A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Meet the Team: Ana De Carolis

Title: Project Coordinator

Where are you from?
I'm from Buenos Aires, Argentina but I also have ties to Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, where my family is from.

Where do you feel most at home?
I feel most at home at my grandparents house in Rosario, Santa Fe.

What inspires you, professionally and personally?
I am inspired by the resilience of our immigrant communities, and by the strength to keep moving forward and growing a movement for justice and solidarity in spite of adversity and oppression. I am inspired by the advocates, the survivors and the folks who came before us in the movement who have mentored me and whose work I admire.

In terms of your work for the National Latin@ Network, what are your areas of expertise or what areas are particularly interesting to you?
Training and TA on language accessibility and culturally responsive services, as well as community engagement and leadership are areas I have worked or currently work in and that are of interest to me.

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NHLA and member orgs call for investigation into death of girl in ICE custody

The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, along with other member organizations, is calling for a Congressional investigation into the death of 7-year-old girl Jakelin Ameí Rosmery Caal Maquin,who died of dehydration and shock while she was taken into Border Patrol custody last week after traveling from Mexico into the United States. 


Click here to submit a letter to your Member of Congress to urge them to take action.

Webinar series: Human Trafficking 

Please register for our three-part webinar series on human trafficking and how service providers are serving them.

Webinar 1 -- A Scan of the Field: Learning about Serving Survivors of Human Trafficking
Thursday, January 10, 2019
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST 

Casa de Esperanza's National Latin@ Network conducted research with the aim of gaining a better understanding of what current services provided by domestic/sexual violence organizations offer survivors of trafficking across the country. 

Presenter: Martha Hernandez-Martinez, MPA, Program/Research Manager, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

Click here to register for A Scan of the Field

Webinar 2 -- Precarity & Resistance Among Immigrant Survivors of Human Trafficking
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
1 - 2:30pm EST

This webinar will explore the intersections between human trafficking, exploitation, and the contemporary landscape that risks increasing the precarity and social exclusion of immigrant survivors. We will explore the scope and definitions of labor trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, risk factors and vulnerabilities, and strategies of resistance among the immigrant community.

PresenterLaurie Cook Heffron, PhD, LMSW, St. Edward's University

Click here to register for Precarity & Resistance Among Immigrant Survivors of Human Trafficking

Webinar 3 -- Human Trafficking Field Developments and Intersections with Domestic Violence
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST

The anti-human trafficking field has grown exponentially in the last decade. We now have a better understanding of how traffickers exploit systems and recruit their victims. Through this webinar two members of the Disruption Strategies team at Polaris will share some of those recent findings as well as resources that are available around the country to serve human trafficking survivors.  

Presenters: Francheska Loza, Disruption Strategies Community Organizer, Polaris Project; Alexa Schaeffer Quintero, Community Organizer, Disruption Strategies team, Polaris

Click here to register for Human Trafficking Field Developments and Intersections with Domestic Violence
Call for Proposals!   Voices in Action

September 16 - 19, 2019
Washington, DC area

*Proposals due January 18, 2019

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is pleased to provide a forum to engage innovative thought, provide cutting-edge information and promote critical discussions addressing domestic violence and intersecting issues. NCADV values the voices of our community and encourages you to share your knowledge and experiences with victims and survivors, advocates, service providers and other professionals across the nation.
Presentations should be forward-thinking, innovative, engaging, and allow attendees to participate in activities that stimulate their thought-process. They should enable them to learn from you and one another, network with each other and leave with tangible tools and ideas they can incorporate into their own programs, jobs and communities.

Click here to submit a proposal and learn more about NCADV's 18th National Conference on Domestic Violence
In the Distance

By: Hernán Díaz

A young Swedish immigrant finds himself penniless and alone in California. The boy travels east in search of his brother, moving on foot against the great current of emigrants pushing west. Driven back again and again, he meets naturalists, criminals, religious fanatics, swindlers, Indians, and lawmen, and his exploits turn him into a legend. Diaz defies the conventions of historical fiction and genre, offering a probing look at the stereotypes that populate our past and a portrait of radical foreignness.
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Webinar Series  Navigating Bankruptcy & Student Loan Solutions with Survivors 

Part 1 (Bankruptcy): Jan. 16, 2019, 2 -- 3:30 pm EST
Part 2 (Student Loans): Jan. 30, 2019 -- 2 - 3:30 pm EST
Part 1: Bankruptcy & Alternatives for Survivors 
Given what we know about the economic hardship survivors face as a result of abuse - debt in particular - filing bankruptcy can be a powerful tool for survivors to obtain relief. However, there are important safety and privacy factors to consider, alternatives to weigh, and handling and enforcing debt relief in family or domestic violence courts is often limited, while bankruptcy law can feel unfamiliar or inaccessible to many attorneys and advocates working with survivors.
Part 2: Navigating Student Loans Solutions with Survivors 
Student loan debt is one of the largest sources of debt in the U.S., generally. And survivors face unique risks of not being able to pay (default), as well as challenges in resolving, paying off, and/or accessing new student loans. This can result in restricting a range of options for economic security, including access to housing, employment, and future education. Thus, helping a survivor avoid or get out of default may be important to their long-term financial security. This webinar will help attendees better understand the student loan system, options, and integrate student loan strategies into a holistic, survivor centered economic advocacy approach.

Click here to register for this webinar series
Webinar Funding to Make Services Safe and Accessible for Survivors with Disabilities and Deaf Survivors: OVW's Disability Grant Program
Friday, January 4, 2018
2 - 3:30 p.m. EST  

People with disabilities and Deaf people are more likely to experience domestic and sexual violence than those without disabilities. Ensuring that anti-violence organizations and disability organizations are equipped to provide streamlined, comprehensive, safe, and accessible services is vital to best serve survivors with disabilities and Deaf survivors. The Office on Violence Against Women's Disability Grant Program is designed to help organizations improve their services and cultivate a body of best practices for serving survivors with disabilities and Deaf survivors. It provides an opportunity for sexual assault, domestic violence, disability, and Deaf organizations to improve their services through collaboration and partnership. Join us in the webinar to learn more about the Disability Grant Program and next steps if you are interested in applying for funding to increase the accessibility and safety of your services.

Click here to register for this webinar
Transitional Housing Assistance for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking

Deadline: February 13, 2019
Funds are now available to address transitional housing assistance. The funds may be used for a range of activities including providing transitional housing, short-term housing assistance, and support services for victims and their dependents who are fleeing a situation of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking to locate and secure permanent housing, secure employment, and integrate into a community. 

Click here to view the solicitation
SAHARA:  Elder Abuse Victim Specialist
The Elder Abuse Victim Specialist oversees SAHARA's Elder Abuse (XE) Program for South Asian communities to enhance the safety of elder and dependent adult victims of crime by providing direct services and bridging the gap between victims and elder justice service providers (including Adult Protective Services (APS), Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs, providers of legal assistance, tec.) and victim services providers. The XE Program will provide support for the South Asian communities to improve their ability to identify the needs of victims of elder and dependent adult abuse and to improve the delivery of services. 

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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