A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Tips to Deepen the Conversation in Talking with your Children about Confrontation

How do families raise children who can engage in healthy communications, relationships, and sexuality? Children have questions, are themselves sexual beings, experience peer pressure, and absorb all kinds of messages about relationships and sex from their families, peers, community, and media. These sources of information influence what young people think about sexuality, communication, and relationships and, ultimately, shape the decisions they make for themselves. NO MÁS was developed to help guide parents in these often difficult conversations with their children.

This week's blog will provide tips taken from the No Mas website, on how to talk to your children about addressing confrontation, as violent relationships in adolescence can have serious ramifications by putting victims at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behaviors, and further domestic violence. Teaching your children to control themselves when faced with confrontation will equip them with tools to build healthy relationships.

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There is Still Time! Come Celebrate 35 years of Latina Leadership with Casa de Esperanza! 

When: May 31, 2018
Where: Nicollet Island Pavilion
             40 Power Street
             Minneapolis, MN 55401

There will be a cocktail reception at 6:00pm, followed by the dinner, program and awards at 7:00pm. Dessert and music to follow!

We will have San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto as the Keynote Speaker, as well as  the presentation of  ¡Adelante Esperanza!  awards to honor courageous and influential leaders who are working to build healthier, stronger, more equitable families and communities.

Get your tickets here

Need accommodations?  Nicollet Island Inn is located across the street from the event venue. 
The ABA Center on Children and the Law Shares new Resource on Immigrants in the Child Welfare System

The ABA Center on Children and the Law is pleased to share Immigration Issues in the Child Welfare System: Case Studies. This resource provides guidance on how to navigate seven different scenarios in which children and their families may benefit from support services but face intersecting immigration and child welfare legal challenges. The analysis informs not only child welfare professionals including case workers, attorneys, and judges, but also immigration law professionals whose clients may interact with the state child welfare system. Understanding the complexities that arise when families interact with both systems is a critical step in better advocacy for and support of immigrant children and families.

Seven distinct scenarios are explored. To read this helpful resource click here.

For more information about the resource, contact Cristina Ritchie Cooper, Program Director of the Center's Child Welfare and Immigration Project: cristina.cooper@americanbar.org
NIWAP Releases National Survey on Increased Immigration Enforcement on Immigrant Crime Victims 

NIWAP has just released the Survey Report "Promoting Access to Justice for Immigrant and Limited English Proficient Crime Victims in an Age of Increased Immigration Enforcement: Initial Report from a 2017 National Survey." This new and extensive report explores how the public discussion about immigration, the rise in anti-immigrant sentiment in the public discourse, and increased federal immigration enforcement is impacting immigrant crime victims and their willingness to seek help from courts, police, prosecutors, victim advocates and attorneys. The report focuses particularly on the experiences of immigrant and limited English proficient (LEP) crime victims during 2016 and 2017 in accessing the justice system. This survey was a collaboration between the National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project, American University, Washington College of Law and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Rowan University.

To read the full report click here.
Asian Pacific Institute on Gender Based Violence Announces New and Exciting Transition for Beckie Masaki 

Words from their Executive Director, Chic Dabby

Colleagues and Friends:
'Building Beloved Community', 'Finishing Strong' 'Gathering Strength', 'From Margin to Center'... these are powerful ideas we so deeply associate with Beckie, our amazing movement leader, cherished co-founder of the Institute, and our inspiring co-director and social justice director. It is with mixed emotions that I write to let you all know that Beckie has decided to 'start strong' on a different path as a team leader of BRIDGE (Building Relevant Infrastructure to Develop Global Equity) and an independent consultant. Her last day will be June 30 2018.
It was just recently that Beckie described her thoughts about taking this step - and suddenly we were having a conversation on exit transition, and dates, and now I'm writing this email. It's quite emotional. And I'm flooded with awe and sadness, and Beckie's infectious optimism. Awe at a bold decision, sadness at her departure, and optimism because Beckie will stride out and keep inspiring our movement!  
Beckie has so many gifts anchored in a bedrock of her values: a lifelong investment in caring and advocating for survivors and Asian and Pacific Islander communities; a deep analysis of gender and race that guides her advocacy; extending community to the marginalized; holding steady to a vision of powerful movement-building and leadership development; pioneering work on culturally-specific domestic violence related homicide prevention, language access, culturally and linguistically specific programming, serving survivors of trafficking, calling out homophobia and transphobia in the DV field, incubating new organizations, drawing in community groups to engage in organizing, collaborating with and training multiple systems from child welfare workers to family court judges, and designing a blueprint for the Institute to become a national resource center/clearinghouse on violence against API women and contributing to its strength and reputation.   
Beckie, you are at the center of our hearts as you embark on a new journey!
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is Dee Brown's eloquent, fully documented account of the systematic destruction of the American Indian during the second half of the nineteenth century. A national bestseller in hardcover for more than a year after its initial publication, it has sold almost four million copies and has been translated into seventeen languages. For this elegant thirtieth-anniversary edition-published in both hardcover and paperback-Brown has contributed an incisive new preface.

Using council records, autobiographies, and firsthand descriptions, Brown allows the great chiefs and warriors of the Dakota, Ute, Sioux, Cheyenne, and other tribes to tell us in their own words of the battles, massacres, and broken treaties that finally left them demoralized and defeated. A unique and disturbing narrative told with force and clarity, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee changed forever our vision of how the West was really won.
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Webinar Cultural Responsiveness and the Courts

Monday, May 14, 2018
12:00pm - 1:30pm CST

For a justice system to be truly just, it must be accessible to all individuals. However, survivor litigants may face challenges when courts are not responsive to their cultural identity. For survivors of gender based violence, these challenges present additional barriers towards accessing justice and obtaining fair outcomes. Recognizing and respecting individual cultural differences are important to sensitive and effective work with survivors. In addition, differences in concepts of suffering and healing can influence how individuals may experience the effects of gender based victimization and interaction with courts.

  • Nida Abbasi, JD, Coordinator, Domestic Violence Programs, Center for Court Innovation
  • Jose Juan Lara Jr., MS, Project Coordinator, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network
Click here  to register for this webinar
Webinar Latino Boys and Men: Advancing Scholarship and Community Based Solutions

Monday, June 18, 2018
11:30pm-1:00pm (CST)

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY in collaboration with Casa de Esperanza/National Latin@ Network conducted a scan of the field to identify what research and types of programming existed engaging Latin@ men and boys. There is a gap in existing content analysis documenting the state of the field relating to understanding racial-cultural sociodemographic terms, inclusion of racial-cultural psychological variables, and gender related factors impacting the lives of men of color, specifically Latino men and boys. This webinar will address systemic limitations on understanding the state of the field by using an interdisciplinary and comprehensive approach to identify community-based solutions with Latino men and boys that may not be included in academic literature.

Dr. Silvia Mazzula, Ph.D., Associate Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
Jose Juan Lara Jr., MS, Project Coordinator, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network
Martha Hernandez-Martinez, MPA, Program/Research Manager, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

 Click here for more information and to register for this webinar
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
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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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