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Trafficking and Sexual Assault

Trafficking in Persons consists of the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of a person by means of threat or use of force or coercion to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of sex or labor exploitation.

Seven in ten trafficked workers come to the United States with a temporary visa and roughly half of them are women.  By the time they find help, the majority no longer have a lawful immigration status because employers neglect renewing the workers' visa.  

Click here to read this blog on human trafficking
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Random Acts of Kindness calendar

Start 2017 off right by practicing one random act of kindness a day. 

You can fill a calendar with your own random acts of kindness by drawing ideas from the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.

"Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people." - Karen Salmansohn
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month
Throughout January, we will be publishing information about human trafficking on our Twitter account. Follow us at @CasaDeEsperanza.

You can also follow the Polaris Projecta leading organization in the fight against human trafficking, for more information about how to detect human trafficking, the latest initiatives to eradicate HT, and more! 
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
1:30 - 2:00pm EST

In this blog talk radio, participants will learn about the unique experiences of transgender Latin@ immigrant survivors of human trafficking and the challenging barriers they face when attempting to access services and resources. Additionally, the presenter will share best practices for responding to this challenging and pervasive problem.

Presenters:  Francesco Duberli, CEO, Survivors' Pathways

Francesco Duberli is the founder and Chief Executive of Survivor's Pathway. He is a clinical psychologist with master's degrees in both public health and clinical mental health. 

Webinar: The Role of the Executive Director: Ups and Downs and In-between
Thursday, January 12, 2017
3:00 - 4:30pm EST

During this webinar, we will explore how executive directors lead, direct, and manage -- and consider their own needs in-between. 

We will discuss the following questions: 
  • What are the most pressing issues facing Executive Directors that can make you lose sleep? 
  • What are the most important things you can do to support others in your organization? 
  • How do you work with and strengthen the relationship with your board of directors?
Prior to the day of the webinar, please email Maritza Valdez at mvaldez@casadeesperanza.org with any key questions, challenges or other comments you would like the presenter to address in the session.

Presenter: Patricia J. Tototzintle, CEO, Casa de Esperanza

Friday, January 20, 2017
4:00 - 5:30pm EST

The National Latin@ Network conducted research to gain a better understanding of current services provided by domestic/sexual violence organizations across the country for human trafficking survivors. The study included a web-based survey of domestic/sexual violence organizations and in-depth case studies of five organizations. We invite you to join this conversation where we will share the findings of our research.

In this webinar, participants will learn:
  • Demographic profile of human trafficking survivors being served by the organizations who responded to the survey
  • Services of human trafficking that are most often provided by DV/SV organizations
  • Best practices utilized by providers to serve human trafficking survivors
  • Recommendations for the field about serving human trafficking survivors in DV/SV organizations.
Presenters: Josephine V. Serrata, Ph.D. and Martha Hernandez-Martinez, MPA, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

OVC announces three grants to combat human trafficking

Application Deadline: 02/27/2017 
OVC and BJA will award between $600,000 and $900,000 to law enforcement agencies and victim service providers to work collaboratively to enhance multidisciplinary human trafficking task forces that combat sex and labor trafficking of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens of all sexes and ages. Eligible applicants are law enforcement agencies and victim service providers who submit separate but coordinated proposals that outline how the funding will be used to implement the human trafficking task force specified within the application. Applicants are urged to begin in advance of the February 27, 2017, deadline. 

Application Deadline: 02/21/2017 
OVC will make up to 13 awards of up to $750,000 to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to assist victims of all forms of human trafficking by enhancing interagency collaboration and the coordinated community response to victims of human trafficking, and by providing high-quality services that address the individual needs of trafficking victims. Funding will be provided to victim service organizations with a demonstrated history of providing services for victims of human trafficking; will support comprehensive services for all victims of human trafficking; and will aid efforts to increase the capacity of communities to respond to human trafficking victims through the development of interagency partnerships, professional training, and public awareness activities. Applicants are urged to begin in advance of the February 21, 2017, deadline.

Application Deadline: 02/13/2017 
OVC will make up to two awards of up to $1.5 million each for states or tribes to develop, enhance, and coordinate programs and activities geared toward improving outcomes for child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking. Applicants must identify the state or tribe's greatest barriers to identifying and assisting child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking and/or to investigating and prosecuting these cases, and develop a jurisdiction-wide strategy to address these challenges. Applicants must also describe how the program would leverage existing victim assistance, law enforcement, and child welfare efforts against human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children and youth in the state or in the tribal jurisdiction. Applicants are urged to begin in advance of the February 13, 2017, deadline.
OVW announces Disability Grant Program solicitation for FY 2017

This week the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) released the solicitation for the Fiscal Year 2017 Training and Services to End Violence Against Women with Disabilities Grant Program.
People with disabilities and Deaf people experience significantly higher rates of domestic and sexual violence than people without disabilities. Despite these high rates, when survivors with disabilities reach out for help they often find that services in their communities are inaccessible to their disability or unresponsive to the violence in their lives. For over a decade the OVW has been issuing grants through the Disability Grant Program to help communities build their capacity to meet the unique needs of survivors with disabilities and Deaf survivors. Over sixty communities have participated in the grant and changed this reality for survivors with disabilities in their community. 
You and your community are encouraged to apply!

How to Apply

Details for applying to the Disability Grant Program can be found by downloading the solicitation from the Office on Violence Against Women's website here

All applications are due by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (E.T.) on January 26, 2017. 
Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama: Programs Director

The Programs Director  is responsible for management, development, and evaluation of programs and advocacy strategies dedicated to the social, civic and economic integration of Latino families in Alabama.  A senior position and thought leader of the organization, the Programs Director is a member of the administrative team and assumes responsibility for the organization in the absence of the Executive Director. The Programs Director reports to the Executive Director. This is a full-time position. 

Asian Family Support Services of Austin: Economic Empowerment Program Associate

The Economic Empowerment Program Associate will be responsible working with immigrant domestic violence and/or sexual assault victims on issues of self-sufficiency and economic empowerment after all immediate crisis needs are met. The services should be aimed at the broader goal of helping the victim and the victim's family lead a safe, healthy, independent, and abuse-free life with supportive and culture-sensitive advocacy. The Economic Empowerment Program Associate will directly report to Economic Empowerment Program Manager.

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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