October 11, 2019
Update from the National Latin@ Network
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
#UnaCosa you can do for DVAM is foster important relationships
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). This year, as part of the #1Thing / #UnaCosa theme, advocates and survivors will focus on one thing any individual can do for DVAM. To this end, Casa de Esperanza has created an #UnaCosa campaign, and has focused efforts on establishing meaningful partnerships with agencies and people that are not often associated with the violence prevention field, but have an interest in the cause and doing #1Thing to contribute.
Policy Alerts
The NTF asks for your sign-on to letter calling on Senate for take up H.R. 1585 -- VAWA Reathorization 2019
Deadline to sign-on: October 14, 2019 COB!

H.R. 1585 makes important investments in prevention, a priority identified by people who work with victims and survivors daily. Providing resources to implement evidence-based prevention programming makes our communities safer and, ultimately, saves taxpayer money. It also safeguards important protections that ensure all victims and survivors have access to safety and justice and provides a mechanism to hold predators who prey on Native women accountable. Moreover, the bill offers protections for survivors in federal public, subsidized, and assisted housing; keeps firearms out of the hands of adjudicated abusers and stalkers; supports victims and survivors who need assistance rebuilding financially; addresses the needs of underserved communities; and improves the healthcare response to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.
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: October 18, 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.
LGBTQ Latin@ Realities: Addressing Gender and Sexual identity Based Violence from a Culturally Responsive Approach
October 23, 2019  
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST 

During this webinar the presenter will discuss the intersections of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Latin@ identities in the context of interpersonal and systemic violence. The presenter will engage the audience in assessing the possible impact of practices that are not culturally appropriate when responding to acts of gender and sexual identity-based violence that target LGBTQ Latin@ communities. Additionally, presenter will demonstrate the need for building and sustaining culturally relevant partnerships to effectively address and respond to violence.
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
What the Safe Third Country Deals Mean for The Future of Asylum in the United States
The Trump administration announced last week that it had  signed an “Asylum Cooperative Agreement” with Honduras , following two similar agreements signed with El Salvador and Guatemala. If any of these agreements go into effect, the United States could rapidly deport asylum seekers to a third country, without ever permitting them to apply for protections in the United States.

If fully implemented, the U.S. southern border would become an asylum-free zone.
Training -- Layering Access: Accounting for Survivors with Disabilities and Deaf Survivors in Training and Technical Assistance
October 22-23, 2019
Decatur, GA

This advanced training builds on the skills and information you learned by presenting interactive sessions that will teach you how to create and host accessible virtual events, create accessible documents and presentations, creatively and competently work at the intersection of culture, race, and disability, and much more. 
Join the #BandanaProject
This Friday, October 11 -- the International Day of the Girl -- HOLA! and Justice for Migrant Women will be issuing a #BandanaProjectChallenge to media organizations, influencers, community partners and individuals to ask them to join the Bandana Project.

A special toolkit about this challenge is being created and will be uploaded  here  for use by our partners participating in this challenge. 

If you are not already a partner, please sign up here to join The Bandana Project. 
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!
Webinar recording: Using VOCA Funds to Help DV Survivors Obtain Safe and Stable Housing: The DV Housing First Model
Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding can now be used to assist crime victims in securing safe and stable housing. This change is an important opportunity for crime victims, but has left VOCA administrators and victim service programs with questions about what can and should be funded.

Dr. Cris M. Sullivan and Elizabeth Eastlund, LCSW share what they learned from a process evaluation of the experiences of California programs that used VOCA funds for the Domestic Violence Housing First model, which places victims of domestic violence into housing as quickly as possible after victimization.

This information is especially of interest to other states considering adopting the Domestic Violence Housing First model.
NCADV provides ready-to-use messaging for DVAM, #1Thing
The #1Thing Action Guide includes templates, recommendations, strategies, and tools for incorporating this message into your public awareness activities and campaigns during DVAM, and beyond.

Available in English and Spanish.
Early bird registration ends 10/14
The NC State University Counseling Center is proud to partner with Chrysalis Network to bring the 6th Annual Solving the Campus Sexual Assault & Dating Violence Puzzle National Conference to NC State University.

