May 2021 Newsletter
Now more than ever, we need to find ways to stay connected with our community. No one should feel alone or without the support they need. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and we want to use this time to focus on the healing value of connecting in safe ways, prioritizing mental health, and acknowledge and validate that it’s okay to not be okay.

CSVANW will amplify the message “you are not alone” and continue to raise awareness around the connection that domestic and sexual violence has on our health: mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. As we continue to wear our mask, stay home as much as possible, wash our hands, practice physical distancing and get vaccinated, it is still critically important to raise awareness so that we support our collective resilience, health and well-being during this time.

We know that our Native communities experience higher rates of mental health related issues, but we want to reassure them, and all of you, that you are not alone. We are truly in this together. Mental health is essential to all our overall health and well-being. It is vital we pay attention to our mental health. We invite you to get involved with us online and through our social media for ways to stay active and move our bodies. Stay tuned into our social media for mental-health related tips and best-practices.
National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

In recognition of National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls join us in wearing red to spread the awareness of our missing & murdered sisters and relatives. We are wearing red to honor our stolen sisters, our trans relatives, gender non-conforming, Two Spirit relatives, our little ones, and brothers.

#MMIWG #MMIWGActionNow #MMIWG #NoMoreStolenSisters
Global Ties ABQ
April 20, 2021
Angel Charley joined DV providers from around the world in an interactive, 90-minute discussion with emergent international leaders in the movement to end gender-based violence. She joined representatives from Refugee Women’s Alliance (Seattle) and Bradley Angle (Portland, OR). The audience were previous English-speaking IVLP participants who attended in-person projects on Domestic Violence over the last 6 years.
Advocacy in Action
April 22, 2021
Angel Charley, executive director of CSVANW, joined our sister coalitions New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assalt Programs for the welcoming of 2021 Advocacy in Action. The audience drew advocates from around the state in excess of 500 attendees. The coalition drew awareness to honoring the journey of service providers during covid.
National Indian Health Board Tribal Public Health Summit
April 29, 2021
Executive Director Charley was a part of this panel on April 29th to discuss Covid-19 impacts on domestic violence alongside advocates from community and Strongheart Native Helpline. The convening, hosted by the National Indian Health Board, was geared toward health care responders throughout Indian Country responding to the health and wellbeing of tribal communities post covid 19. A special thank you to NIHB for holding space for these critical conversations.
Moms Demand Action: CSVANW Presentation
April 21, 2021
CSVANW provided a presentation to Moms Demand Action. The presentation included an introduction of CSVANW, an overview of gun violence, and an overview of sexual violence in New Mexico. Participants were highly engaged and had lots of questions.
How to be an Ally
April 7, 2021
Our Native Youth Coordinator, Jovita Belgarde, provided a training to the Nambe Youth Council on Wednesday, 4/7/21, on how to be an ally and stand in solidarity with different groups.
Teen Dating Violence Webinar/National Indian Health Board
April 14, 2021
Our Native Youth Coordinator, Jovita Belgarde, gave a presentation on Intimate Partner Violence in Indian Country webinar series about Teen Dating Violence and prevention.
SAAM We Believe You Conversation Series
#1: Resources for Advocates Panel Discussion: CSVANW hosted a panel with Kim Stark, Executive Director of the Rape Crisis Center of NM, Lori Jump, Director of the StrongHearts Native Helpline, and Tiffany Jiron, Advocate Coordinator of CSVANW.

#2: Discussion with ABQ SANE Collaborative: CSVANW hosted the ABQ SANE Collaborative through a discussion about ABQ SANE's services. Gail Starr guided participants in understanding the importance of SANE.

