A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Casa de Esperanza Responds to the Decision to End DACA

Casa de Esperanza is committed to policies that strengthen families and communities and, like others across the country, we are alarmed by the President's decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program.

Over the course of the past five years, DACA has enabled young immigrants in this country the opportunity to pursue higher education, obtain work authorization, start small businesses, serve in the military, and make significant contributions to their communities. DACA beneficiaries, brought to the U.S. as children, are a testament to what it means for people to fulfill the American Dream. Nonetheless, this current administration has decided to stop protecting 800,000 young immigrants, denying them the opportunity to continue pursuing their dreams and contributing to our communities. Numerous studies have highlighted the economic and social contributions that DACA recipients have made to our nation. We know that businesses and non-profit organizations like ours employ DACA recipients. We know that we may owe our children's education to a DACA teacher, our community's health to a DACA doctor, and our ability to respond to natural disasters to DACA rescuers who also risk their lives for the welfare of other Americans (as witnessed recently in Houston, where a DACA recipient died while helping others in floodwaters). Our organizations, businesses and communities will work to ensure they stay in this country where they belong. The President's decision goes against the spirit of who we are as a nation, and Congress must pass immigration reform that will protect 800,000 dreams from being shattered.

Click here to read the rest of our statement and to access resources for DACA

National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Urges Support for DACA recipients

Today, the Trump Administration announced its decision to end the legal immigration status of nearly 800,000 young people who have benefitted from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program over the past five years. We are alarmed by the significant detrimental impact this will have on individuals, families and communities across the country.

Now, more than ever, we need your help! It is long past time for Congress to protect and defend DACA recipients living, working, and raising families in the United States. Urge Congress to support the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017 (H.R. 3440 and S. 1615) to defend the 800,000 DACA recipients and to enact policies that strengthen families and communities. Call your two Senators and your Representative and ask them to get to work on this important issue and pass the DREAM Act of 2017 now!

1. Find your member of Congress here and ask them to protect and defend DACA recipients and pass the bipartisan DREAM Act of 2017 (H.R. 3440 and S. 1615). 

2. Use this letter as a template and draft op-eds for your local newspaper highlighting the connection between DACA protections and the needs of domestic and sexual violence survivors and lift up your voice to defend DACA.

3. Post your statement on social media. Use these sample posts with the hashtag #DefendDACA 
  • DREAMers are students, teachers, first responders, veterans & more. They are integral to our communities. #DefendDACA #HeretoStay 
  • DACA has helped nearly 800,000 young people pursue higher ed., earn better wages, support their families. #DefendDACA 
  • DACA & other immigration relief helps protect survivors from deportation & helps survivors feel safe enough to report abuse. #DefendDACA 
  • [.@MemberofCongress] It is long past time for Congress to protect and defend DACA recipients living, working, and raising families in the United States. #DefendDACA 
For questions or more information, contact Rosie Hidalgo at rhidalgo@casadeesperanza.org
A survivor's story to navigating the immigration family petition

By: Anonymous

Please note this entry contains language and material that might be triggering for some readers.

Even having conversations with our immigration attorney is difficult. The dread of hearing dismaying news about our case weighs heavily on my husband and I during the silent car ride to their office. He glances around nervously as he chews on his fingernail and bops his knee up and down.

"You OK?" I ask.

"I'm a little scared," he admits.

"Me, too."

We've visited the attorney's office several times already, but each time requires gathering strength and dealing with an emotional hangover afterward. As we drive on, we pass by signs, cars with bumper stickers, and flags that remind us that one of us is unwanted here. The message is loud and clear.

I was born in the United States, and my husband was born in Mexico. His family fled violence 11 years ago, coming to the United States to live a safe, quiet life. He and I met nine years ago and married in 2014. We work hard, volunteer in the community, lead lives free of criminal activity, tend an impressive garden in our backyard, and feed way too many stray cats.

Click here to read this blog
United We Dream issues infographic on DACA annoucement

Feel free to share this infographic widely with the hashtags #DACA and #DefendDACA.

Born A Crime

The book details Noah's growing up in post-apartheid South Africa. As the light-skinned product of a white father and black mother, he never fit well into the racial schemes introduced after apartheid. Even under apartheid there was trouble fitting in, because it was a crime for him to be born as a mixed race baby (hence the title of the book).

The book opens with young Noah being thrown out of a minibus by his mother, because she thought the driver, from another tribe, was trying to kill them. Later in life young Trevor is caught stealing a car, and his mother lays down the law about crime and punishment. She was an important figure in his becoming a man, but she had many problems of her own: years after the minibus incident, Noah's stepfather shot her in the face while she was returning from church with her family. Young Noah developed a social and mental agility that helped him during these times of trial, whether he was talking in their own language with different tribes, or risking arrest and violence by selling illegal bootleg CDs in dangerous neighborhoods. Through it all, his mother administered tough love and "old-school, Old Testament discipline."

