A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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How March 8 became International Women's Day

By: María Cristina Pacheco Alcalá, Project Coordinator, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

March 8th marks International Women's Day, a date remembered by women's movements that, for decades, have advocated for equality and human rights. Many events have taken place over the years to recognize the importance of International Women's Day and the defense of women's rights.

Toward the end of the 19th century, women who worked in textile factories in the United States and many other parts of the world worked 12 hours a day with minimal pay and work conditions that were harmful to their health and security. On March 8, 1858, a group of women took to the streets demanding their rights, but were attacked by police for it. Then, in March of 1908, more than 15,000 women factory workers mobilized to protest in New York City, yelling, "Bread and Roses!" which summarized their demands for a salary increase (bread) and better living conditions (roses). That same year, more than 140 young women burned to death in different textile factories where they were working under inhumane conditions.

Click here to more about how International Women's Day came about
NHLA calls for improved response to sexual harassment on International Women's Day

On March 8, International Women's Day, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), calls on political leaders and all employers to take measures to protect workers from sexual harassment and to hold those responsible accountable for their action.

The NHLA has vigorously advocated for gender equity for Latinas and for stronger workplace protections for Latina workers, including measures to curb sexual harassment, which is a major problem for Latina workers across sectors. Over the past several months, there has been increased awareness around this issue with the disclosures of women working in a wide range of industries, including female members of Congress, Congressional staff members, individuals employed in the entertainment, technology, agricultural, and service industries, and within the nonprofit sector, among other places.

Click here to read about how the NHLA suggests improving protections for women experiencing sexual harassment
Webinar Engaging in Policy Advocacy on Behalf of Survivors: Understanding the Important Role and Rules for Nonprofits

Friday, March 9, 2018
1 p.m - 2:30 p.m.
This training will address issues such as different types of advocacy nonprofits can engage in, the importance of educating policy makers, how the tax law for 501 (c)(3) organizations permits lobbying within specific limits, and tips for how to engage in effective public policy advocacy.

Through this webinar, participants will: 
  • Learn about different types of policy advocacy that nonprofits organizations can engage in.
  • Develop a better understanding of the opportunities and limitations for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to engage in lobbying activities.
  • Access useful fact sheets and relevant resources to assist in better understanding the role and rules of policy advocacy.
Rosie Hidalgo, JD, Senior Director of Public Policy, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities

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March 30 final deadline for Pre-Institute registration & Institute Workshop Proposals

About the 2018 Latin@ Leadership Pre-Institute
Casa de Esperanza's National Latin@ Network, in collaboration with the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, will host the 2018 Latin@ Leadership Pre-Institute on July 16-17, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana (pending OVW approval.) 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. The cohort of participants will receive follow-up quarterly targeted support and technical assistance from Casa de Esperanza and NRCDV.

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

2018 National Latin@ Institute Call for Proposals
The NLN calls all Latin@s and allies working to end violence against women and girls, and other forms of oppression, to submit proposals for workshops at the 2018 Latin@ 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, and evidence-based practices and/or practice-based evidence.

Click here to learn more about the Call for Proposals
El 30 de marzo es la fecha límite para inscribirse a la Pre-Conferencia y para la Entrega de Propuestas para la Conferencia

Sobre la Pre-Conferencia de Liderazgo Latin@ del 2018
La Red Nacional Latina, de Casa de Esperanza, en colaboración con el Centro Nacional de Recursos contra la Violencia Doméstica le invitamos a enviar sus solicitudes para participar en la Pre-Conferencia 2018 de Liderazgo Latin@, la cual tendrá lugar el 16 y 17 de julio de 2018. La sede donde tendrá lugar la conferencia todavía está por decidirse (estamos esperando la aprobación de OVW). En este evento, líderes latin@s y aspirantes a aliad@s examinarán temas relacionados con el poder y el privilegio, para una mejoría en la capacidad de funcionamiento de sus organizaciones, dentro de un marco operativo enfocado en contra de la opresión y por la erradicación de la violencia contra las mujeres. El grupo de candidat@s que sea seleccionado para participar recibirá seguimiento con una frecuencia trimestral, el cual  consistirá en ayudas concretas y asistencia técnica por parte de Casa de Esperanza y NRCDV.
Haga clic aquí para más información sobre la Pre-Conferencia.

Propuestas Para la Conferencia Nacional Latin@ del 2018
La Red Nacional Latina invita a l@s Latin@s y aliad@s que trabajan para ponerle fin a la violencia contra las mujeres y las niñas y otras formas de opresión, a que envíen propuestas para talleres que se presentarán en la Conferencia Nacional Latin@ del 2018.  Se seleccionarán aquellas propuestas que presenten prácticas  innovadoras y enfoques lingüísticos específicos para trabajar con las comunidades Latin@s, así como lecciones aprendidas, colaboraciones exitosas, intercesoria basada en l@s sobrevivientes, políticas públicas y prácticas basadas en la evidencia o evidencias basadas en la práctica.

Haga clic aquí para aprender más sobre la Conferencia Nacional Latin@ del 2018
Featured image for NRCDV's annual celebration of International Women's Day.
NRCDV announces Celebrating Generations of Activism on International Women's Day

This International Women's Day, NRCDV celebrates the lived experiences and contributions of those who tirelessly demand gender, racial, economic and social justice for all women and girls.

NRCDV deeply values the dedication and support of all advocates, and wishes everyone renewed energy, hope, and inspiration as we work alongside each other. #PressforProgress

Click here to listen to NRCDV's podcast where Anisah, the youth in the painting, performs spoken word about her experience as a young Muslim Latina. 

