A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Meet The Team: Kristiana Huitr ón

Name:  Kristiana Huitr ón
Title: Project Coordinator, Research Team
Main responsibilities: Kristiana's main focus is the Meaningful Collaborations project, which provides a toolkit for collaborations between mainstream organizations and culturally specific organizations to assure respectful, meaningful, and full participation and credit for all collaborators. Kristiana also coordinates the Research Team for webinars, the newsletter, the factsheets and for the regular meetings of both the Research Advisory Board and the Practitioner Council.

Where are you from?
I am a Colorado girl -- Coloraduense de nacimiento y de corazón (Coloradoan by birth and heart) -- from Denver, but I presently live in Colorado Springs, and spent four fabulous years in Columbus, Nebraska.

Where do you feel most at home?
I feel most at home close to my mother, close to my children, close to the mountains, doing community work and facilitating popular education, reading a book that engages my whole person, in my home town Denver, and in a group of friends who see me as the entire me. While I am adventurous in meeting new people, going new places, doing new things, I also love (really love) spending down time with no schedule, no expectations, and just doing whatever happens. That is a home feeling for me - just being alive in the moment.

Click here  to get to know Kristiana!
ACLU blog: Can Border Agents Search Your Electronic Devices? It's Complicated.

"We've been getting a lot of questions about when border agents can legally conduct searches of travelers' electronic devices at international airports and other ports of entry. Unfortunately, the answer isn't simple.

"The government has long claimed that Fourth Amendment protections prohibiting warrantless searches don't apply at the border. The ACLU takes issue with this position generally, especially when it comes to electronic devices like smartphones and laptops. Our smartphones store detailed accounts of our conversations, professional lives, whereabouts, and web-browsing habits. They paint a far more detailed picture of our private lives than, say, a piece of luggage."

Click here for more information on this.
National Latino Leaders Oppose American Health Care Act

The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda is taking action against the American Health Care Act (AHCA), proposed by the House Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This week, NHLA leadership participated in a press conference during which we expressed extreme concerns with the AHCA and the negative impact that repealing the ACA would have on the Latino community and the nation.

Furthermore, NHLA members wrote a letter to Congress, urging representatives to vote against the AHCA. Through our campaign, Latinos United for Health Care, NHLA will continue to actively oppose the AHCA and mobilize all over the nation, ensuring that members of Congress and community members are informed of the devastating effects it would have on our community and health care across the United States. 

Click here to read the letter 
Thursday, March 30, 2017
12pm - 1:30pm Central

This presentation will discuss the results of an in-depth, qualitative study of 15 Latina U Visa recipients who are survivors of intimate partner violence, and five service providers. 

The aim of this study of was to better understand the experience of Latinas who have their U Visa and have been victims of domestic violence. While obtaining legal documentation is critical to becoming economically self-sufficient, a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges that women might face will provide researchers and social service providers with the necessary evidence to design effective public health interventions to meet the needs of women as they move towards emotional, social and economic stability.

Shireen Rajaram, Ph.D., University of Nebraska Medical Center; 
Maria Mendoza, Justice for Our Neighbors - Nebraska

Click here to register for this webinar.
Ni Una Menos: The Activists behind the Global Movement against Gender Violence
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
1pm - 2:30pm Central

Humphrey Forum

Humphrey School of Public Affairs

301 19th Avenue S

Minneapolis, MN


A new movement condemning the scourge of violence against women and the lack of enforcement of existing laws has blossomed in Latin America - Not One Woman Less, Ni Una Menos. On June 3, 2015 an estimated 300,000 participants marched in Buenos Aires, Argentina. On August 13, 2016 some 500,000 people marched in Lima and other cities in Peru. And, on October 19, 2016 another massive march took place in Argentina, with simultaneous marches in Mexico, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay. Violence against women is an old problem, but Ni Una Menos demonstrates that activism against it has taken on new proportions. This event will bring organizers of the both the Argentine and Peruvian movements to campus to discuss the making of this movement including the artistic and social media strategies it has employed, the global network it has created, and its impact on policy and culture.

This event will feature two prominent Ni Una Menos activists: María Pia López of Argentina and Alejandra Ballón Gutiérrez of Peru.  López is a sociologist and a novelist, and has brought literature to bear on the movement.  Ballón-Gutiérrez is an anthropologist and artist, and has brought performance art into the Peruvian movements' strategic repertoire.

Click here to RSVP for this event.
4th Annual Healthy Men and Boys Summit

Raising emotionally and socially connected boys:
Exploring intersections of gender, race and trauma

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

**Registration opens late March

The Annual Summit hosted by MERGE for Equality explores compelling topics around our core mission: to engage people and communities in transforming masculinity to advance gender equality. 
The Summit is open to all but crafted toward practitioners and leaders in social work, education, public and mental health, parenting, and related practitioners who are committed to developing healthy boys and men.

