October 31, 2019
Update from the National Latin@ Network
Policy Alerts
Alliance for Immigrant Survivors, ASISTA
Immigrant survivor rights
Starting last week, your U.S. Representative is back in your district, providing you with an opportunity to stand up for immigrant survivors. Administration policies have resulted in increased barriers to survivors’ access to safety and justice, but thankfully, Congress is considering legislation to protect and respect immigrant survivors that needs your support. Now is a critical time to reach out to your member of Congress to urge them to support two important efforts: 1) the  Immigrant Witness & Victim Protection Act  (IWVPA) in the House of Representatives, and 2) reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in the Senate.

In this letter, AIS and ASISTA provide a plethora of tools that you can use to support your advocacy of IWVPA and VAWA, including:
  • IVWPA Factsheet
  • IVWPA list of co-sponsors
  • IVWPA Advocate toolkit
  • VAWA toolkit

Public Charge Rule
The Administration’s public charge rule would significantly expand the types of public benefits and other factors to be considered in the determination of whether an immigrant may become a “public charge” (dependent on government benefits), which affects whether an individual will be allowed to enter the U.S. or obtain a green card. Though the public charge rule does not apply to certain humanitarian immigration categories like petitioners under VAWA and the TVPA, the Administration’s shift to a more sweeping rule has been creating a lot of fear and confusion among both survivors and advocates, deterring many survivors who would not be impacted by the rule to forego critical safety-net benefits they are eligible for. While there are some ways in which survivors could still be impacted by the rule (for example, if they have not yet applied for VAWA or TVPA protections),  AIS urges advocates to tell clients to seek advice from an attorney who understands the changes so they can make the most informed decision.

In this letter, AIS provides tools and resources to get educated about the public charge. Information includes:
  • Information about amici curiae and lawsuits filed
  • Webinars about the movements of the public charge
  • Media statements
  • Information about opposition

NLN News
2020 Latina Institute now accepting Call for Proposals!
Deadline: November 22, 2019

Presenters should:
  • Have experience working at the intersections of Latin@s, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and/or
  • Have experience creating effective presentations and presenting in front of an
  • Use an accessible and survivor-centered approach to all sessions and materials.
Now recruiting for Latin@ young adults for online forum
The NLN research team in partnership with Duke University is in the process of developing a mobile app that aims to address IPV among Latin@ youth in a bilingual, bicultural way.

Because of this, researchers are seeking immigrant Latin@s ages 18-29 to give their thoughts and opinions on what the app should deliver.
Advocate News
Changing Lives Survey
NIWAP at the Washington College of Law, American University is conducting a survey that will help document how obtaining work authorization, protection from deportation (deferred action) and legal immigration status changes victims’ lives and the lives of their children.  

The information gained from your participation in this survey will be published and made available for use by NIWAP and experts in the field working with immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, child abuse and other crimes. 
Race Forward is thrilled to launch Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast featuring movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice. 

Co-hosts Chevon Drew and Hiba Elyass kick off episodes with short takes on race and pop culture, and move into conversations with movement leaders, researchers, journalists, community activists, influencers, artists, and narrative builders.
Consumer Rights for Domestic Violence Survivors Initiative
The Consumer Rights for Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors Initiative (The Initiative) is a national project that seeks to enhance consumer rights for domestic violence survivors by building the capacity of and building collaborative partnerships between domestic violence and consumer lawyers and advocates.

Enhanced capacity and collaboration between domestic violence and consumer lawyers is critical to achieving the joint goals of physical and economic safety. It requires purposeful cross-training, networking, and sustained partnership building on the local and national levels.
Network News and Resources
Factsheet: An Overview of U.S. Refugee Law and Policy
In 2017, for the first time in modern history, the United States settled fewer refugees than the rest of the world.

