A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Should organizations use Latin@ or Latinx?

By: Pierre Berastaín, Assistant Director of Innovation and Engagement, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

In recent years, we have seen a rise in public discussions around gender inclusivity in English and Spanish terminology. These conversations are important and worthy of comprehensive, meaningful civil discourse. Language changes to accommodate shifting attitudes, perceptions, positions, and preferences, and this is very much the case with the discussion between the terms Latinx and Latin@. Although Casa de Esperanza's National Latin@ Network incorporates the @, the conversation about use of either term is still openly and regularly held among staff. People frequently ask Casa de Esperanza which term is more inclusive or proper, and how either term's use affects overall content legibility. Given the frequency with which we receive questions around language, we drafted the following thoughts for consideration:

Click here to read our thoughts on this topic
I Am A DACA Recipient, Mr. President

I urge you to protect those of us who came as children and have "proven" ourselves over the decades

A Huffington Post article written by Pierre Berastaín

Toward the end of my senior year in college, I had grown accustomed to not sleeping. The therapists didn't know what to do with me. "It must be difficult," they would say, "to feel like you're responsible for the well-being of your family." They never gave me concrete strategies to cope. Instead, I spent my time helping them understand the realities of an undocumented Latino in the United States. Medication didn't help, either. I believe my stress levels were so high that they rendered any sleeping aid useless.

The thoughts were always the same: In a few months, I will graduate from Harvard, but I can't work, I can't stay in the U.S., and my family depends on me. I am undocumented and don't want to go back to my country. What do I do?

Click here to read the rest of this article on the Huffington Post

NTF Calls Arizona ex-Sheriff's actions "Unpardonable"

The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF)* has grave concerns about the message the pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio sends to survivors of violence as well as law enforcement officers throughout the country. A pardon for Sherriff Arpaio undermines the rule of law, denigrates respect for civil rights, and erodes the confidence of marginalized communities that they can turn to law enforcement for help. It also is an affront to those in law enforcement who are dedicated to serving and protecting their communities within the confines of the laws and the Constitution of the United States.

Arpaio, defeated last fall in his reelection effort, was found by a federal judge to have abused his power as a law enforcement official. He engaged in systematic racial profiling and intimidation of the Latino community in Maricopa County, of which Phoenix is the largest city. He was ultimately convicted of criminal contempt for disobeying a federal court order to stop the unconstitutional practice of detaining individuals based solely on suspicion about their immigration status. Additionally, it is well documented that he ignored hundreds of sex crime cases-including many alleged child abuse cases-and failed to go after tens of thousands of active warrants in the county, instead choosing to divert critical resources and personnel to illegally detaining Latinos in violation of their civil rights.

Click here to read the rest of this statement.
Texas SB4 halted by federal court

What does the decision mean?
Parts of SB4 have been blocked and other parts will go into effect. This means that even if a local police officer can ask an individual about immigration status, the individual does not have to answer, the police officer cannot arrest the individual for being undocumented, and the police officer cannot serve as an immigration officer.

Can local police arrest people for being undocumented?
No. Simply being undocumented is not a crime, it is a civil offense. State and local police can only arrest and hold people in jail based on state law criminal charges, not because they are undocumented. If a police officer learns an individual is undocumented, that officer cannot arrest the individual or hold that person for federal agents if there is no state law charge.

DACA survey results released show recipients contribute to the economy

United We Dream, National Immigration Law Center, and Center for American Progress, in conjunction with Professor Tom K. Wong of the  University of California, San Diego, have published the results of a new survey of DACA recipients - the largest survey to date. The results are unequivocal: DACA recipients are making a major contribution to the U.S. economy.
Click here for information about the survey results
Click here to read the entire survey results report
The Kite Runner

Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir's choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father's servant, The Kite Runner  is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons-their love, their sacrifices, their lies.
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What do I need to know if DACA ends?

