A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Survey Results Show Increased Fear of Reporting for Immigrant Victims and Survivors

The 2017 survey reveals the impact increased immigration enforcement has had on victims experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault.

Seven national organizations that work to end domestic violence and sexual assault released the results of the  2017 Advocate and Legal Service Survey Regarding Immigrant Survivors on May 18, 2017.

"Laws and policies that deter immigrant victims from calling 911 create an impossible choice for them: They must either stay with their abusers or risk deportation," said Archi Pyati, Chief of Policy and Programs at the Tahirih Justice Center. "We cannot turn a blind eye to this. These policies make us all less safe."

Click here  to get to learn more about the results of this survey
Casa de Esperanza in the News

Time Magazine: Deportation Fears Silence Some Domestic Violence Victims

Homeland Security chief John Kelly has said being in the U.S. illegally doesn't necessarily get you targeted. "It's gotta be something else." 

And according to data from Immigration and Customs Enforcement about 75% of the 41,000 individuals they'd arrested between January and April 2017 were criminals. Yet, that same data revealed a 150% increase in non-criminal arrests compared to the same period last year. Kelly says the so-called non-criminals are not innocents; they include multiple deportees and fugitives. "Seventy-five percent are indeed criminals," he said. "The other 25% are not the valedictorians of their high school class."


Huffington Post: Trump's Immigration Crackdown Is Pushing Victims Of Abuse Underground

Immigrants who face sexual assault and domestic violence are avoiding police and dropping court cases, a new survey shows.

The woman was calling because she was frightened.

Her partner had become emotionally and physically abusive after the birth of their son, she told an advocate at the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

She had recorded his threats on her phone but was too scared to involve law enforcement. He was a U.S. citizen, she explained, while she had conditional permission to stay in the United States through former President  Barack Obama's  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. She didn't want to be deported.

Recognizing June as World Elder Abuse Awareness Month

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
2 - 2:30 pm (Central)

On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15, the NLN will discuss how to promote events and activities that raise awareness about elder abuse, including neglect, maltreatment, and mistreatment of elder adults throughout the world. Join us to learn about e lder abuse and its impact, how to s hare effective practices to respond to elder abuse, and p romote relevant tools and resources.

Presenter: Heidi Notario, Director of Implementation & Social Change, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network


Tuesday June 13, 2017 
2 - 3:30 pm (Central)

Older adult survivors of abuse have a complex set of circumstances and often poor options to consider. Elder abuse survivors may have additional needs requiring service providers to examine how they are currently delivering services and how their policies and practices may help or hinder an older survivor.

Presenter:  Eden Ruiz-Lopez, Project Manager, National Center on Elder Abuse

Register now

World Elder Abuse Awareness Month toolkit

The National Center on Elder Abuse has created campaign materials to help raise awareness about elder abuse.

The resources provided by NCEA include social media guidelines, flyers, letter to the editor templates, scam information, factsheets, PSAs, and more!

Join us in participating in NCEA's Finish The Sentence campaign!
Click here to access the WEAAD materials
Blog Cuts to Legal Services Corporation Would Disproportionately Harm Survivors of Domestic Violence

The Institute on Women's Policy Research published a blog exploring the recent administration's budget proposal, and provides key insights that indicate the funding allocations would shift funding away from services that help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The proposed budget  cuts all federal funding for the  Legal Services Corporation (LSC), a program that helps low-income people access much needed legal aid. Domestic violence survivors disproportionally benefit from legal aid services. According to program data, 70 percent of LSC clients are  women, and  family cases-domestic abuse, divorce/separation/annulment, and child custody issues-are the largest number of cases supported by LSC attorneys.

Economic insecurity is often a  key barrier for survivors trying to leave abusive relationships. 
Click here to read the rest of this blog
New Resource on Intersection of DV and Homelessness

On May 30, 2017, advocates of domestic and sexual violence and housing and homelessness released a new set of tools and resources at their disposal. Safe Housing Partnerships offers help with understanding the connections between domestic and sexual violence and safe, affordable housing by providing a collection of strategies, resources, case studies, reports, and statistics. 
Domestic and sexual violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women and children, and the need for safe and affordable housing is one of the most pressing concerns for survivors of violence and abuse. Safe Housing Partnerships provides up-to-date information and best practices and serve as the primary vehicle through which providers can request assistance and support in strengthening their work at this critical intersection.
The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) and the National Alliance for Safe Housing (NASH) partnered to develop the website. They, along with the National Network to End Domestic Violence and Collaborative Solutions, Inc., are part of the Domestic Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Consortium, an innovative, collaborative approach to providing training, technical assistance, and resource development at the critical intersection of domestic violence, homelessness, and housing.

Informed Immigrant launches InmigranteInformado.com
Informed Immigrant is also now available in Spanish at  ImmigrantInformado.com (including the Know Your Rights animated video lesson in Spanish).
The website launched this weekend with instroductions by FWD.us Policy Associate Maria Praeli on Enfoque and Jose Diaz-Balart. It has already received great feedback through the Informed Immigrant ambassador network of getting this resource out and available. 

