December 2020 Newsletter
Greetings Relatives,

As we all fall deeper into winter, and the earth begins to prepare for sleep beneath a blanketed white and animals rest their bodies in anticipation of the spring ahead, CSVANW is leaning into lessons from our ancestors. A blood memory so deep in our bodies that it feels natural to be pulled into introspection and repose. 

Winter is a time for rest and reflection. 

What a time to reflect upon. This year has been full of so many shifts for our communities and we are embracing the stillness of winter to honor the progress of 2020. Our journey has echoed much of your experiences: our staff have not been spared from the losses of covid, we joined you in calling out systemic racism, demanded the removal of statues that celebrate genocide, doubled our commitment to the Black Lives Matters movement by devoting the Native Youth Summit to Black and Indigenous Solidarity, and we stood beside community in centering the needs of those most impacted by the health epidemic. 

And now it is time to rest so that we may rise stronger. 

In the stillness of the season and the quiet of the cold, we invite you to open your hearts and minds to all that we have been through since March. At times, it felt heavier than we could carry. Other moments allowed us to imagine new futures for our communities. These experiences shape our movement and deserve our pause so that we might fully embrace how beautifully resilient we are and also allow us to conceptualize a just recovery for our People.

Our staff will be taking this time to rest and restore our hearts, bodies and minds before we take on another year. We recognize that community transformation-work requires that we show up as our best selves and so we are making space to be with our families, the land and people we love. 

We pray that you are able to do the same, if even for a moment. We offer each of you our love, solidarity and well-wishes for a beautiful new year full of justice for survivors and people of color.

-The Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women

An Open Letter to Director Weakhee Regarding the Closure of the Acoma-Canoncito-Laguna Indian Health Hospital
After learning about the closure of the Acoma-Canoncito-Laguna (ACL) Indian Health Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on multiple tribal communities, CSVANW wrote a letter to Director Weakhee in solidarity and support with the Pueblo of Acoma. CSVANW expressed their support in reopening the ACL Indian Health Hospital for the Pueblo of Acoma community, and to restore all emergency medical services and in-patient care.
Get Out the Vote 
CSVANW executive director joined Native Women Lead in November for a call to Get Out the Vote. Leaders from across our region voiced the importance of voting in the 2020 Presidential elections, including Congressmwoman Deb Haaland, NM Indian Affairs Cabinet Secretary Lynn Trujillo. Check out the video.
CSVANW ED Guest on Coffee and Conversation: Covid 19 and Domestic Violence
Our CSVANW executive director, Angel Charley, and NM DVRC’s Jessie Fierro, and Enlace Comunitario’s Bonnie Escobar were all guest panelist on Impact & Coffee’s 21 episode “Nonprofit Life in The Time of COVID.” They discussed the effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on domestic violence survivors, their families, and their communities.
Healing Justice and Radical Self-Care
Our Executive Director, Angel Charley, joined CSVANW Member organization, Tewa Women United, for the second gathering of Radical Hope, a convening of state partners invested in social change for New Mexico communities. The gathering brought together leaders from across the state to practice radical self-care while re-imaging healing justice practices.
MMIW Presentation with Cambridge Public Library
Our CSVANW Sex Trafficking Project Coordinator Cheyenne Antonio presented on the Stop the Violence: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in the U.S with the staff and general public.
Supporting Racial Justice with Systems Based Injury Prevention
The Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women participated on a very important discussion about racial injustice and the systemic injustice with the New Mexico Department of Health and Albuquerque Area Tribal Injury Prevention Coalition. We discussed what we have experienced while assisting our tribal communities and indigenous people who live in urban cities and border towns. The presentation was framed in the Coalition’s Framework. The presenters from CSVANW were Cheyenne Antonio, Diné, Sex-Trafficking Project Coordinator, Tiffany Jiron, Pueblo of Isleta, Advocate Coordinator, and Floripa Olguin Diné/Pueblo of Isleta, Sexual Violence Project Coordinator
Advancing Advocacy Training in Tribal Communities
CSVANW’s Advancing Advocacy Training in Tribal Communities was a three-day training for new and current advocates. This training allowed an opportunity to create space to Indigenize areas in the training so advocates in tribal communities, urban areas, and in border town communities could understand the challenges that may face while providing advocacy to tribal communities, especially during COVID-19. We had incredible trainers and presenters who fostered meaningful engagement with all our advocates and allowed advocates to lead the discussion on the third day to hear the challenges they face and solutions they recommended to inform our work. We thank you all for your dedication and calling to this very important movement!
2nd Cohort of 9th Annual Native Youth Summit 
We held our second cohort of our 9th Annual Native Youth Summit on Nov 10th, 12th, 17th and 19th. Our Native Youth Coordinator brought together 10 Native youth from around NM to participate in workshops to empower them to use their voices around community issues with the theme of Black and Indigenous Solidarity. 
MMIW and How to be an Alley Presentation 
Our CSVANW Sex Trafficking Project Coordinator Cheyenne Antonio and the Native Youth Coordinator Jovita Belgarde presented to the Rio Rancho High School Native American Student Union. CSVANW was grateful to be a part of the learning experience for our Native Youth. We look forward to future initiatives in our upcoming leaders. 
CSVANW Joins Rock Your Mocs!
In November, CSVANW joined the national call-to-action that bring together Indigenous Peoples to celebrate our beautiful culture. Our team worked from home while rocking our mocs. 
Moving Forward with A People’s Party
Our executive director, Angel Charley, joined A People’s Party on November 23rd for an open discussion about how we move forward after the recent presidential election. The panel brought together activists from Black Trans Lives Matter, Indigenous Rights, and Environmental movements. 
CSVANW Joins Partners to Codify Federal ICWA
The New Mexico Tribal Indian Child Welfare Consortium (NMTIC), New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department (NM CYFD), the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW), and Bold Futures have formed a work group to draft and pass this critical legislation. As American Indian and Alaskan Native children and families are disproportionately impacted by the child welfare system, our efforts to codify ICWA into state law will be most effectively led by a spectrum of stakeholders who understand the needs of Indian children and families.
New Mexico State Indian Child Welfare Act bill to be introduced in the 2021 Legislative Session - Indian Country Today

