November 14, 2019
Update from the National Latin@ Network
National Latin@ Institute
2020 Latina Institute now accepting Call for Proposals!
Deadline: November 22, 2019

About the Institute:

The National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities (NLN) in partnership with the Office on Violence against Women is excited to announce the 2020 National Latin@ Institute. The National Latin@ Institute will bring together advocates from across the country and provide opportunities for networking, resource and expertise sharing and critical discussions on traditionally challenging topics. The Institute will be August 4-6, 2020 in Miami, pending OVW approval.


The National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities calls all Latin@s and allies working to end violence against women and girls, and other forms of violence, to submit proposals for workshops at the institute. 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, evidence-based practices and/or practice- based evidence.

Theme: Building Community Together

Building community is a process of creating a shared vision that enhances awareness, equity, healing, and strength. Building community together honors and celebrates the multifaceted individual and collective experiences that unite us and strengthen us.

Presenters should:
  • Have experience working at the intersections of Latin@s, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and/or
  • Have experience creating effective presentations and presenting in front of an
  • Use an accessible and survivor-centered approach to all sessions and materials.

Policy Alerts
Victim Service Providers In The United States, 2017
The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics released Victim Service Providers in the United States, 2017. This report provides statistics from the National Census of Victim Service Providers (VSPs), the first national data collection on the number and characteristics of these organizations. The census was conducted by BJS with support from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). The report describes the types of organizations that served victims, maps their locations and reports on the rate of VSPs per 100,000 U.S. residents by state.  

Senators Introduce House-Passed Violence Against Women Act
Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) led all 47 Democratic senators in introducing the Senate companion to the House-passed Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.

The bill, which would reauthorize VAWA through 2024, preserves advancements made in previous reauthorizations and includes a number of additional improvements to the current law.

Senator Feinstein said: “We’re introducing the Senate companion to the House-passed Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act today because it’s a strong bill and protects women from abuse,” Senator Feinstein said. “The House passed its bill 263 to 158 with 33 Republicans voting yes. There’s no reason that the bill shouldn’t receive the same broad support in the Senate.

Senate Judiciary Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein just introduced S. 2843 the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019! We thank Senator Feinstein for introducing this vital bill. S. 2843 is the companion to the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 1585) that passed the House of Representatives on April 4, 2019. It is the advocates’ bill, informed and inspired by the needs of victims and survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 reauthorizes VAWA grant programs and makes modest, yet vital, enhancements to existing law.

NLN News
2020 Latina Institute now accepting Call for Proposals!
Deadline: November 22, 2019

Presenters should:
  • Have experience working at the intersections of Latin@s, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and/or
  • Have experience creating effective presentations and presenting in front of an
  • Use an accessible and survivor-centered approach to all sessions and materials.
Now recruiting for Latin@ young adults for online forum
The NLN research team in partnership with Duke University is in the process of developing a mobile app that aims to address IPV among Latin@ youth in a bilingual, bicultural way.

Because of this, researchers are seeking immigrant Latin@s ages 18-29 to give their thoughts and opinions on what the app should deliver.
Advocate News
Know Your Rights. For People Working with Immigrant Families:
The Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) Campaign is dedicated to providing community-facing materials on public charge to better equip immigrants with what they need to know to make the best decision for themselves and for their families. More materials for service providers and advocates can be found at our Special Resources Page

Seeking Applicants for Survivor Advisory Group to the Governor of Minnesota
The Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition, the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Sacred Hoop Coalition, and Violence Free Minnesota are currently seeking victims/survivors to apply to sit on a Survivor Advisory Group to the Governor’s office. 
The group’s goal is to have gender-based violence (GBV) victims/survivors‘ expertise inform the coalitions’ policy work, with specific focus on informing policy work from the Governor’s Office and other state departments to improve the response when violence occurs; and to help shape environments and practices that reduce the likelihood of violence. 
Additional information about participation in the group is attached. The application is due by Friday, November 22. We can provide a paper application if someone needs that option.

