A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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C ómo ayudar a Puerto Rico

Coordinadora Paz para las Mujeres and the Coalición Puertorrique ña contra la Violencia Doméstica y la Agresión Sexual (CPM) han creado un centro de acopio con el apoyo del Colegio de Abogados y Abogadas de Puerto Rico. CPM continúa sus esfuerzos para apoyar a las organizaciones integrantes de la Coalición en el proceso de reestablecer y fortalecer los servicios que ofrecen a las mujeres y sus familias en medio de la crisis por el paso del Huracán María.

CPM invita a la comunidad en general a donar art ículos de primera necesidad tales como:
  • Agua embotellada
  • Alimentos enlatados
  • Artículos de higiene personal
  • Medicamentos "over the counter"
  • Pañales para bebés y personas adultos
Si quieren donar, pueden enviar los a rt í culos a la direcci ón:

135 Calle O'Neill, Hato Rey
San Juan, Puerto Rico, 00918

O para realizar donativos a trav és de Paypal, visite a pazparalamujer.org.

How to help Puerto Rico

Coordinadora Paz para la Mujer (Peace Coordinator for Women) and the Puerto Rican Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CPM) have created a collection center with the support of the Puerto Rico Bar Association. CPM continues its efforts to support Coalition member organizations in the process of reestablishing and strengthening the services they offer to women and their families in the midst of the crisis caused by Hurricane Maria.

CPM invites the community at large to donate essential items such as:
  • Bottled water
  • Canned food
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Over the counter medicine 
  • Diapers for babies and adults
If you want to donate, you can send items to the address:

135 Calle O'Neill, Hato Rey
San Juan, Puerto Rico, 00918

Or to make donations through Paypal, visit pazparalamujer.org.
Self-care in times of uncertainty

Written by: Heidi Notario, M.A., Director of Implementation and Social Change; and Micaela Ríos Anguiano, Project Manager; Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network.

Audre Lorde thought of self-care as an act of political warfare. For many of us, the notion of taking care of ourselves often proves difficult or intangible, at best. Today, in particular, for those involved in social justice work, self-care is an imperative. It feels as if our lives depend on the ability to nourish and nurture ourselves while working and living at the crossroads of many identities under siege.

Click here to read more about self-care during increasingly stressful times
Enhanced Advocacy and Safety Planning for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence

Part 1
Thursday, Oct. 19
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST

Part 2
Tuesday, Oct. 24
3 - 4:30 p.m. EST

Abusers often use the threat of immigration enforcement as a way to maintain power and control and to make victims less likely to seek protection. For this reason, it is important for advocates to understand how to: help immigrant survivors become aware of their rights; identify immigration remedies for victims, including special VAWA provisions around confidentiality; prepare enhanced safety plans for immigrant survivors; and increase meaningful access to services for immigrants and survivors with limited English proficiency. This training will also provide updates on recent immigration policy developments and new enforcement measures that impact immigrant survivors.

Rosie Hidalgo, Senior Director of Public Policy, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

Click here to register for Part I of this webinar
Click here to register for Part II of this webinar
Trauma-informed and Culturally Specific Practices for Latina Survivors

Tuesday, Oct. 30
2 - 3:30 p.m. EST

In this webinar, presenters will provide practitioners with accessible language to describe the overlap between trauma informed and culturally specific aspects of their work. It will begin with the presentation of trauma-informed and culturally specific principles that were developed based on what the NLN has learned from culturally specific practitioners across the domestic violence field. Presenters will also discuss findings from a national research project designed to evaluate culturally specific and trauma-informed aspects of service for Latina survivors.

Dr. Josephine V. Serrata, Director of Research and Evaluation; Dr. Rebecca Rodriguez, Manager of Research and Evaluation; Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

Click here to register for this webinar

Are you interested in wearing something that will spark a conversation about domestic violence during Domestic Violence Awareness Month? Then consider the  DECIMOS NO MÁS tie, and embrace your outer advocate by saying NO MÁS violence and MÁS love and compassion! 

The NO MÁS tie makes a strong statement that those who wear it have taken a stance against domestic violence and sexual assault. We are proud to offer these handmade ties, produced by Patricia Goicochea, a Latina entrepreneur and designer in Peru. Every stripe on this tie is assembled by hand. The artist traced, cut and sewed each piece, then ironed and packaged it with care. You, too, can wear this tie proudly as you say NO MÁS domestic violence and sexual assault. Made of silk.

NO MÁS tie: $35

Click here to access the store
October 19 is Purple Thursday

Don't forget to wear purple next Thursday to promote awareness for Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

Share your pictures on social media with the hashtag #DVAM2017!
NTF releases statement opposing the October 2017 Immigration Blueprint

The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF) opposes the Trump Administration's immigration priorities for Congress, as announced on October 8, 2017. Already, Administration policy changes have left immigrant survivors of sexual and domestic violence more vulnerable to threats from abusers and more fearful that they will be deported at any moment and separated from their children and communities. Studies show that they are now less likely to call the police for help or go to court to protect themselves and their children from abuse and violence. In this climate, the NTF calls on our nation's policymakers to work together to uphold their commitment to all survivors - including through the protections of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) - and forge a bipartisan, humane national immigration policy. 

The Administration's list of requests to Congress would roll back hard-won protections for women and children who have experienced violence both in the United States and abroad. Congress, through bipartisan action, has seen fit to offer pathways to immigration status as a means of protecting these survivors from further harm. The Administration now asks Congress to undo decades of progress toward humane polices that recognize the unique vulnerabilities of women and children who have experienced the trauma of violence and require immigration status to access safety.

