A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Facing the Fear of Deportation, Part 3: Sharing the Research

The  University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work published a research article examining the mental health effects that the threat of deportation poses to those who experience it. Casa de Esperanza's National Latin@ Network has published it in three parts.  Click here to read Part 1click here to read part 2, or  click here to read the article in its entirety on USC's website. This blog (Part 3 of this series) contains information from that research that was put into an infographic that is shareable on social media. 

Family separation due to deportation can be traumatizing for the millions of children living in families with an undocumented parent.
Between 2009 and 2013: 5.3 million children in the U.S. had an undocumented parent. 85 percent of those children, of 4.24 million were U.S. born.

Click here to read this blog and download the infographic to share on your social media accounts
Click the image to download the human trafficking report
Research reports on housing and human trafficking published

As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are releasing two research study reports for service providers to inform about housing barriers that Latin@ survivors face when escaping violence, and examining how service providers can serve human trafficking survivors and how they could serve them better.

The report,  A Scan of the Field: Learning about serving survivors of human trafficking , was created to increase understanding about how human trafficking survivors receive services from domestic and sexual violence organizations. Researchers collected information for this study through a web-based survey and case studies with five selected organizations. This report documents the study's findings in an effort to increase understanding about how human trafficking survivors receive services from domestic and sexual violence organizations. Second, it documents lessons learned for organizations that are looking to expand into this area of service.

Click the image to download the human trafficking report
The report,  Finding a Way: Innovative housing solutions of Latin@ survivors of DV and successful practices of culturally specific community based organizations , report takes the results of in-depth listening sessions with 12 community-based organizations across the country to ascertain the needs and barriers to housing for Latin@ survivors of domestic violence, as well as strategies and solutions for things that work, as well as what doesn't work, in practitioners' steps toward dealing with their communities' housing issues.

Click the links to download the reports!

English: Finding a Way (report on housing solutions)
Español:  Buscando un camino (report on housing solutions / reporte sobre encontrar vivienda accesible)

English: A Scan of the Field (report for human trafficking service providers)
Spanish: Escaneo del Terreno (report for human trafficking service providers / reporte para proveedores de servicios de la trata humana) **Publishing next week **Se publicará la semana que viene
Part I of cultural responsiveness in the courts webinar series next week

Part I: Judge's Roles in Cases of Immigrant Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors

Monday, October 15, 2018
1 - 2:30 p.m. 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.

Rocio Molina, Associate Director for National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project (NIWAP) at American University's Washington College of Law

Leslye Orloff, Adjunct Professor and Director of the National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project (NIWAP) at American University Washington College of Law

Click here to register for Part I of this webinar series

Click here to register for Part II of this webinar series,  Protections in Court Proceedings and Sensitive Locations for Immigrant Survivors Under VAWA Confidentiality Protections
#1Thing, #UnaCosa DVAM media toolkits available for use now

As part of the Domestic Violence Awareness Project, many organizations have contributed graphics and social media guides that you and your organization can use to help us raise awareness for Domestic Violence Awareness Month this month. 

The #1Thing we want this month is for you to join us in unity and recognition of DVAM!

Click here to access the #UnaCosa Social Media Toolkit, by the NLN

Click here to access the #1Thing Action Toolkit, by NRCDV

Click here to access #1Thing Trainings, by NRCDV
Now hiring Research and Evaluation Manager

This position is responsible for designing and conducting research and evaluation in support of the advancement of the goals of Casa de Esperanza's National Latin@ Network research and evaluation team. This position involves the dissemination of research and evaluation finding through the development and publication of academic and non-academic manuscripts in addition to writing and obtaining grant funding for research and evaluation work. This position may train and supervise emerging researchers and evaluators and will work with the team to build the evaluation capacity of Latin@ community-based organizations. This position may manage technical assistance programs that fall under the scope of the research and evaluation team.

Click here for more information
NNEDV to host Twitter Chat #Safety4Survivors
Tues, October 16, 2018
3 - 4 p.m. EST

The National Network to End Domestic Violence invites you to join in a Twitter chat for DVAM, with the hashtag #Safety4Survivors. We will be discussing the ways that folks talk about #Safety4Survivors: with each other, in popular culture, in the news, and more. The tagline is "Change Your Language, Change the Culture." Questions will be asked from @NNEDV as part of "Twitter Chat Tuesday" for the National Week of Action.   

