February 2021 Newsletter
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM), a month-long campaign dedicated to raising awareness about teen dating abuse. Every February, CSVANW, national organizations, young folks and loved ones join together across the country for a national effort to raise awareness about the issue of teen dating violence through Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Teen dating violence is more common than many people think. 1 in 3 teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults. Nearly half (43%) of those who identify as college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors. Everyone has the right to a safe and healthy relationships. Dating abuse can happen to anyone. With 1 in 3 teens experiencing some form of relationship abuse, and two thirds who never tell anyone, we have to do more to bring awareness to dating violence. 

Our young relatives deserve relationships that are free from violence and abuse. By joining together this month we can raise awareness and stop dating abuse before it starts. We all have a part in stopping dating violence, this starts by understanding and honoring boundaries.

Wear Orange Day
Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

Wear Orange Day is an annual effort every #TDVAM to raise awareness about dating violence.

Join CSVANW by sharing your pictures on social media, you’re helping to spread the message that everyone, especially our Native youth, deserve a healthy relationship! 

Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Foundations Training  
January 14, 2021
Jolene Holgate, the CSVANW Training & Education Director, presented a training during NMCSAP’s Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Foundations Training. The training informed advocates and providers who work directly with sexual assault survivors and programs on the historical roots of violence in America, and contributors to sexual violence in tribal communities. Focus areas included effects of colonization, rape culture, gender violence, patriarchy, and resources for advocates when working with survivors in tribal communities in New Mexico. 
5th Annual New Mexico Human Trafficking Conference
January 12, 2021

CSVANW Training & Education Director Jolene Holgate presented at the 5th Annual New Mexico Human Trafficking Conference on the missing and murdered crisis in New Mexico and how it intersects with human trafficking. Jolene informed advocates, law enforcement personnel, and attorneys regarding implications o
Bully and Cyber Bullying training to Nambe Youth Council 
January 11, 2021

Our Native Youth Coordinator, Jovita Belgarde, provided a training to the Nambe Youth Council on 1/11/20, on how to navigate Bullying and Cyber Bullying and how to be an upstander.
Eight Northern Indian Pueblo’s Council Peacekeeper’s Program Retreat
January 28, 2021

CSVANW’s Executive Director Angel Charley presented at Eight Northern Indian Pueblo’s Council Peacekeeper’s Program Retreat on 1/28/21. She will be presenting what the missions of the coalition are and their community involvement. In addition, she will also give a presentation about restorative justice.
Santa Fe Virtual Women’s March 
January 23, 2021

CSVANW’s Executive Director Angel Charley, provided a short video for the Santa Fe Virtual Women’s March on Saturday 1/23/21. This virtual march helped uplifted, support and inspire women of color. Some of the guest speakers included Samia Assed, U.S Representative Deb Haaland, and Kansas Begaye. This march helped celebrate their accomplishments and stand in solitary with supporting women’s right.  
Mutual Aid in the community

Our Sex Trafficking Project Coordinator delivered PPE to our Northern Diné advocacy/shelters. 
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Congratulations to Januarys' Advocate of the month,
Shannon Hoshnic! 

Thank you for work for your community!
Shannon L. Hoshnic is a member of Navajo Nation who resides in Fruitland, NM. She is employed with Sexual Assault Services of Northwest New Mexico in Farmington, NM as the Rural Grant Coordinator, Victim Advocate, and Prevention Educator. 

She has been with SASNWNM for 7 1/2 years. As a victim advocate providing support for victims and survivors of sexual violence during COVID-19 is just as crucial and needed more than ever. The work she does also includes co-facilitating Rural Tribal Sexual Assault Response teams, educating and spreading awareness in Prevention programs in rural community schools, and providing outreach to surrounding tribal communities. 

She enjoys the work she does especially advocating for victims of sexual violence and helping during these difficult times. COVID-19 has added some challenges and obstacles on providing services and resources although the advocacy work continued because of the need in our communities. She appreciates her SAS work family, the Coalition and other collaborating providers in the work we endlessly do to end violence. Shannon also wants to tell her kids, Thank you! for sharing their mom to do the work she does to help others who are in need and understanding that this work can make a difference in someone's life. 
January 2021 DONORS
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.
Self Defend with CSVANW
February 24th, 2021

As we are coming into 2021, we would like to invite you to join us for the Self-Defend with CSVANW virtual event. We believe it is important to share knowledge in ways of protecting yourself and empowering each other for a safer future. 
We are excited to invite Seth Abeita to share his knowledge. The techniques and concepts he will go over are based on a system designed to aid in both avoiding and escaping dangerous physical confrontations while showing the importance of listening to your own intuition. The mental aspect of personal safety is the most important, so we will discuss reactions to conflict and danger. This session will begin to develop your own skills to maintain your personal safety.  

