A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Ensuring Access: Non-discrimination provisions require providing access to all survivors

Ensuring Access to Services Necessary for the Protection of Life or Safety

Some advocates or service providers express uncertainty as to whether their program can serve undocumented immigrants. When Congress enacted the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) in 1996, also known as the "welfare reform law," they placed additional restrictions on the ability of immigrants to access certain federal public benefits. 

Recently, in 2016, the Attorney General and the Secretaries of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), issued a joint letter to recipients of federal funding highlighting these long-standing provisions, consolidating information about relevant programs and services, and reminding service providers of the requirement to ensure access, regardless of immigration status, to services necessary for the protection of life or safety. This includes services such as emergency shelter; short-term housing assistance, including transitional housing for up to two years; crisis counseling; and abuse prevention and intervention programs.

Click here to read more about how federal provisions encourage access to services for all victims and survivors
Rosario de la Torre, Community Advocacy and Partherships Manager
Casa de Esperanza staff member honored by Mexican Consulate

On November 25, United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, all 50 Consulates of Mexico in the United States were asked to nominate a champion so that she/he can be featured on the screens that are in the waiting areas of every Consulate.
The Mexican Consulate of Saint Paul nominated and honored Rosario de la Torre, Community Advocacy and Partnerships Manager for Casa de Esperanza, as its champion in the fight against violence towards women and girls.

Casa de Esperanza and the Mexican Consulate in Saint Paul have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in place that supports the joint efforts to work together on behalf of our local Mexican communities. Under Rosario's leadership, the organization's advocates are available to work with women experiencing abuse that are referred to us from the Consulate. Casa de Esperanza also has an advocate on site at the Consulate on a weekly basis to provide information and resources to members of the community. The Consulate provides key support and resources as needed to a number of participants throughout each year. The Consulate staff recognized Rosario as a leader within Casa de Esperanza but also a respected leader in the Latin@ community.   
Casa de Esperanza attends 5th Cine Latino Film Festival

C asa de Esperanza staff were excited to have an opportunity to attend the first screening of the documentary Intimate Battles (Batallas Intimas) which was one of the films highlighted at the 5 th Cine Latino Film Festival November 16 - 19, 2017 in Minneapolis. Casa CEO Patti Tototzintle and program managers Ivette Izea-Martinez and Rosario de la Torre also participated in panel discussions at both showings, along with the film's director, Lucía Gaja, from Mexico. The film premiered in Mexico the following week. Filmed with great insight, care, and in the spirit of resilience, the director gives powerful voice to the five women highlighted in the documentary, all who's hopes and dreams were shattered due to the horror of domestic violence and how they found a way to prosper with the support and help of others and a strong belief in themselves. 

Un Llamado a los Padres y Madres: Consejos para Preparar a sus Hijos/as para un Futuro Saludable y Libre de Peligro

Jueves, 14 de diciembre, 2017
12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. EST 
La Red Nacional Latina de Casa de Esperanza y el
 Centro Nacional para la Protección de Menores Desaparecidos/as y
 Explotados/as están colaborando para dar a conocer los proyectos respectivosde estas organizaciones: DECIMOS NO MÁS y KidSmartz, dos campañas encaminadas a ayudar a padres y madres a conversar con sus hijo/as de manera positiva y estimulante sobre formas en que se pueden proteger. KidSmartz ofrece materiales, actividades, videos, cuestionarios, consejos, música, artículos y más; para ayudar a padres/madres y educadores/as a conversar con sus hijos/as de una manera no amenazadora sobre cómo establecer planes de seguridad para evitar secuestros y cómo identificar situaciones que pueden ser peligrosas. DECIMOS NO MÁS es una colección de información, materiales y recursos que ayudan a guiar a los padres/madres a hablar con sus hijos/as sobre cómo establecer y reconocer qué es una comunicación, relaciones y sexualidad saludables; de una manera culturalmente relevante a los/as latinos/as.

Eliza HarrellDirectora de Participación, Adiestramiento y Prevención del Centro Nacional para Menores Desaparecidos/as y Explotados/as

Rebecca De León, Mánager de Comunicaciones y Marketing, Red Nacional Latina
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National Indigenous Women's Resource Center releases powerful statement on White House's use of racial slur

The National Indigenous Women's Resource Center stands with the  National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)  the  Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) and the condemnation that numerous other Native organizations have issued regarding the White House's use of "Pocahontas" in a derisive, dehumanizing, and disgraceful manner, especially during the month of November, National Native American Heritage Month. NIWRC calls upon sister and ally organizations to discourage President Trump's continued use of this name in a disrespectful way.