This year’s conference will highlight the courageous work of those on campuses and in the community, who remain relentless in their push against the cultural norms of silence, victim-blaming, and minimization, to instead create safe, healthy, and accountable communities.
Apply now for Culturally Responsive and Holistic Abusive Partner Interventions cohort
November 7-8,2019
Decatur, GA

The Center for Court Innovation in collaboration with Futures Without Violence is hosting a 2-day training event designed for jurisdictions who would like to learn more about holistic responses to abusive partner accountability. Sites may send teams of 3-4 people. The training will provide an opportunity to gain hands-on experience observing offender accountability mechanisms in action, learn from national experts about holistic responses to abusive partner accountability engagement, connect with peers, and create action plans to create sustainable, holistic responses to abusive partner accountability and engagement. 
Registration open for international annual DV/SA conference
April 14-16, 2020
Washington, DC

The International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Violence Across the Lifespan focuses on sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, human trafficking and elder abuse. We consistently bring together law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, victim advocates, judges, parole and probation officers, rape crisis workers, health care professionals, faith community members, educators, researchers and others in this three-day conference highlighting promising practices and emerging issues to effectively respond to these crimes in all of our communities.
Network Webinars & Podcasts
Centering Racial Equity in Our Work to End Ableism and Gender-Based Violence
October 15, 2019
2 - 3 p.m. EST

This webinar will discuss the importance of analyzing racism in our work to address violence against people with disabilities, some strategies for effectively doing so, and the impact that doing so can have on your work. 
#SurvivorSpeaks: A Panel Discussion Highlighting Survivor Voices
October 15, 2019
1 p.m. EST

During Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), a panel of survivors will join NCADV for a free webinar to discuss the most pressing issues facing survivors today. Survivors will share creative and inspiring ways they are taking action in their own communities, bringing attention to the issue, as well as insight into the challenges they face in getting the word out.
Working at the Intersections of DV, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health: Research, Resources, and Recommendations
October 16, 2019
3 - 4:30 p.m. ET

This webinar will introduce key issues highlighted in the Information Memorandum between SAMHSA and ACF calling for increased collaboration among service providers, along with recommendations, a media toolkit, and resources for supporting individuals and families experiencing domestic violence.
October 17, 2019
2 - 3:30 p.m. ET
A shared vision for safer communities requires the involvement of many sectors. No one sector can prevent violence on its own and as sexual and intimate partner violence prevention practitioners move to community-level prevention strategies, cross cutting and multi-sectoral partnerships are crucial for success. This web conference will explore the Collaboration Multiplier tool from Prevention Institute and will feature guests from a state health department, state sexual and domestic violence coalition, and a rape crisis center all engaged in multi-sector partnerships.
Suggested Reading Corner
Under the Volcano
By:   Malcolm Lowry

Geoffrey Firmin, a former British consul, has come to Quauhnahuac, Mexico. His debilitating malaise is drinking, an activity that has overshadowed his life. On the most fateful day of the consul's life, the Day of the Dead, his wife, Yvonne, arrives in Quauhnahuac, inspired by a vision of life together away from Mexico and the circumstances that have driven their relationship to the brink of collapse. She is determined to rescue Firmin and their failing marriage, but her mission is further complicated by the presence of Hugh, the consul's half brother, and Jacques, a childhood friend. The events of this one significant day unfold against an unforgettable backdrop of a Mexico at once magical and diabolical.
Job Opportunities
Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter : Deputy Director / Client Services
LAWS is seeking a highly talented and capable Deputy Director to oversee day-to-day operations of LAWS direct service programs.  This position provides clinical direction and oversight to direct services staff (domestic violence, sexual assault, shelter, youth & children’s services, and advocates), and ensuring the delivery of quality services for all clients.  The Deputy will also guide the agency in being trauma-informed for both clients and staff alike.
National Center for Teacher Residencies: Manager of Research & Data
The Manager of Research and Data (“Manager”) will work to support the collection, analysis, and reporting of data to demonstrate the effectiveness of the teacher residency model and advance the residency movement. The Manager will demonstrate NCTR’s impact by using current tools, and managing the administration of various surveys and data collections. The Manager will work externally with NCTR partners to support the systematic use of data for continuous improvement. 
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 Rebecca De Leon, Communications and Marketing Manager
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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