Please join us and let’s learn together.  
Sexual Violence in Tribal Communities
February 26, 2021

  • Basic understanding of sexual violence as a tool of oppression 
  • An overview of victim rights and laws, including federal and state laws 
  • Introduction to understanding cultural humility when working with Native survivors 
  • Explore strategies for improving response and coordination among tribal, state, and federal service agencies
Advancing Advocacy in Tribal Communities Training 
March 9, 11, & 17, 2021

This March, CSVANW will be holding its first Advancing Advocacy Training in Tribal Communities of 2021. We are excited to provide another amazing 40-hour core advocacy session for advocates working with/in tribal communities. Registration was launched on Jan. 27 and the first 40 registered participants will receive a grey hoodie and a $150 training stipend (attendance will be monitored). If you are a new advocate or need recertification, please register for our training! 
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. 
Tribal Leaders Summit
Save the Dates
April 27th & 28th, 2021

More information coming soon!
New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Inc
See below for NMCASP's Legislative Agenda for this session
See NMCSAP's Statement in support of HB7/SB10, the Respect NM Women & Families Act below
Trans Justice Funding Project
The Trans Justice Funding Project, is a community-led funding initiative founded in 2012 to support grassroots, trans justice groups run by and for trans people in the United States, including U.S. territories. We make grants annually by bringing together a panel of six trans justice activists from around the country to carefully review every application we receive. 

We center the leadership of trans people organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions.

In short, we grant annual awards in the amounts of $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000 to grassroots, trans-led /nonbinary-led, trans justice groups. Groups and projects do not need to have a 501(c)3 status or a fiscal sponsor.

Our 2021 online application is available beginning December 21, 2020, and the application deadline is February 15, 2021 by 12 midnight Pacific Time. 

Is your group or a group you know eligible for a TJFP grant?

  • Are you a group? Meaning, two people or more. 
  • Are you a grassroots, trans justice group run by and for trans people?
  • Is your group’s total budget less than $250,000?
  • Are you located in the United States or in a U.S. territory?
  • Are you centering the leadership of trans people organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions?
  • Are you meeting the needs of different local communities and using organizing and/or providing services to help bring people together?
  • Do you see your work as part of a bigger picture of trans-led work that seeks dignity and justice for all people?
TJFP does not fund individuals.
Strategies for Developing a Coordinated Response to the Issue of Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons Training Dates:

Wednesday, February 10, 2021: 1:00 - 5:15 pm
Thursday, February 11, 2021: 12:45 - 5:10 pm

Registration deadline: February 3, 2021 

Deadline for OLE notification email: February 5, 2021
On February 10-11, 2021, the National Indian Country Training Initiative is hosting a webinar series focused on issues related to Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP). The webinar series will include topics like the Investigation of Missing Person and Cold Case Missing Persons Cases, Developing Victim Services for Missing Person Cases, and Developing a Tribal Community Response Plan for Missing Person Cases.
This webinar series is free and is intended for federal, state, and tribal criminal justice personnel, as well as social service personnel who work in tribal communities.

The “Operation Lady Justice” Task Force was created by Executive Order in November 2019 to “address the legitimate concerns of American Indian and Alaska Native communities regarding missing and murdered people.” In its first year, the Task Force held more than 15 in-person and remote meetings with tribes, individuals and stakeholder groups, and established and convened 10 working groups to address specific mandates of the executive order, including developing protocols, solving cold cases and expanding outreach and awareness. 

Also, in November 2019, the Department of Justice launched a national strategy to address missing and murdered Native Americans. The Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) Initiative placed MMIP coordinators in 11 U.S. Attorney’s offices. Additional efforts include the development of protocols for a more coordinated law enforcement response to missing cases, the deployment of the FBI’s most advanced response capabilities when needed, improved data collection and analysis, and training to support local response efforts. Webinar attendees are encouraged to attend both days. 


  1. https://usao.webex.com/usao/onstage/g.php?PRID=cca2fe49994a56fdbb0c084fbd8beddc
  2. Click the “Register” button.
  3. Fill out the registration survey.
  4. Click the “Submit” button.
Native Wellness Institute - February Trainings
Self Care Strategies for Work and Home 

February 9th - 10th
Choose Respect: Men's Mentoring Program to End Violence 

February 11th - 12th
NM COVID-19 Support Services

When individuals call the hotline, they can expect access to individual crisis counseling, group crisis counseling, brief educational and supportive contact, referral and resource linkage(s), and community networking and support.
Esperanza Shelter’s Community Outreach & Education Department is currently offering Community Zoom presentations/trainings on Domestic Abuse and Healthy Relationships.

Trainings are held every Wednesday from 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Open for anyone who would like to attend.

To register, interested individuals are respectfully asked to sign up on our website at esperanzashelter.org
Remote Internships for Indigenous Youth (under 35) from United Nations Development Programme - UNDP and UNOPS on Environment and Climate are open for applications now

UNDP & UNOPS are looking for two Programme Assistants (ie, interns) - one to work with on the Equator Initiative and spatial data and IPLCs, and the other one more aligned with their learning platform, Learning for Nature, focusing on communications and developing educational assets, but will also help across the board. 

Candidates who self-identify as members of Indigenous groups are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Application Deadlines are: February, 12th
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