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Practicing Cultural Accessibility while Serving Domestic Violence Survivors

Blog submitted by Marissa Young, Outreach and Training Coordinator at the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Resource Project (DVRP).

Culturally accessible services allow survivors to feel understood, cared for and heard. Providing culturally accessible services requires more than just employing staff who speak the same language as the survivors. It also means ensuring that survivors are understood on a cultural level; that some of their barriers to seeking help might be pre-empted and addressed, and that suggestions by service providers will not further isolate them from their community.

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Meet The Team: Sheehan Niethold

Sheehan Niethold is our new Program Assistant; she provides administrative support for the Chief Strategy Officer and the NLN program staff and consultants.

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Resource: Q&A for Advocates and Attorneys Serving Immigrant Survivors

A consortium of several national and regional organizations, experts, and legal resources has created a Q&A about survivor safety and immigration policies for advocates and attorneys serving immigrant survivors of gender-based violence. 
Senators introduce BRIDGE Act, a bipartisan bill to protect DACA
Senators Durbin (D-IL), Feinstein (D-CA), Graham (R-SC), and Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act, which would provide work authorization and relief from deportation to individuals who are eligible for the DACA initiative created in 2012 by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Click here to read the rest of this this article on immigrationimpact.com.

E4FC releases list of scholarships with no citizenship restrictions

Now that scholarship season is in here, Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) compiled a list of scholarships available that don't require proof of LPR or USC status. 

Now, more than ever, it is important for immigrant students to know that  regardless of their immigration status,  they are eligible for many scholarships!

This year, E4FC added
90 new scholarships to its undergraduate and graduate scholarship databases.

Click here to visit this database at e4fc.org.

Cultural Responsiveness and Courts

The Center for Court Innovation has released a video and viewer guide as  training tools to introduce the idea of implementing culturally responsive practices in DV courts. 

The viewer guide will help facilitate discussion on how cultural responsiveness relates to access to justice in DV courts and the lessons viewers can bring to their own communities.

Click here to visit this database at courtinnovation.org.
ILRC releases updates information on immigration enforcement

February 23 - 24, 2017 
Q&A (Queers & Allies/Questions & Answers) is a one-of-a-kind training and consultation project available to DV advocates and others who want to improve their advocacy with trans and queer, bisexual lesbian, and gay survivors of abuse. 

Topics include: 
  • assessing "who's who" in abusive LGBTQ relationships;
  • supporting survivors' self-determination in advocacy; 
  • domestic violence through a trans perspective; community outreach and engagement strategies; 
  • sex, sexuality and sexual abuse; 
  • safety planning in small communities; support group and counseling issues; 
  • involving community members in social change; 
  • basic and advanced domestic violence analysis.
Q&A participants also have on-going access to Institute staff for technical assistance and consultation following the institute!

Click here  to register for this event
Asian Family Support Services of Austin: Part-time/on-call hotline advocate

The Weekend and Evening Helpline Advocate is responsible for answering hotline calls, providing culturally-grounded crisis intervention, support, safety planning, resource information and referral to AFSSA services and other community based services to helpline callers. AFSAA is committed to providing the highest quality, client centered and strength based services. This position will directly report to the Direct Services Program Manager.
MUST have either weekday evening/night or weekend morning/evening/night availability, with some availability for occasional holiday shifts and occasional brief weekday shifts (2-4 hours.) Bachelor's degree in Social Work, Counseling other related field and one year of field related experience OR equivalent combination of education and experience. Active listening, peer counseling, and facilitation skills. Strong preference for candidates who are bilingual in an Asian language

Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence: Project Coordinator for Special Populations

The Project Coordinator will be responsible for building and expanding the response and quality of services to survivors of domestic violence with a focus on special populations. These populations include but are not limited to: racial or ethnic minorities, immigrants, faith communities, LGBTQ, substance abuse treatment providers, abuser intervention facilitators, and others throughout Maryland. This will be accomplished by: coordinating, developing, and providing trainings; providing technical assistance; and participating in collaborative working groups.

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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