#3: What is Rape Culture?: CSVANW hosted a conversation on what defines rape culture. Participants learned about rape culture, gender-based violence, and the importance of believing survivors.
Sexual Violence Against Native Women
April 13, 2021
CSVANW hosted our first training for Sexual Assault Awareness Month We Believe You 2021. We discussed sexual violence against Native women. In this training, we addressed sexual violence as a means of oppression against Native women.
In the Spirit of Healing & Justice: We Believe You
April 21, 2021
CSVANW worked with the Tribal Law and Policy Institute's Bonnie Clairmont, in delivering a great training on sexual assault. The training brought awareness to the issue of sexual assault, provided resources to advocates, survivors, and those supporting survivors met people where they’re at in their journey to understanding dynamics around sexual assault and prevention.
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.
Teen Dating Violence Presentation to Healthy Native Youth Virtual Conference
April 26, 2021
Our Native Youth Coordinator, Jovita Belgarde, gave a presentation about Teen Dating Violence and Prevention to the Healthy Native Youth Virtual Conference. She talked about recognizing signs of teen dating violence, prevention strategies, and what CSVANW is doing for violence prevention.
SAAM We Believe You: Walk Your Pet/5K
April 30, 2021
CSVANW virtually hosted a Walk Your Pet and 5K to raise awareness about the issue of sexual assault in New Mexico and beyond. Participants were provided with swag to assist in the virtual walk for their pets and 5K.
Reclaiming Land and Body Sovereignty Gathering
April 6 - 7, 2021
CSVANW's Sex Trafficking Project Coordinator, Cheyenne Antonio hosted our first Reclaiming Land and Body Sovereignty Gathering in sharing space with relatives who shared their work on caretaking for the land, water and each other. Violence has no boundaries when it comes to the land and our bodies, this gathering highlighted the impact on land, impact on bodies and solutions in the Southwest in working in solidarity across Nations and Pueblos. We appreciate our team, members and community members who came and joined us over the three days during the morning. Big thank you to Greg Yazzie who created our Land Violence is Body Violence sticker/poster and Adam Parker who screen printed our tote bags for our participants. Ahe'hee'/ Thank you everyone!
7th Annual Tribal Leaders Summit
April 27 & 28, 2021
Our 7th Annual Tribal Leaders Summit went virtual this year in abundance of caution. Although we miss seeing our advocates, services providers, community members and tribal leaders faces, we still connected virtually. In our two-day virtual summit, we shared the status of violence against Native women and children in New Mexico. Our annual briefing focused on providing policy and legislative updates, share best practices directly from our communities and provide a current state of affairs in the movement to end violence.

We want to thank all our moderators and speakers for sharing your voices and joining the conversation. Thank you speakers for sharing and highlighting your work and ways for our community to join the movement to stopping violence against Native women and children. Than you to our community members for attending our tribal leaders summit and showing up for your community. We hope the information provided planted a seed in you to help us reach our mission and vision. Your voice and experiences are important to our work. Thank you to our tribal leaders for joining in and listening to the voices of our advocates, service providers, organizers and community members. We hope their voices and experiences planted a seed in your heart to help you shape legislations and policies to protect Native women, children and communities. Thank you to James Silent for illustrating the conversations  during the two-days virtual tribal leaders summit. We want to thank the staff from Kesselman-Jones, Inc. for making our virtual tribal leaders summit a success! Thank you to our CSVANW team for all your hard work and supporting this summit for our community! Finally, thank you Kim Baca for supporting our summit and for getting our tribal briefs handouts together. We wouldn’t have done it with out you too. 

Congratulations to you all for being our Code Quest Winners! Thank you all for playing and thank you attending the 7th Annual Tribal Leaders Summit. We hope you had a great experience with our digital version this year.
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April 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.
Nuclear Colonialism and threats to Indigenous Communities

CSVANW welcomes Leona Morgan to learn more about the overview of nuclear fuel chain from uranium extraction to nuclear waste issues in NM and threats to Indigenous communities, cultures, homelands, and future. This session will be recorded to enlighten our relatives on our YouTube channel We welcome you to join us!
Tewa Matrilineal Resistance to Environmental Violence
March 18, 2021