2016 Minnesota Student Survey Sexual Violence Data Brief Now Available – Minnesota Department of Health
The Minnesota Student Survey (MSS) is conducted every three years. The survey collected responses from 9th and 11th grade students related to sexual violence and dating violence. In 2016, 5.6% of youth from the student survey self-reported ever-experiencing sexual abuse – 2.6% of males and 8.6% of females. The analysis shows an overall decline in sexual violence victimization in Minnesota from previous years, but the amount of decrease has not been the same for all youth populations. Large disparities in sexual violence victimization exist between certain youth populations.
The data brief includes important information about the problem of sexual violence among Minnesota youth, and the populations who are disproportionately affected. We hope you will use this data to inform your programs and start new conversations about the issue.
Network News and Resources
What’s happening at the U.S.-Mexico border in 5 charts
Border Patrol agents apprehended more migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal 2019 than in any year since fiscal 2007, according to new federal data. The influx of migrants has strained border facilities and become a major policy focus for President Donald Trump’s administration.

In this article is a closer look at the shifting dynamics at the southwestern border, based on the new numbers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the federal agency tasked with patrolling the border.
U.S. Catholic Bishops Elect Hispanic Immigrant as Leader
The Roman Catholic bishops of the United States on Tuesday elected a Hispanic immigrant as their president for the first time by elevating Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, who has long vowed to defend immigrants amid their fears of deportation.

The choice, on the same day that the Supreme Court heard the Trump administration’s argument to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, reflects the increasing importance of immigration as a moral and political issue for the church. It also is a sign of the church’s future: Nearly 40 percent of American Catholics are Hispanic.
Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence: Collective Thriving
December 4-5, 2019
Boise, Idaho

The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence invites you to join us at Collective Thriving (previously Compassionate Communities), a conference where we will explore ways to repair the harm from our culture of domination, extraction, and violence and to re-imagine a world rooted in interdependence, resilience, and regeneration.

Registration is officially open!
Meet COPAL: Comunidades Organizando el Poder y la Acción Latina
Comunidades Organizando el Poder y la Acción Latina (or COPAL) is a new membership organization with a mission of uniting Latinxs in Minnesota in active grassroots communal democracy that builds racial, gender, social and economic justice across community lines.

COPAL aims to achieve its mission by networking with organizations and people across ethnic communities by embracing the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing:
  1. Be inclusive;
  2. Emphasis on Bottom-Up Organizing;
  3. Let’s people Speak for Themselves;
  4. Work Together in Solidarity and Mutuality;
  5. Build Just Relationships Among Ourselves and
  6. Commitment to Self-Transformation.
Talking about Transgender Experiences, Identities, and Existences at Conferences
This document is an academic reference guide to and glossary for talking about transgender people, experiences, identities, backgrounds, and existences in academic talks at academic conferences for anyone interested. It also might be useful for classrooms and teaching. We hope that it will change and evolve as understandings change and evolve, and we invite contributions of terms and framings that can improve and expand this document.

This document is not a set of mandates for what people should say, nor is it set-in-stone. Instead, it is a product of a specific group of people in a specific time and place who wanted to provide a context for understanding how specific terms convey specific meanings (whether intended or unintended). Specifically, we largely work within (and/or against) upper-middle class North American academic norms.
Request for Proposals NSAC 2020
The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault is excited to announce a call for workshop proposals for the 2020 National Sexual Assault Conference. NSAC 2020 will be held on September 2-4 in Anaheim, CA. The theme for NSAC 2020 is: BOLD MOVES | EQUITY NOW

CALCASA is now accepting proposals from organizations and individuals interested in presenting information and/or facilitating workshops at NSAC 2020.

