August is Breastfeeding & Chestfeeding Awareness Month. Join the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW) as we honor the healthy relationships that begin at birth between parents and their little ones. Our theme this year is “Together, we are latched through support and resilience.”
In these extraordinary times we are seeing communities continue to come together for change and support. From these actions we are empowered to join the movement for change, and we are finding strength and resilience within ourselves, our family, our home, and our communities. We are showing up for our communities in many ways to keep them safe and healthy. From reminding relatives to wear a mask, practice social distancing, delivering PPEs, food, essential items, etc., and gathering services/resources/support for victims of domestic violence/sexual violence we are supporting one another through these difficult times. And it is through our support and resilience for each other we are latched together.
We know that bonding is a foundation for life, and we admire all parents and their choices when setting the foundation for their growing little ones' lives. The bonding between a parent and their newly born infant is sacred and ceremony for Native people. As we have seen in recent months our Native people have felt the impacts of these long existing disparities on many levels and sadly also within the healthcare system. We saw this when Lovelace Women’s Hospital chose to separate newborns from birthing parents when they were racialized as Native due to fears of Covid-19 transmission despite contradicting CDC recommendations and not having the same protocol for non-Native families. This continued harm against Native families is unacceptable and during this month we aim to uplift the work of Native organizations fighting for just healthcare and support for Native families.
Join us in supporting and honoring healthy relationships that begin at birth by following us on social media and re-sharing our posts/articles. Share with us on social media, or emailing us, how you and your community are supporting all parents and their choices to meet the health needs, growths and development of their growing little ones during this time of COVID-19.
Together, we are latched through support and resilience!
CSVANW Continues to Deliver PPE to Tribal Communities
CSVANW is continuing to support our member programs around the state as they provide essential services for survivors. Peacekeepers of ENIPC, which serves the eight northern Pueblos, pictured here after receiving surgical masks, fabric masks and thermometers. We are working to support those folks who are still showing up to provide life-saving services for survivors. We honor the amazing work of our programs and advocates responding to COVID-19.
CSVANW Continues to Deliver PPE to Communities
Our Advocate Coordinator, Tiffany Jiron has taken on the important task of organizing and coordinating the distribution of PPE to our members and advocates. Photographed is Arealia Denby and Tiffany Jiron preparing masks for our unsheltered indigenous sisters and brothers. In Arealia’s care packet are masks provided by CSVANW along with a bar of soap, a washcloth, and sanitary female products. For the men she created a care packet that includes a mask, bar of soap, a washcloth, and bandages. We are so thankful for Arealia reaching out to our unsheltered folks. Please reach out to Tiffany Jiron if your agency is in need of PPE. You may email her at email@example.com.
World Day Against Trafficking in Persons Conversation with CSVANW
Thursday, July 30, 2020
We were able to provide education and awareness to our communities on the impacts of sex trafficking amongst our most vulnerable, such as children in our rural and urban tribal communities in conjunction to World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on July 30th. We had Michele A. Curtis and Stephanie Keyes from the CARES Program, and Annita Lucchesi from Sovereign Bodies Institute, share their knowledge and work. If you missed our conversation, you can watch the recorded conversation on our YouTube page.
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Sexual Violence Project Coordinator (Full-time)
Position is full-time. Salary range between $39,000.00 to $42,000.00 with full employer-paid competitive benefits. Some evenings/ weekends. Native preference applies. Please send a cover letter, resume and 3 professional references by email to the CSVANW Office Coordinator, Latonya Williams, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline to apply: August 12, 2020
TO OUR CHANGE MAKERS
July 2020 DONORS
Keith and Mary Pryor
Elizeth Cinto Mejia
Kathryn Causey Miller
Sara Shoemate Cameron
General contributions and donations from individual supporters and organizational partners are essential for CSVANW's sustainability and effectiveness. Your donation helps make it possible for us to cultivate and strengthen our ability to advocate for Native women and children and breaking of cycles of violence.
9th Annual Native Youth Summit
September 15, 17, 22, and 24, 2020
Virtual - Zoom
Applications are still open!
