A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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#MeToo started an incomplete conversation that needs to be expanded

By: Rebecca De Leon, Communications and Marketing Manager, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

**Please note this entry contains language and material that might be triggering for some readers.

The Silence Breakers and #MeToo
TIME Magazine recently chose to feature the Silence Breakers as 2017's Person(s) of the Year, praising the paradigm-shifting cultural revolution. Thankfully, TIME didn't focus on the movement, but rather on the (mostly) women who publicly came out with their stories of sexual assault and their messages of intolerance for sexual harassment and assault.

This year, the Silence Breakers rose to public consciousness, largely employing the hashtag #MeToo, which appeared in  tens of millions of posts on each social media platform, and continues to be used today. But shortly after #MeToo gained rapid popularity,  women of color raised concerns about the lack of diversity, noting that Tarana Burke was not initially given credit for creating #MeToo and its accompanying nonprofit organization/documentary. Social justice advocates also noted the lack of solidarity in response to the previous online sexual harassment against notable black women such as  Leslie Jones and  Jemele Hill.

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Statement on Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice Report: "Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States"

This week, the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security issued a report required under the President's March 6, 2017 Executive Order to release information, among other things, related to "the number and types of acts of gender-based violence against women...in the United States by foreign nationals." Unfortunately, the report mis-cites research and takes information out of context, as explained further below. In addition, the White House issued a statement about the report that portrays immigrants as a unique and distinct threat to the American public, a fear-mongering tactic that we wholly reject. This portrayal is not only divisive but also completely unrooted in reality, useful only for trying to stir up anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim sentiments and further stigmatizing and marginalizing immigrant communities.

As organizations dedicated to combating gender-based violence, we are deeply concerned about all survivors' access to safety. Gender-based violence is an epidemic in the United States, and thousands of individuals are victimized each year, across all races, ethnicities, and nationalities. As advocates for immigrant victims, we also recognize that immigrants are uniquely vulnerable to violence and exploitation by both U.S.- and foreign-born perpetrators.

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Webinar Federal Funding for Working with Victims of Human Trafficking

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST 

This webinar brings together representatives the Office on Violence Against Women; the Office on Trafficking in Persons; and, the Office for Victims of Crime, Department of Justice. Presenters will highlight federal funding opportunities for organizations and communities working with survivors of human trafficking. Culturally specific organizations, and organizations serving populations vulnerable to human trafficking are especially encouraged to attend.
Through this webinar, participants will: 
  • Learn about federal funding opportunities for organizations working with human trafficking survivors. 
  • Learn about additional resources related to those funding opportunities. 
Cathy Poston, Attorney Advisor, with the Office on Violence Against Women
Flavia Keenan-Guerra, Program Specialist, HHS/ACF/Office on Trafficking in Persons
Silvia Torres, Victim Justice Program Specialist, with Office for Victims of Crime, Department of 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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Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos to fund 1,000 college scholarships for DREAMers  in largest donation ever to TheDream.US

TheDream.US, the nation's largest scholarship program for DREAMers, announced a $33 million scholarship grant from Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos. The grant, the largest in the organization's history, will give 1,000 undocumented immigrant graduates of US high schools with DACA status the opportunity to go to college.

TheDream.US partners with more than 70 low-cost colleges in 15 states. DREAMers receive a total of $33,000 in scholarship aid over four years to help pay the cost of tuition, fees and books. 2,850 students are currently enrolled in college under the program.

DREAMers, 800,000 of whom have received DACA status since 2012, face a variety of obstacles to college attendance. They are ineligible for federal grants and loans; get no state aid in 44 states; and must pay out-of-state or international tuition -- often more than three times in-state tuition-in more than 15 states.

Click here to read more about this donation and how to apply
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Nominate someone now for SAMHSA's 2018 Voice Awards

SAMHSA's Voice Awards program honors consumer, peer, and family leaders who are improving the lives of people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders in communities across the country. The awards program also recognizes television and film productions that educate the public about behavioral health and showcase that recovery is real and possible through treatment and recovery supports.

SAMHSAʹs 2018 Voice Awards will pay special attention to individuals and entertainment productions that are raising awareness about serious mental illness and opioid use disorders.

All nominations within the following categories are due by March 16, 2018. Nominations are open to anyone. There is no limit to the number of nominations an individual can submit, and self-nominations are welcome. 

Click here for more information about how to nominate someone.
NRCDV and Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality publish resource on public benefits programs for survivors

For domestic violence and sexual assault victims, the public benefits programs that support basic economic security are of critical importance. While we know that domestic violence and sexual assault occur across the socio-economic spectrum, there are unique challenges and barriers at the intersection of these forms of violence and economic disadvantage. 

Significant numbers of low-income women are abused or assaulted, and the violence perpetrated against them can make it nearly impossible to climb out of poverty. Abuse can also result in victims who were not previously considered low-income falling into poverty: violence often undermines victims' ability to work, have a place to live, and do what is necessary to pursue a more stable life for themselves and their children. Poverty and economic instability can also make it more difficult to cope with the physical, psychological, and financial impacts of domestic violence and sexual assault.