In large part, the book is a paean to Noah's mother, who grew up in a hut with 14 occupants. She was a fiercely religious woman who took her son to three churches every Sunday, a prayer meeting on Tuesday, Bible study on Wednesday and youth church on Thursday, even when the Africans were rioting in the streets and most people were cowering in their homes.

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NCADV releases toolkit for DVAM 2017

For 2017, Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) celebrates 30 years of connecting and uniting individuals and organizations working to address domestic violence. Over the last three decades, much progress has been made to raise public consciousness and promote action to support this effort.

Now, with #DVAM2017 only several weeks away, NRCDV offers you this toolkit full of campaign ideas, social media tools, and resources to assist in the planning and implementation of DVAM events and activities.

Click here to access the toolkit
NCDBW releases 
a toolkit for systems advocacy on behalf of victims of battering charged with crimes

Toolkit is designed to support thoughtful approaches and strategic change on behalf of victims of battering who are facing criminal charges, serving sentences, and/or reentering your community after jail or prison. It is our hope that the Toolkit will encourage your advocacy organization and community to create or further enhance safe, fair, and just responses to victim defendants as a key part of your response to domestic violence. 

The Toolkit provides ideas, strategies, and techniques for addressing the need and challenges related to making victims of battering charged with crimes visible and central in a community's response to battering. It is organized in five sections:
  1. Advocacy on Behalf of Battered Women Charged with Crimes: Why It Matters 
  2. Look Inward First: Advocacy for Victims of Battering Charged with Crimes
  3. Prepare for Distinct Challenges
  4. Changing Criminal Legal System Practice
  5. Resources and References
Click here to access this toolkit
Latina/o Psychology Today Fall 2017 Call for Papers

LPT is the National Latina/o Psychological Association's (NLPA), official open-access bulletin that offers an exclusive inside look into the world of our beloved NLPA organization. LPT aims to contribute to the growing and evolving ideas of Latinx Psychology. In addition to the events and accomplishments of NLPA, each issue features content centered on a topic considered important to the membership. Thus, LPT provides a space where students and professionals can contribute thought provoking information that enhances NLPA's mission. You can download all previous issues of LPT by visiting  http://www.nlpa.ws/LPT
The Fall 2017 issue will focus on the theme, "Living Authentically: LGBTQ+ Latinxs."
The members of the Orgullo Latinx: Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity Special Interest Group (SIG) of NLPA) is collaborating with the editorial board of LPT on this important and timely issue.
Please submit your manuscripts by November 1, 2017. Manuscripts (maximum 2000 words) may be submitted electronically to Hector Y. Adames, LPT Editor at hadames@thechicagoschool.edu. Prepare submissions according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).
Faculty Development Workshop

October 3-5, 2017
Washington, DC

*Pending OVW Approval**

Futures Without Violence's Institute for Leadership in Education Development offers a 2.5 day, hands on, highly interactive workshop that will help OVW grantees grantees design education/training programs that incorporate effective, interactive adult education methods.

Workshop Learning Objectives
As a result of this workshop, participants will be better able to:
· Apply principles of effective adult learning to your teaching
· Evaluate your own facilitation strengths and weaknesses
· Practice facilitating challenging content in an adult learning environment

Click here for more information and to register
Webinar Getting Data Right and Righteous to Improve Hispanic or Latino Health

October 3, 2017
1 - 2 p.m. EST

CDC's Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) will host "Getting Data Right - and Righteous to Improve Hispanic or Latino Health" featuring Alfonso Rodríguez-Lainz, PhD, DVM, MPVM. As lead author, Rodríguez-Lainz will discuss the importance of population health monitoring programs to collect data elements that better capture Hispanics' diversity. Rodríguez-Lainz will also cover ways to provide language assistance to assure meaningful inclusion of all Latino and Hispanic populations in national health monitoring. 

This webinar is open to physicians, public health practitioners and workers, community leaders, and state and local health agency staff. Registration is not required. For questions or information, contact OMHHE@cdc.gov

Click here for more information
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Board Member (volunteer position)

NCADV seeks board members who will assist us in continuing and expanding the work of being the voice for victims and survivors begun in 1978. Board members must work to assist NCADV in collaborating with policy makers, federal, state and local governments, non-profit organizations, partners, and other advocates to affect public policy that empowers victims and survivors and holds abusers accountable. 
Prospective board members must be committed to NCADV's programs and services for victims and survivors of domestic violence and be focused on our constituents needs addressing the physical, emotional, and life impacts of domestic violence.

RAICES: Supervising Attorney (Family Detention Team)

The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) seeks to hire one Supervising Attorney for its Corpus Christi, TX office to oversee, support, participate in the Children's Program in the Corpus Christi office. In addition, will work closely and supervise attorneys and legal assistants while also provide legal representation to unaccompanied children seeking immigration relief in local and immigration courts around the Corpus Christi area.We are looking to fill this position immediately.

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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