A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Meet The Team: Olga Trujillo

Olga Trujillo, J.D., Public Policy Director
Main responsibility: 
Lead and coordinate key public policy efforts for the NLN, provide program direction and oversight to public policy initiatives.

Where are you from?

I was born in Washington, DC where I spent most of my life. 10 years ago I moved to Minnesota and then to Wisconsin, where I now live with my partner and our three dogs.

Where do you feel most at home?
I feel most at home in two very different environments - 1. Among Latinas, where the energy and the language transport me to a warm comforting place; and 2. Out in nature where I am reminded how much beauty there is in the world. 

NCADV'S 2016 National Conference on Domestic Violence: Voices United

Casa de Esperanza's Pierre Berastaín to present at Voices United

October 23-26, 2016
Chandler, Arizona

Voices United  will bring together domestic violence experts from across the nation to address various issues that intersect. Topics will include, but are not limited to: advanced victim advocacy, system response, best practices in victim service delivery, institutionalized systems as well as emerging issues such as the intersection between guns and domestic violence. Exceptional and inspirational speakers and panels are already being confirmed.

This conference seeks to commission victims, survivors, advocates and other experts in the field to lift and empower voices of victims and survivors and inspire action toward a culture with zero tolerance for domestic violence.

Pierre Berastaín, Assistant Director of Innovation and Engagement with Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network, will present: Enhanced Safety Planning for Latin@ Immigrant Survivors

This workshop seeks to provide a better understanding of the need to create enhanced safety plans for immigrant survivors. The presenter will cover special considerations that advocates and service providers must keep in mind when working with immigrant communities. What should a survivor of violence do to interact with Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE)? What are some of the economic and employment considerations to keep in mind around safety planning? What are the policies of local police departments and their potential entanglement with immigration enforcement agencies? These are some of the guiding questions for the workshop. Participants will also be exposed to some background about the remedies available for immigrant survivors in the United States as well as strategies to help immigrant survivors safety plan around systems.

Call for bilingual Latin@ victim advocates to take a short survey

Since 2004, the Alianza Latina en contra la Agresion Sexual - ALAS, has advocated for greater accessibility of bilingual resources and training in Spanish to enhance outreach to marginalized survivors, and to promote the engagement of Latinx communities as partners in prevention. This survey is for bilingual Latinx victim advocates interested in specific training opportunities in Spanish.

Please take five minutes to complete this survey, or share with fellow bilingual staff at your agency and/or coats determine which Spanish language training topics might be most useful to cover in future regional and national training events. 

Registration open for In our Own Voices, Inc.  2016 National LGBT POC Health Conference

October 12-15, 2016
Albany, New York

Registration is now open for the 2016 Unity Through Diversity  National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People of Color Health Conference. To register, click here for access to the registration booklet and application.

The Desmond Hotel
Special Group Rate Code 12G361
More Information gsantos@inourownvoices.org
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Report launch: "A Call To Action: Ending Sextortion in the Digital Age"

September 21, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Roosevelt House
47-49 East 65th Street
New York City, New York

Throughout the world, those in power extort vulnerable women and girls by demanding sex, rather than money. Victims have no choice but to comply. In the United States, this practice of "sextortion" has proliferated in the digital age.

"A Call to Action: Ending Sextortion in the Digital Age, " a new report released by Legal Momentum, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, shines a spotlight on the growing threat of sextortion, and highlights how easy it is to infiltrate computers to record and steal sexual imagery. The report calls for public education to help prevent sextortion and provides concrete examples of revisions to existing criminal statutes in order to combat this rapidly developing crime.

We invite lawmakers, law enforcement, parents, teachers, and community advocates to learn about the growing threat of sextortion through this groundbreaking report and an official launch event to be held on September 21 at Roosevelt House in New York City.

Read the report here

Thursday, October 13, 2016
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST

Are you interested in learning more about cultural competency and utilizing cultural competency resources to best fit your organizational needs?

The  Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC) released its Cultural Competency Resource Guide in fall 2015. This guide is comprised of resources, trainers, institutions and publications about cultural and linguistic competency that can be shared with the 10 Regional Health Equity Councils (RHECs), stakeholders and partners to help address cultural barriers with health care systems.

To follow up on the release of the Cultural Competency Resource Guide, SHEC will host three webinars in various regions of the country. The webinars will include speakers from organizations that focus on cultural competency. Upon completion of the first of these webinars - on the Hispanic/Latino population - the participant will be able to accomplish the following from the specific organizational perspective:

1.     Define cultural competency;
2.     Describe the diversity within the Hispanic/Latino community;
3.     Explain the relationships among culture, language and health within the Hispanic/Latino community; and
4.     Identify cultural competency assessment and evaluation tools.

The focus of the webinar will be the Community Engagement and Cultural Diversity Program at the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the services it provides to bring cultural and linguistic assistance to the Hispanic/Latino community in Florida.  

Webinar: Parenting After Violence

Tuesday, September 22, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST

Children can be severely impacted by violence in the home. This webinar will provide practical strategies for providers to educate parents - as both victims and perpetrators - to build safety, resiliency and healing in their children.
By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Understand the impacts of violence on children
  • Identify strategies to educate batterers on parenting
  • Build skills to help victims and survivors parent effectively after violence

Presenters: Sherri Kendall, CEO of AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse), with colleagues Shay Shaikh and Chastidy Patterson.  (read more)

National Alliance annual members: free
Non-members: $25
Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities

Application Due: September 30, 2016

Rapid Response Grants for Reducing Violence and Promoting Peace
In August 2016, The Chicago Community Trust, the Joyce Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the Polk Bros. Foundation, the Woods Fund Chicago and other funders joined together in support of immediate intervention to deter violence and promote peace in Chicago neighborhoods.

