A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Felices Fiestas & Happy Holidays

Casa de Esperanza and our National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities are thankful for the support and partnership of everyone we have had the opportunity to work with throughout 2017.
When organizations, systems and leaders come together to support and lean-in to the voices, strengths, and leadership of our communities, we all make a greater difference in the lives of families impacted by domestic and sexual violence.
We wish you a wonderful and peaceful holiday season and we look forward to working together in 2018.
With love and gratitude,
Patti Tototzintle, CEO, and the staff at  Casa de Esperanza
'Tis the Season of Meaningful Gifts

This holiday season, Casa de Esperanza is pleased to offer special discounted pricing for some of its most popular products. Give your family or your organization a reason to celebrate victims' and survivors' strengths with conversation pieces, books, and curriculum - or treat yourself!

Holiday Children's Bundle

For a limited time only, you can buy all three of our children's products together for the discounted price of $19.99 and free shipping!

Original price: $26.25 Discount price: $19.99 + free shipping


Material: Mixed media with glass base

Color: NO MÁS turquoise and transluscent base OR NO MÁS turquoise and black

Handmade in the USA 

Original price: $18. 
Discount price: $14.99 + free shipping.

Click here to buy the NO MÁS pendant!

My Girlfriend Did It

My Girlfriend Did It is documentary film that explores IPV in lesbian relationships by highlighting the struggles and resilience of women who share the impact of violence in their lives. This is the 2008 DVD re-release. 

English. Closed captioning. Spanish subtitles. Facilitator's guide and poster included.

Original price: $75. Discount price: $59.99 + free shipping.

Stepping into Latino Realities

Stepping Into Latino Realities

Organizations and individuals who work with Latino communities must be culturally competent in order to fully engage Latino clients and their families. Stepping Into Latino Realities helps service providers understand Latino cultures and their role in fostering strong communication. 

DVD, English, 25 minutes, includes facilitator's guide. 

Original price: $25. Discount price: $19.99 + free shipping.

These products and many more are available at our online store. Get yours while the sale lasts!
Survivor who stayed at Casa de Esperanza tells her personal story to The Guardian

For as long as she'd lived in the United States, Maria* was in hiding.

She was hiding from immigration officials, because she was undocumented. And she was hiding from the father of her children, a drug-addled, cruel career criminal she'd left Mexico to escape.

"If I seek for help they might deport me," she said, "but if I don't he might kill me."

Like so many other undocumented women in the US, Maria - who asked that a pseudonym be used in this story - would eventually have to choose between these two dangers. Many women fleeing across borders from abusive partners are having to make that same deadly calculation.

Click here to read this article on The Guardian.

*Name has been changed to protect the survivor's identity.
Webinar  Trauma-Informed and Culturally Specific Practice for Latina Survivors

Thursday, January 25, 2018
12 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST 

In this webinar, National Latin@ Network researchers will provide accessible language that service providers can use to describe the overlap between the trauma-informed and culturally specific aspects of their work. Presenters will first present principles developed using research the NLN gathered from culturally specific practitioners across the domestic violence field. Then, presenters will discuss findings from a national research project designed to evaluate culturally specific and trauma-informed aspects of service for Latina survivors.
Dr. Josephine V. Serrata, Director of Research and Evaluation, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network
Dr. Rebecca Rodriguez, Manager of Research and Evaluation, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network 

Click here to register for this webinar
Break the Cycle announces design finalists for TDVAM

Continuing  its tradition  from 2017's  Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month , Break the Cycle launched a special contest for our community of activists and young people in Let's Be Real. In November, it hosted a design contest exclusively for our national youth movement,  Let's Be Real  (LBR), to design a shirt for teen DV month that encompassed the 2018 theme " Healthy Me, Healthy We ."
Two finalists were selected from a talented group of designs that best represent what it truly means to love yourself and others in a healthy way. 

Congratulations to Michaela R. (Left photo) and Aviel W. (Right photo)!

BTC is in the final stages of the contest, and needs your help to decide who will win the Grand Prize of an Amazon Echo Dot and be announced as its official Teen DV Month 2018 shirt. Plus, this portion of the contest raises funds for its youth movement's 2018 engagement activities! 

Click here to see the designs and vote for your favorite
KIND publishes report on effects of ICE Enforcement on children

With immigration policy at the forefront of national debates, harsh rhetoric has transformed into even crueler realities for the most vulnerable of migrants-children who come alone to the U.S. fleeing grave violence in their home countries. Amid a pronounced shift in immigrant enforcement priorities, the U.S. government in June 2017 began targeting the parents and relatives of unaccompanied immigrant children for deportation and potential prosecution. Announced as an effort to disrupt smuggling networks and protect children, this targeted initiative has instead endangered and re-traumatized children by separating them from loved ones who have stepped forward to care for them as they await proceedings to hear their claims for protection.
Click here to read the full report
WOCN 2018 Women of Color Economic Policy & 
Leadership National Summit

January 29 - 30, 2018
Washington, DC

Registration deadline: Friday, January 5, 2018

The Women of Color Network, Inc, (WOCN) proudly announces the Women of Color EPL National Summit, whose purpose is to create an in-person space for women of color and indigenous advocates to address survivors' urgent economic security needs while advancing culturally specific innovations for safety, access, and security.