As Native American American Heritage month is underway, advocates and child welfare experts are collaborating to introduce a bill to the 2021 New Mexico Legislative Session to codify the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) into state law. The New Mexico Tribal Indian Child Welfare Consortium (NMTIC), New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department (NM CYFD), the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW), and Bold Futures have formed a work group to draft and pass this critical legislation...
CalCASA Women of Color Fellowship: LEAP
Our executive director was named one of twenty CalCASA LEAP Fellows in 2019 and completed a nine month fellowship alongside distinguished women-of-color from across the nation. California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA), in partnership with Women of Color Network (WOCN, Inc.) established the Leadership Education and Advancement for Professionals (LEAP) Project. LEAP’s primary purpose is to enhance the professional skills of individuals of color seeking professional advancement in the anti-violence against women field.
CSVANW in O! Magazine
We are excited to share the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women was mentioned in the November edition of Oprah’s magazine, O! Readers were asked to support Indigenous organizations working toward justice in their communities calling to awareness that it is, “time to extend our respect by honoring the Indigenous people of this country.” We agree. 
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We're excited to announce that our staff is growing and we enthusiastically welcome each one of these incredible relatives to our team! With their support, skills and strengths we are increasing our capacity to better serve our members and communities. 

Join us in celebrating the onboarding of Floripa Olguin, our new Sexual Violence Project Coordinator, Ryder Jiron, our new Membership and Communications Project Assistant and Kwani Cortes our new Intern.
Florpia Olguin
Sexual Violence Project Coordinator
Floripa (she/her-he/him) is a two-spirit auntie from the Pueblo of Isleta and Navajo Nation. She received her BA in Ethnic Studies at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. While studying at Brown University, Floripa focused found her passion for work against issues of violence, especially sexual violence. 
K'Wani Cortes
K’wani Cortes (She/Her) is from the Pueblo of Acoma and Mexican. She loves spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys being a part of her traditional pueblo and Aztec dances. She loves watching Netflix and sharing memes. She is currently studying Political Science at UNM. K’wani’s goal is to go to law school to study Native American law and to help give back to her people.
Ryder Jiron 
Membership and Communications Assistant
Ryder Jiron (he/him/his) belongs to the Pueblo of Isleta, he is a graduate of the University of Missouri where he obtained a bachelor's in Mediated & Political Communication with a minor in Native American/Indigenous studies. Ryder has had brief experiences working with federal Indian Policy and communications through internships in DC and AT&T's FirstNet program.
Meet Our Board of Directors
Our Board’s unique and diverse professional and personal experiences, visions, and passions will provide inspired leadership across fundamental issues that impact the fields of tribal domestic violence and sexual assault. The Board serves as the guiding direction for CSVANW.
Paula Feathers
CSVANW Board Chair
Paula Feathers is Cherokee and Pawnee. Her family roots are in Oklahoma but she was raised in Zuni, NM. Paula is the founder and CEO of Kamama Consulting, a business that provides services in training, facilitation, strategic planning, curriculum development, logistical coordination, project management, team building, and grant writing. Paula works with Tribes, state agencies, and community organizations.
Caroline Dailey 
CSVANW Board, Vice-Chair
