A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Bilingual Staff's Role in Your Organization's Language Access Plan

A staff that reflects the languages and cultures in your community is best positioned to provide all survivors with meaningful access to your advocacy services. Bilingual advocates can speak directly and unambiguously to survivors, determine if they are safe, inform them of services available, and assess whether survivors are getting the supports they need.

Many programs have only one or two bilingual staff members responding to a large percentage of the survivors with LEP (Limited English Proficiency) utilizing their services. Some programs compound this inadequate staffing decision by asking bilingual staff to also act as interpreters for survivors with LEP working with other advocates, or others outside their programs, such as law enforcement or social services agencies. However, the costs in services, morale, and turnover can be high. Bilingual advocates in these types of situations often report feeling isolated and burnt out since they bear a disproportionate burden of the language access and outreach responsibilities.

Click here to read more about how to support your bilingual staff in providing language access to survivors

Click here to access the full Language Access Toolkit
Webinar Understanding Culture and Language: A Foundation for Providing Culturally Responsive Services

Friday, August 31, 2018
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST 

Session I of the series will engage participants in learning to recognize and respect individual cultural differences regarding language and communication as important to working in a sensitive and effective manner with survivors with limited English proficiency. This webinar will examine the challenges LEP survivors encounter while seeking to access services because of limited culturally and linguistically responsive systems of help.
By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to do the following:
  • Enhance their knowledge of the intersections of language as a cultural identity.
  • Engage in critical analysis of unintended assumptions inferred on survivors with limited English proficiency (or speak with an accent).
  • Enhance organizational access to services by fostering more culturally and linguistically responsive services to survivors with limited English proficiency.
Jose Juan Lara, Jr., Project Manager, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network
Click here to register for this webinar
Click here for more information on the three-part webinar series
AJPM publishes article: Lifetime Economic Burden of Intimate Partner Violence Among U.S. Adults

The American Journal of Preventitive Medicine published an article about the estimated U.S. lifetime per-victim cost and economic burden of intimate partner violence. The study concluded that preventing intimate partner violence is possible and could avoid substantial costs. These findings can inform the potential benefit of prioritizing prevention, as well as evaluation of implemented prevention strategies.

Click here to access this free study
University of Iowa searching for participants for academic survey
Do you identify as Latinx, Lesbian and in relationship?

You are invited to participate in a study measuring internalized heterosexism, adverse mental health outcomes and protective factors of couples.

The study takes 30-40 minutes and involves filling out a survey online about your experiences. Participants will be entered into a raffle for a $50 Amazon Gift Card.

Participants must be 18 and older.

Click here to access this survey
Colorlines: Feds Crack Down on Volunteers Helping Migrants Survive the Arizona Desert
Nine humanitarian volunteers with the group  No More Deaths are facing federal charges after leaving water bottles for migrants in the Arizona desert. They are charged with misdemeanors for driving in a wilderness area, entering a wildlife refuge without a permit and abandonment of property.

"The misdemeanor for abandonment of property was for leaving life-saving gallons of water, cans of beans, food, socks [and] blankets in areas of the desert-one of the deadliest areas of the southern border," volunteer Geena Jackson told Colorlines.

Click here to read the rest of this article on ColorLines
#1Thing awareness campaign materials for DVAM released
The Domestic Violence Awareness Project has compiled several resources for organizations to use and implement in their Domestic Violence Awareness Month online activities. Member organizations are constantly uploading more resources, so keep these pages bookmarked!

Awareness Highlight blog post 
#1Thing Action guide and supporting materials are up on the DVAP & VAWnet websites.
The online Action Guide has includes a library of graphics for #1Thing 
Futures Without Violence develops new Asylum Toolkit
Futures Without Violence has released a new online toolkit created along with partners at the UC Hastings Center for Center for Gender and Refugee Studies to advocate for the protection of asylum laws and pathways for immigrant survivors fleeing severe domestic violence and sexual assault. The toolkit has a brief overview of the issue, talking points and a draft letter that everyone can use when talking to their member of Congress, sample social media posts, and a customizable op-ed to send to local newspapers.
The toolkit can also be shared to your networks to educate about the negative impact of the zero tolerance immigration policies on immigrant survivors of gender-based violence.  

Click here to access the toolkit
CDC develops technical package for IPV
Preventing Intimate Partner Violence Across the Lifespan: A Technical Package of Programs, Policies, and Practices

A technical package is a collection of strategies that represent the best available evidence to prevent or reduce public health problems like violence. They can help improve the health and well-being of communities.
A technical package has three parts.
  • The strategy lays out the direction or actions to achieve the goal of preventing violence.
  • The approach includes the specific ways to advance the strategy. This can be accomplished through programs, policies, and practices.
  • The evidence for each of the approaches in preventing violence or its associated risk factors is included as the third component.
Click here to access the IPV technical package
Click here for more information on how to use a technical package from the CDC.
Registration open for national Facing Race Conference           
November 8, 2018
Detroit, MI

Join us for the  2018 Facing Race National Conference. Registration passes and hotel accommodations are selling fast: make sure to  register as soon as possible to join us in Detroit! Facing Race, the largest racial justice conference in the U.S. sold out in 2016. Do not miss this year's  programincredible speakers, and events.