The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities is a $300,000 fund created in direct response to the many people and organizations who are proactively working to keep our neighborhoods safe over the Labor Day holiday and through the beginning of the school year. The Fund is not meant to be a quick fix to the complex problem of violence-its targeted grants supplement each funder's intensive and long-standing efforts to develop sustainable, systemic responses to the root causes of the challenge.
  • Grants will range from $1,000 to $10,000.
  • Grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations with 501(c)3 status, or with a 501(c)3 organization serving as fiscal sponsor.
  • Grants must support activities taking place in neighborhoods within the city of Chicago.
    • Educational events
    • Group or youth activities
    • Resident leader stipends
    • Recreational activities
    • Festivals
    • Performances
    • Picnics
    • Block-level activities, including rental of venues and supplies
  • Groups, agencies and organizations whose interests are consistent with the goal to support grassroots, community-based solutions that make neighborhoods safer are welcome to apply.
  • Grant funds may not be used to support or advocate for the purchase or use of guns as part of any activity.
How to Apply

To apply for funding, please download and complete the  Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities Application (25KB). Email your completed application to safechicago@cct.org.
Applications must be submitted by September 30. If you are seeking funding for activities to take place over the Labor Day weekend, please submit your application no later than August 25.

Application deadline: October 12, 2016

The Soros Justice Fellowships fund outstanding individuals to undertake projects that advance reform, spur debate, and catalyze change on a range of issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system. The fellowships are part of a larger effort within the Open Society Foundations to reduce the destructive impact of current criminal justice policies on the lives of individuals, families, and communities in the United States by challenging the overreliance on incarceration and extreme punishment, and ensuring a fair and accountable system of justice.

Fellows receive funding ($58,700-$110,250) primarily through multiple categories, including:

Advocacy Fellowships

The Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowships fund lawyers, advocates, grassroots organizers, researchers, and others with unique perspectives to undertake full-time criminal justice reform projects at the local, state, and national levels. Projects may range from litigation to public education to coalition building to grassroots mobilization to policy-driven research. Advocacy Fellowships are 18 months in duration, may be undertaken with the support of a host organization, and can begin in the spring or fall of 2017.
Vera Institute of Justice: Program Associates

Senior Program Associate

Vera seeks a Senior Program Associate to work on projects aimed at building the capacity of victim services providers and criminal justice systems to reach and serve survivors from underserved communities. The Sr. Program Associate will report to the Center's Associate Director.
  • Create and manage a process for receiving and responding to requests for training and technical assistance.
  • Devise, manage, and coordinate training and technical assistance.
  • Provide training via webinars, workshops at national and state conferences, and other in-person opportunities.
  • Provide technical assistance in the form of individual phone/video consultations and on-site assistance.
  • Conduct research to identify unmet needs and promising practices related to serving underserved survivors.
  • Draft publications, blog posts, and other resource materials for the crime victims field. 
  • Facilitate in-person and virtual steering committee meetings, roundtable discussions, and focus groups.
  • Maintain relationships with project partners and other experts in identifying, reaching and serving underserved survivors.
  • Cultivate a pool of experts that can provide training and technical assistance as needed.
  • Represent the Center in speaking engagements and meetings.
  • Assist on other projects as requested.

Program Associate, Justice Involved Survivors, CVS

Vera seeks a Program Associate for its work that addresses the needs of survivors of crime who are formerly or currently incarcerated. Many people involved in the nation's juvenile and criminal systems have also been victimized, whether before, during, or after their incarceration. Barriers exist in victim services and justice systems that prevent these survivors from receiving support to help them navigate these experiences and heal. Vera provides training and technical assistance to victim services agencies, community-based programs that serve ex-offenders, law enforcement, courts, and corrections to better identify, reach, and meet the needs of these survivors. The Program Associate will report to the Center's Associate Director.

Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC) offers a great opportunity for a collaborative leader to make their mark on a notable organization creating sustainable change in the lives of women, men and children living with the direct and indirect effects of domestic abuse.

The Executive Director is responsible for the daily operations of the agency including:
Staff management and program oversight; HR policies and administration
Financial management - budgeting, cash flows, financial projections
Fund development - fundraising, major donor development, events, grants, government contracts
Board relations - providing the Board with timely information sufficient for them to effectively fulfill their fiduciary and governance role.
External relations - marketing and public relations
Partnerships and collaborations - working with our existing partners on joint initiatives and programs as well as exploring new areas of growth.

See full job description here
National Sexual Violence Resource Center: Associate Director 

The NSVRC Associate Director works closely with the NSVRC Director and other key staff to provide on-site leadership and manage the day-to-day operations of the national resource center.  Primarily focusing on internal processes, the Associate Director is available to staff and helps clarify and streamline cross-team processes. The Associate Director tracks grants and deliverables, assists with agency evaluation and improvement activities, and prepares progress reports and grant applications on a regular basis. This position does not initially supervise other positions, but does mentor other staff, provide training for supervisors, and provides supervision in the absence of the NSVRC Director.

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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