Caroline Dailey is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Isleta. Since 1997 to the current time, she has served as the Program Director for the Pueblo of Isleta Social Services and ICWA (Indian Child Welfare Act) Program and the Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Program. The latter was made possible through an OVW grant with the Department of Justice which began in 2013 to the current time.
Cheryl Eaton
CSVANW Board Member
Ms. Eaton graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado in 2006. She is currently the Social Services Program Manager for Jicarilla Behavioral Health located in Dulce, NM. She co-coordinates the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) for Dulce. In 2017, she received the Excellence in Advocacy Award from the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW). She currently provides domestic violence and anger management classes for the RRI program in Towaoc, CO.
Kim McGinnis
CSVANW Board, Treasurer
Pueblo of Pojoaque Chief Judge Kim McGinnis earned a Ph.D. in neuropharmacology from the University of Michigan in 1999 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Neurology, Molecular Neurogenetics Unit. Judge McGinnis graduated from Boston University School of Law in 2004. She clerked at the Michigan Court of Appeals before joining Detroit Legal Aid and Defenders as a felony-level public defender. 
Terrelene G. Massey
CSVANW Board Member
Terrelene G. Massey is the Executive Director for the Southwest Women’s Law Center. Terrelene holds a Juris Doctor from the University of New Mexico School of Law, and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. She is licensed to practice law in New Mexico and the Navajo Nation. Terrelene most recently served as the Executive Director of the Navajo Division of Social Services. She was appointed by the President of the Navajo Nation, and confirmed by the Navajo Nation Council. 
Becki Jones
CSVANW Board,Secretary
Becki Jones is Diné, she is Big Water and born for the Salt People. She is the Program Manager of the Community Health Worker program for the Responsible Sex Education Institute at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains in New Mexico. She has been a sex educator with them since August 2015. She sits as co-chair for the Southwest Indigenous Initiative, an HIV prevention group that does risk reduction in Indigenous Communities.
CarlyJo Chavarria
CSVANW Board Member
CarlyJo Chavarria is a tribal member of Santa Clara Pueblo. She is also from Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe from Nevada. CarlyJo is the current Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI) Coordinator for Santa Clara Pueblo. She has been in this position since the beginning of the year 2019. Ms. Chavarria started out as a high school intern in the Department of Youth and Learning in high school. She was hired into the department as a recreation assistant and earned her way into the DVPI Position.
October 2020 DONORS
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WOW. Our fundraising goal for #GivingTuesday was $10,000 and with your help, we were able to bring in just over $30,000! More than 800 individuals went out of their way to give the gift of safety for Native womxn, children and communities this year. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!

Although #GivingTuesday is over, there are still ways to give and join the movement. Volunteer, amplify voices, and stay engaged in the critical conversations that affect our communities. Together, we do more!
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.
Each year, our Annual Little One Book Drive serves to benefit children who will spend their holidays in a shelter due to domestic violence. Since its inception, more than 700 new Native American themed books have been donated for children in shelters throughout New Mexico. 

In previous years, we would ask for book donations to be dropped off at certain locations, at our office, and/or mailed to our office. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting our communities, this year is going to be different.