The 9th Annual Native Youth Summit is a series of 1 hour workshops over 4 days and is a powerful leadership development experience that connects, challenges, and cultivates a cohort of 10 Native youth ranging in age from 13 to 17 years old from across the state of New Mexico. Our theme for the summit is Black and Indigenous Solidarity and it will focus on self-awareness and land to strengthen our Tribal communities through the following learning opportunities:
- Encourage Native youth to work towards strengthening their voice;
- Building our Native youth knowledge on the basics of violence prevention so they may share with their relatives in their territories; and,
- Support Native youth in their building of knowledge to eliminate violence against all of our relatives.
Encourage your youth to apply today!
The 15th Annual Government-to-Government Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation will be held onOctober 27 – 30, 2020, through four afternoon sessions conductedonline via Zoom, a platform for video conferencing and online meetings. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 national emergency, the Department of Justice has determined that an online consultation is the best means to protect the safety and health of tribal leaders and others who usually attend the consultation in person.
The purpose of the Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation is to solicit recommendations from tribal leaders on the following three topics:
- Enhancing the safety of American Indian and Alaska Native women from domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sex trafficking;
- Strengthening the federal response to the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sex trafficking; and,
- Administering funds and programs for tribal governments established by the original Violence Against Women Act and subsequent legislation.
The Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) will be sending out consultation framing papers and briefing materials along with OVW’s updated report on the status of 2019 consultation recommendations in September. More information about the consultation will be available soon at: www.ovwconsultation.org.
Operation Lady Justice Announces 12 Virtual Tribal Consultations
The Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives, also known as Operation Lady Justice, announces the upcoming series of Tribal consultations under Executive Order 13898. The Executive Order requires the Task Force to “conduct appropriate consultations with Tribal governments on the scope and nature of the issues regarding missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives.” While the Task Force had plans in place for a robust schedule of consultations and listening sessions in various locations in Indian country and elsewhere beginning in March, postponement of those sessions was required by the current public health crisis. Therefore, the Task Force has established a series of Tribal consultations to be held virtually. The sessions are regional, based on Bureau of Indian Affairs regions. The schedule, link to register, Dear Tribal Leader letter and framing paper are available on the Operation Lady Justice website; utilize the link provided in the red box below to view all of the information and register.
Confirmed Dates and Times
August 17th, 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern
- BIA Eastern Region – Virtual Consultation via WebEx.
August 19th, 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern
- BIA Midwest Region – Virtual Consultation via WebEx.
August 21st, 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern
- BIA Southern Plains and Eastern Oklahoma Regions – Virtual Consultation via WebEx.
August 25th, 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern
- BIA Great Plains and Rocky Mountain Regions – Virtual Consultation via WebEx.
August 27th, 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern
- BIA Southwest Region – Virtual Consultation via WebEx.
August 31st, 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern
- BIA Northwest Region – Virtual Consultation via WebEx.
September 2nd, 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern
- BIA Western and Navajo Regions – Virtual Consultation via WebEx.
September 4th, 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern
- BIA Pacific Region First session – Virtual Consultation via WebEx.
September 8th, 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern
- BIA Pacific Region Second Session – Virtual Consultation via WebEx.
September 10th, 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern
- BIA Alaska Region First Session – Virtual Consultation via WebEx.
September 14th, 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern
- BIA Alaska Region Second Session – Virtual Consultation via WebEx.
September 17th, 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern
- Final session for any leader who could not make their scheduled Regional Session via WebEx.
StrongHearts Native Helpline Helpline Launches Sexual Violence Advocacy
Beginning Monday, August 3, at 8 a.m. CT, advocates at StrongHearts Native Helpline will provide sexual violence advocacy, a much-needed service for survivors in Tribal communities. “It’s an atrocity that Native Americans continue to experience the highest rates of sexual violence across the nation and until now, there hasn’t been a national culturally-appropriate service for them,” said Anna Nicolosi, StrongHearts Native Helpline’s Operations Manager. “Adding sexual violence advocacy to our services addresses a long-standing need in Indian Country.” StrongHearts Native Helpline advocates are trained to take a Native-centered, empowerment-based approach to every call or chat. Peer support, crisis intervention and referrals to service providers are available daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT at 1-877-762-8483 or at strongheartshelpline.org. Services are always free, anonymous and confidential.