Although NIWRC is a non-partisan organization committed to ending all forms of gender-based violence against American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Indigenous peoples, we view the President's disrespectful use of the name "Pocahontas" as especially significant in the context of violence against Native women. Pocahontas, of the Pamunkey Tribe in Virginia (which was just recently granted Federal Recognition status in 2016, after over 400 years of colonization), was kidnapped and subsequently raped by colonizers in her early teens. She was then brought to England, where she was shown off like a specimen to the English. At the age of 21, and before she could return to her People and her homelands, she died.
Click here to read the rest of NIWRC's statement.
CRGE  accepting participant applications for Intersectional Qualitative Research Methods Institute

Deadline: January 16, 2018

The University of Maryland's Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity (CRGE) announced its 4th annual Intersectional Qualitative Research Methods Institute (IQRMI) for intersectional and underrepresented minority early career scholars. Applications are now open! We need your help in spreading the word to colleagues, networks and listservs to recruit participants.
The goal of IQRMI is to provide early career scholars with practical experience to enhance qualitative intersectional research skills, develop critical intersectional perspectives for designing and interpreting research, develop and hone navigational skills to successfully negotiate academic career paths, and cultivate a network of intersectional scholars.
For any questions, visit  FAQs page or contact Dr. Diana Guelespe, CRGE Assistant Director, at dguelesp@umd.edu .

Click here to access the application
Raliance to Huffington Post: It's a Critical Time to Support Survivors of Sexual Assault

By: Delilah Rumburg, Contributor and  Raliance Managing Partner

For over 20 years, I have had the honor to work alongside survivors, communities and sexual violence prevention organizations to ensure that all young people, women, and men are treated with respect and dignity. At this unprecedented moment of the courageous #MeToo survivor movement and national attention, I hope you will join me and  Raliance- a national collaborative committed to ending sexual violence in one generation-in standing with survivors and advocating for the support needed for their healing. This is a critical opportunity for all of us to create lasting, systemic change by supporting survivors and encouraging disclosures; holding those who commit sexual misconduct accountable; and investing in prevention that can save our future generations from the devastation of sexual violence.

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NRCDV announces Call for Proposals for TDVAM

Deadline: December 18, 2018

For Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month, NRCDV Radio's Stories of Transformation podcast station will feature the stories of young activists, advocates, organizers, and social change makers age 12-20, describing "Why I'm an Activist."
Selected stories will be shared nationally as part of the Domestic Violence Awareness Project's efforts during Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month in February 2018. Selected storytellers will be invited to read their story aloud in a podcast, or have someone read the story for you.
Share your story:
  • Stories can be submitted by individuals or groups.
  • Stories should be between 5-10 minutes in length, when read aloud.
  • Stories should be submitted in a word or text format, or pasted in the body of your email
  • email stories to nrcdvTA@nrcdv.org, subject line "Why I'm an Activist"
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National Sexual Assault Conference 2018 issues Call for Proposals

Deadline: January 16, 2018

The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault announced a call for workshop proposals for the 2018 National Sexual Assault Conference in Anaheim, CA, titled Bold Moves : Ending Sexual Violence in One Generation.
CALCASA is now accepting proposals from organizations and individuals interested in presenting information and/or facilitating workshops at NSAC 2018.
We will be focusing on two categories this year:
  • Intervention and Advocacy for Survivors
  • Prevention
Click here for more information or to submit a proposal

Convocatoria de Propuestas para la Conferencia Nacional de Asalto Sexual de 2018 

Último día para enviar propuesta: 16 de enero, 2018

La Coalición de California en Contra del Asalto Sexual (CALCASA) será la anfitriona de la Conferencia Nacional de Asaltp Sexual de 2018 en Anaheim, CA.
CALCASA ahora está aceptando propuestas de organizaciones e individuos interesados en presentar información y/o talleres de facilitación en NSAC 2018. 
Nos enfocaremos en dos categorías este año:
● Intervención y abogacía para sobrevivientes
● Prevención
Haga clic aquí para más informacion o para enviar una propuesta
CLINIC reschedules webinar about Building Legal Capacity to Combat Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

December 11, 2017 
11:00am PT, 12:00pm MT, 1:00pm CT, 2:00pm ET

There is a large unmet need for immigration legal services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking. Abusers, offenders and perpetrators of crime often use a person's lack of immigration status as a principal control mechanism and a means of exploitation. Lack of capacity to respond to immigration issues puts survivors of crime at a severe disadvantage. Department of Justice (DOJ) agency recognition and staff accreditation is the certification of nonprofit legal immigration programs and their staff that allows non-attorneys to practice immigration law as authorized representatives. Please join this webinar if you would like to learn more about the training and technical assistance that CLINIC will be offering to grantees in 2018. Presenters will provide a brief overview of the recognition and accreditation process and explain the topics and format of immigration law trainings to be offered.

Click here to register for this webinar
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

By: Michelle Alexander

Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as "brave and bold," this book directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness. With dazzling candor, legal scholar Michelle Alexander argues that "we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it." By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control-relegating millions to a permanent second-class status-even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness. In the words of Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, this book is a "call to action."
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Webinar World AIDS Day

Friday. December 1, 2017
1 p.m.

