A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Studies show Latino men hungry for information about domestic violence

This week's blog and infographic provide information from the Te Invito campaign. Visit TeInvito.org to access the campaign.

Domestic violence (DV) occurs within the context of a family's daily life, which is deeply affected by numerous factors including personal, familial, cultural, and socio-political issues. Although researchers have investigated the relationship between certain variables, they haven't yet isolated a single variable that "causes" DV. Rather, researchers have learned that DV is a very complex issue associated with multiple variables that impact one another and DV in different ways. The findings in this section must be understood in this context.

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January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. To learn more about human trafficking, in addition to the Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network's blog, consider following these campaigns:

The Blue Campaign is the unified voice for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) efforts to combat human trafficking. Working in collaboration with law enforcement, government, non-governmental and private organizations, the Blue Campaign strives to protect the basic right of freedom and to bring those who exploit human lives to justice.

Polaris is a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery. Named after the North Star that guided slaves to freedom in the U.S., Polaris systemically disrupts the human trafficking networks that rob human beings of their lives and their freedom. Our comprehensive model puts victims at the center of what we do - helping survivors restore their freedom, preventing more victims, and leveraging data and technology to pursue traffickers wherever they operate.

The Human Trafficking Institute exists to decimate modern slavery at its source by empowering police and prosecutors to stop traffickers. Working inside criminal justice systems, the Institute provides the embedded experts, world-class training, investigative resources, and evidence-based research necessary to free victims.

Reminder: January 11 is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day!
Futures Without Violence publishes report on gender-based violence globally

Futures Without Violence published its latest report,  How American Policy & Funding is Addressing Gender-Based Violence Globally. Please feel free to download and share the information.
The United States has invested in preventing and responding to gender-based violence globally for more than two decades, and in the last 10 years, it has enhanced its investment to empower women and girls and reduce violence.

This report focuses on efforts specifically in  Tanzania and  Uganda. It describes:
  • The strategic impact of ending gender-based violence (GBV)
  • Effective interventions in Uganda and Tanzania
  • The broader impact that initiatives to end GBV have on American priorities in East Africa-including for development, economic and security goals
  • Recommendations to improve future programming
Click here to download this report
TIME'S UP is a new coalition to address sexual harassment in the workplace

On Jan. 1, 2018, a new coalition named TIME'S UP launched with the aim of preventing and improving the response to sexual harassment and sexual assault. 

Although TIME'S UP is powered by A-list Hollywood actresses, the campaign noted in its open letter that the mission was inspired by a letter of solidarity by the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas and call out the need to support immigrant women and marginalized communities that face high vulnerability to sexual harassment. 

TIME'S UP has established a  Legal Defense Fund to  provide subsidized legal support to women and men who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace and while in pursuit of their careers. The Legal Defense Fund will be run out of the National Women's Law Center and has already raised nearly $15 million.
Visit the campaign at  timesupnow.com
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

By: Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn't commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship -- and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer's coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.
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Webinar  Trauma-Informed and Culturally Specific Practice for Latina Survivors

Thursday, January 25, 2018
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST 

In this webinar, National Latin@ Network researchers will provide accessible language that service providers can use to describe the overlap between the trauma-informed and culturally specific aspects of their work. Presenters will first present principles developed using research the NLN gathered from culturally specific practitioners across the domestic violence field. Then, presenters will discuss findings from a national research project designed to evaluate culturally specific and trauma-informed aspects of service for Latina survivors.

Dr. Josephine V. Serrata, Director of Research and Evaluation, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network
Dr. Rebecca Rodriguez, Manager of Research and Evaluation, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network 

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Webinar  Updates on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention with Elementary School Ages

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST 

A lot has been learned about child sexual abuse prevention education and programs since they began in the mid 1970s. This web conference mines the wisdom of lessons learned that led to key changes in two national model programs including the relevance of social emotional learning and system wide prevention and response systems for children and teens with disabilities.

David S. Lee, PreventConnect and CALCASA
Cordelia Anderson & Joan Tabachnick

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SAMHSA Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA):
Offender Reentry Program

Deadline: January 26, 2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Offender Reentry Program (ORP) grants.

The 2018 ORP program is to expand substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and related recovery and reentry services to sentenced adult offenders/ex-offenders with a SUD and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders. These individuals are returning to their families and community from incarceration in state and local facilities including prisons, jails, or detention centers (i.e., the population of focus).

The full 2018 ORP expansion announcement can be found on the SAMHSA website at FOA Number: TI-18-003. When you are searching for a funding opportunity on Grants.gov, use SAMHSA's FOA number as the Funding Opportunity Number listed above.

Anticipated Number of Awards: Up to 16
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $425,000
Length of Project: Up to 5 years

Applicants should be aware that funding amounts are subject to the availability of funds.
Apply for OVW funding  for Training & Services to  End Violence Against Women with Disabilities   

Register by: Jan 5, 2017
Apply by: Jan 26, 2017

This solicitation supports activities that focus on individuals with disabilities and Deaf individuals who are survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
Grants funds may be used to:
- Establish and strengthen multidisciplinary collaborative relationships  
- Increase an organization's capacity to provide services  
- Identify needs and develop plans to meet those needs and build a strong foundation 
Download the solicitation and read it carefully. 
More solicitations are coming in the next few months. Subscribe to get an email when one is released. See last year's solicitations to get an idea of what might be coming this year. Visit the Awards Page to see who received a grant last year.   
Apply for OVW grants for underserved populations

Register by: Jan 5, 2017
Apply by: Jan 26, 2017

This solicitation supports outreach to and services for individuals in underserved populations who are survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

Underserved populations face challenges created by lack of availability of culturally relevant services and by marginalization due to geographic location, religion, sexual orientation, gender identify, racial and ethnic identity, or special needs. 

Grants funds may be used for a range of activities, such as:
- Develop and implement population-specific outreach materials and victim services
- Increase the ability of organizations to provide outreach and services for underserved populations  
- Train and educate community partners and criminal justice professionals
Download the solicitation and read it carefully. 
RAICES: Staff Attorney (Houston)
  • Conduct thorough intakes to ascertain immigration relief;
  • Handle large caseload providing direct representation to individuals eligible for immigration relief;
  • Provide representation to individuals in immigration removal proceedings as well as before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Immigration Courts, or Texas state courts if related to a client's immigration case;
  • Assume general administrative responsibilities, including detailed case management, data reporting and timekeeping;
  • Conduct Know Your Rights presentations and other community outreach, as needed, in Houston and the Coastal Bend Region;
  • Other duties, activities, and responsibilities, as assigned.
Asian Family Support Services of Austin: Executive Director

The Executive Director will provide a visionary approach to organizational development, with primary oversight of an annual operating budget of $1.2 million and a staff of 20. Responsibilities encompass all organization functions including budget and finance, program oversight, human resources, funds development and marketing and community relations. The Executive Director is the face of AFSSA throughout the community and identifies, cultivates and maintains strong working relationships with key community leaders, funders and investors, strategic partners, and professionals representing complementary services and supports. The Executive Director reports to the AFSSA Board of Directors. At least 4 years experience in progressively responsible senior management/ supervisory roles including staff supervision, human resources, fundraising, finance, and/or operations in a nonprofit, public or private sector organization. A bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline (behavioral science, health and human services, business management, nonprofit management). Masters in a relevant discipline preferred.

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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