By the end of Calendar Year (CY) 2017, the U.S. government had resettled about 33,000 refugees, while other nations collectively resettled a total of 69,000. When the  population size  of the nations in which refugees are resettled is taken into account, Canada was the resettlement leader in CY 2017 at 725 refugees resettled per one million residents, followed by Australia (618), and Norway (528). In comparison, the United States resettled 102 refugees per one million U.S. residents.
CAIA 2020 Call for Proposals now open
June 10-12, 2020
Vail, CO
Deadline for Call for Proposals: November 12, 2019

The Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference is one of the largest collaborative professional development opportunities for domestic violence and sexual assault training across the country.

CAIA is looking for breakout session presenters who are:
  • Able to present 90 minute or double-sessions (180 minutes);
  • Share best practices, examples, and resources that attendees can apply in their everyday work;
  • How programs innovatively worked with other kinds of service providers (faith, culturally specific, military, sports leaders, etc.) to meet the needs of traditionally marginalized survivors/communities;
  • Able to present in an interactive, engaging fashion.
Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence: Collective Thriving
December 4-5, 2019
Boise, Idaho

The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence invites you to join us at Collective Thriving (previously Compassionate Communities), a conference where we will explore ways to repair the harm from our culture of domination, extraction, and violence and to re-imagine a world rooted in interdependence, resilience, and regeneration.

Registration is officially open!
ResilienceCon 2020 Call for Submissions
April 5-7, 2020
Nashville, TN

Join us in Nashville for ResilienceCon 2020! ResilienceCon™ focuses on strengths-based approaches for research, prevention, and intervention on violence and other adversities. All ResilienceCon sessions are interview-based. Every session makes time for moderated interviews of the presenters, followed by an audience Q&A. Moderators are not just timekeepers but serve as hosts and interviewers. The format makes space for great conversations, where participants hear about lessons learned, professional stories, and what it really takes to successfully implement a project or intervention.

General Submission Deadline: November 1, 2019, 11:59pm CST

Late-breaking Submission Deadline: January 24, 2020, 11:59pm CST
Talking about Transgender Experiences, Identities, and Existences at Conferences
This document is an academic reference guide to and glossary for talking about transgender people, experiences, identities, backgrounds, and existences in academic talks at academic conferences for anyone interested. It also might be useful for classrooms and teaching. We hope that it will change and evolve as understandings change and evolve, and we invite contributions of terms and framings that can improve and expand this document.

This document is not a set of mandates for what people should say, nor is it set-in-stone. Instead, it is a product of a specific group of people in a specific time and place who wanted to provide a context for understanding how specific terms convey specific meanings (whether intended or unintended). Specifically, we largely work within (and/or against) upper-middle class North American academic norms.
Request for Proposals NSAC 2020
The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault is excited to announce a call for workshop proposals for the 2020 National Sexual Assault Conference. NSAC 2020 will be held on September 2-4 in Anaheim, CA. The theme for NSAC 2020 is: BOLD MOVES | EQUITY NOW

CALCASA is now accepting proposals from organizations and individuals interested in presenting information and/or facilitating workshops at NSAC 2020.

All proposals must be submitted online and received by December 23, 2019 11:59 pm PST
Network Webinars & Podcasts
Developing Successful Learning Objectives
November 14, 2019
2 - 3:15 p.m. EST

Though learning objectives are often overlooked, they can have a significant and lasting impact on your overall curriculum and can help keep your team on track throughout the planning process. Join us for this webinar and find out how you can enhance your current training goals and learning objectives for a successful training program.
Navigating Difficult Situations: Common Issues SARTs Face
November 25, 2019
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. CST

Sexual assault response teams are a great strategy to improve access to healing and justice for victims/survivors and increase offender accountability. And, there are common issues or barriers that teams face as they strengthen the collaborative response. This webinar will focus on common questions that we receive from SARTs across the country. Although many SARTs experience similar issues, each situation and community requires unique strategies. We will explore the questions, offer strategies that have worked for other teams, and hear some new things that have worked in your communities!
An Overview and Evaluation of Classifying Types of Intimate Partner Violence
November 14, 2019
2 - 3:30 p.m. CST