This training is free to recipients of any OVW Grant, including CSSP, Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations, STOP, Campus, Rural, Sexual Assault, and Tribal Grantees. Registration is limited to 35 OVW grantees and registrants will be responsible for covering all related expenses, such as travel, meals not provided during training, and overnight accommodations. You may use your OVW training and travel funds to cover all related travel expenses. Do not book any travel or accommodations until given approval by WOCN.

Registrations will be reviewed in order received so complete the form as soon as possible.

WOCN will follow up with registration and logistical information in the coming weeks. 

For questions or additional information, contact Purvi Shah, WOCN Economic Policy and Leadership Senior Consultant, at purvishahwocn@gmail.com.  
Click here for more information and to register for this event
Immigration Detention Series of reports published

The Latino Community Foundation of Colorado (LCFC)  has released a series of reports that provide insight into the realities of immigration detention written by César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, associate professor of law at the University of Denver and author of  crimmigration.com

Click here to access the report on Immigration Detention for Children and Families

Click here to access the report on Immigration Detention for Adults

Click here to access the report on Immigration Detention for Vulnerable Populations
LULAC announces scholarship for 2018 Emerge Latino Conference

The LULAC Emerge Latino Conference Travel Scholarship is designed to offer highly motivated students a chance to learn about the current state of the Latino community in the US. Applicants are evaluated based on the following elements: academic accomplishments, community service, and personal essays. Scholarships are awarded based on merit and financial need. The scholarship provides recipients with transportation (flights, train, or gas) and lodging expenses. 

Click here to access the scholarship application
No One Is Coming To Save Us

By: Stephanie Powell Watts

The Great Gatsby brilliantly recast in the contemporary South: a powerful first novel about an extended African-American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream.

JJ's newfound wealth forces everyone to consider what more they want and deserve from life than what they already have-and how they might go about getting it. Can they shape their lives to align with their wishes rather than their realities? Or are they resigned to the rhythms of the particular lives they lead? No One Is Coming to Save Us is a revelatory debut from an insightful voice that combines a universally resonant story with an intimate glimpse into the hearts of one family.
Description from Goodreads
Webinar Raising the Bar: Best Practices for Legal Advocacy for People with Disabilities

January 23, 2018
2 - 3:30 p.m. EST
Navigating the legal system can be challenging in the best of circumstances. When you also have a disability, additional barriers will arise. Legal advocates need to ensure that they are prepared to best provide services for people with disabilities as well as ensuring that courts are prepared to provide necessary accommodations. This webinar will explore best practices for legal advocates as well as innovative work to help survivors with disabilities and Deaf survivors navigate the legal system.  

Save the dates for the rest of the webinars in the End Abuse series: 
March 13, 2018
May 15, 2018
July 17, 2018
August 14, 2018
September 18, 2018

Click here  to register for this webinar
Apply for OVW funding  for Training & Services to  End Violence Against Women with Disabilities   

Register by: Jan 5, 2017
Apply by: Jan 26, 2017

This solicitation supports activities that focus on individuals with disabilities and Deaf individuals who are survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
Grants funds may be used to:
- Establish and strengthen multidisciplinary collaborative relationships  
- Increase an organization's capacity to provide services  
- Identify needs and develop plans to meet those needs and build a strong foundation 
Download the solicitation and read it carefully. 
More solicitations are coming in the next few months. Subscribe to get an email when one is released. See last year's solicitations to get an idea of what might be coming this year. Visit the Awards Page to see who received a grant last year.   
Apply for OVW grants for underserved populations

Register by: Jan 5, 2017
Apply by: Jan 26, 2017

This solicitation supports outreach to and services for individuals in underserved populations who are survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

Underserved populations face challenges created by lack of availability of culturally relevant services and by marginalization due to geographic location, religion, sexual orientation, gender identify, racial and ethnic identity, or special needs. 

Grants funds may be used for a range of activities, such as:
- Develop and implement population-specific outreach materials and victim services
- Increase the ability of organizations to provide outreach and services for underserved populations  
- Train and educate community partners and criminal justice professionals
Download the solicitation and read it carefully. 
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV): Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Systems Change

The Vice-President of Strategic Partnerships and Systems Change will lead boldly in challenging the culture, practices, policy, and power of institutions and systems that create the conditions for gender and racial violence and systemic oppressions. Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer, the Vice-President will provide visionary and hands on leadership to NRCDV's Policy and Research Team and its collaborative efforts to build and support a strong community of policy advocates committed to racial equity as a core element of gender justice.

People for the American Way: Media Relations Director
  • Serve as one of PFAW's on-the-record spokespeople and oversee all media outreach, including overseeing work of staff and consultants.
  • Work directly with PFAW's senior leadership team to develop the organization's media strategy.
  • Build productive relationships with national reporters and producers who cover issues related to PFAW's mission.
  • Proactively identify and capitalize on opportunities to pitch stories and PFAW spokespeople to earn productive media coverage in national, state, and local TV, radio, and print outlets.
  • Organize and execute successful national and state-based press events.
  • Draft press releases, statements and talking points.
  • Prepare organizational spokespeople for interviews.
  • Train and assist PFAW staff in developing individual relationships with reporters and producers.
  • Coordinate with other members of PFAW/F's Communications and Research team on organizational activities and priorities.
Berklee College of Music : (Various positions)

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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