All proposals must be submitted online and received by December 23, 2019 11:59 pm PST
Network Webinars & Podcasts
Healthy Masculinity and Sexual Violence Risk and Protective Factors
November 20, 2019
2 - 3 p.m. EST

Many of us are familiar with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s list of factors that increase the risk for perpetration of sexual violence and protective factors that decrease the risk, categorized according to the levels of the social ecological model. This conversation is an opportunity to take a deep dive with Dr. Sarah DeGue – one of the nation’s preeminent experts on sexual violence risk and protective factors – into how healthy masculinity might connect with those factors.
Navigating Difficult Situations: Common Issues SARTs Face
November 25, 2019
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. CST

Sexual assault response teams are a great strategy to improve access to healing and justice for victims/survivors and increase offender accountability. And, there are common issues or barriers that teams face as they strengthen the collaborative response. This webinar will focus on common questions that we receive from SARTs across the country. Although many SARTs experience similar issues, each situation and community requires unique strategies. We will explore the questions, offer strategies that have worked for other teams, and hear some new things that have worked in your communities!
Raped, Then Jailed: The Risks of Prosecution for Falsely Reporting Sexual Assault Webinar
December 4, 2019
12 - 1:30 p.m. CST

Sexual assault victims have often faced sources of bias, based on unjustified suspicions that their report is a false allegation. This webinar focuses on the scenario where victims summon the courage to report a sexual assault, only to be disbelieved, mistreated, and later charged (often erroneously) with false reporting or associated crimes such as obstruction of justice, interfering with law enforcement, or providing false statements. The presentation will detail how these scenarios unfold, highlighting factors that distinguish an interview conducted with a victim versus a suspect in a criminal investigation, and we document how this can result in a false confession. We then conclude with a discussion of how this injustice can be prevented, by following recommended practices for sexual assault investigations and victim interviews.
Culture-change for Prevention: Advancing Prevention Within and Beyond the Sexual and Domestic Violence Field
November 21, 2019 
1 -2:30 p.m. CST 

Considering the many drivers of sexual and domestic violence, it’s clear that one sector or field cannot prevent the issue alone. In 2018, the Blue Shield of California Foundation (BSCF) expanded its commitment to end domestic violence by focusing on root causes of violence and supporting communities in preventing domestic violence. In this web conference, we’ll engage with practitioners and advocates from two community partnerships in California, supported by BSCF, who are building their capacity to implement culturally-rooted prevention strategies. Veva Islas is a newcomer to domestic violence prevention with a long history of implementing culturally-rooted policy, systems, and environmental change strategies to promote healthy eating and active living. She will share how her Mujeres Poderosas Amorosas collaborative is developing culture-change strategies for domestic violence prevention. MaiBao Yang and Dee Lee will share how their CHAN-BOF For Peace Collaborative is using their expertise in the domestic violence field to work with the Hmong community to challenge and change harmful gender norms and promote healthy relationships.

Suggested Reading Corner
Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir
By:  Cherríe L. Moraga

From the celebrated editor of This Bridge Called My Back, Cherríe Moraga charts her own coming-of-age alongside her mother's decline, and also tells the larger story of the Mexican American diaspora.

Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir is, at its core, a mother-daughter story. The mother, Elvira, was hired out as a child, along with her siblings, by their own father to pick cotton in California's Imperial Valley. The daughter, Cherríe Moraga, is a brilliant, pioneering, queer Latina feminist. The story of these two women, and of their people, is woven together in an intimate memoir of critical reflection and deep personal revelation.
Job Opportunities
Violence Free Minnesota: Housing & Economic Justice: Policy Program Manager
The Policy Program Manager will primarily hold an external facing role, working on policy as it
relates to housing and economic justice issues at the state and national level. The Policy Program
Manager will be part of Violence Free Minnesota’s policy team and work closely with the Housing
and Economic Justice Capacity Building Program Manager.
Violence Free Minnesota: Housing & Economic Justice: Capacity Building Program Manager
The Capacity Building Program Manager will primarily hold an internal facing role, working
closely with member programs and advocates to increase their capacity to implement effective
housing and economic justice advocacy. The Capacity Building Program Manager will work with
the Housing and Economic Justice Policy Program Manager and collaborate with the coalition’s
capacity building team.
NLN Newsletter/Blog Info
Now accepting blog 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 submissions.
About the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities

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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