To Dial in:
Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-240-454-0879 
Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 1-844-740-1264 
Meeting number: 199 232 486

Please join the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) on World AIDS Day (Thursday, December 1, 2017)  as leading expert panelists   discuss topics about new medical advances concerning PrEP, how providers can engage with their patient around HIV/AIDS in a culturally sensitive manner, and what resources are available for patients.

Gustavo Morales from the Latino Commission on AIDS
David Hardy, MD, Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors of the HIV Medicine Association 
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Webinar Using Data to Support Organizing and Policy Advocacy: 2017 Renter Week of Action

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. EST

Thousands of people in dozens of cities across the country participated in this year's #RenterWeekofAction, holding actions and assemblies to demand better protections for renters. The National Equity Atlas team partnered with Right to the City to support these local mobilizations by creating 38 fact sheets highlighting renter economic power and what cities gain by ensuring renter affordability. Join the National Equity Atlas and Right to the City for a webinar about how data supported and amplified this year's #RenterWeekofAction efforts. 

For more information on the Renter Week of Action and Homes for All campaign, visit http://homesforall.org/renterweekofaction/.

* Ángel Ross, PolicyLink 
* Pamela Stephens, Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) 
* Malcolm Torrejón Chu, Right to the City 
* Josh Butler, Housing Long Beach 
* Isaac Simon Hodes, Lynn United
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Webinar How Volunteers Can Organize Know Your Rights Presentations

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. EST

Learn how to bring immigrant legal rights information to your community. The panel will discuss how non-lawyers and community-based organizations can organize/host community events and recruit nonprofit staff or trained legal volunteers to lead "Know Your Rights" presentations.

Michelle Sardone, Director of Legalization, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
Brooke Hammond Pérez , Director of Newcomer Services, Catholic Charities - Diocese of Arlington
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Call for proposals: UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women

Application deadline: December 5, 2017

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) awards grants to initiatives that demonstrate that violence against women and girls can be systematically addressed, reduced and, with persistence, eliminated.
Civil society organizations are invited to submit grant proposals for a minimum of US$50,000 up to a maximum of US$1 million for a period of three years.
Proposals are invited under the following three programmatic areas:
(1) Improving access for women and girls to essential, safe and adequate multi-sectoral services to end violence against women and girls;
(2) Increasing effectiveness of legislation, policies, national action plans and accountability systems to prevent and end violence against women and girls; and
(3) Improving prevention of violence against women and girls through changes in knowledge, attitudes and practices.
This year, the UN Trust Fund is also seeking applications that specifically focus on:
(a) addressing violence against women and girls in the context of the current forced displacement and refugee crisis; or
(b) addressing violence against women and girls with disabilities.
Applications from women's rights, women-led, and small women's organizations are prioritized, in recognition of them being the driving force of the ending violence against women agenda, as well as being at the forefront of reaching women and girls survivors at the grassroots level. 

Click here for more information about this funding opportunity.

Click here for the Call for Proposals.

Información disponible también en español aquí.
Sojourner House: Director of Clinical Services


This position is responsible for helping to establish a new clinical program at Sojourner House, which is a comprehensive domestic and sexual violence agency. The Director will provide effective mental health intervention to assigned clients, maintain necessary clinical documentation and records, and oversee the implementation of a new agency project (a school-based advocacy program). Working closely with Sojourner House direct services staff, the Director will provide 1:1 counseling to adult clients in our shelter for victims of human trafficking; provide clinical support to the residential staff members with specific client-related issues; provide 1:1 counseling to children who have witnessed violence; and provide oversight and management to supervise a staff member to implement a new school-based advocacy program. The Director may also provide clinical supervision to 1-2 interns.

New York Legal Assistance Group: Staff Attorney, Immigrant Protection Unit

NYLAG has an immediate opening for a highly motivated Staff Attorney within NYLAG's Immigrant Protection Unit (IPU). IPU handles a comprehensive range of immigration cases. The Staff Attorney will represent immigrant clients on a variety of immigration matters at USCIS, Immigration Courts and Board of Immigration Appeals with an emphasis on removal defense cases.

New York Legal Assistance Group: Supervising Staff Attorney, Immigrant Protection Unit

NYLAG has an immediate opening for a highly motivated, experienced Supervising Staff Attorney within NYLAG's Immigrant Protection Unit (IPU). IPU handles a comprehensive range of immigration cases including adjustment of status, non-immigrant visas, asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), family petitions, consular processing, naturalization, VAWA self-petitions, petitions for U or T-nonimmigrant status, removal defense, and other forms of immigration relief.

The Supervising Attorney will provide supervision and mentoring to staff attorneys, paralegals and volunteer attorneys in handing all immigration matters with particular emphasis on individuals in removal proceedings. The Supervising Staff Attorney will foster and encourage teamwork and communication; develop skills and knowledge of staff members; participate in the Unit task force and other forums promoting professional development. In addition, the Supervising Attorney will carry a limited number of complex immigration cases.

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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