As partner host, we ask you to:
  • Share the date/time with your networks
  • Encourage your networks to tweet along with us
  • Participate in the Twitter Chat on Oct. 16 (We will be sharing more information with our partner hosts to make this easy! Once you sign on, we will provide you with the questions in advance and "things to think about" to give you a jumping off point for your responses.)
If you'd like to be a partner host this chat with us, please let me know by October 15!

I will need to know:
(1)    The name/email address of the person who will be tweeting for you.
(2)    The Twitter handle you'll be using for the chat.

If you are interested in joining, please email Emily Dahl the above information at  edahl@NNEDV.org

Click here  to see more of NNEDV's activities this month
NRCDV to host Twitter Chat: My #1Thing is Transformative
Wed, October 24, 2018
3 - 4 p.m. EST

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month. Our collective message this year has been the #1Thing that you can do to stop domestic violence and create social change.
This simple, yet powerful message has caught on, not just by individuals and organizations involved in domestic violence work, but by people from a types of professions, students, businesses, coalitions, government agencies, and more.
We think this is because someone's #1Thing could be just about anything - everyone has a role to play in our collective effort to create a better world.
What Are We Asking?
We would like to invite your organization to be a My #1Thing tweeting partner and share your organizational and individual #1Thing (s). In addition to participating in the actual chat on 10/24/18, we also ask that you promote the My #1Thing chat to your constituency and participation. We will supply some images and promo Tweets, as well as, the proposed questions ahead of time.
What Should You Do?
If you wish to become a My #1Thing partner, email your organization's name, Twitter handle and name of person who will be live tweeting to  jostrander@nrcdv.org
If you are unable to participate in the live chat, we still appreciate you promoting the event to your audience.
YWCA to host Twitter Chat for Week Without Violence
Wed, October 17, 2018
2 - 3 p.m. EST

No Single-Issue Lives: Intersectional Approaches to Ending Gender-Based Violence

Join the YWCA for an engaging Twitter chat hosted by our team at @YWCAUSA! We will be discussing intersectional approaches to ending gender-based violence. Participate in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #WWV18.

Click here for more information about the Week Without Violence
NRCDV Radio: Stories of Transformation
Episodio 22- #UnaCosa que me Inspiró a Actuar por la Erradicación de la Violencia de Género

Con mucho orgullo durante el Mes de Concientización sobre la Violencia Doméstica, NRCDV está presentando la miniserie de 4 capítulos titulados Mi #UnaCosa. Cada semana en octubre, estaremos presentando las perspectivas únicas de los intercesor@s, sobrevivientes y otros miembros de la comunidad que han sido impactados por o están trabajando para poner fin a la violencia de género. En conexión con nuestra campaña de mensajes #UnaCosa, ofreceremos historias sobre la importancia de cada acción individual y el incalculable valor del rol que todos desempeñamos en la creación del mundo en el que deseamos vivir. En este segundo episodio, Madeline Torres comparte cómo encontró su "norte" e inspiración para continuar su trabajo como intercesora para los sobrevivientes a pesar de los muchos obstáculos que enfrentó. Comparte tu #UnaCosa en Twitter al @NRCDV #UnaCosa  #1Thing  #DVAM2018 Producido por NRCDV Radio el 10 de octubre del 2018.

Haga clic aquí para escuchar este episodio de NRCDV Radio
Click here to check out other Stories of Transformation for DVAM 2018
WOCN's 4th National Call to Action Summit and Conference opens registration
November 14-16, 2018 
St. Petersburg, FL

WOCN, Inc.'s 4th National Call to Action Summit and Conference (NCTA) will highlight a broad range of culturally specific leadership styles and cooperative approaches to teaching/learning. We will move away from didactic workshops and instead offer a series of inclusive and intersectional critical conversations facilitated by leaders representing cis and trans women of color and those on the margins of the margins, along with white women and male aspiring allies. 
Each intersectional critical conversation will showcase the vast and diverse wisdom, knowledge and strategies advocates and activists are developing and implementing to end violence and to heal our communities. We desire to create an experience where attendees will have the opportunity to feel confident and safe to offer and exchange knowledge with as many of their colleagues as possible as we share our legacies and BE the legacies we dream of.