This message is be forwarded from the National Task Force to End Sexual & Domestic Violence.
July 27, 2020
As the House, Senate, and White House prepare to negotiate the next and likely final COVID-19 supplemental funding package, we have an important message for them - they cannot ignore the needs of survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence!
Congress has provided trillions of dollars in supplemental funding to respond to the COVID-19 emergency, but they have provided NOTHING for survivors of sexual assault, for community-based culturally-specific organizations serving survivors in Communities of Color who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, or for tribal victim service programs. They have provided some, but insufficient, funding for mainstream domestic violence organizations. This is despite knowing that COVID-19 has caused an increase in interpersonal violence!
Survivors, and the advocates that serve them, NEED YOUR HELP! We can’t let Congress fail survivors a 4th time. It’s time to flood Congress with phone calls, fill Members of Congress’s email inboxes, and blanket local newspapers with op-eds and letters to the editor. Social media posts are also useful, but since everyone else is also Tweeting, it is hard to break through, so please both tweet AND pick up the phone.
A toolkit with call scripts, op-ed and letter to the editor templates, sample emails, survivor and advocate stories, and social media content HERE.
Contact your Members of Congress - more than once, if you can! You can find your Senators’ contact information HERE and your Representative’s contact information HERE. Try calling district offices as well as DC offices.
Tell your Members of Congress that the next supplemental funding package MUST:
- Prevent drastic cuts to victim services funding that would compromise programs’ ability to meet the increased need caused by COVID-19 by increasing deposits into the Crime Victims Fund and by temporarily waiving match requirements for Victims of Crime Act victim assistance grants.
- Provide dedicated funding for culturally-specific organizations that provide domestic violence and sexual assault services through both the Division of Family Violence Prevention and Services in the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families and the Office on Violence Against Women;
- Address the needs of survivors by funding sexual assault services;
- Fund Tribal governments to provide domestic violence and sexual assault services;
- Provide more funding for domestic and sexual violence programs through a VAWA formula grant directly to victim service programs;
- Ensure that access to safety for immigrant survivors is not compromised by ensuring access to health and economic supports, as well as by restricting immigration enforcement at sensitive locations like courts and hospitals and by prohibiting the detention or deportation of survivors with pending immigration applications; and
- Allow states to make survivors eligible for unemployment insurance if they leave their jobs due to domestic or sexual violence.
NCUIH’s Urban Indian Youth Council (YC) Class of 2020
7 Days Left to Apply
Deadline August, 6th, 2020
On behalf of the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH), we thank Native youth who have thus far applied and for those who spread the word for applications to NCUIH's 3rd class of National Urban Indian Youth and Young Adult Advisory Council (“Youth Council”) members. In light of the COVID-19 crisis and pandemic, NCUIH is offering Native youth more time by providing a new application deadline for the 2020 Youth Council, now due by midnight 11:59 PM ET on August 6th, 2020.
This solicitation provides funds dedicated to COVID-19 related needs under the following two grant programs: the Grants to Indian Tribal Governments Program and the Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program.
This solicitation allows tribes (and as applicable, tribal designees, tribal organizations, and tribal nonprofit organizations) to submit short, simplified applications for special funding under two OVW grant programs – Grants to Indian Tribal Governments Program and the Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program. Eligible applicants may apply to both programs covered by this solicitation, regardless of the status of current applications or awards under these programs. Applicants must submit a separate application for each program covered by this solicitation. Funds must be used to meet specific COVID-19 related needs relevant to the purposes of each grant program, not to support entirely new projects.
Release Date: On or about July 31, 2020
Eligible applicants are limited to: tribal governments, authorized designees of tribal governments, tribal organizations, nonprofit tribal organizations, and tribal consortiums. Specific eligibility differs for each included program.