This year, CSVANW will partner with Red Planet once again for our Annual Little One Holiday Book Drive. 
9th Annual Native Youth Summit
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. 
Holiday Closure for Restoration and Reflection
From December 21st through January 8th, the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women will be closed. Our staff will be taking this time to rest and restore our hearts, bodies and minds before we take on another year of work. We recognize that transformation-work requires that we show up as our best selves and so we are making space to be with our families, the land and people we love- we pray that you are able to do the same.
November 2020 Advocate of the Month
Chastity Sandoval, is a Navajo woman that works as a Victim/ Legal Advocate for Nambe Pueblo. I’ve been employed with Nambe Pueblo a little over a year. I am a certified Legal Advocate and I am able to represent domestic violence victims in tribal court. I am currently studying for my Master’s Degree in Legal Studies. I have received my advocate training through CSVANW and have attended other past trainings the program has offered. Closely working with victims of human trafficking, I am also taking part of the New Mexico Task Force in Human Trafficking, and working alongside with other program entities to help survivors. Since the pandemic, I have helped the Nambe Pueblo Wellness Center delivering care packages and food boxes to members of the pueblo. Our program, Nambe Pueblo Healthy Families Services has delivered many care packages throughout the eight months of this pandemic to the Northern Pueblos.

Besides being a mother of three teenagers, I have been working with our tribal court to modify our domestic violence codes, working alongside with Bureau of Indian Affairs Law Enforcement to help our victims. Helping with managing our social media pages to provide resources to our tribal communities on Wellbriety, suicide prevention, COVID relief help, and parenting programs. I’ve helped with arranging supervised visitations in our department and I work closely with our child advocate. My work consists of a variety of things and each day is a busy day for me, which I am thankful for to be a part of. I love to help and provide a listening ear, my strength to haul food boxes, and my tribal law knowledge not just to my program, but to other tribal communities.

Thank you, Chastity, for your dedication to the communities you serve during these trying times. Congratulations for your selection of CSVANW Advocate of the Month. We honor you and support you. Stay safe.
Webinar Wednesday presenting Sex Trafficking in Indian Country Advocacy Curriculum

The Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) in coordination with Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition (MIWSAC) will be hosting a six part webinar series presenting Sex Trafficking in Indian Country: Advocacy Curriculum. 

The Sex Trafficking in Indian Country: Advocacy Curriculum (Curriculum) is designed to introduce information on sex trafficking of Native people, covering topics such as the definition of sex trafficking, red flags, trafficker tactics, screening for sex trafficking, and advocacy roles and responsibilities. 

For more information and to download the curriculum, visit

Webinar Wednesday Series 
December 9: Unit 4 - Legal Advocacy, Part I 
December 23: Unit 4 - Legal Advocacy, Part II
Welcome to Mental Health Monday's

This message is being forwarded from the
New Mexico Crisis and Access Line
We know that many people are experiencing stress during these times. In response to that, state agencies and the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line (NMCAL) will be sharing messages every Monday to offer inspiration and keep people in the loop about best practices, information, and resources. We hope these messages help start your week out with some positivity!

In order to ensure that there is no wrong door to accessing this information, the Mental Health Monday Path to Wellness information will be shared on the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line website, as a “push” communication through the NMConnect smartphone app, and as posts through several state agency social media platforms.

The goal of these communications is to offer hope, while ensuring that the messages are available for you to refer back to when you might need them. We encourage you to watch for these communications and pass the messages on to people you care about.

Connections are important to build understanding and hope.

Let us connect with you and those you know!

We are here to hear you and offer real help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call us at 1-855-662-7474 if you need to talk.


We will share a new message every Monday via the NMConnect app.
If you would like to receive these weekly NMConnect notifications, download the app to your smartphone.
Trauma Informed Care Training
2 Part Series
December 9 & 16, 2020
To sign up email:
Adopt a Family This Season
This December, adopt about 30 families of Enlace Comunitario clients that are in them most need. If you’re interested in signing up to adopting a family, you may reach out to Mayra Olivas-Arreola, Fundraising Associate with Enlace Comunitario, directly at 

Their plan is to set up appointments for donations to be dropped off at their offices throughout the month of December.

Deadline is December 18th, 2020
Webinar: Supporting Financial Well-being and Wellness during the Holidays
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 11am PT / 2pm ET
Holidays can be a difficult time as people navigate family reunions, sales that seem too good to pass up on, and expectations from friends and family. This can be an especially financially stressful time for survivors - and the effects of COVID-19 certainly have not made planning for the holidays any easier. Join the FreeFrom team for an hour-long webinar -- for and by survivors and their service providers -- to learn more about how survivors can engage with money in ways that support healing and financial autonomy during the holidays. This webinar is open to all service-providers, survivors, and community leaders who are looking for ways to support themselves and other survivors during the holidays. 
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