A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Talking to your children about sex should include conversations about boundaries and consent

As children are exposed to new ideas and experiences, it can be hard to know what to say. Nobody has all of the answers; what is most important is to keep your conversations going. The discussions are about more than just sex - they are about puberty, changes in bodies, sexual desires versus sexual actions, and knowing and understanding healthy sexuality. Conversations about it should be about aspects of sexuality that are not sexual, as well.

Click here to read abou t talking to your children about sex

This blog uses information from the DECIMOS NO M ÁS campaign. Visit WeSayNoMas.org for more information and resources to help you have important conversations with your children. 

Click here to sign up for tomorrow's webinar about DECIMOS NO MÁS and KidSmartz, called A Call to Parents: Tips on How to Prepare Your Children for a Safe and Healthy Future. 
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Webinar A Call to Parents: Tips on How to Prepare Your Children for a Safe and Healthy Future

Tomorrow, Sept. 29, 2017
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST

Casa de Esperanza's National Latin@ Network and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are partnering to introduce their respective projects, DECIMOS NO MÁS and KidSmartz, two campaigns aimed at helping parents talk to their children about ways to protect themselves in an empowering and positive manner. KidSmartz offers materials, activities, videos, quizzes, tips, music, articles, and more to help parents and educators talk to children in a non-threatening way about how to establish safety plans to prevent abduction and spot danger. DECIMOS NO MÁS is a collection of information, materials, and resources that help guide parents through talking to their children about how to establish and recognize healthy communication, relationships, and sexuality in a way that is culturally relevant to Latin@s.
Through this webinar, participants will learn: 
  • The importance of having meaningful conversations with children early on about their safety, establishing boundaries, and recognizing what healthy relationships, sexuality, and other interpersonal communication look like. 
  • What tools and resources KidSmartz and DECIMOS NO MÁS offer, and how they can help guide parents, guardians, and teachers in their conversations with children.
  • What steps they as adults can take to ensuring the safety and health of the children in their lives, and how to get more involved with DECIMOS NO MÁS and KidSmartz.
Rebecca De León, Communications and Marketing Manager, Casa de Esperanza; Eliza Harrell Director of Outreach, Training and Prevention, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Click here to register for this webinar now!
#DVAM2017 infographic on social change published 

The Domestic Violence Awareness Project , lead by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, has released an infographic with strategies on
  • Awareness involves efforts to increase knowledge or reshape cultural norms or false perceptions about gender-based violence.
  • Action refers to proactive efforts to stop violence and abuse from happening in the first place by interrupting the cultural rules, norms, and constructs that support it.
  • Social Change can occur when individuals, families, communities, and institutions have access to both knowledge and tools and act to transform society.
The PDF is downloada ble here. Please share widely with the hashtag #DVAM2017
National orgs offer free legal assistance for DACA renewal

National organizations are providing  #DACA recipients with 
free legal assistance in advance of October 5 renewal deadline.

NALEO Educational Fund 's 1-844-411-DACA hotline will connect DACA recipients with local events and pro bono attorneys who can provide renewal application assistance.
For more information, call 1-844-411-DACA (1-844-411-3222).
Informed Immigrant releases updated DACA resources

The new links on Informed Immigrant have a wealth of information for DACA recipients, including:
  • A calendar of all the DACA renewal clinics happening across the country that DACA recipients can go to through October 3rd.
  • An updated list of local funds to help cover the cost of DACA application fees between now and October 5, the last day to submit renewals.
  • New guidance on Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the latest DACA news.
  • Updated videos with comprehensive information around transferring guardianship to minors.
Click here to visit all their resources 
We Should All Be Feminists

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

What does "feminism" mean today? That is the question at the heart of  We Should All Be Feminists , a personal, eloquently-argued essay-adapted from her much-viewed TEDx talk of the same name.