Click here to read more about what the administration's requests are.
Casi Una Mujer

By: Esmeralda Santiago

"Negi," as Santiago's family affectionately calls her, leaves rural Macun in 1961 to live in a three-bedroom tenement apartment with seven siblings, and inquisitive grandmother, and a strict mother who won't allow her to date. At thirteen, Negi yearns for her own bed, for privacy, and her father, who remains in Puerto Rico. Translating for Mami at the welfare office in the morning, starring as Cleopatra at New York's Performing Arts High School in the afternoon, and dancing salsa all night, she also seeks to find balance between being an American and Puerto Rican. When Negi defies her mother by going on a series of dates, she finds that independence brings challenges.

At once a universally poignant coming-of-age tale and a heartfelt immigrant's story,  Almost a Woman is Santiago's triumphant journey into womanhood.
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NNEDV and @WomensLaw to host DVAM Twitter chat

When:  2-3 p.m. EST, Tuesday Oct. 17

Who: YOU + @NNEDV & @WomensLaw (Questions will be tweeted out by @NNEDV [English] and @WomensLaw [Spanish])


Hashtag: #Safety4Survivors


Where: @NNEDV, @WomensLaw, or #Safety4Survivors 

NCADV to host DVAM Twitter chat

Tuesday Oct. 17
3 - 4 p.m. EST

Follow @NationalDVAM and @Casadeesperanza to join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtags #Meaningful Collaboration and #DVAM2017

Save the Date 2018 National Sexual Assault Conference

August 29-31, 2018
Anaheim, CA

The 2018 National Sexual Assault Conference will be held on August 29-31 in Anaheim, CA. The theme is "Bold Moves: Ending Sexual Violence in One Generation." This event will be cohosted with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC). We will be releasing a call for proposals in November 2017, and registration will open in April 2018.

Click here for more information 
One Day CLE Skills Seminar --
Pursuing U Visas Under Trump: Advanced Topics & Emerging Issues
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Seattle, WA

Co-sponsored by: American Immigration Lawyers Association - Washington State Chapter, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender Based Violence, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and  Law Offices of Carol L. Edward & Associates, P.S.
In this interactive training, designed for those doing significant U visa work, national and local experts will identify and discuss with participants hot topics in U visas,  safety planning to avoid survivor removal, expanding your work with community organizers and others who can help challenge attempts to remove survivors, arguments on challenging removability designed for survivors, learning to do administrative stays, and identifying the steps for filing habeas/TROs to stop survivor removal when these efforts have failed.
Cecelia Friedman Levin, ASISTA
Grace Huang, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence
Cynthia Irvine, Hanis Irvine Prothero, PLLC
Jennifer Mashek, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Mozhdeh Oskouian, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Gail Pendleton, ASISTA
Leta Sanchez, Law Offices of Carol L. Edward & Associates, P.S
Devin T. Theriot-Orr, Sunbird Law, PLLC

Interactive Case Rounds,  Hot Topics,  Overview: Protecting Clients,  Skills Building to Prevent Removal and Pursue Remedies in Federal Court,  Applying the Skills.

Prices and Registration
  • $200 Legal Worker/Non Profit (includes ASISTA members who are non profits)
  • $250 ASISTA or NIPNLG Member
  • $300 Private Attorney
Click here to register for this seminar
Webinar  Race Equity in Practice:
Impact Sites for Systems Change

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST

This webinar will spotlight the work of CSAJ's latest set* of Racial Equity Impact Sites (part of the Racial & Economic Equity for Survivors Project), both community based organizations addressing the diverse cultural needs of survivors: Enlace Comunitario (Albuquerque, NM) and Oklahoma City Artists for Justice (Oklahoma City, OK). The purpose of working with the current Impact Sites is to mesh racial equity theory with practice-- to fortify the organizations' equity work by offering strategies that aid in analyzing and targeting systemic barriers facing survivors.  

The Impact Sites will talk about their challenges, context and concrete tools for responding to systemic bias, unequal access to resources, building community partnerships and more. Webinar attendees will engage in dialogue with the Impact Sites about how to approach the work in their own context.

Juliann Salinas & Marta Pereira, Enlace Comunitario
Grace Franklin, Oklahoma City Artists for Justice
Facilitated by Lisalyn Jacobs, CSAJ Legal & Policy Director

Click here to register for this webinar
Women Aware: Legal Advocate

Domestic Violence agency-Women Aware Inc., is seeking for a full time Legal Advocate to serve victims of domestic violence in Middlesex County. Minimum of 3 years' experience in domestic violence counseling and/or other direct services, knowledge of criminal justice a plus, Bilingual (Spanish) a plus and a B.A. degree preferred. Submit cover letter and resume to admin@womenaware.net

NNEDV: Program Attorney

This position works closely with the WomensLaw Legal Director in ensuring that we provide comprehensive and up-to-date legal information for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault through our website and Email Hotline. At least 50 to 75 percent of the Program Attorney's time will be devoted to answering Email Hotline inquiries from victims all over the country. This position will also create content for pro se litigants to help them navigate the court system in terms of what to expect in court and how to represent themselves - for this reason, it is important that the candidate has direct service experience, representing litigants in family court matters (i.e., protection orders, custody, etc.). The Program Attorney will also research, create, and edit state and federal law information for WomensLaw.org; and assist in training and supervising volunteer Email Hotline responders. This position may also participate in outreach, training, and public speaking on behalf of WomensLaw.
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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