A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Unmasking Sexual Harassment and Lessons for Violence Prevention

By: Jane Kato-Wallace, Brian Heilman, & Ché Nembhard; Promundo US

There's been a lot of media attention lately on the behavior of adult men in power, from Harvey Weinstein to government legislators. But research shows that men are socialized early on to buy into toxic ideas of manhood. Recently, along with our colleagues at Promundo, we released a report called "The Man Box," exploring how young men's attitudes about "being a real man" link with their reported rates of perpetrating sexual harassment, among many other harmful outcomes. In this study, we used representative samples of more than 1,000 young men in the U.S., United Kingdom, and Mexico, including rural/urban areas, and young men in all educational and income levels.

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DECIMOS NO MÁS ad in Times Square 

Casa de Esperanza, in partnership with  NO MORE , is proud to announce that  DECIMOS NO MÁS  is currently exhibiting a strong public presence through a four-panel ad covering more than 7,000 square feet in New York City's Times Square which started Monday, March 12 and will finish on Sunday, March 18. 

The advertisement features a 30-second video wherein a mother reminds her teenager that healthy sexuality is about more than just sex - it's also about respect, consent, and appreciating differences. 

Click here  to see the advertisement video.
Capacity Building Training for OVW CSSP, Underserved, Tribal, and Rural Grantees
April 24 & 25, 2018
Santa Fe, NM
Application deadline: March 30
This training has been approved by OVW. Please wait until you receive a confirmation email before making travel arrangements.

Enhancing Organizational Capacity for Our Communities is a two-day training that will bring together about 30 participants who are interested in strengthening their capacity to effectively manage, operate and sustain their organizations. The goal of this training is to increase the organizational capacity of OVW grantees and their partners serving culturally specific, rural, tribal, and underserved communities. 
How to apply:
Organizations interested in participating will need to submit an application for this training, online or through attached form. 
Please apply ASAP if you are interested Click here to apply .

Presented by:
Casa de Esperanza, the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, Asian Women's Shelter, Red Wind Consulting, and Ujima. This training is sponsored by the U. S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

For questions about this training or for more information, please
contact Maritza Valdez at mvaldez@casadeesperanza.org or 651-646-5553.
This project was supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K053 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
Webinar  Impact of Violence at the Intersection of the Margins

Monday, March 19
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST 

This will be a presentation of a personal experience of domestic and sexual violence and how poverty, language, culture, religious beliefs, and immigration all intertwined to complicate the few potential intervention points that existed.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Understand the connection between bias and oppression and its impact on a survivor's ability to access services.
  • Understand how violence and oppression can result in trauma.
  • Identify the signs of trauma and what they mean.
  • Develop strategies for becoming more culturally responsive and trauma informed.
Olga Trujillo, JD, Director of Education and Advocacy at Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities

Click here to register for this webinar while there's still space left!
NHMA announces creation of two new councils

The National Hispanic Medical Association is pleased to announce the creation of two new councils: the Leadership Council and the Young Professionals Council, which will support the NHMA's work and help lead the organization to a new and exciting future. 
Leadership Council (minimum $500 contribution)
Young Professionals Council (minimum $250 contribution for adults under 40)
Members of the Leadership Council and the Young Professionals Council have the opportunity to meet with the Board of Directors and NHMA regional leaders in Washington, DC. Additionally, members receive the following benefits:
  • Profile on NHMA Website
  • VIP Access to exclusive NHMA receptions and events throughout the country
  • Government affairs advocacy resources
  • Special recognition, via ribbons, conference programs or board pins for NHMA events
  • Quarterly updates (via phone call) about the work of NHMA
Click here to sign up for the new councils
The Atlantic publishes three stories about HT survivors turned leaders

The National Domestic Workers Alliance announced that The Atlantic published three in-depth articles telling the stories of Judith, Nena and Natalicia,  domestic workers who survived human trafficking and years of abuse and isolation. Now, all of these women are leaders with NDWA and use their experiences to help end trafficking by making sure every domestic worker can work in a safe and dignified workplace.

Click here to read their inspiring stories.
March 30 final deadline for Pre-Institute registration & Institute Workshop Proposals

2018 Latin@ Leadership Pre-Institute
At this event, Latin@ Leaders and Aspiring Allies will examine power and privilege to enhance their ability to operate from an anti-oppression framework to end violence against women. 

Click here to learn more about the 2018 Latin@ Leadership Pre-Institute.

2018 National Latin@ Institute Call for Proposals
Selected proposals would highlight innovative practices, culturally and linguistically specific approaches for working with Latin@ communities, lessons learned, successful collaborations, trauma- informed or survivors-centered advocacy and public policy, and evidence-based practices and/or practice-based evidence.

Click here to learn more about the Call for Proposals
CSAJ releases new report on r acial inequity

The Center for Survivor Agency and Justice announced the release of a groundbreaking report from the Racial & Economic Equity for Survivors Project (REEP), titled " Showing Up: How We See, Speak, and Disrupt Racial Inequity Facing Survivors."

In September 2017, REEP facilitated seven From Margins to Center Listening Sessions to facilitate dialogue across the field on racial and economic equity for survivors. This report dialogues back with the community that contributed to those sessions. It shares themes and issues from Listening Session conversations via text, graphics and illustrations in order to aid in self-reflection, challenge dominant narratives, support improved data collection and analysis, and to begin, continue, or advance conversations and work toward racial equity for domestic and sexual violence survivors and for all of us.

