A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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The CSSP Institute gathers grantees to share practices, make connections, heal together

By: Jorge Vidal, Project Coordinator, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

Casa de Esperanza recognizes the significant contributions of culturally specific community-based organizations to the anti-violence field. As the Comprehensive Technical Assistance Provider for the Culturally Specific Services Program (CSSP) grant issued by the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW), one of our primary goals is to create spaces for information, networking, and peer-to-peer support among grantees. We foster these opportunities to share "what works" and to strategize with others about promising practices and approaches that fit the realities of culturally specific communities. The current cohort of active grantees come from many different communities across the U.S. and include immigrant, Latin@, Asian Pacific Islander, African, African-American, and Native/Tribal populations. Our yearly CSSP Institute is one of those cross-fertilization spaces.

Click here to read about the Institute

Friday, Aug. 25, 2017
9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. CST

To approach gender baser violence on campus we need to review and update the strategies we're using. The gender lens with a collaboration of trained peer educators is an essential approach in prevention.

During this episode, the presenter will: 
  • Share the importance of the integration of students to the planning process of gender based prevention on campus.
  • Share training methodologies and training topics to work with peer educators within a cultural and gender lens.
  • Provide an overview of the Campus Grant from the Office of Violence Against Women from the US Department of Justice.
María Cristina Pacheco Alcalá, Program Coordinator, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network 

Click here to listen live
National Press Club to hold bipartisan panel discussion on 60th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Division

*For credentialed media and Club members only. Please distribute among reporters and media reps.

To take place at the National Press Club office in Washington, DC.

Former assistant attorneys general from both Republican and Democratic administrations plan to appear at a National Press Club Headliners Newsmaker event on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. in the Club's Fourth Estate to discuss the federal government's role in protecting civil rights.

This Headliners Newsmaker event is open to credentialed media and Club members free of charge, with advance registration required. Please click here to register.

This is the 60th anniversary of the creation of the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division. The four panelists who each led the division plan to look at what progress has been made since 1957 and what the Civil Rights Division should be doing.

Click here for registration information.
I Am Malala

By: Malala Yousafzai

"I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday."

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Women's Foundation of Minnesota partners with A CALL TO MEN to sponsor national violence prevention conference

September 14-15, 2017
Bloomington, Minnesota

A CALL TO MEN announced a partnership with the Women's Foundation of Minnesota to sponsor The Many Faces of Manhood, A CALL TO MEN's national conference exploring healthy, respectful manhood in athletics, education, incarceration, fatherhood, faith communities, and around issues of gender.
Conference attendees will learn how the collective socialization of men creates a fertile ground for violence and discrimination against women and girls. Those same notions of sexism and inequality hold men hostage to the rigid norms of manhood. As men are empowered to be their authentic selves, we will collectively create a world where all men and boys are loving and respectful and all women and girls are valued and safe.
The conference will convene influential and passionate speakers who are leading the national conversation on healthy, respectful manhood and gender equality, and driving community change in Minnesota. 

Click here for conference topics and to register
Call for Proposals for NCJFCJ's 2018 National Conferences

Do you have a new program in your court that has increased efficiency, filled a void, or promoted child and family safety?


Do you have expertise on how the adolescent brain works or how adverse childhood experiences may affect a child later in life?


Have you conducted research on teen dating violence, racial and ethnic disparity, juvenile drug courts, or domestic child sex trafficking? 


Have you ever wanted to present at an NCJFCJ conference?

If so, this is your chance...

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) will be holding two national conferences in 2018. The NCJFCJ Curriculum Committee is now accepting proposals for workshop sessions at the NCJFCJ's National Conference on Juvenile Justice in San Diego, CA, March 18-21, and the 81st Annual Conference in Denver, CO, July 22-25. 
If you would like to engage and connect with those interested in the improvement of juvenile and family justice, please complete the online application no later than September 29.

Click here to submit a proposal
National Call of Unity 2017

Only 39 days before the start of DVAM 2017! 

