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#AmaConSentido Campaign Addresses Gender-based Violence in Youth

The Ama Con Sentido (Love with Meaning) Campaign, an initiative of Coordinadora Paz para la Mujeres (Peace Coordinator for Women), seeks to raise awareness about healthy dating relationships among youth and young adults to prevent gender-based violence. The campaign addresses issues from the perspective of gender and human rights, and uses popular educational techniques, such as theater and participatory dialogue. 

Click here  to learn more about #AmaConSentido.
Webinar SAAM 2017: Engaging New Voices

Thursday, April 27, 2017
12pm - 1:30pm (Central)

While sexual violence impacts every demographic group, myths about sexual violence within Latin@/x communities create misconceptions around culture and race. By engaging parents, religious leaders, survivors and community members, we can promote awareness, culturally-specific outreach and community engagement toward demystifying sexual violence within Latin@/x communities. 

  • Build upon personal strengths with cultural identity to work with community leaders to build bridges with community.
  • Identify three leaders and others that we don't normally see as leaders.* Identify and train organizations on the changing needs of Latin@/x communities
Maria Jirau-Torres
National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Click here to register for this webinar.
Blog Talk Radio A Personal Journey Revealed

Did you miss this week's Blog Talk Radio? 

Survivors are often encouraged to talk about their experience as a way of healing and by way of helping others. But doing so can be vulnerable. Olga Trujillo has been talking about her experience of violence and trauma for the past 20 years. She's shared about her experience of growing up in a home where her father perpetrated physical and sexual violence against her and her mother to the revelations that she was diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder. In this Blog Talk Radio, Jose Juan Lara explores with Olga what was behind her decision of revealing these aspects of her life, how and why she continues to share her experiences.

*Trigger warning: Sexual Assault*

Click here to listen to the recording of this BTR
Apply today for  Dreamers without Borders (DWB) program

Deadline to apply: May 1st 
Program's activities: August 4 - 15

The U.S.- Mexico Foundation's Dreamers without Borders (DWB) program is the most prestigious binational educational and service learning program especially designed for young dreamers (beneficiaries of DACA) of Mexican origin and Mexican Americans. DWB provides with the opportunity to attain a greater understanding of the importance of the binational relationship, while strengthening the participants' pride in their heritage. The program's agenda is truly unique and has proven to be a life-changing experience.

We invite you to apply in order to be considered to participate in the summer 2017 Delegation! Selected beneficiaries will be hosted cost-free in Mexico by the USMF and its partners from August 4th to August 15th. Participants will become members of "USMF Binational Young Leaders Network", the largest binational community of youth working together to promote a positive US- Mexico Collaboration.

*Open to DACA recipients, legal permanent residents, and first-generation U.S. citizens of Mexican origin 

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The Facts on Immigration Today: 2017 Edition
From the Center for American Progress

Immigration has long supported the growth and dynamism of the U.S. economy. Immigrants and refugees are entrepreneurs, job creators, taxpayers, and consumers. They add trillions of dollars to the U.S. gross domestic product, or GDP, and their economic importance will only increase in the coming decades as America's largest generation-the baby boomers-retires en masse, spurring labor demand and placing an unprecedented burden on the social safety net. Still, additional benefits to the U.S. economy and society more broadly could be obtained through legislative reforms designed to modernize the U.S. immigration system and provide unauthorized immigrants in the country today with a path to citizenship.

Nevertheless, despite the positive impacts of immigrants on the United States' economy and society, the tenor of the new administration threatens to move the United States to a more restrictionist policy environment. 

Click here to read more about the latest immigration information
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Thu, Apr 27, 2017
2pm - 3:30pm EDT
In our efforts to persuade policy makers and general audiences to act on the issues we care about, we often encounter one recurring barrier: fear. Some audience members are worried, anxious and scared about a number of issues facing the country today. We need to be strategic in our communication and tell an affirmative, positive story that moving forward is more important than ever. 

In this webinar, Julie Fisher-Rowe of the Opportunity Agenda, a communications firm focused on social justice issues will present messaging research designed to counter these fear narratives with positive stories about values, diversity, contributions and participation. The Opportunity Agenda will share what it has learned about audiences, values, important themes, and tested language. And finally, they will provide a few ideas about how to move these audiences to positive action in today's climate.

