Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancements and Leadership Through Alliances) Impact work and partnerships.
Ashleigh Klein-Jimenez, PreventConnect and CALCASA
Alisha Somji, Prevention Institute

Rebecca Cline, Prevention Programs Director, Ohio Domestic Violence Network
Erin Ryan, Managing Director, Ohio Women's Public Policy Network
Kristen Rankin, MS, Prevention Specialist, DELTA Impact Project Director
Natasha McClanahan, Public Policy Specialist, Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
Jaci Ree, Economic Empowerment Manager, YWCA Alaska
Click here to register for this webinar
Healing for Crime Victims with Incarceration Histories  Request for Letters of Interest
Opportunity for Technical Assistance

Deadline for Letters of Interest: November 20, 2018

Crime victims with incarceration histories too often do not receive the services they need to heal because of the stigma and barriers associated with being formerly incarcerated. In an effort to reduce stigma and break down those barriers so these victims get the critical services they need, the National Resource Center for Reaching Victims (NRC) is soliciting letters of interest from local communities to participate in a pilot project to improve access to healing services for crime victims with incarceration histories.
Over an 8-month period, the NRC will provide technical assistance to a local collaboration of victim service providers and reentry service providers to help identify gaps and barriers to victim services for crime victims with incarceration histories and to create better pathways to healing for these victims. The project will also support local partners in devising a funding strategy to sustain the work and vision of their collaboration once the 8-month project period ends.
For this pilot project, we will select one collaboration, comprised of at least one victim services agency and one organization that provides reentry services. To apply, prospective collaborations must submit a joint letter of interest.

Click here to access the Request for Letters of Interest 

Sanación para víctimas del crimen con antecedentes de encarcelamiento   Solicitud de cartas de interés   
Oportunidad para Asistencia Técnica

Último día para entregar Carta de Interés: 20 de noviembre de 2018

Con demasiada frecuencia las víctimas del crimen con historial de encarcelamiento no reciben los servicios que necesitan para poder sanar debido al estigma y las barreras asociadas con el encarcelamiento previo. En un esfuerzo por reducir el estigma y romper esas barreras para que estas víctimas obtengan los servicios críticos que necesitan, el Centro Nacional de Recursos para el Alcance a Víctimas (NRC, por sus siglas en inglés) solicita cartas de interés de las comunidades locales para participar en un proyecto piloto para mejorar el acceso a los servicios de sanación para las víctimas del crimen con antecedentes de encarcelamiento.
A lo largo de un período de 8 meses, el NRC brindará asistencia técnica a una alianza local de proveedores de servicios para víctimas y proveedores de servicios de reingreso para ayudar a identificar las carencias y las barreras de acceso a los servicios para víctimas con antecedentes de encarcelamiento y para crear mejores vías de sanación para estas víctimas. El proyecto también apoyará a los socios locales a diseñar una estrategia de financiamiento para sostener el trabajo y la visión de su alianza una vez que finalice el período de 8 meses del proyecto.
Para este proyecto piloto, seleccionaremos una alianza que esté formada, cuando menos, por una agencia de servicios para víctimas y una organización que proporcione servicios de reingreso. Para hacer la solicitud, las posibles alianzas deberán presentar una carta de interés conjunta.
Haga clic aquí para acceder La Solicitud de Cartas de Interés 
Futures Without Violence : Program Director/Senior Attorney, Immigrant Survivor Initiatives
The Legal Programs Staff oversees various projects relating to the prevention of violence against women and children through the development of innovative initiatives to effect change and improve system responses related to the following: survivors of human trafficking; workplace safety; sexual harassment and violence in the workplace; economic security for low-wage workers; workforce development initiatives for survivors; and immigrant/asylee survivors of violence, among others.

National Sexual Assault Hotline: Bilingual Support Specialist
As a member of RAINN's Victim Services team, the NSAH support specialist will be responsible for providing high quality services to users of the National Sexual Assault Hotline and to users of university and other third-party hotlines that RAINN operates under contract.

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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