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Building Partnerships to Beyond the Field: Engaging at the Intersectionalities

Blog submitted by Caminar Latino 

Recently, Caminar Latino announced its Executive Director, Jessica Nunan, joined an advisory committee for Sesame Street Community, an online hub for sharing Sesame Street's free educational resources with the adults in children's lives. This partnership with Sesame Street will utilize her 22 years of experience working with families affected by violence to counsel on Sesame Street's latest project:  Children and Trauma.

"I initially reached out to Sesame Street in regards to utilizing material they had created for youth whose parents were incarcerated for our youth curriculum," Nunan said. "I was so surprised when they not only responded quickly, but were interested in learning more about Caminar Latino's work."

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Enhancing Organizational Capacity for Our Communities

Capacity Building Training for OVW CSSP, Underserved, Tribal, and Rural Grantees

September 19 - 20, 2017
Nashville, TN
**Application Deadline: August 11, 2017

Enhancing Organizational Capacity for Our Communities is a two-day training that will bring together about 30 participants who are interested in strengthening their capacity to effectively manage, operate and sustain their organizations. The goal of this training is to increase the organizational capacity of OVW grantees and their partners serving culturally specific, rural, tribal, and underserved communities. This regional training will provide attendees with significant opportunities for networking, resource and expertise sharing, and critical discussions to enhance the work and overall capacity.
* OVW approved. We are accepting applications.*
Presented by:
Casa de Esperanza, the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, Asian Women's Shelter, Red Wind Consulting, and Ujima. This training is sponsored by the U. S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

No cost to participants. Please note that participants are responsible for their own meals, lodging, travel arrangements, and costs associated with attending the program.

Click here for more information and to register for this training
Convocatoria de Historias: ¿Por qué trabajo con sobrevivientes?

Click here for this information in English.

El podcast de Historias de Transformación de NRCDV Radio se dedicada a elevar y honrar las voces de sobrevivientes y sus intercesores por medio de entrevistas con intercesores del movimiento, a través de la presentación de historias de la vida real de sobrevivientes y destacando prácticas innovadoras. 

Este año estan elevando y honrando las voces de los intercesores que trabajan para acabar con la violencia de género a través de la narración de historias. ¡Le invitan a unirse a nosotros y compartir su historia! ¿Por qué es ud. un/a intercesesor/a?

Fecha tope para entregar sus historias: lunes, 21 de agosto
Envíe su historia a: nrcdvTA@nrcdv.org con la línea del asunto "¿Por qué soy un/una intercesor/a? "

Los narradores serán notificados antes del viernes, 1 de septiembre.
NRCDV ofrece asistencia técnica gratuita para apoyar sus esfuerzos de narración. Si necesita ayuda en la elaboración de su narrativa, comuníquese con NRCDV a través de correo electrónico  mailto:nrcdvTA@nrcdv.org o llamando al 800- 537-2238 x103 .

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Take Action: Support Immigrant Survivors

ICE's Response to Your Call To Protect Immigrant Survivors is Deficient

In March of this year, you signed on to  a letter  of concern regarding the Department of Homeland Security's increased, indiscriminate interior enforcement actions, including the courthouse action taken against a victim of domestic violence.

Four months later, Acting ICE Director Homan sent this response to our letter, which fails to address our concerns about the impact on victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking in any meaningful way, but rather states that any individual encountered by ICE who is in violation of immigration laws may be taken into custody, and that numerous factors are considered in carrying out enforcement actions.

In response to Acting Director Homan's letter, the drafting organizations above wrote  a joint statement  objecting to ICE's failure to meaningfully address the negative impact on victims.

Now, more than ever, we need your help!  It is clear that the Administration will continue to disregard the intent of the Violence Against Women Act and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act by actively pursuing enforcement actions against victims unless we stand up and support survivors.

Click here for more information about how to take action today!
Dr. Beth Richie and Wade Davis to Discuss Men's Authenticity at A CALL TO MEN's National Conference

What does it mean for men to be their authentic selves?  
What do women expect of authentic men?  
What are the challenges men face when trying to be authentic?
Don't miss this compelling and timely exploration of men's authenticity and the current state of manhood at The Many Faces of Manhood , A CALL TO MEN's National Conference.

A Love that is Motivated by Justice: Black Feminist Reflections on Manhood
by Dr. Beth Richie
Sports as a Reflection of Culture and How it Challenged My Manhood
by Wade Davis

Dr. Richie and Davis are among many esteemed speakers leading critical conversations at The Many Faces of Manhood.  

Click here for more information about these speakers and more, or to register for the conference.
Call for Presenters: 2017 National RHY Grantees Conference

Deadline to submit proposals: August 28, 2017

Conference details:
November 14 - 16, 2017
Kansas City, MO

2017 RHY Program Annual Training Conference On behalf of the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) and the 2017 National Runaway and Homeless Youth Grantee Conference Planning Committee, the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center invites you to submit a workshop proposal for consideration for this year's training conference.  

The conference will feature more than 30 workshop trainings of 90-minute duration. RHYTTAC is seeking relevant topics that will be of most benefit to a wide variety of grantees. The deadline for submitting proposals is August 28, 2017.

