A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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[...] Responses are important, but this fact - ¼ of women report abuse - calls us to think more deeply and question our methods. Is what we currently do reaching and supporting all women (1 in 4) who are battered at some time in their lives? What about the women who lack access to systems or fear them? Is leaving the abuser the only option that women and children have to be safe?

We at Casa de Esperanza believe that a woman should have options in addition to leaving her partner - such as staying with the partner because the abuse has stopped, finding accountability for the abuser, and finding safety within her own community. This second option may seem to be "pie in the sky." However, unless we in the domestic violence field truly believe that domestic violence can end and move beyond our current systems, we have no business claiming that our mission is to end it.

Watch: Webinar Addressing the Needs of Latin@ Children, co-hosted with NCJFCJ 

Did you miss the webinar hosted with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges? If so, CLICK HERE to see the recording, brought to you by Casa de Esperanza's Ruby White Starr (Chief Strategy Officer) and Heidi Notario (Director of Implementation & Social Change).
Now accepting workshop session proposals for NCJFCJ conferences

National Conference on Juvenile Justice
Feb. 12-15, 2017
New York City, New York

80th Annual Conference
July 16-19, 2017
Washington, DC

*Deadline Friday, September 30*
  • Do you have a new program in your court that has increased efficiency, filled a void, or promoted child and family safety? 
  • Do you have knowledge about how the adolescent brain works or how adverse childhood experiences may affect a child later in life? 
  • Have you conducted research on teen dating violence, racial and ethnic disparity, juvenile drug courts, or domestic child sex trafficking? 
  • Have you ever wanted to present at an NCJFCJ conference?
If so, this is your chance...
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) will be holding two national conferences in 2017. The NCJFCJ Curriculum Committee is now accepting proposals for workshop sessions at the NCJFCJ's National Conference on Juvenile Justice in New York City, NY, Feb. 12-15, 2017, and the 80th Annual Conference in Washington, DC, July 16-19, 2017. 
If you would like to engage and connect with those interested in the improvement of juvenile and family justice, please download the fillable PDF form by clicking here
For questions or to return form via email, contact Amy Saathoff, Curriculum Development Manger, at asaathoff@ncjfcj.org by Friday, September 30.
Registration open for In our Own Voices, Inc.  2016 National LGBT POC Health Conference

October 12-15, 2016
Albany, New York

Registration is now open for the 2016 Unity Through Diversity  National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People of Color Health Conference. To register, click here for access to the registration booklet and application.

The Desmond Hotel
Special Group Rate Code 12G361
More Information gsantos@inourownvoices.org
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Webinar: Exposing Sex Trafficking in Cantinas and Bars in the U.S.

Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. EST

Please join us Thursday, September 8, for an online discussion of combating sex trafficking from Mexico, featuring data from Polaris's upcoming report, "More Than Drinks For Sale: Exposing Sex Trafficking in Cantinas and Bars in the U.S.," to be released on the same date.

The report sheds light on a violent underground sex economy that is operating out of U.S. cantina-type venues and is exploiting young women and girls from Latin America. It also outlines specific steps law enforcement, policymakers, service providers, and community partners can take to help fight this highly abusive type of trafficking. The online discussion features the report author and representatives from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Houston and

If you are interested in participating in the webinar, please register here. A link to access the webinar will be emailed to those who RSVP.

  • Ruben Perez, U.S. Attorney's Office in Houston 
  • Martha Hernandez-Martinez, Casa de Esperanza
  • Tessa Couture, data analyst for Polaris and author of the report
  • My Lo Cook, director of Polaris's Strategic Initiative, Mexico (moderator)
Click here to register!
Webinar: Rebuilding Financially After Domestic Violence: Housing

Friday, August 26, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST, and 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EST

A free webinar presented by the  National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the  National Endowment for Financial Education

Abuse is found among women and men regardless of social class, age, ethnicity and location. Economic control in an abusive relationship takes many forms and gaining financial self-sufficiency can be the difference between staying in or leaving a violent relationship. This workshop covers building a modest financial foundation and making plans for the future, which are crucial skills you can impart to individuals so they are empowered to make informed, responsible financial decisions to reestablish their lives. Our focused areas for this webinar is housing, and it will cover a variety of topics regarding the housing issues and concerns facing survivors of domestic abuse.
Rebuilding Financially After Domestic Violence: Housing occurs twice on August 26th. Please register for the time that works best for you:

Application deadline: October 12, 2016

The Soros Justice Fellowships fund outstanding individuals to undertake projects that advance reform, spur debate, and catalyze change on a range of issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system. The fellowships are part of a larger effort within the Open Society Foundations to reduce the destructive impact of current criminal justice policies on the lives of individuals, families, and communities in the United States by challenging the overreliance on incarceration and extreme punishment, and ensuring a fair and accountable system of justice.

Fellows receive funding ($58,700-$110,250) primarily through multiple categories, including:

Advocacy Fellowships

The Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowships fund lawyers, advocates, grassroots organizers, researchers, and others with unique perspectives to undertake full-time criminal justice reform projects at the local, state, and national levels. Projects may range from litigation to public education to coalition building to grassroots mobilization to policy-driven research. Advocacy Fellowships are 18 months in duration, may be undertaken with the support of a host organization, and can begin in the spring or fall of 2017.
Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities

Application Due: September 30, 2016

Rapid Response Grants for Reducing Violence and Promoting Peace
In August 2016, The Chicago Community Trust, the Joyce Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the Polk Bros. Foundation, the Woods Fund Chicago and other funders joined together in support of immediate intervention to deter violence and promote peace in Chicago neighborhoods.

