A news update from the National Latin@ Network
Steps to tackle systems change for greater LEP access
Systems change is a process that involves responding to an instance of lack of language access (for example) and builds on that one experience to create significant change in a system or service. The following steps were outlined through an interview with
, a social justice organization led by Latina women located in Albuquerque that has had success in creating greater language access through systems change.
Below are the steps lined out in this week's blog:
Step 1. Make it Someone's Job
Step 2. Educate Yourself
Step 3. Get in the Door
Step 4. When to Use Pressure
to read more about how to incorporate these steps
Casa de Esperanza staff recognized for leadership
Co-Director of Family Advocacy & Community Engagement, was selected as a leader and mentor for Change Network Minnesota's second cohort of their program for courageous leaders to learn from their roots and from each other. Ivette was chosen to be a champion of change, a cultural and community elder/mentor, and a leader to inspire courage.
Rosie Hidalgo, JD,
Senior Public Policy Director for Casa de Esperanza's National Latin@ Network, was awarded the Policy Change Award by NCADV as one of its many prestigious awardees.
NCADV is honoring Rosie's ability to lift up the voices of victims and survivors and improve their access to safety, justice, and well-being, particularly immigrant survivors and those from marginalized communities. She championed the need to protect all survivors and improve protections and access to resources for marginalized communities in the reauthorization of VAWA.
#UnaCosa DVAM messaging in Spanish
Casa de Esperanza will soon release a comprehensive media toolkit alongside the
Domestic Violence Awareness Project
that will include bilingual graphics and information for this year's DVAM theme,
As part of this campaign, we are asking people to join us in painting their fingers with the Domestic Violence Awareness Month color -- purple. And sharing those photos online stating your one thing and tagging it with the hashtag #UnaCosa or #1Thing.
In the meantime, here is some more information in Spanish to share with your networks, by DVAP.
Moving from the Mainstream to the Margins: Lessons in Culture and Power
This article highlights the ways in which power is conceptualized, activated, and institutionalized in American culture. Drawing from research and the author's experience within mainstream and culturally-specific organizations in the violence against women field, this article exposes the subtle, yet pervasive mechanisms that lead to the marginalization of culturally specific communities and smaller, typically culturally specific, community-based organizations. By design and unconsciously, researchers, mainstream organization, and leaders often perpetuate a system designed to localize research, evaluation, services and resources for white people, organizations and institutions. This occurs for example, when researchers center and elevate a gold-standard of evidence-based practices, research, and evaluation that share no frame of reference to those being studied and most effected.
It also happens when organizations marginalize culturally specific community members and organizations by seeking their participation at the final stages rather than at the conception of projects. The author provides concrete recommendations that researchers, providers, and leaders can adopt to counteract institutional oppression and help move culturally-specific communities and organizations from the margins to the center
to read this article (paywall has been removed)
NCADV announces 2018 Voices Rising awardees
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) announced the 2018 Voices Rising Award Recipients, who will be honored for their contributions towards raising the voices of victims and survivors and the creation of a culture where domestic violence is not tolerated. Awardees include:
Ineabelle Geena Cruz (Survivor Activist Award),
Rosie Hidalgo (Policy Change Award),
Nancy Provost on behalf of the Family Violence Project (Media Award), and
Gwen Wright (Lifetime Impact Award).
Awards will be presented at NCADV's 40th Anniversary Ruby Jubilee Gala on Monday, September 24th, 2018 in Providence, Rhode Island.
#1Thing, #UnaCosa campaign action guide available for download
includes templates, recommendations, strategies, and tools for incorporating the #1Thing message into public awareness activities and campaigns. Many of the resources are available in both English & Spanish.
Every day, we all have the opportunity to educate others about the impact of domestic violence and encourage them to take action. The #1Thing message helps individuals and communities to articulate and understand how our collective "one things" can lead to the social transformation we all desire to see.
to access the online version of the #1Thing Action Guide and the
full library of materials and graphics -- constantly updated!
IOOV LGBT People of Color Conference registration open
October 4-7, 2018
In our Own Voices (IOOV) is one of the few LGBT organizations across the country that provides comprehensive services on the health and wellness of LGBT people of color.
From the website: "[This] Conference provides a platform for LGBT POC communities to examine our issues and to ascertain future strategies that we can take back to our individual communities."
Conference program is now available for download online!
NCADV opens registration for Voices Rising Pre-Conference
Sunday, September 23, 2018
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is holding its seventeenth national conference on domestic violence, Voices Rising, at the Omni Providence Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island, September 23-26, 2018.
While the main conference is sold out
, NCADV is pleased to offer a limited number of seats to
four pre-conference intensives
being held from 9:00am to 2:00pm on Sunday, September 23rd. These intensives are structured to engage attendees in deep dialogue and exploration of specific topics that are important to ending violence against women and girls.
to RSVP to this pre-conference
NHMA to host policy forum for various regions
September 22, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST
New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10029
October 6, 2018
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CST
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
420 E Superior Street, Chicago, IL 60611
October 9, 2018
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. PST
University of Southern California Caruso Center
844 W 32nd Street, Los Angeles, California 90007
October 11, 2018
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CST
Courtyard Marriott San Antonio Riverwalk
207 N Saint Mary's Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
Washington, DC Metro Region
October 25, 2018
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. EST
George Washington University, Science and Engineering Hall
800 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20052
The National Hispanic Medical Association invites you to attend the Policy Forum in your respective region. NHMA and its partners hope you are able to attend and invite any interested colleagues.
to RSVP by
September 19, 2018
A Call for Workshop Proposals: 2018 TAASA Conference
May 19 - 22, 2019
San Antonio, TX
The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault's (TAASA) annual conference brings together hundreds of interdisciplinary professionals and activists to share information, advance learning opportunities, and support professional growth for those working in the anti-sexual violence and related fields.