*Featured image information: 
Anisah: First Generation Latina Teen, Human & Civil Rights Spoken Word Artist, Muslim" - by Perla Sofia Gonzalez Marinel-Lo
Anisah, the focus of the painting, is a Young Latina Muslim woman, spoken word artist, social justice activist, and animal lover who has won poetry and spoken word contests. 
NHLA seeks input on LGBTQ Community Survey

Deadline: March 12, 2018

The NHLA has launched an online survey so it can continue its work of collecting community input from across the country. The NHLA is encouraging people to complete the survey so that the  NHLA's LGBTQ Task Force can review the survey responses and propose recommendations to the NHLA board at its next meeting on how to best incorporate the input received from the community into the coalition's advocacy work and policy priorities.

Click here to access the survey
A CALL TO MEN publishes new toolkit for college students

A CALL TO MEN recently announced the launch of LIVE RESPECT on Campus, a movement for college students who want to promote healthy, respectful manhood and prevent dating violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, bullying, and all forms of violence and discrimination.  
The free downloadable toolkit will help students understand how to effectively organize on campus to create culture of respect, equity and value for all; and how their community can join the LIVE RESPECT on Campus movement.  It includes videos, template materials, social media graphics and an online pledge.  

Click here to access the toolkit
Center for Court Innovation seeking applications for open house in June

Deadline for applications: March 20, 2018

The Center for Court Innovation, in collaboration with the Hennepin County, Stearns County, and Beltrami County Domestic Violence Mentor Courts, are hosting an open house in Minneapolis, MN on June 12-13, 2018. The 1.5-day open house is designed for jurisdictions who are interested in creating a domestic violence court or looking for ways to enhance their existing domestic violence court. Participating Mentor Courts will highlight innovative practices from their respective jurisdictions, namely child-related relief and the family court model, offender compliance and intensive outreach to indigenous populations in a misdemeanor criminal court, and addressing repeat offenders in a felony criminal court.

Click here for more information and to submit an application
InformedImmigrant.com launches new site in English and Spanish

The new Informed Immigrant site is now LIVE in both English ( InformedImmigrant.com) and Spanish ( InmigranteInformado.com).
Informed Immigrant launched a week after the 2016 election as a collective, unbranded hub for key resources on know your rights materials, family preparedness plans, immigrant-serving organizations and more. 

Please help us promote this exciting news on your social media accounts. 

To access the social media kit in English, click here.
Para acceder el toolkit con información para publicar en las redes sociales, haga clic aquí.

By: Marjane Satrapi

Persepolis is the story of Satrapi's unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming--both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.

Edgy, searingly observant, and candid, often heartbreaking but threaded throughout with raw humor and hard-earned wisdom -- Persepolis is a stunning work from one of the most highly regarded, singularly talented graphic artists at work today. 
Description from Goodreads
Webinar  Sexual Assault on Campus: Students' Civil Rights Under Title IX  

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST

Schools have a responsibility to ensure equal opportunity in education regardless of sex, it's the law! In addition to other harms caused to a student and community, sexual violence in K-12 schools and college campuses can undermine a student's access to education. Join this webinar to learn about the rights that students have, and the obligations schools have, to prevent and respond to sexual v violence and to protect students' educational opportunity under Title IX, and the actions you can take as an advocate to ensure that schools are safe and welcoming places for all students to learn.

Featured Speakers:
Liz King, Director of Education Policy, The Leadership Conference Education Fund
Alexandra Brodsky, Fellow, National Women's Law Center
Anne Hedgepeth, Interim Vice President of Public Policy & Government Relations, AAUW
Paul Cange, Field Assistant, The Leadership Conference Education Fund

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Webinar  Toward Gender Equity: Supporting healthy masculinities for sexual and domestic violence prevention

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
2 - 3:30 p.m. EST

There is a need to move away from harmful associations of masculinity with dominance, control, risk-taking and even aggression toward a culture that promotes respect and safety for people of all genders. This web conference will build off of the evidence base around engaging men and boys as allies highlighting examples of communities taking action in new ways. Guests will share how they engage in authentic dialogues about gender equity, masculinities, and accountability as a way to support potential transformation of our cultural norms and prevent sexual and domestic violence. We will also discuss opportunities to move from work with small groups to bringing conversations to diverse audiences in inclusive and community-specific ways.

Ashleigh Klein-Jimenez,   PreventConnect and  CALCASA

Alisha Somji,  Prevention Institute

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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

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HRSA/MCHB offers funding opportunity for  Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Capacity Building Program

Application deadline: March 27, 2018

Last week, HRSA/MCHB posted a notice of funding opportunity, the Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Capacity Building Program, HRSA-18-082. Its purpose is to is to improve the health of adolescents and young adults (ages 10-25) by strengthening the capacity of state maternal and child health programs and their clinical partners to address the needs of these population groups.  Within the unique needs of this population, this program includes a focus on behavioral health. HRSA expects to make a single award with a project period of 5 years and an annual budget of $1.15 million.

Click here for more information about this opportunity and to apply
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.
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.

Virginia Poverty Law Center:  Immigration Advocate/Paralegal

Location: Richmond, VA

We seek an Immigration Advocate/Paralegal to join our newest initiative, the Legal Assistance to Victim-Immigrants of Domestic Abuse (LA VIDA) Clinic. The person selected for this position will work with the Immigration Attorney and the Director of VPLC's Center for Family Advocacy to conduct outreach to serve eligible clients and support the Immigration Attorney as she litigates cases in federal and state court designed to improve the lives and working conditions of immigrant victims of domestic and/or sexual violence across Virginia. The Immigration Advocate/Paralegal will be supervised by the Director of VPLC's Center for Family Advocacy in conjunction with the Immigration Attorney but will be expected to exercise a high level of independence in handling individual 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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