Click here to see a video of Jose Diaz-Balart introducing this resource.
New Publication: How Safe are Americans with Disabilities?
While people with disabilities make up nearly one-fifth of the U.S. population, they remain largely invisible to society at large, and victim response systems in particular. And despite growing public awareness of violent victimization, it excludes the victimization of people with disabilities, who are at particular risk of serious violent crime, including rape, sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault. As victims, people with disabilities face formidable barriers to getting related support. This brief provides basic information on disability in the United States. It explores what is known about violent victimization of people with disabilities and the factors that contribute to their higher risk of experiencing violent crime. It also explains the obstacles people with disabilities encounter when seeking access to the services and supports they need to heal. Finally, it stresses the limits of existing victim-service, human-service, and criminal justice systems, policies, and practices in responding to violence against people with disabilities.
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Webinar What Challenges and Opportunities Do Psychologists, Policymakers, and Other Immigration Policy Stakeholders Face in Light of Current U.S. Immigration Policies?

Wendy Cervantes will open the webinar, providing an overview of the children impacted by U.S. immigration policies-including citizen children living in mixed-status families, undocumented children, and unaccompanied children. Cervantes will cover the pressing immigration policy issues impacting these children, including a brief historical overview and recent policy proposals such as the Trump administration's immigration executive orders. She will also discuss challenges and opportunities and speak to how researchers and practitioners can help inform the policy discussion. 

The presentation by Dr. Luis H. Zayas will follow, focusing on how mental health evaluations can be used to advocate for two groups of children: (a) citizen-children whose parents are in deportation proceedings and are fighting to cancel their removal, and (b) refugee children held in family detention centers with their mothers. Zayas will describe briefly the conditions of each set of children and discuss the unique and overlapping features of clinical evaluations conducted with both groups. Zayas will discuss the content and purpose of the evaluation report and the professional's testimony in immigration court and use of the report in asylum hearings. He will also discuss ways in which psychologists can be advocates in the media, class-action lawsuits, immigration court, and legislative bodies.

Wendy Cervantes, M.A.
Senior Policy Analyst
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
Presentation: Policy Implications for Immigrant Children and Families: Challenges and Opportunities

Luis H. Zayas, Ph.D.

Dean and Robert Lee Sutherland Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy
The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work
Presentation: Using Clinical Evaluations to Advocate for Immigrant and Refugee Children

Click here to register 
Who Decides? The Unique Dynamics of Serving Survivors with Guardians

August 15, 2017 
1-2:30 PM EST 

This webinar will be a primer on the particular issues that arise when a survivor has a guardian and give service providers guidance on issues such as substitute and supported decision making models of guardianship, consent to medical treatment or exams, and confidentiality.

Click here to register 
Journal Article
Jail Calls: What Do Kids Have to Do with It?

For many domestic violence victims, witness tampering continues throughout an abuser's detention while awaiting court appearance and sentencing, often via phone calls made from jail. A common question we are asked when leading an investigation and providing expert testimony is how abusers involve their children (directly or indirectly) during jail calls. In this commentary, we use three case examples to illustrate how abusers involve their children (directly or indirectly) to further manipulate and tamper with their victim. As the three case examples illustrate, domestic abusers tend to use similar strategies with children during the jail calls as they do with their primary victim (e.g., minimizing the abuse, calling up images of a broken family due to impending charges and sentencing), and tend to triangulate their children against the victim.

Click here to read this article
First 5 Contra Costa: Community Engagement Liaison

The Community Liaison supports the West and Central County Regional Groups (WCRG and CCRG) with internal organization, project implementation, leadership development, and coalition building. The Community Liaison will be responsible for new member recruitment, event planning, training coordination and collaborating with local agencies. Candidates should possess cultural humility and experience working with diverse community groups, and be committed to improving community health and safety through resident empowerment and policy change.
Click here for more information about this position
Institute for Women's Policy Research : Two-Year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Economics

IWPR encourages applications for a post-doctoral fellowship from individuals from under-represented racial and ethnic groups who are interested in the study of policy issues affecting women.

IWPR conducts and communicates research to inspire public dialogue, shape policy, and improve the lives and opportunities of women of diverse backgrounds, circumstances, and experiences. This two-year fellowship provides the opportunity to contribute to IWPR research projects that inform policies affecting women and their families. The fellow will work in IWPR's Washington, DC, office with an experienced, multi-disciplinary team of PhD-level researchers and research associates on a variety of topics related to employment, education, income security, work and family, health and safety, and women and girls of color.

Friends of Farmworkers : Outreach Paralegal - Suburban Philadelphia

The person in this position will be  responsible for conducting intakes and investigating client issues, undertaking research, drafting documents, compiling immigration applications, and/or acting as an advocate as permitted by law, all under the supervision of a licensed attorney.  He or she will also provide community education services to low-wage immigrant and migrant workers, focusing on communities in Bucks, Chester, Montgomery and Delaware Counties.  This job will be based out of FOF offices in Philadelphia and Doylestown.

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
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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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