November 28, 2019
Update from the National Latin@ Network
Happy Holidays from Casa de Esperanza
We want to give a special thank you to our network and friends. We hope you all have an especially joyous holiday season!
Policy Alerts
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a proposal which would raise the naturalization fee by 83% to $1,170, and eliminate fee waivers which have made naturalization more accessible to low-income and working class lawful permanent residents (LPRs). This increase is the largest in more than a decade, and would put the dream of American citizenship out of reach for many of the nearly nine million LPRs who are eligible to naturalize. The increase is part of a USCIS proposal to make significant changes in the fees for other immigration services.  

NLN News
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
Know Your Rights. For People Working with Immigrant Families:
The Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) Campaign is dedicated to providing community-facing materials on public charge to better equip immigrants with what they need to know to make the best decision for themselves and for their families. More materials for service providers and advocates can be found at our Special Resources Page

The Caregiver Action Network has launched a new Caregiver Help Desk
Depression. Exhaustion. Burnout. Stress. Those are just some of the words people are using to describe their experiences as caregivers.

Helping care for a family member or loved one can be hard work. People don't often talk about the emotional toll it can take on the actual caregiver.

Now the Caregiver Action Network is trying to provide help by launching a hotline specifically for caregivers.

Network News and Resources
Save the Dates! June 16-18, 2020 Blueprint for Safety Institute 
The Blueprint Institute offers an immersive, interactive, multi-disciplinary learning experience for communities interested in, starting, or already implementing the Blueprint for Safety. Communities are encouraged to send small teams of 3-4 local practitioners and community-based advocates to the Institute. Pending OVW approval, the 2020 Blueprint for Safety Institute is planned to take place June 16-18, 2020 in St. Paul, Minnesota!
The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health
The American Academy of Pediatrics is committed to addressing the factors that affect child and adolescent health with a focus on issues that may leave some children more vulnerable than others. Racism is a social determinant of health that has a profound impact on the health status of children, adolescents, emerging adults, and their families. Although progress has been made toward racial equality and equity, the evidence to support the continued negative impact of racism on health and well-being through implicit and explicit biases, institutional structures, and interpersonal relationships is clear. The objective of this policy statement is to provide an evidence-based document focused on the role of racism in child and adolescent development and health outcomes. 
The School Resource Officer Training Conference focuses on critical issues impacting the safety of schools, youth, and communities. Themed "Protecting our Children through Prevention and Response", conference sessions highlight best practices, lessons learned from relevant cases, and current or emerging trends in addressing school violence through crime prevention and response strategies. 

All proposals must be submitted online and received by December 20, 2019
Meet COPAL: Comunidades Organizando el Poder y la Acción Latina
Comunidades Organizando el Poder y la Acción Latina (or COPAL) is a new membership organization with a mission of uniting Latinxs in Minnesota in active grassroots communal democracy that builds racial, gender, social and economic justice across community lines.

COPAL aims to achieve its mission by networking with organizations and people across ethnic communities by embracing the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing:
  1. Be inclusive;
  2. Emphasis on Bottom-Up Organizing;
  3. Let’s people Speak for Themselves;
  4. Work Together in Solidarity and Mutuality;
  5. Build Just Relationships Among Ourselves and
  6. Commitment to Self-Transformation.
Support Victims of Sexual Assault 
Sign Our Petition
This petition was created to support victim-centered approaches to sexual assault.

The intent of this petition is to show that victim-centered and trauma-informed approaches are recognized as best practices by people from of all walks of life: including professionals working inside and outside the criminal justice system, and members of the public including survivors and their loved ones. These approaches help to ensure fairness, by supporting thorough and professional investigations, without compromising Constitutional rights to due process.
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
Raped, Then Jailed: The Risks of Prosecution for Falsely Reporting Sexual Assault Webinar
December 4, 2019
12 - 1:30 p.m. CST

Sexual assault victims have often faced sources of bias, based on unjustified suspicions that their report is a false allegation. This webinar focuses on the scenario where victims summon the courage to report a sexual assault, only to be disbelieved, mistreated, and later charged (often erroneously) with false reporting or associated crimes such as obstruction of justice, interfering with law enforcement, or providing false statements. The presentation will detail how these scenarios unfold, highlighting factors that distinguish an interview conducted with a victim versus a suspect in a criminal investigation, and we document how this can result in a false confession. We then conclude with a discussion of how this injustice can be prevented, by following recommended practices for sexual assault investigations and victim interviews.
Suggested Reading Corner
Daring to Write: Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women
Edited by:  Erika M. Martinez

Erika M. Martínez has brought together twenty-four engaging narratives written by Dominican women and women of Dominican descent living in the United States. The first volume of its kind, Daring to Write’s insightful works offer readers a wide array of content that touches on a range of topics: migration, history, religion, race, class, gender, and sexuality. The result is a moving and imaginative critique of how these factors intersect and affect daily lives.
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.

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