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National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved announces leadership conference

"Leveraging Health IT to Address Health Disparities: A Leadership Conference"

March 6-7, 2018
Las Vegas, NV

This is an exclusive engagement program for health executives to interact with innovators and world-class thought leadership to facilitate the development of actionable solutions to enhance the value and benefit to minority and underserved populations, and to reduce health disparities. 

Technology-mediated health care incorporates a broad range of tools, platforms and interventions to benefit clinical and community health, including electronic medical records (EMRs), clinical decision support (CDS) systems, telemedicine platforms, e-prescribing, artificial intelligence, data analytics and tools for personal digital health. Health Information Technology (HIT) can be used to help improve patient outcomes, bolster quality of life for patients and their caregivers, offer a return on investment to participating healthcare systems, and amplify clinicians' ability to support their patients in spite of geographic or temporal obstacles. For instance, HIT can be leveraged to enhance emergency medical response and technology-enabled care coordination following natural disasters, making healthcare more accessible to vulnerable populations at a time when it is most critical. Other HIT solutions can be used to identify at-risk patients for chronic diseases, such as cancer, and can be used to track the provision of evidence-based care.

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Black No More

By: George S. Schuyler

According to Max Disher, an ambitious young black man in 1930s New York, someone of his race has only three alternatives: "Get out, get white, or get along." Incapable of getting out and unhappy with getting along, Max leaps at the remaining possibility. Thanks to a certain Dr. Junius Crookman and his mysterious process, Max and other eager clients develop bleached skin that permits them to enter previously forbidden territory. What they discover in white society, however, gives them second thoughts.

This humorous work of speculative fiction was written by an unsung hero of African-American literature. His biting satire not only debunks the myths of white supremacy and racial purity but also lampoons prominent leaders of the NAACP and the Harlem Renaissance. More than a historical curiosity, Schuyler's 1931 novel offers a hilarious take on the hypocrisy and demagoguery surrounding America's obsession with skin color.
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Webinar  Technical Assistance, Resources and Materials Available through NIWAP

Tuesday, January 31, 2018
2 - 3:30 p.m. EST

Immigrant survivors often face unique barriers in navigating various systems and accessing victim services. These barriers are varied and can include lack of understanding of culture, language access, immigration status, and victim focused legal representation. This webinar will provide an overview the full range of protections immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual violence are legally eligible to access and the technical assistance (TA), materials and resources available through the National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project (NIWAP) and other TA providers to support victim advocates mitigate barriers to create inclusive, victim-focused approach.

Leslye Orloff, Director, NIWAP
Rocio Molina, Associate Director, NIWAP

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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.
Brooklyn Defender Services Immigration Practice : Attorney - Immigration Practice - Youth and Communities

We seek  immediate hire of an immigration attorney with relevant experience to join our Immigration Practice. Our Immigration Practice currently has a staff of approximately twenty attorneys, four BIA accredited representatives, two full-time social workers, five paralegals, two administrative assistants, and three legal fellows. Our Immigration Practice's "Padilla" team advises our criminal defense colleagues and helps devise strategies to minimize the immigration impact of our clients' criminal and family court proceedings. The Padilla team and our Immigrant Youth and Communities team also screen clients for relief and help clients apply for citizenship, permanent residence, visas for domestic violence or trafficking victims, and other immigration benefits, and represents clients in non-detained removal proceedings and orders of supervision appointments. Finally, since November 2013 our New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) team has been serving as assigned counsel under NYIFUP, a first-in-the-nation program that provides legal representation for indigent New Yorkers in detained removal proceedings at the Varick Street Immigration Court and in New Jersey.

YWCA Union County:  Bilingual Domestic Violence Counselor

Provide direct counseling services to survivors. Responsible for ensuring the following services are provided to residential and non-residential clients: individual counseling, support groups, advocacy, provide domestic violence information and referrals to outside agencies, refer to YWCA programs as appropriate.

Provide the following direct services: intakes/exit interviews, initial individual counseling sessions (including safety planning, education, assessment for services) and psycho-educational group counseling, client advocacy and referral.

Required languages: English and Spanish

Safe Horizon: Director of Research and Evaluation

The Director of Research & Evaluation is responsible for overseeing the organization's quality improvement initiatives and evaluation projects. The Director collaborates with program leaders to deepen the organization's anti-racism, trauma-informed and client-centered practices. In addition, the Director contributes to thought leadership in the field through a variety of dissemination efforts including evaluation reports, conference presentations and research publications. It is expected that the Director will build and maintain relationships with evaluation and academic partners.

The Director of Research & Evaluation oversees a team of approximately five staff plus interns. The Director also works in collaboration with all of Safe Horizon's programs and operation teams (including Marketing & Communication, Development, Information & Systems Technology, and Finance) to support the organization in utilizing data to make informed programmatic and operational decisions. The Director will have external communication responsibilities and therefore must be deeply knowledgeable about the victim service field and Safe Horizon's mission and vision. This position reports to the Associate Vice President of Quality & Program Development and sites on the Safe Horizon Program Leadership Team.

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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