Applications will be reviewed and processed as they are received. To be considered, an application must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (E.T.) on September 16, 2020. For applications submitted by August 20, 2020, OVW may be able to make awards by September 30, 2020.
Registration Information: To submit an application, all applicants must obtain a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number and register online with the System for Award Management (SAM) and with Grants.gov. To ensure sufficient time to complete the registration process, applicants must obtain a DUNS number and register online with SAM and with Grants.gov immediately, but no later than September 10, 2020.
Pre-Application Information Session: OVW will host a telephonic pre-application information session to answer questions from applicants. Participating in this session is optional and not a requirement to apply. The information session will take place on August 6th at 2:00pm EST. Applicants interested in registering for the information session should contact Lucille.Moran@usdoj.gov.
For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, email OVW at Lucille.Moran@usdoj.gov. Alternatively, interested parties may call OVW at 202-307-6026.
Submission and Notification Information
Applicant Support at 1-800-518-4726.
The Grants.gov number assigned to this announcement is OVW-2020-18853.
Notification: OVW anticipates notifying all applicants of funding decisions by November 30, 2020.
Action Alert: DON’T LET CONGRESS IGNORE SURVIVORS!
AUGUST 3, 2020 | NON-FEDERAL MOMENT
As the House, Senate, and White House continue to negotiate the next and likely final COVID-19 supplemental funding package, we have an important message for them - they cannot ignore the needs of Native survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence!
Congress has provided trillions of dollars in supplemental funding to respond to the COVID-19 emergency, but they have provided NOTHING for survivors of sexual assault, for tribal victim service programs, or for other communities of color. This is despite knowing that COVID-19 has caused an increase in interpersonal violence!
NIWRC has been engaged and advocating on behalf of Tribes and Tribal programs to ensure that the needs of victims and survivors are considered and included.
The tribal workgroup has sent letters to both the House and Senate requesting that the final negotiated package include:
Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) Grants:
- $100 million FVPSA set aside for tribal governments
- $1 million divided evenly between the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center and Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Grants:
- $22,500,000 grants to tribal governments
- $10 million to Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program
- $3 million to tribal coalitions
Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Grants:
- $16,765,000 additional set aside for Tribal governments
Contact your Members of Congress by phone, submit op-eds and letters to the editor to your local newspaper, and email your Members of Congress through their websites. You can also contact them via social media, but please also call, email, and submit op-eds.
You can find your Senators and their contact information HERE and your Representative and their contact information HERE. Consider calling their district offices instead of or in addition to their DC offices. You can find Members’ social media handles HERE.
Call script and sample email
The call script below can be used as the text of an email, too. The text can be used as-is, or you can make it even more powerful by sharing information about how COVID-19 is impacting survivors in your community. If you are writing an email, also feel free to include the COVID Impacts on Tribal Communities fact sheet found here.
“Hello. My name is [your name], and I am a constituent [calling/emailing] from [your location and, if applicable, your program]. COVID-19 disproportionately impacts victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and in tribal, Black and other communities of color, that impact is compounded by systemic racism. Survivors of sexual assault and survivors from these communities have been left out of all of the enacted COVID-19 packages so far. Congress must act to support survivors and address their needs - survivors cannot be left out again!
[Insert local information or a survivor story]
“The Senate bill must ensure that funding for critical victim services is not cut! The bill must increase deposits into the Crime Victims Fund - the Crime Victims Fund is not funded by taxpayer money and is a lifeline for many victim service providers. It must also include dedicated funding for tribes, culturally-specific organizations, and for sexual assault services. The phase four COVID package should also provide more funding for domestic and sexual violence programs through a VAWA formula grant directly to victim service programs, allow states to provide unemployment insurance for survivors who leave their jobs due to domestic or sexual violence, and restrict immigration enforcement during the COVID-19 emergency. Will you support these provisions to ensure your constituents who are survivors have access to safety and services?”
A toolkit pulled together by the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence with call scripts, op-ed and letter to the editor templates, sample emails, survivor and advocate stories, and social media content can be found HERE.
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