The 8th National Call of Unity will take place on Tuesday, October 3rd at 3:00 p.m. Eastern. This year's call will focus on the life-saving role of advocates, our theme is "Why I'm an Advocate." We hope to lift up the strength and perseverance of advocates in the face of challenging times and thank them for their invaluable roles in supporting survivors as they move along their healing journey.
The Call of Unity will bring together survivors, advocates, national organizations, governmental agencies, local domestic violence programs, allies, and their family and friends to reflect, connect and refocus our efforts to end domestic violence. This year's agenda include the voices of a survivor, an inspirational speaker and advocates representing various organizations and governmental agencies. 
Stay tuned as NRCDV releases more information in coming weeks about Domestic Violence Awareness Month!
Webinar  VAWA 2013: Documenting Activities, Challenges, and Accomplishments

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017
2 - 3 p.m. EST

Join OVW and Muskie School Staff as we discuss best practices for documenting your activities funded under the VAWA 2013 Reauthorization. 
OVW and VAWA MEI are offering two interactive webinar trainings to discuss grant reporting, explain how grantee data are used, and answer your questions.

Hear directly from OVW on how to best capture activities, accomplishments, and challenges related to the 2013 reauthorization of VAWA and how to incorporate that data into your reporting form.

Click here for more information and to register
Webinar  Q&A on Applying as a Research and Capacity Building Project

The QIC-DVCW announces an opportunity to apply as a Research and Capacity Building Project (RCBP) to strengthen the evidence foundation for collaborative responses to families experiencing domestic violence who are involved in the child welfare system. The QIC-DVCW will work with up to four projects across the country to develop, implement and evaluate practices, policy and programming to promote safety and well-being of adult and child survivors, accountability and meaningful support for change for people using violence and coercion with a partner, and permanency for children. RCBPs will receive substantial programmatic and evaluation related training and technical assistance, financial support for project staff and activities, and an opportunity to participate in a Learning Community with the QIC-DVCW, researchers, practitioners and organizations interested in this work.

Who can apply?
State, county and tribal child welfare agencies are eligible to apply. The QIC-DVCW has a strong emphasis on collaboration, and therefore applicants are strongly encouraged to partner with a domestic violence agency or coalition as a co-applicant for the project. See the Request for Applications for more information.

Application process
  • Interested parties are invited to participate in Q&A on Applying as a Research and Capacity Building Project, an optional informational webinar of the QIC-DVCW. The webinar will be held on September 1st, 2017 from 2-3:30 pm EDT; 1-2:30 pm CDT; noon - 1:30 pm MDT; 11 am - 12:30 pm PDT; 10 - 11:30 am AKDT; 8 - 9:30 am HST. Register Here
  • Interested parties are encouraged to submit an optional, brief Letter of Intent to Apply on agency letterhead, including a point of contact. Please submit letters by 11:59pm EDT September 8, 2017 to Wendy Gutierrez at WGutierrez@futureswithoutviolence.org. Please include "QIC-DVCW Letter of Intent to Apply" in the subject line of the email.
All applications must be received by September 29, 2017 by 11:59 p.m. EDT. Email applications to Wendy Gutierrez at WGutierrez@futureswithoutviolence.org and include "QIC-DVCW Application" in the subject line.
Casa de Esperanza: Men's Coordinator

Located in the Twin Cities Metro Area, MN, this position is responsible for facilitating safe spaces and training opportunities that meet the needs of men and boys in the Latin@ community, including the efficient operation of all community-based initiatives. 

CAASE staff attorneys utilize legal representation of survivors of sexual assault and prostitution to further the organization's mission to end sexual exploitation. CAASE's direct legal services include advocacy within the context of the criminal justice system, civil legal representation using a variety of civil laws specific to Illinois and related to sexual assault and prostitution, and protection of the panoply of other legal rights that victims have in the context of their schooling, their workplace, and their housing. CAASE does not engage in family law or criminal defense work.

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 Manager


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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