Internationally renown child development expert and author of Deep Secrets: Boys' Friendships and the Crisis of Connection

Click here for the program, and more information about how to register.
The National Crittenton Foundation wants to hear from you

The National Crittenton Foundation is excited to be hosting, In Solidarity We Rise: Healing, Opportunity and Justice for Girls (In Solidarity), an important event on October 11-13, 2017 in Washington, DC. Core to In Solidarity is 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 multigenerational.
What topics do you think are important to include in the conference components described below?
Full-day Pre-Conference Intensives: Topics such as gender and trauma-informed approaches, advocacy, young women led sessions, etc.

Front Porch Conversations:  Sit on the front porch and sip lemonade while having powerful, moving conversations in small groups with girls, young women, and women from around the country on topics of importance to our future. (Much thanks to Women with a Vision for this concept.)

A Call to Solidarity:  Using polling technology, interactive and creative large and small group discussions, together we will define what solidarity is and must be. A summary will be shared during the closing plenary.

Deep Dive Learning Opportunities: Spend 90 minutes with experts delving into specific topics of interest such as somatic approaches to healing, school push-out, and more.

Innovation in Motion: Experience 45-minutes of dynamic interaction focused on sharing and learning about exciting innovative ideas, programs, community organizing, communication, technology, policy reform, etc.

The Un-Exhibit Hall: What can we do that is different than traditional exhibit hall tables? Youth selling their art, girls and young women owned businesses, mini performances, etc. Share your ideas with us about how to create an exciting un-exhibit hall

Conference registration will be live soon!
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Webinar T and U Visas and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 (previously on March 15)
2 pm - 3:30 pm ET
USCIS invites you to a webinar on T and U visas and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), immigration relief for victims for human trafficking, domestic violence and other serious crimes. This webinar is intended for community-based organizations, social service agencies, immigration practitioners, and advocates. Representatives from our Office of Policy and Strategy and the Vermont Service Center will provide an overview of:
  • T and U visa eligibility requirements
  • Law enforcement certification
  • VAWA eligibility requirements
Click here to register for this webinar.

In January, we launched the #LetHerLearn video to shine a light on the policies and practices that target Black girls in school. With your help, the video went viral and it was selected as a finalist for the Best NonProfit Video Award at the Do Gooder Awards. But we have a problem.
This is the last week to vote for #LetHerLearn and we've slipped to 3rd place!
We need to get more people talking about this issue. Winning this award would put this issue on the national stage. But we can't do it without your help!
Vote for #LetHerLearn: http://bit.ly/2m5o5sT

Share on Facebook: http://bit.ly/2m0VPba

It costs nothing to vote. You can vote once per day by signing-in through Facebook, Twitter or Google+. Help us amplify the voices and experiences of Black girls!!!

We can win this!
National Immigration Forum: Communications Manager

The Communications Manager plays a critical role on the Forum's fast-paced Communications team. Working closely with the team and other Forum staff, the Communications Manager will help coordinate and execute a proactive earned media plan nationally and in target markets; write, edit and disseminate op-eds, talking points, speeches and press releases; and help develop other promotional and social media content. The primary goals of the Communications Manager are to help increase the Forum's media output, reach and effectiveness in working with reporters, bloggers, columnists and other opinion leaders. The ideal candidate will have exceptional writing and organizational skills, excellent judgement, knowledge of and familiarity with media outreach, and will be creative and a strategic thinker.

Ford Foundation: Program Officer

The Ford Foundation's Gender, Racial and Ethnic Justice (GREJ) thematic area seeks a dynamic, curious and collaborative Program Officer (PO) to help shape and implement the Foundation's work to advance social justice work globally with a focus on advancing the rights of those marginalized by gender, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity or other identities.  Based in New York, the Program Officer will support the GREJ thematic area strategy and grantmaking, and will work collaboratively with Ford's Regional Offices and colleagues in other funding institutions to advance GREJ goals.

Center for American Progress: Executive Director

American Progress has an immediate opening for the Executive Director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the 501(c)(4) advocacy arm of American Progress. The Executive Director leads CAP Action communications and advocacy staff to strategically advance the national conversation in support of progressive policies and to challenge efforts that undermine such policies. The new Executive Director will lead and expand CAP Action's programmatic and capacity building efforts. Reporting to CAP Action's President, the Executive Director will oversee day-to-day operations and management of CAP Action staff and will be responsible for all administrative, finance, and program functions. The Executive Director is expected to play a leading role in fundraising and overseeing online and traditional communications efforts and will have ultimate responsibility for developing and implementing organizational strategies that advance CAP Action's mission and vision. This person serves as a member of American Progress' senior leadership team.

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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