With humor and levity, Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century -- one rooted in inclusion and awareness. She shines a light not only on blatant discrimination, but also the more insidious, institutional behaviors that marginalize women around the world in order to help readers of all walks of life better understand the often masked realities of sexual politics. Throughout, she draws extensively on her own experiences in the U.S., in her native Nigeria, and abroad-offering an artfully nuanced explanation of why the gender divide is harmful for women and men, alike. 
Description from Goodreads
National Call of Unity on October 3

This year's Call of Unity will take place on Tuesday,  October 3rd at 3 p.m. EST. On this annual, free 45-minute call, several national organizations, governmental agencies, local domestic violence programs, advocates, allies, survivors and their family and friends gather together to connect and refocus our efforts to end domestic violence. 
The theme this year is " Why I'm an Advocate." It is our intention to fill everyone's cup with hope, love and inspiration. T he National Call of Unity takes place each year to:
  • Present a unified, collaborative effort amongst national organizations working to end domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • Lift up strategies to promote strength and well-being in response to the trauma experienced by our communities.
  • Honor frontline advocates that are working directly with victims and survivors every day.
  • Provide advocates with additional language and messaging that can be used throughout National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
  • Offer inspiration and motivation to keep moving the work forward.
To join, call (888) 609-1607, and use passcode 97818684#
Service providers, attorneys, and advocates asked to take survey about human trafficking

The UN Secretary-General's  UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, managed by UN Women, has proclaimed every 25th of the month as "Orange Day" - a day to take action to raise awareness and prevent violence against women and girls.
Initiated and led by the UNiTE campaign Global Youth Network, Orange Day calls upon activists, governments and UN partners to mobilize people and highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls, not only once a year, on 25 November ( International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), but every month.
Click here to access the survey.
YWCA hosting Twitter Chat on Oct. 19

Join YWCA USA as a partner for a Twitter Chat on  Thursday, October 19th , that focuses on racial justice approaches to ending gender-based violence. The Twitter chat takes place during our annual Week Without Violence DVAM campaign, October 16 - 20th
  • WHEN: Thursday, October 19 from 3 to 4 PM ET, as part of our annual Week Without Violence, which takes place during Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • WHAT: Twitter chat
  • THEME: This year, we will be focused on racial justice approaches to ending gender-based violence. We must take an intersectional approach as we work together to end gender-based violence, centering and amplifying women of color survivors, advocates, and leaders. 
If you'd like to be a partner for this Twitter chat, please RSVP by October 9. Please email the following information to twang@ywca.org:
  • Your organization's name
  • Twitter handle you'll be using for the Twitter chat
  • The name/ email address of the person who will be tweeting for the Twitter chat
Conference  In Solidarity We Rise: Healing, Opportunity and Justice for Girls 

October 11-13, 2017
Washington, DC

This conference, hosted by The National Crittenton Foundation,   is about the leadership and engagement of girls and young women, and the use of a variety of approaches to learning, strategizing and connecting that are creative, intersectional, and two or multi-generational. The goal for In Solidarity is to have 50% of participants be girls and young women under the age of 25.

In Solidarity  will focus on: 
HEALING - Understanding the root causes of trauma and discovering new pathways to well being. 
OPPORTUNITY - Exploring diverse and innovative ways to  support health, economic security and civic engagement for girls. 
JUSTICE -  Strengthening the justice reform for girls' movement.

Click here to register for this conference or for more information
Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault: Financial and Grants Manager

The Financial and Grants Manager is a new position that is responsible for managing the organization's finances and grants; providing administrative support for the organization; and providing training and technical assistance to CCASA members on issues related to financial and grant management. This position plays a key role in managing subcontracts for local grant project partners.

Institute for Policy Studies: Research Coordinator

The new  Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, led by Rev William Barber and a wide array of progressive leaders and organizations, takes its name and focus from the last campaign of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. leading up to his 1968 assassination. The new Campaign will build on Dr. King's call for a movement challenging racism, poverty and militarism, adding environmental justice as central to today's needs.
 IPS researchers will be involved in producing much of the substance of the Audit. The coordinator will oversee and coordinate production of the material into a coherent report - including weaving different sections into a consistent whole, working with section leaders to ensure parallel approaches, serving as primary liaison between IPS researchers and the Poor People's Campaign leadership, and have overall responsibility for meeting deadlines linking the Audit to the Campaign's broader mobilization strategy. This is a one-year staff position within IPS, linked to the work of the Campaign.
Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence: Assistant Executive Director

The Assistant Executive Director will assist in building the capacity and improving the stability of the MNADV by overseeing and monitoring certain administration, personnel, and financial management operations in coordination with other administrative personnel. The Assistant Executive Director will have specific responsibility for oversight of state and federal grants, including personnel and financial management and coordination with grant funders and partners

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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