The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities is a $300,000 fund created in direct response to the many people and organizations who are proactively working to keep our neighborhoods safe over the Labor Day holiday and through the beginning of the school year. The Fund is not meant to be a quick fix to the complex problem of violence-its targeted grants supplement each funder's intensive and long-standing efforts to develop sustainable, systemic responses to the root causes of the challenge.
  • Grants will range from $1,000 to $10,000.
  • Grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations with 501(c)3 status, or with a 501(c)3 organization serving as fiscal sponsor.
  • Grants must support activities taking place in neighborhoods within the city of Chicago.
    • Educational events
    • Group or youth activities
    • Resident leader stipends
    • Recreational activities
    • Festivals
    • Performances
    • Picnics
    • Block-level activities, including rental of venues and supplies
  • Groups, agencies and organizations whose interests are consistent with the goal to support grassroots, community-based solutions that make neighborhoods safer are welcome to apply.
  • Grant funds may not be used to support or advocate for the purchase or use of guns as part of any activity.
How to Apply

To apply for funding, please download and complete the  Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities Application (25KB). Email your completed application to safechicago@cct.org.
Applications must be submitted by September 30. If you are seeking funding for activities to take place over the Labor Day weekend, please submit your application no later than August 25.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Announces 2017 Culture of Health Prize

Posted: August 19, 2016
Deadline: November 3, 2016 (Phase 1 Applications)

The  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has issued a Call for Applications for its 2017 Culture of Health Prize, an annual program that honors outstanding community efforts and partnerships that are helping people live healthier lives.

Up to ten communities will be awarded a $25,000 cash prize and have their accomplishments celebrated and shared broadly, with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring locally driven change across the country. Community partners can decide together how to use the funds to benefit the community.

The RWJF Culture of Health Prize is a place-based prize that honors whole U.S. communities; applications representing the work of a single organization or initiative will not be considered.
To be eligible, a community must be based in the United States. For the sake of the program, a community is defined as a town, city, county, tribe or tribal community, or region. Each winning communities will be required to designate a local U.S. governmental or tax-exempt public charity operating in its community to accept the $25,000 prize on its behalf.

Phase I applications must be received no later than November 3, 2016. Upon review, invitations will be extended to select communities to submit Phase II applications by December 9. Phase II applications for invited communities are due by January 20, 2017.

Jane Doe, Inc: Training Coordinator

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual committed to social justice, ongoing learning and innovation in training. The Training Coordinator, a full-time position, creates and implements an array of diverse training initiatives to meet the needs of JDI member programs, allies and stakeholders working to address and prevent sexual and domestic violence. 

The Coordinator will be supervised by the Director of Membership and Programs and will work with all JDI staff and members to advance knowledge, best practices, and subject matter expertise to ensure that the field in MA is fully equipped to understand the needs of victims and survivors. The Coordinator will also create and support opportunities for creative teaching and learning experiences and these activities will be facilitated in a manner that supports survivor-centered practices, transforms and dismantles societal norms, attitudes and beliefs that foster sexual and domestic violence, and promotes innovation in prevention programming. 

The ideal candidate will possess demonstrated, varied and in-depth experience creating and delivering training in various modalities; experience with curriculum development and implementation; knowledge of adult learning theory and practice; an understanding of primary prevention strategies; and experience in the field of sexual and/or domestic violence. The ideal candidate will also share the values articulated in JDI's Principles of Unity and be a consensus builder, welcome diverse perspectives, exhibit grace under pressure, have a sense of humor and foster a strong and vibrant commitment to coalition building.

Break the Cycle: Legal Services Program Manager (Senior Managing Attorney)

The Legal Services Program Manager is responsible for overseeing Break the Cycle's direct
legal services program in the District of Columbia and providing direct legal representation to
survivors of dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The Legal Services
Program Manager reports directly to the Senior Director of Programs and supervises program
staff, volunteers and interns. In addition, s/he conducts occasional trainings for domestic
violence service providers, attorneys, law enforcement and court personnel to help them better
serve youth, and conducts outreach and prevention education activities for youth.

The Legal Services Program Manager will reflect a commitment to and value diverse cultural
perspectives, respect and integrate the leadership and expertise of young people from diverse
backgrounds into all facets of program work. They must also demonstrate experience working
with young people and caring adults across the prevention and intervention spectrum, as well as understand systems and structures of oppression that intersect with and impact the lived
realities of our constituents and the communities they identify with.

Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Program Quality Assurance Monitor

The position involves assessing the programmatic operations of Florida's certified domestic violence centers and select legal service providers for compliance with empowerment-based advocacy principles and contract provisions.  The position duties include, but are not limited to: reviewing compliance with guiding authorities through file reviews, interviews, observations, and checklists; completing monitoring tools; report writing, proposing corrective action steps, as necessary; and providing technical assistance to domestic violence center staff.
The candidate must have a solid understanding of empowerment-based advocacy.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.  It is preferred that the candidate holds a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university; or possesses a combination of education and/or related experience.
This job requires extensive in-state travel.
Required: Cover letter, resume, and three reference to: Contract Monitor Position, FCADV, 425 Office Plaza Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32301 or by FAX at 850.425.3091 or via email to cqajobs@fcadv.org. If an accommodation is needed in order to participate in the application process, please email us at cqajobs@fcadv.org or call Marcy at 850.425.2749.
FCADV is an EOE employer and encourages candidates from diverse populations to apply.
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 Coordinator


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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