For more than the past decade, violence scholars have moved away from examining intimate partner violence as a "one size fits all" phenomenon toward examining its greater complexities. Johnson's (2008) typology of domestic violence has played an integral role in expanding our understanding of intimate partner violence by shedding light on different patterns of violence and the contexts within which they occur. This webinar will provide an introduction to and overview of Johnson's typology, including a critical evaluation and discussion of how it can be applied in research and practice based on current research. 
Introducing the Comprehensive Strategy Map Template for Minimizing and Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)
November 12, 2019
1 - 2 p.m. MST
The webinar will introduce a new, comprehensive strategy map template that focuses on minimizing and addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences and expanding both the positive experiences that help offset the negatives of toxic stress and the adoption of trauma-informed (and trauma-responsive) practices.  In past webinars, you may have seen examples of strategy maps for addressing the opioid crisis and asthma.  This webinar will be a detailed tour of the new ACEs and Resilience Strategy Map template that will help states and coalitions more effectively develop and implemented they type of robust strategy that can help enhance the well-being of all people. 
Culture-change for Prevention: Advancing Prevention Within and Beyond the Sexual and Domestic Violence Field
November 21, 2019
1 -2:30 p.m. CST

Considering the many drivers of sexual and domestic violence, it’s clear that one sector or field cannot prevent the issue alone. In 2018, the Blue Shield of California Foundation (BSCF) expanded its commitment to end domestic violence by focusing on root causes of violence and supporting communities in preventing domestic violence. In this web conference, we’ll engage with practitioners and advocates from two community partnerships in California, supported by BSCF, who are building their capacity to implement culturally-rooted prevention strategies. Veva Islas is a newcomer to domestic violence prevention with a long history of implementing culturally-rooted policy, systems, and environmental change strategies to promote healthy eating and active living. She will share how her Mujeres Poderosas Amorosas collaborative is developing culture-change strategies for domestic violence prevention. MaiBao Yang and Dee Lee will share how their CHAN-BOF For Peace Collaborative is using their expertise in the domestic violence field to work with the Hmong community to challenge and change harmful gender norms and promote healthy relationships.
Suggested Reading Corner
Dealing in Dreams
By:  Lilliam Rivera

Nalah leads the fiercest all-girl crew in Mega City. That roles brings with it violent throw downs and access to the hottest boydega clubs, but the sixteen-year-old grows weary of the life. Her dream is to get off the streets and make a home in the exclusive Mega Towers, in which only a chosen few get to live. To make it to the Mega towers, Nalah must prove her loyalty to the city's benevolent founder and cross the border in a search for a mysterious gang the Ashé Ryders. Led by a reluctant guide, Nalah battles other crews and her own doubts, but the closer she gets to her goal, the more she loses sight of everything—and everyone— she cares about.
Job Opportunities
Race Forward: Vice President, Institutional and Sectoral Change
The Vice President of Institutional and Sectoral Change is a key senior level manager who works directly with the President and Senior Vice President of Programs, providing strategic leadership in the arena of planning and executing the work of GARE and Race Forward. The position plays a significant role in strategy development, organizational networking, alliance building, and relationship management with a specific goal of increasing the capacity of the organization and its allies to achieve their respective missions. The position will possess a strong and proven management background in the racial justice field, including development and building organizational culture change to improve practice, deployment of policy reform advocacy strategies, partnership cultivation, and delivery of technical assistance.
Race Forward: Director, Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE)
The Government Alliance on Race and Equity is a national network of government entities working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all people. Across the country, jurisdictions are making a commitment to achieving racial equity, focusing on the power and influence of their own institutions, and working in partnership to shift systems and structures, interrupting processes that perpetuate racial inequities. GARE provides a multi-layered approach for maximum impact: we support cohorts of jurisdictions working to achieve racial equity, we develop pathways for entry into racial equity work for new jurisdictions from across the country, and we support and build local and regional collaborations that are broadly inclusive and focused on achieving racial equity within communities.  
NLN Newsletter/Blog Info
Now accepting blog 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 submissions.
About the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities

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.

National Latin@ Network, a project of Casa de Esperanza
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