To read this report click here.
Applications open for SOS Institute

Deadline for applications: March 23, 2018

May 2-3, 2018
Atlanta, GA

Futures Without Violence hosts the Supporting Organizational Sustainability Institute (SOS Institute), an interactive 2.5-day training for OVW grantees to enhance their organization's capacity and infrastructure.
Who may attend?
Training is open to OVW grantees and their grant partners. Grantees must apply and attend in teams of two to three individuals to obtain the maximum benefit of the institute. Team members may include, but are not limited to: executive director, board member, and program staff.

How to apply:
Organizations interested in participating should apply with each individual submitting a separate application and noting other team members in the space provided. If you are using your OVW funds to participate, please obtain approval from your OVW Program Specialist before applying. Due to space limitations, your application is not confirmed until you receive an acceptance letter.

Click here for more information and to apply online.
Human Trafficking Legal Center releases factsheet on the intersection of trafficking and DV

The Human Trafficking Legal Center (formerly HT Pro Bono) queried the organization's comprehensive federal civil and criminal trafficking case databases for cases illustrating the links between domestic violence and human trafficking. The research showed that domestic violence can factor into both sex trafficking and labor trafficking. 

This fact sheet will be useful to all practitioners, but anticipated to be particularly useful for attorneys filing for T-visas in trafficking cases with a domestic violence fact pattern.

View the fact sheet here.
Citizen: An American Lyric

By: Claudia Rankine

A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine's long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric.

Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in 21st century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV -- everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person's ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named "post-race" society.
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Webinar Trauma-Informed, Community-Centered Responses to Human Trafficking

March 19 (Part I) & 26 (Part II), 2018
1-1:30 p.m. Pacific | 3-4:30 p.m. Eastern

Health care settings are key to the provision of trauma-sensitive identification and response for survivors of human trafficking. This two-part webinar series is intended to strengthen the ability of healthcare providers, mental health providers, social workers, legal professionals, and survivor advocates to identify and respond to at-risk and affected individuals, and to work collaboratively both within and beyond the health care setting, using principles of trauma-informed care on both individual and institutional/system levels.

Click here to register for Part I
Click here to register for Part II
Webinar  What Does the Evidence Say? Innovative Approaches to Engaging Men and Boys

Thursday, March 29, 2018
1 - 2:30pm EST

Promundo is an applied research non-governmental organization whose mission it is to engage men and boys for gender justice. This webinar will present Promundo's latest research from the Man Box Study on men's attitudes, perceptions, and practices as they relate to gender equality. Promundo will also present how such research is informing innovative gender-transformative programming in the United States on engaging men and boys.



Jane Kato-Wallace, Director of Programs, Promundo-US
Brian Heilman, Senior Research Officer, Promundo-US

Click here to register for this webinar
HHS and SAMHSA federal funding opportunity for Treatment and Recovery of Youth

Application deadline: April 10, 2018

HHS/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) : Enhancement and Expansion of Treatment and Recovery Services for Adolescents, Transitional Aged Youth, and their Families Grant Program. This program seeks to enhance and expand treatment, early intervention, and recovery services for adolescents (12-18), transitional aged youth (16-25), and their families/primary caregivers with substance use disorders and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders.  

Click here to learn more about this funding opportunity.
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness offers funding for Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program

Application deadline: April 17, 2018

HUD recently announced a new  Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)  to competitively award $43 million for the second round of the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP). These funds will provide up to 11 communities, including at least 5 rural communities, with resources to design and implement a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending homelessness.  Applications for the YHDP are due before midnight eastern time on  April 17, 2018.

Click here for more information about this opportunity and to apply
National Institute of Justice & OVC offers funding opportunity for Programs and Services for Victims of Crime

Application deadline: May 4, 2018

NIJ is seeking applications for rigorous program evaluation of specific services for victims of crime, including housing, legal assistance, and technology-based services.

NIJ is collaborating with the Office for Victims for Crime to support a phased evaluation approach in three areas of victim services:
  1. Technology-based victim services;
  2. Housing and shelter models; and
  3. Legal assistance models for victims of crime.
Click here to review the solicitation.

Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application.

Learn how to become an NIJ proposal peer reviewer here.
Voices Against Violence/SMOC:  Program Manager Supervised Visitation

A component of SMOC, it the local community based domestic violence and rape crisis center serving the Greater Framingham/Marlborough regions. VAV provides comprehensive services to victims and survivors including 24 hour hotline, crisis intervention, counseling and advocacy, and community outreach and education. VAV's mission is to reduce the impact of violence and to advocate for social justice through social change. 

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:  Preyer Postdoctoral Scholar for Strengthening Families

Location: Chapel Hill, NC

The School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking an emerging scholar for a postdoctoral position to work with a team of faculty and students on research projects related to family, gender, and interpersonal violence (e.g., dating violence, domestic/partner violence, human trafficking, and/or sexual assault and violence). 

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges: Program Specialist

Location: Reno, NV

The ideal candidate for the Program Specialist will have experience in adult education, social media, project promotion, development and coordination of training and technical assistance materials, resource lists, program reports, brochures, and in-house publications. Principles of customer relations are desirable traits. A passion for working in a non-profit, grant-funded environment is preferred.

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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