FYSB and the Conference Planning Committee appreciate your willingness to share your experience and expertise with fellow grantees. Please share this call for presenters with your colleagues in the field, especially those who you believe would be valuable additions to the conference training experience.  If you have any questions, please contact Kim Frierson at 502-635-3660, kfrierson@nspnetwork.org, or Mark Wolf at 865-684-4580 or mwolf@nspnetwork.org

Click here for more information on topics for the conference
Click here for more information on how to submit a proposal
University of Minnesota Conducts Research on Patterns of Sex Buyers in MN

The University of Minnesota announced first-of-its-kind research on sex buyers in Minnesota provides insight toward developing a nationwide model to combat human trafficking, according to a study released by researchers at the  University of Minnesota's Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC). The study was funded by the  Women's Foundation of Minnesota as part of its  MN Girls Are Not for Sale campaign to end sex trafficking in Minnesota.

Aided by more than 150 qualitative interviews of law enforcement, prosecutors and social service personnel in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, the report examines the demographics of Minnesota's sex buyers, their buying tendencies, and methods of entry into the marketplace. The market includes victims of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

Findings include:
  • Sex buyers are predominantly middle-aged, white, married men from across the whole state of Minnesota, which is representative of Minnesota's general population. It was found that women also purchase sex; however, in much lower numbers. Most buyers enter the marketplace via Internet and online ads; direct solicitation from street-based prostitution or at transit hubs, parks, schools and places where homeless youth hang out; or word-of-mouth networks which are often underground and hard to verify.
  • Sex buyers typically do not purchase sex in their hometowns-a finding particularly prevalent in small towns and rural areas. Instead, most buyers travel between 30 and 60 miles to purchase sex, with traveling often done during the work commute or over the lunch hour.
The report is a follow-up to a previous University study also funded by the Women's Foundation of Minnesota,  Mapping the Market for Sex with Trafficked Minor Girls in Minneapolis  (2014), which charted the overall market for juvenile sex trafficking within communities in one city (Minneapolis).

Click here to see the full, 121-page report, titled, Mapping the Demand: Sex Buyers in Minnesota. *Disclaimer: the contents of the report are often graphic in nature.

Click here for more information about the study, including the Executive Summary.
Listening Sessions: From Margins to Center

Are you an advocate-survivor, attorney, or coalition staff and identify as a person of color or aspiring ally? 

Do you want to engage in dialogue with others in the field about what racial and economic inequity looks like for survivors of color, how our organizations respond, and ideas for systems change?

Please sign-up to join one of our From Margins to Center Listening Sessions - happening this September!

Click here to view the full announcement
Webinar Creating a Holistic Response for Domestic Violence Litigants Through Civil Legal Services

August 17, 2017
2 - 3:30 p.m. EST

All too often in domestic violence cases, victims lack access to legal representation in family court. Courts can take steps to promote equal access to justice for these litigants by linking them to legal services. Hear from three Mentor Courts who are each closing the gap in three different ways through innovative legal partnerships and cross-training of attorneys. 

Click here to register for this webinar
USCIS: Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program

Applications due: August 6, 2017

Grants will support citizenship preparation services for lawful permanent residents 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is now accepting applications for two funding opportunities under the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program. These are competitive grant opportunities for organizations that prepare lawful permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic assimilation and assimilation through increased knowledge of English, U.S. history and civics. The two programs will provide up to $10 million in grants for citizenship preparation programs in communities across the country. Applications are due by Aug. 6.

USCIS wants to expand availability of high-quality citizenship preparation services throughout the country with these two opportunities:
  • Citizenship instruction and naturalization application services: This opportunity will fund up to 36 organizations that offer both citizenship instruction and naturalization application services to lawful permanent residents. 
  • Citizenship instruction only: This grant opportunity will assist nonprofit organizations in establishing new citizenship instruction programs or expanding the quality and reach of existing citizenship instruction programs. We expect to award up to 10 nonprofit organizations through this opportunity. In doing so, we want to encourage the expansion of the existing field of citizenship instruction programs, particularly those offered by small community-based organizations that have not previously received a grant from us.  
All 46 award recipients will be announced in September. 

Since 2009, USCIS has awarded approximately $63 million through 308 grants to organizations that have provided citizenship preparation services to more than 170,000 permanent residents in 37 states and the District of Columbia.
To apply for this funding opportunity, visit grants.gov

Click here to apply for this funding opportunity
American Immigration Council: Senior Communications Manager

The Senior Communications Manager will formulate and execute strategic communications plans and messaging related to the Council's legal, policy and research work. The Senior Communications Manager reports to the Communications Director and works in close collaboration with legal, policy, and research teams, as well as other staff. The work requires careful analysis, planning, creativity, passion, leadership, and cooperation.
As with all positions at the Council, this position requires commitment to the Council's mission and the organization's culture of philanthropy. All Council staff demonstrate a commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.

A NW Network Community Advocate:
* Advocates for diverse bisexual, trans, gnc, lesbian & gay survivors of violence and abuse;
* Works on individual, grassroots and systems levels to create the conditions necessary to support loving and equitable relationships; and
* Finds opportunities to support the work of allied changemakers and organizations.

This position has an emphasis on direct support for survivors. It will require some evening hours each week. We highly recommend people of all educational background and life experiences apply. We prioritize candidates who demonstrate their ability to center the experiences of LGBTQ survivors and people of color in their work. Candidates must balance critical engagement skills with humility and creativity. The ideal candidate is able to take initiative and work independently while achieving the goals of the organization. Our work is focused on ending violence and building beloved community.

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 Coordinator


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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