National Latin@ Network
August 29, 2019

Weekly Update from the National Latin@ Network
Policy Alert
Advocacy Toolkit: Tell Congress to Stand with Immigrant Survivors
Seemingly every day, there is a new vicious assault on immigrant communities in our country. From the horrific tragedies in El Paso, Texas, and Gilroy, California to wide-spread raids in Mississippi at a company where immigrant workers had been previously threatened and sexually harassed. From an abusive partner telling a spouse that reaching out to help will lead to their deportation to DHS making it harder for victims of abuse to stay in the country while they apply for immigration protections.
Join us in telling our Members of Congress they must act to protect immigrant communities and their access to safety and justice.
ASISTA in conjunction with the Alliance for Immigrant Survivors created this toolkit for advocates who work with survivors of domestic and sexual violence. It includes ideas for how to connect with your Member of Congress while they are back in your district during the August recess - which runs through September 8 - to show them the harmful impact of increased immigration enforcement on survivors of crime.
The toolkit ( PDF ) contains messaging, social media posts, as well as tips to engage Members of Congress while they are in district. We will be updating this toolkit regularly with future legislative and administrative actions so you can continue taking action.
Please contact ASISTA if you have any questions about this toolkit or if you would like help designing and implementing your local advocacy efforts.
NLN News
Invisible Dangers: Repetitive Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries and Strangulation in Women Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence
September 25, 2019  
1 - 2:30pm EST

Globally, nearly 1 in 3 women over the age of 15 have experienced intimate partner violence (IPV), and several reports have shown that women subjected to IPV experience repetitive mild traumatic brain injuries (rTBIs) at alarmingly high rates. In this webinar, Eve Valera of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital will present data on the effects of IPV-related TBI on women's cognitive and psychological functioning as well as structural and functional neural connectivity.
Enhancing Cultural Responsiveness in the Courts Training
October 29-30, 2019
Baltimore, MD
***Deadline to register: August 30, 2019

Enhancing Cultural Responsiveness in the Courts Training is an interactive training for court staff that explores culture and court responses to culturally specific domestic violence and sexual assault victims.

*Note: DO NOT make travel arrangements, yet!
Advocate News
Exploring Self-Care with QPOC: A Photo Series By Cindy Elizabeth
In honor of August being National Self Care month, artist Cindy Elizabeth wanted to explore the idea of self care with LGBTQ people of color through a series of portraits and conversations for allgo.
NWLC president calls for Democratic debates to center on sexual harassment
"Since #MeToo went viral almost two years ago, we’ve had the most significant cultural conversation about addressing the problem of sexual harassment in a generation. [...] A June poll commissioned by the National Women’s Law Center shows a full  two-thirds of voters  across parties and sex want lawmakers to change the law to better address and prevent sexual harassment on the job."
Blog: Inclusive Approach to Immigrants Who Are Undocumented Can Help Families and States Prosper
"People who are undocumented make sizable contributions to their state’s economy and finances, as well as their local community. Like other residents, they work, pay taxes, and shop at local businesses."
Trump Administration Slashes Protections for Immigrant Children in Government Custody
The new regulation will end the Flores Settlement Agreement. Flores is a decades-old agreement created to ensure that immigrant children are held in safe and sanitary conditions while in government custody. Flores also mandates that children should get released “without unnecessary delay”.
3 Reasons Why the New Flores Rule Does Not Pass Legal Muster
"Overturning Flores would allow the administration to get around the settlement’s limitations on holding children in unlicensed, secure facilities and allow it to indefinitely incarcerate children and families—and do so in inadequate conditions. As the Center for American Progress has  argued  in the past, “Spending any amount of time in detention threatens children’s healthy development.” Put simply, this rule would harm children and families."
Call for proposals and posters due Sept. 5
December 12-13, 2019
Raleigh, NC
Deadline for proposals: Sept. 5

Chrysalis Network is excited to announce that  registration  is now open for the 6th Annual  Solving the Campus Sexual Assault and Dating Violence Puzzle  National Conference held in partnership with the  NC State University Counseling Center. This year's theme is T ransforming Institutions Through Courageous Action.
Network News and Resources
Netflix series about Marie Adler out Sept. 13
Many advocates know the case of 18-year old Marie Adler, who was prosecuted for filing a false report of sexual assault, despite compelling physical evidence that she had been bound, gagged, and raped by a stranger who broke into her home. Marie was prosecuted for false reporting, fined $500, sent to counseling for lying, and placed on supervised probation. Her name was only cleared after her rapist was arrested in another state for a series of sexual assaults.  

