A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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National Call of Unity: Healing the Heart of the Movement

At the beginning of October, Casa de Esperanza participated on the National Call of Unity, an opportunity for us to step away from our busy schedules and remember those that have lost their lives to violence, celebrate those that have survived these senseless acts of inhumanity, honor the courage and legacy of advocates who toiled before us, and connect with others to stay strong in moving our social justice efforts forward. Our very own Micaela Ríos participated on that call. Below are her inspiring remarks, which still ring true as we mark the end of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the beginning of another year of advocacy and progress. 

31 Facts about Domestic Violence in Latin@ Communities

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and there is a plethora of good information on social media by many of our partners. We encourage you to follow this using the hashtags #DVAM2016 and #ThisIsDV

En español, se usan los hashtags #DVAM2016 y #YoSoyDVAM.

Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network has developed a list of facts about domestic violence specific to the Latin@ community. There is one for every day. Feel free to follow us on Twitter and Instagram to see these facts posted daily!

Click here to read this blog on our website 

Click here for a printable 11" x 14" poster of the factsheet
Call for Abstract Submissions: National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence

Deadline: January 13, 2017

Every two years the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence hosts the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence. The conference highlights the latest research and promising practices to advance the health care system's response to domestic and sexual violence, bringing together the field's leading medical, public health, and domestic violence experts from across the United States and the world. Stay tuned for more information on submitting an abstract!

Pre-Conference Institutes: Tuesday, September 26th, 2017
Two Day Conference: September 27th-28th, 2017
Marriott Marquis, San Francisco, California

Click here for more information on how to submit an abstract
ThisGEN: Youth Summit 

March 6th-10th 2017 
Washington DC

We are excited to announce that Raliance is convening ThisGEN: Youth Summit in Washington DC from March 6th - 10th 2017. There are several ways to join in on this event, which will bring together youth activists from around the US states and territories to work together to end Gender-based violence. Please go to Raliance.org to learn more about this event and to join us in this unique event by:  

Applying to participate (due Nov. 11th 2016)
Submitting a proposal to present (due Nov. 4th 2016)
* Sponsoring an activist to attend

Saturday, November 12, 2016 
10:00am - 4:00pm EST
Austin, TX

Webinar:  Family Law Survival Kit: Tipping the Scales In Favor of Domestic Violence Survivors Who Have Mental Health Concerns

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
2 - 3:30 p.m. EST

Too often survivors have to navigate a complex family law process without legal representation and without support. The Domestic Violence and Mental Health Collaboration Project in King County, WA created Family Law Toolkits for domestic violence advocates, attorneys, mental health service providers, and survivors. These tools enable survivors of domestic violence, particularly those with mental health concerns, to access the information, resources, and support they need to navigate the family law system successfully, and to protect themselves and their children from further harm.  

Webinar: Suspended and Removed: How to Enforce a Student's Right to School

Thursday, October 27, 2016
3 p.m. EST

This webinar will: 

- Review the legal rights of girls of color with regard to school removal in elementary and secondary schools 
- Share resources from the U.S. Department of Education that you can use to enforce children's right to be in school 
- Provide recommendations for policies and practices that parents and communities can use to ensure their schools only use removals when absolutely necessary 

Vision of Hope Fund

Application deadline: October 28, 2016

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for its Vision of Hope Fund Grant.

PCAR launched the fund in July 2005 to fund innovation in child sexual abuse prevention and intervention. We prioritize critical research, effective prevention strategies, teaching adult responsibility and accountability, and supporting services to children who have been sexually victimized.

A total of $50,000 will be offered to fund one or more projects during the 2017-18 fiscal year, contingent on the availability of funding and subject to approval of the PCAR/NSVRC Chief Executive Officer. One-year grants will be awarded.

A limited number of submissions will be chosen to complete a full grant application. 

Casa de Esperanza: Project Coordinator(s)

Casa de Esperanza has position openings on their national team for Project Coordinators in the areas of campus sexual assault, domestic violence homicide prevention, and Limited English Proficiency. The deadline for submission is November 4, 2016, however, the position will be opened until filled.

New Hampshire Legal Assistance: Staff Attorney for Domestic Violence Advocacy Project 

Position Responsibilities: Represent low-income victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in divorce and parenting (custody) cases, administrative hearings and other civil legal cases; community engagement and education, including building partnerships with community health centers, local police departments, courts, crisis centers, and culturally specific community groups. Travel within the state and to national conferences will be necessary.

Hartford Interval House, Inc.: Adult Advocate

Salary: $48,000 to $52,000 (Depending on Experience)

Hours: 40 hours/week, as scheduled: 9am-5pm, 7am-3pm, 3pm-11pm
Benefits: Medical and dental insurance

Job Summary:
The primary role of the Adult Advocate (AA) is to provide comprehensive trauma-focused services to victims of domestic violence on the hotline, in the shelter and in the community. The AA will provide support services such as one-to-one individual therapeutic counseling, support, legal advocacy, safety planning, and information and referrals. This position is to be carried out while empowering victims with respect to their safety and their rights to self-determination.
Interval House is committed to providing 24-hour coverage of the hotline and shelter programs. The Adult Advocate is expected to cover hotline shifts as assigned.
Coverage for major holidays is done on a seniority basis; The Adult Advocate will cover two holiday shifts a year.
Specific job functions include, but not limited to trauma focused domestic violence couseling, case management with community and shelter clients, maintaining client files, safety planning, providing information and referrals, etc.
Advocacy services include advocacy with systems including law enforcement, judicial, government and social service.
The Adult Advocate is responsible for providing weekly support and educational groups and for collecting data which includes completing statistical reports on a monthly, quarterly, annual and or as needed.
The Adult Advocate follows all agency practices, policies and procedures as written in the IH Employee, Policy and Personnel Handbooks and other directives as issued by the Executive Director.

Must be Bilingual in both Spanish and English.
Must have a Masters Degree in the Human Services field.
Must have a current Connecticut driver's license.
Must be willing to go through a 20 hour certification training per CT GS 52-146k.
Must have a comprehensive knowledge of individual counseling dynamics and trauma.
Must be able to work effectively with both traditional and non-traditional systems.
The Adult Advocate position requires someone who can be assertive and presents well verbally and in writing.

Email resumes to Iris Ruiz, Assistant Director
Include cover letter; please NO PHONE CALLS.
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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