Click here for more information and to register for this conference
NNEDV publishes Legal Systems Toolkit: Understanding & Investigating Technology Misuse
The new  Legal Systems Toolkit from the National Network to End Domestic Violence's Safety Net Project helps legal system stakeholders: Law Enforcement, Attorneys, Court Personnel, Community Corrections, and others, identify what technology is relevant to a case and how to use technology evidence to hold offenders accountable. Technology evidence may strengthen cases by providing tangible proof. It may also help in negotiating pleas or settlements, obtaining confessions or guilty verdicts, or relieve some of the pressure on victims to testify against their perpetrator.
The toolkit includes:
  • Guidance on evidence collection for criminal and civil cases
  • Technology-specific evidence guides: direct messaging, spyware, spoofing, email, the Internet of Things
  • Evidence guides for attorneys
  • Resources for victims
Click here to access the toolkit
The Poet

By: Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo's award-winning book is about an Afro-Latina heroine who tells her story with blazing words and powerful truth.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers-especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about.

With Mami's determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. So when she is invited to join her school's slam poetry club, she doesn't know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out. But she still can't stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.
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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 workshop 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
Click here to register for this webinar
Webinar  Walking with Latin@ Survivors: Lessons learned over 35 years of working with Latin@ communities

Monday, October 29, 2018 
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST 

Homicide is the most extreme consequence of intimate partner violence and yet research gives us little insight into the characteristics of these crimes for the Latino population. This webinar will present the current research that is available and preview results from a research project on Latino intimate partner homicide using data from the National Violent Death Reporting System maintained by the CDC. There are aspects of intimate partner homicide that are unique to Latinos namely: the gender ratio, number of wounds, location of deaths, and the number of suicide-homicides. The findings call attention to the racial and gender differences in IPH and reaffirm the need to continue to focus efforts toward prevention and intervention in these cases before fatality occurs.
Chiara Sabina, Associate Professor, University of Delaware
Click here to register for this webinar
Webinar Series Tax Issues in Family Law Cases with Survivors, Part II

Wednesday, Oct. 17 
2 p.m. EST
Part II
The purpose of Part 2 is to talk tax! Talk about what you're seeing, partnership opportunities, and strategizing for change. We'll first hear from the Taxpayer Opportunity Network and the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (and formal VITA site) doing work in this area. Then you'll have a change for in-depth discussion with all our expert faculty and partners in virtual "conversation corners."

Click here to register for Part II
Call for Proposals: DV and Firearms Technical Assistance Project
Deadline for Proposals: Oct 15
10 p.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.

Click here to register for the Q&A
Click here to access the Call for Proposals
National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health: Director of Policy and Practice on Domestic Violence and Substance Use
This new full-time position will be responsible for NCDVTMH's work on the intersection of DV, trauma and substance use, including the current opioid epidemic. The Director of Policy and Practice on Domestic Violence (DV) and Substance Use will lead NCDVTMH's on-the-ground efforts to improve policy and practice for the DV and substance use treatment fields on these intersecting issues. The position will involve a combination of state-level policy and collaboration building activities, training and technical assistance, and related product development.

Alliance Against Family Violence: Executive Director
Location: Leavenworth County, Kansas

The Executive Director is responsible for supervising and management of the daily operation of the 24-hour domestic violence, sexual assault services in Leavenworth County, Kansas. The Alliance Against Family Violence (AAFV) operates a 24-hour hotline and shelter facility, sexual assault response, as well as rural and community outreach throughout the county area. Management of these programs includes supervision of all employees, working with an active Board of Directors, fiscal and grants management and fundraising, as well as developing and maintaining community involvement with the organization. All services are victim-centered and confidential, as required by state and federal laws. AAFV is accredited by the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, requiring state-level work. This is a highly responsible position that requires a demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and instill trust in the organization's programs and services. The successful candidate must demonstrate skills necessary to maintain current services as well as additional programming and services necessary to meet the needs of a growing and diverse community.

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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