CSVANW welcomes community members to join! Pueblo matriarchs and aunties from Tewa lands of Northern New Mexico will share their stories of caretaking as an act of resistance against the ongoing contamination and harmful colonial permitting process from extractive industries, waste industries and the nuclear industrial complex. Time and time again, we see the impact on our lands and our relatives by the ongoing permitting to losing our relatives to violence.
Join CSVANW’s Sexual Violence in Tribal Colleges. Presented by Raquel DeHerrera of Red Wind Consulting. In this training, there will be discussion on sexual violence in tribal colleges. This event will be recorded and posted on CSVANW YouTube channel.

We will be sending those who attend the workshop CSVANW swag, so when registering for this event, please include your shipping address and a good call back number in the Personal Information part of the registration page.

If you registered and con not attend, please let Honey Sunday at know, so she may take your name off the registration list.

Agenda coming soon! 
"We are honored to invite your participation in the 16th Annual Government-to-Government Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation to be held August 17-20, 2021, through four afternoon sessions conducted online via a virtual platform. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 national emergency and uncertainty about future medical trends, 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 this consultation in person. The consultation testimony sessions are open to federally-recognized, tribally elected and appointed leaders or their authorized designee to provide oral testimony. Tribal Leaders may also submit written testimony.

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is a grant-making agency in the U.S. Department of Justice. Under §903 of Title IX of the United States Department of Justice Reauthorization and Violence Against Women Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005), OVW is responsible for conducting annual government-to-government consultation with the leaders of all federally-recognized, Indian tribal governments on behalf of the United States Attorney General.

The purpose of consultation is to solicit recommendations from tribal government leaders on the following topics:
(1) Administering tribal funds and programs;
(2) Enhancing the safety of Indian women from domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, homicide, stalking, and sex trafficking;
(3) Strengthening the federal response to such crimes; and,
(4) Improving access to local, regional, state, and federal crime information databases an criminal justice information systems."

Registration and additional information and resources will be posted soon on the OVW consultation website
Bernalillo County Department of Behavioral Health Services
The Department of Behavioral Health Services celebrates May Mental Health month with a series of workshops and trainings. Please join the community providers as they
Supporting Survivors from Grassroots to Systems Change - Native Women Lead
The University of New Mexico Center for Participatory Research (UNM CPR) is currently seeking Tribal Data Champion Fellows for our 2021-2022 cohort.
A fellow can be an employee, student, or administrator working with a tribal organization, who works with data, evaluation, or research and would like to receive mentorship from a team of tribal evaluators/researcher's in a training program lasting 11-12 months. Please see eligibility and requirements in the document. 
If you wish to nominate a person online, please follow the link provided. Otherwise please send the attached document by email to for submission. 

Deadline: April 22, 2021
Fellowship Selection by: April 30, 2021 
If you have further questions regarding the fellowship, please contact us at or leave a voice message at (530) 487-1089 or call (505)800-9158
Victim-Centered and Trauma Informed
Approaches to Community Supervision
Webinar and Ask the Expert Series

These trainings are sponsored and approved by the 
Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice

Live Ask the Expert Series
What is an "Ask the Expert" session?
Each 60 minute session features a brief overview presentation followed by an opportunity to engage in an in-depth facilitated discussion and question and answer (Q&A) session with subject matter experts, practitioners in the field, and other attendees.
Trauma Informed Care
May 18 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT
Managing Sex Offender Caseloads: A Victim-Centered Approach
Jun 15 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM CDT
Being Victim/Survivor-Centered: Working with Sexual Abusers
Jul 27 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM CDT
The First Judicial District Attorney has a vacant victim advocate position in the Santa Fe office.

Salary is based on experience and the District Attorney Personnel and Compensation Plan.

Please send resume and letter of interest via email to  by COB Friday, May 14th.
Full-Time Therapist
Transitional Housing Advocate
Executive Assistant - Administrative Assistant
Keep checking back for more opportunities here.
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