Additional discounts are provided when you register for Facing Race as a group. Take advantage of our special rates for five or more registrations. This offer is only available until October 1st.

Email  facingrace@raceforward.org to learn more.

Click here for more info and to register.
We the Animals

By: Justin Torres

Three brothers tear their way through childhood- smashing tomatoes all over each other, building kites from trash, hiding out when their parents do battle, tiptoeing around the house as their mother sleeps off her graveyard shift. Paps and Ma are from Brooklyn-he's Puerto Rican, she's white-and their love is a serious, dangerous thing that makes and unmakes a family many times.Life in this family is fierce and absorbing, full of chaos and heartbreak and the euphoria of belonging completely to one another. From the intense familial unity felt by a child to the profound alienation he endures as he begins to see the world, this beautiful novel reinvents the coming-of-age story in a way that is sly and punch-in-the-stomach powerful.Written in magical language with unforgettable images, this is a stunning exploration of the viscerally charged landscape of growing up, how deeply we are formed by our earliest bonds, and how we are ultimately propelled at escape velocity toward our futures.
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Webinar Evidentiary Issues in Teen Cyber Abuse Cases
September 7, 2018 
1 p.m. EST

This webinar will explore best practices for criminal justice professionals, including judges, prosecutors, police, victim advocates, and campus safety personnel, who work with students around gathering and preserving evidence related to cyber abuse.

Click here to register for this webinar
Webinar  Serving Both Sides: Navigating Domestic Violence Amongst Service Users
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 
2 - 3:30 p.m. EST

Registration closes one week prior to the webinar date for all of our webinars. 

Many disability providers have an explicit commitment to serve all people with a disability in their community, no matter what.  At the same time, they are increasingly aware of the likelihood of domestic violence within their communities, the complexities of domestic violence, and the unique dynamics that domestic violence creates, particularly when both parties are users of their organization's services. This webinar will begin to explore the importance of policies to ensure effective and safe services for all people served as well as some important considerations when developing such a policy at your organization. 

Click here to register for this webinar
Call for Proposals: DV and Firearms Technical Assistance Project
Deadline for Proposals: Oct 15
10 p.m. PST

Q&A Session: Sept 15
10 a.m. PST

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), invites proposals from communities to participate in the Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Firearms Technical Assistance Project (FTAP). The overall objective of the FTAP is to help communities identify challenges limiting a more robust implementation of domestic violence firearms laws in their jurisdictions and assist them in establishing a localized response that is best suited to their communities' unique needs and characteristics.  NCJFCJ seeks proposals from communities reflective of the geographic diversity across the country, including rural, urban, suburban, and tribal settings, as well as sites with differing governing laws.

Click here to register for the Q&A
Click here to access the Call for Proposals
Center for Survivor Agency & Justice : Director of Capacity Building & Systems Change
CSAJ is Seeking a Director of Capacity Building & Systems Change
The Center for Survivor Agency & Justice is looking for a junior attorney to serve as the Director of Capacity Building & Systems Change. They will play an integral role in CSAJ's work to enhance individual legal advocacy in the domestic and sexual violence field with an eye toward systems and policy change. We're looking for someone to join a small, dedicated, and high-impact team, who will bring their perspective and experience with direct advocacy and representation to macro-level and national work. 

To apply, email an application including a cover letter describing your interest and experience, a resume/CV, a list of 2-3 references, and at least 1 writing sample that exemplifies your experience as applied to this position.

Submit application materials to info@csaj.org with subject heading:
"Director of Capacity/Systems: [Your Name]"
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute: 2019 Leadership applicants
Congressional Internship Program 
Paid Internship for College Students
CHCI is seeking full-time undergraduate students who are interested in a paid congressional experience, learning first-hand about our nation's legislative process while working for a member of Congress and receiving weekly leadership training from CHCI.

Public Policy Fellowship Program  
Paid Fellowship for College Graduates 
Recent college graduates who earned their bachelor's degree within two years of the program start date can take advantage of this paid nine-month fellowship, which opens doors for talented young Latinos interested in a career in public policy.

Graduate Fellowship Program
Paid Fellowship for Master's and JD Recipients
Designed for exceptional emerging Latino leaders who want to immerse themselves in a specific public policy area, this paid nine-month fellowship will provides valuable work experience, access to powerful Latino change-makers, and a chance to showcase your public policy knowledge on Capitol Hill.

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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