Click here to register for this webinar.
Monday, April 24, 2017
11:30am - 1pm EST

People with disabilities experience sexual violence at rates more than three times higher than people without disabilities, yet national conversations around sexual assault often fail to meaningfully include survivors with disabilities. 
In recognition of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Community Living (ACL), are pleased to co-host a webinar for domestic and sexual violence service providers and community-based programs serving persons with disabilities, to:
  • raise awareness of the prevalence of sexual violence among the populations we serve;
  • highlight strong examples from the field;
  • and share resources for further engagement and training to better support survivors with disabilities who have experienced sexual violence
Click here to register for this webinar
Why Opposing Hyper-Incarceration  Should be Central to the Work of the  Anti-Domestic Violence Movement

May 16, 2017
3pm - 4:30pm EST 

The term "hyper-incarceration" highlights that the tremendous growth in incarceration is concentrated in particular geographic locations (low-income neighborhoods of color) and has concentrated effects felt disproportionately by African Americans. In this webinar, Professor Donna Coker will discuss the enormous growth of the US prison population and the larger phenomenon of what Beth Richie describes as "Prison Nation." She will describe the impact that mass incarceration and the growth of criminalization has on work to prevent and respond to domestic violence and sexual assault. She will discuss how survivors end up in prison for crimes that flow from their victimization; the physical and sexual violence perpetrated against individuals who are incarcerated; and the ways victims of DV and/or SA in neighborhoods targeted for surveillance and arrest related to the "war on drugs" fear police intervention. She will focus her remarks on less well-known consequences of hyper-incarceration that have dramatic effects on DV and SA. Mass incarceration deepens poverty, weakens social networks, and creates trauma-effects that increase the risk of male-on-female domestic violence. She will then discuss how these connections between hyper-incarceration and DV and SA should impact the work we do.

Donna Coker, JD, MSW
Professor of Law
University of Miami School of Law

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Deadline: May 11, 2017
Posted: MARCH 23, 2017

Although many systems exist to respond to child and youth victimization issues, these systems often fail to communicate and collaborate effectively to get to the root of the problem.

The competitively awarded state-level demonstration sites will bring all of the relevant systems and professionals together to establish a coordinated approach. This approach will ensure that every child entering these systems is assessed for victimization, that children and their families are provided comprehensive and coordinated services to fully address their needs, and that practices and policies are established to sustain this approach long term.

The project will be conducted in two phases-Ph ase 1: Planning (15 months) and Phase 2: Implementation (5 years).

OVC expects to make up to two awards of up to $500,000 each through this demonstration initiative.

Apply by May 11, 2017
Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence: Communications Director

The Communications Director is responsible for planning, writing, editing, organizing, and/or executing work related to the agency's publications/manuals, print and online media, website, social media, electronic newsletter, special events, media releases, and events and projects.
Plans and directs the work of MCADSV communications/public information, oversees preparation and dissemination of informational material reflecting agency activities, and performs related program activities (e.g., writes, types, edits on publications, articles, blog posts, newsletters; develops, prepares, types, proofs, and issues news releases; writes, types, edits, and shares social media content on social network platforms and agency website; develops and presents informational displays, videos, programs, materials, and/or speeches; manages agency's voice, tone, and brand in agency-wide communications.) Works directly with Creative Director on design and layout for all communications and special events.

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services: Bilingual Legal Advocate

DAIS is seeking a Full-time Bilingual Legal Advocate to join our team. The Bilingual Legal Advocate provides services directly to victims of domestic violence in Dane County and acts as a Service Representative per WI§ 895.45 for victims of domestic violence. The Bilingual Legal Advocate's direct service responsibilities include providing support, information, advocacy, and court accompaniment to victims of domestic violence including assistance with restraining orders, civil, criminal, and other court matters, and legal referrals. Services are provided in English as well as Spanish. The Bilingual Legal Advocate is not a lawyer and does not give legal advice. 
Click here for more information about this position
Ayuda: Bilingual Staff Attorney (Immigration or Domestic Violence)

Ayuda is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing direct legal and social services, education and outreach to low-income immigrants in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Through its offices in Washington, DC, and Falls Church, VA, Ayuda has amassed a 43-year history of providing critical services on a wide range of issues and, in the process, has acquired nationally recognized expertise in immigration law, domestic violence and human trafficking, among other fields. Ayuda is seeking two full-time bilingual Staff Attorneys, one for our Immigration Program and one for our Domestic Violence Program. Please indicate in your cover letter which position (or both) interests you.
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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 Coordinator


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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