From the Immigrant Legal Resource Center

There are some reports that President Trump may end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program soon. At this time, we do not know when or if the DACA program will be terminated or what the end of the program may look like. For example, will those with DACA continue to be protected from deportation and able to use their work permits until they expire? Or will DACA approvals and work permits be revoked? While the DACA program remains in effect  at this time , this community advisory contains some things to keep in mind should the program end.

Click here for more information from the ILRC.
We Are With Dreamers site launched, invites you to support DACA recipients

Casa de Esperanza invites you to join more than 1,860 fellow leaders in signing onto a new "We Are With Dreamers" statement  calling on the administration to preserve the successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and for Congress to pass a standalone version of the bipartisan Dream Act.

WithDreamers.com launched to allow people to sign on quickly and efficiently. Click here to sign on, too.

Click here for state-specific information about DACA.
Tahirih Justice Center releases report about laws that allow child marriages

State laws are failing to protect children from the devastating consequences of child marriage, according to a new report released today by the Tahirih Justice Center. The report,  Falling Through the Cracks: How Laws Allow Child Marriage to Happen in Today's America , is the first comprehensive analysis of provisions in all 50 states and Washington, DC that leave children more vulnerable to forced marriage and the harms of early marriage. The report also details the kinds of safeguards states can adopt to help protect children, but concludes that the best safeguard is a minimum marriage age of 18 without exceptions.

Click here for more information.
NRCDV releases TA guidance for social media for DVAM 2017

Whether your goals are unifying your supporters, educating the public, amplifying marginalized voices, starting well-informed conversations, seizing public attention around these issues, or raising money for existing efforts-social media can be another method to further your organization's mission. This Technical Assistance (TA) Guidance is designed to support community-based domestic violence agencies and state coalitions at varying capacity levels in developing impactful social media campaigns for Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) and beyond.

The document outlines seven key steps for developing thoughtful and engaging social media campaigns: 1) identifying potential partners, 2) determining campaign goals, 3) defining intended audience, 4) developing key messaging, 5) setting communications strategy, 6) implementing action plan, and 7) evaluating impact. Concrete tips, strategies, and planning tools are offered for each step of the process.

Developed by Rachel Haas.

Click here to access this resource.
The Red Cross: Bilingual Event-based Volunteers

Where:  Immediately in Houston, hopefully followed in the next few days and next week in Dallas, Austin, Beaumont, and Corpus Christi
When:  In Houston, tomorrow Thursday, from 130 to 530pm at the Red Cross Houston chapter headquarters, 2700 Southwest Parkway in Houston
We are in need of Event Based Volunteers (EBVs) from the affected regions who:
  • Are bilingual;
  • Would feel comfortable working as a shelter volunteer;
  • Can commit to at least a week working in a shelter; and
  • Pass a criminal background check.  (For those without social security numbers, we can still run background checks and they can volunteer.)
We are working to ensure we have bilingual volunteers in every shelter.  These volunteers will be fully trained as shelter workers, but will also be able to offer specific guidance to many members of the public reported to be fearful about seeking out a shelter. They will also ensure that other shelter volunteers understand the Red Cross policy on government entities entering the shelter.  The goal is to take these volunteers immediately in the hardest hit areas in and around Houston.  These volunteers will receive food and accommodations as part of their deployment should it be necessary.

Prince George's Community College: Trauma Therapist/Victim Advocate

Provide direct services to victims of intimate partner violence (IPV) within the surrounding community, including the community college campus. Conduct workshops, campus-wide programming and other outreach designed to address IPV. This position will also be responsible for the execution of the tasks associated with the Prince George's County Council Domestic Violence Program Grant.

Turningpoint: Children and Youth Services Coordinator

Turningpoint has one full-time position open for a Children and Youth Services Coordinator. This position reports to the Executive Director.  This position is responsible for providing programming, support, facilities management, and advocacy services to children and youth in both emergency shelter and on an outreach basis.  Candidates should have bachelor's degree in Child Development, Human Services, or other related field, or related experience. Must be able to work independently and be flexible with scheduling. Management experience strongly preferred.   This position includes benefits.

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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