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Meet the Team: Norma Vicenta Amezcua

Title: Compliance/Grants Management Associate

Main responsibilities:
To ensure Casa de Esperanza's (CDE) grant monitoring and compliance program is providing exceptional grant management and compliance in order to enhance and fully support the mission of CDE locally and on a national level.

Where are you from?
I am an army brat. I was born in Germany on a military base. My mom is Spanish, born and raised in Spain, in a little town. Her first language is Valenciano. My dad is Mexican, born in Mazatlan, Mexico, and immigrated to the U.S. when he was about 9 years of age. So, I am half Mexican and half Spanish.

Where do you feel most at home?
In terms of geographic location, it would be in San Diego, California. Emotionally, I feel most at home with my kids. That is when my heart is the most full.

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Latin@ young adults still have time to sign up!

There's still time for Latin@ adults ages 18 to 29 to sign up and give their views and opinions that researchers will use to develop a mobile app that will help prevent intimate partner violence. 

Those who participate will be compensated for their time. 

The one-hour interview will be conducted in English or Spanish, depending on which language the participant prefers.

Click here to sign up today!
Webinar Recording: Our Journey of Transformation

In Case You Missed It!

The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence has been on a transformational journey. Jennifer Martinez and Kelly Miller share what inspired the transformation, our theory of change process, and the essential practices that build muscle for our ongoing transformation toward an emergent worldview. 

Click here to watch the recording of this webinar!
Communities First
A Project Engaging Communities in Sexual Violence Prevention

Communities are experts in their own needs and readiness. To this end, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), in partnership with selected communities, has begun a process of listening and learning to ensure that key community voices are heard, called  Communities First

The MDH Sexual Violence Prevention Program worked in partnership with five organizations (Cohort 1) seeking their insights about sexual violence prevention efforts in their communities.

Cohort 1 of Communities First was a collaboration between the Sexual Violence Prevention Program and these five agencies:
Key takeaways from Communities First:
  • Sexual violence prevention strategies must take into consideration the specific contexts of each community.
  • Funding often limits prevention work. More flexible funding that allows for creativity in preventing sexual violence is needed.
  • Qualitative sexual violence data is as important to quantitative data, yet disaggregation of demographic data is needed to more accurately show disparities. 
Click here to read more about this new project
Blog: USCIS' Proposed H1-B Registration Rule Creates More Uncertainty for Employers

Just months short of the normal starting date for the annual H-1B petition process, USCIS has proposed major changes. U.S. employers who rely on this  visa category, which is for jobs that require a bachelor's or higher degree in a "specific specialty" or equivalent at the entry-level, are now in limbo, unsure whether these changes will be implemented before the normal petition-submission date.

Just last week, USCIS issued a  proposal to change the current system for H-1B "cap-subject" petitions. The proposal has two components: requiring employers to register online in advance to be eligible to submit an H-1B petition and reversing the order in which petitions are selected.
Click here  to read more from AIC's Immigration Impact
When Facts Don't Matter: How to Communicate More Effectively about Immigration's Costs and Benefits

At a time when people have more information at their fingertips than ever, it feels as though it has become equally easy to share it widely or to ignore, discount, and discredit it. Several factors have contributed to this state of affairs. New technologies have given a platform to a wider range of voices, but this has also meant that unvetted information and politically motivated "fake news" find their way more easily into the bloodstream of public debate. Human nature also shapes how people consume and recall information, making them more likely to resist information that contradicts their existing beliefs and personal experiences.

Click here to download this free report by the Migration Policy Institute
The Sound of Things Falling

By: Juan Gabriel Vásquez

An intimate portrayal of the drug wars in Colombia, from international fiction star Juan Gabriel Vasquez.

In the city of Bogotá, Antonio Yammara reads an article about a hippo that had escaped from a derelict zoo once owned by legendary Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. His journey leads him all the way back to the 1960s and a world on the brink of change: a time before narco-trafficking trapped a whole generation in a living nightmare.
Vásquez is "one of the most original new voices of Latin American literature," according to Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa, and The Sound of Things Falling is his most personal, most contemporary novel to date, a masterpiece that takes his writing-and his literary star-even higher.
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Webinar A Scan of the Field: Learning about Serving Survivors of Human Trafficking

Thursday, January 10, 2019
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST
Casa de Esperanza's National Latin@ Network conducted research with the aim to gain a better understanding of current services for survivors of trafficking provided by domestic/sexual violence organizations across the country. The study included a web-based survey of domestic/sexual violence organizations and in depth case studies of five organizations that serve trafficking survivors. We invite you to join this conversation where we will share the findings and lessons of our research.
Martha Hernandez-Martinez, MPA, Program/Research Manager, Casa de Esperanza

Click here to register for this webinar
Webinar Technical Assistance Program
Tuesday, January 8, 2018
2 - 4 p.m. EST  

In this webinar, trainers will review the overall reporting process, why your data matters and how it is used, who to contact for help, how to respond to the questions on the form, and how to best document activities related to the re-authorization of VAWA 2013. There will also be time for trainers to answer your questions!

Click here to register for this webinar
New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault:  Communications and Research Associate
The New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) seeks a full-time Communications & Research Associate. The Associate will support the entire organization by researching, writing, editing, and designing Coalition materials, including external communications, development collateral, and outreach and educational materials. The projects that the selected candidate will work on will consistently articulate and promote NJCASA's mission, purpose, and philosophy. The Communications & Research Associate will report directly to the Communications Manager and work with other members of NJCASA's staff to ensure the organization is viewed as the primary source for information regarding efforts to address sexual violence throughout the state and beyond.

The Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence Executive Director

The Board of Directors of The Alliance now seeks a new executive to build on its considerable strengths, successfully address its challenges, work toward securing an even more resilient future and lead the effort to realize its mission to end sexual violence. The new leader of this flagship organization will take the reins at an exciting time and has the opportunity to lead The Alliance to a new level of leadership in the movement to end sexual violence.

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 Manager


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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