The 2019 TAASA State conference theme is Traditions and Transformations. This year's theme intends to create space to explore the significance, practice, and intersections of Traditions and Transformations in the anti-sexual violence movement, and understand why it's important to centralize experiences of survivors in these contexts. We also wish to acknowledge that sometimes traditions can perpetuate problematic social structures and institutions that limit culture change from happening in our movement, the systems we work in, and our lives.
To that end, we invite
90-minute workshop proposals that highlight traditions and/or transformations that serve as a source of strength and resilience, deepen cultural identity, and showcase effective practices in the movement.
By: T. Jackie Cuevas
Bringing Chicana/o studies into conversation with queer theory and transgender studies, Post-Borderlandia examines why gender variance is such a core theme in contemporary Chicana and Chicanx narratives. It considers how Chicana butch lesbians and Chicanx trans people are not only challenging heteropatriarchal norms, but also departing from mainstream conceptions of queerness and gender identification.
Expanding on Gloria Anzaldúa's classic formulation of the Chicana as transformer of the "borderlands," Jackie Cuevas explores how a new generation of Chicanx writers, performers, and filmmakers are imagining a "post-borderlands" subjectivity, where shifting national, racial, class, sexual, and gender identifications produce complex power dynamics. In addition, Cuevas offers fresh archival analysis of the Chicana feminist canon to reveal how queer gender variance has always been crucial to this literary tradition.
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Register now for final session of webinar series, ensuring meaningful access to language
Developing an Effective Language Access Plan
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST
Session III of the series will engage participants in a process of critical thinking and planning that will support organizations/agencies in developing an effective language access plan. In order to carry out effective safety planning and provide critical information to assist ALL survivors in making informed choices, it is imperative to ensure meaningful access to services and available options for survivors with limited English proficiency. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, all organizations that receive federal funding must take reasonable steps to ensure meaningful access to individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). Join us as we discuss concrete steps for developing an effective language access plan.
Lumarie Orozco, MA, Project Manager, Casa de Esperanza/National Latin@ Network
to register for this webinar
Webinar Series Enhancing Cultural Responsiveness in the Courts Webinar Series (two-part)
Who should participate?
- Justice for Families, ICJR and Rural grantees, STOP, State Sexual and Domestic Violence Coalitions and CSSP grantees and their OVW grant partners.
- Family violence and sexual assault advocates.
- Law enforcement based victim service providers.
Rocio Molina, Associate Director for National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project (NIWAP) at American University's Washington College of Law
Part 1: Judge's Roles in Cases of Immigrant Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors
Monday October 15, 2018
1 - 2:30pm EST
This webinar will discuss important issues that arise in family court cases involving immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking and their children. The range of issues that perpetrators raise in custody cases involving battered immigrant parents will be addressed with emphasis providing legally correct information that counters misinformation perpetrators provide about immigration law, immigration status and its relevance in domestic violence custody proceedings. It will also include a discussion about U visa certification by judges, covering the range of family, civil and criminal court cases in which immigrant victims may turn to the courts for help and provide information as victims of qualifying criminal activities from which they have suffered harm and are willing to be helpful to the investigation or prosecution of that crime. Additionally, this webinar with discuss how immigrant youth who are victims of domestic or sexual violence or who are children of battered immigrants may qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile States and the state court findings that must be obtained before the application for immigration relief can be filed.
Part 2: Protections in Court Proceedings and Sensitive Locations for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence Under VAWA Confidentiality Protections
Monday October 22, 2018
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST
This webinar will discuss the special protections for immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking under Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) confidentiality laws and their effect on best practices in court systems, as well as for victim advocacy, legal representation, and safety planning. Participants will learn about the VAWA confidentiality laws and the: prohibitions that prevent immigration officials from relying on perpetrator provided information to harm victims; immigration case confidentiality rules that limit discovery of information about the existence of, action taken in and the contents of VAWA confidentiality protected immigration case filings; protected locations at which immigration enforcement against immigrant victims cannot occur except in very limited circumstances with high level supervisory approval; and potential protections from removal proceedings.This webinar will also discuss the additional protections available to immigrant victims under Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policies limiting immigration enforcement at courthouses and sensitive locations.
Webinar Walking with Latin@ Survivors: Lessons learned over 35 years of working with Latin@ communities
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST
Effective and culturally relevant program development can be challenging when resources are limited. This webinar will share Casa de Esperanza's best practices to provide culturally relevant support and services to Latin@s survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking. We will take a deeper dive into Casa de Esperanza's history and the development of the Latina Advocacy Framework. We will also share next steps that those working with Latin@ survivors can take back to their organizational leaders to adopt meaningful practices into your workplace and communities.
Rosario de la Torre, Co-Director of Family Advocacy and Community Engagement, Casa de Esperanza
Teresa Burns, Refugio Manager, Casa de Esperanza
Call for Proposals: DV and Firearms Technical Assistance Project
Deadline for Proposals: Oct 15
10 p.m. PST
Q&A Session: Sept 15
10 a.m. PST
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), invites proposals from communities to participate in the Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Firearms Technical Assistance Project (FTAP). The overall objective of the FTAP is to help communities identify challenges limiting a more robust implementation of domestic violence firearms laws in their jurisdictions and assist them in establishing a localized response that is best suited to their communities' unique needs and characteristics. NCJFCJ seeks proposals from communities reflective of the geographic diversity across the country, including rural, urban, suburban, and tribal settings, as well as sites with differing governing laws.
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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.
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.