Marie's case was documented in a Pulitzer Prize-winning article, entitled An Unbelievable Story of Rape , which was later developed into a book called A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America . It was also featured in the podcast, This American Life, in an episode called Anatomy of Doubt

On September 13, Netflix will release a limited television series based on Marie’s story, allowing viewers to follow this tale of unspeakable trauma, unwavering tenacity, and astounding resilience. 
NNEDV's 14th annual Domestic Violence Counts: National Census of Domestic Violence Services 
Survey Day: Sept. 12, 2019

What do I need to do BEFORE the survey day? 
  • Read the survey packet, accompanying instructions, and FAQs
  • Email if you have any questions about the survey or submission*
  • Identify which staff member will be responsible for collecting the information during the 24-hour period and who will enter the information online
  • Discuss how you will count the number of people served and the number of requests that your program was unable to meet
  • Ask your colleagues for answers to questions to which you may not know the answer
* Please do not attempt to fill out the electronic survey until you are ready to submit your entire set of responses.

All local programs are encouraged to sign up for the list by emailing to receive all the most up to date census information.
CICW has resources on the public charge, children in ORR custody, and more
The Center on Immigration and Child Welfare, a project of New Mexico State University School of Social Work, works to improve programs and policies related to immigrant children and families involved in the public child welfare system. CICW has resources on the Public Charge, Children in ORR Custody, Planning for Immigration Enforcement, and Research on Current Issues.
ILRC launches public charge toolkit
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center created a Toolkit  to assist education and outreach workers presenting information to community members. Our goal is to spread accurate information about what the law is and who is impacted. We hope that these resources will enable community organizations to provide information in community forums and at community events so that families can make good decisions for their families.
Resource Sharing Project launches Rural Toolkit
Providing information and options is an important part of advocacy but it is often the intangible aspects of our work that are the most powerful, and the most difficult. Showing respect, validating emotions and fears, collaborating while maintaining boundaries, and remaining realistic while providing hope for the future- these can be hard lines to walk. In rural communities, these skills can be even harder to practice.
Public Charge: Getting the help you need (info cards)
Protecting Immigrant Families launched printable info cards with quick-access informatino regarding the public charge. Available in many languages.

Network Webinars & Podcasts
Strategies and Tools for Serving Survivors with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Webinar for I/DD Service Providers 
September 17, 2019
2 - 3:30 p.m. ET

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are 7 times more likely to experience sexual assault than people without disabilities and are also more likely to experience domestic violence. It is important that service providers such as chapters of The Arc are prepared to address victimization that may occur. 
Public Charge 101
September 5, 2019
1 p.m. EST
In the past, the PIF Campaign produced a recurring webinar titled "Public Charge 101". In this webinar, we broke down the basics of the public charge rule, and provided updates on proposed changes to the public charge test as we knew it. We haven't held a 101 webinar in a few months, but we're bringing it back. Now more than ever, it's important to stay informed on the issue and how to fight back.
Fellowships & Career Development for Survivors of Crime
Sept. 5, 2019
2 - 3:30 p.m. ET

This webinar, supported by the Senior Policy Operating Group (SPOG) Victim Services Committee, will provide participants with an overview of fellowships and professional development opportunities for survivors of crime. 
Suggested Reading Corner
With the Fire on High
By:   Elizabeth Acevedo

Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions—doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.

Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet despite the rules she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.
Job Opportunities
Raliance: Director
Raliance is seeking an innovative, creative, analytical, and strategic thinker, who is passionate about its mission of ending sexual violence in one generation and can navigate the intersections of corporate culture and needs with the expertise of a complex nonprofit collaborative. The ideal candidate enjoys solving complex problems, works effectively with cross-functional teams, can work independently with minimal supervision or direction, and thrives in a fast paced setting that is constantly evolving.
YWCA-Greater Cincinnati: Director of Non-Residential Domestic Violence Services
The YWCA Greater Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH) is seeking a strategic and dedicated Director of Non-Residential Domestic Violence Services. The Director will report to the Executive Vice President and is responsible for providing direction and vision for trauma informed, victim-centered intimate partner violence community-based services. This position coordinates services and partnerships that strive to intervene and prevent family violence, child abuse, children exposed to domestic violence, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, abuse of people with disabilities, immigrant survivors and workplace violence.
NLN Newsletter/Blog Info
Now accepting blog 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
About the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities

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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