A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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NLN Introduces List of Resources for Enhanced Safety Planning for Immigrant Survivors

In response to the growing need for advocates to have access to accurate information about immigration for immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, Casa de Esperanza's National Latin@ Network has compiled a library of resources and materials aimed at directing organizers, activists, attorneys, community leaders, immigrant victims and survivors and their families to valuable, timely knowledge and materials.

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) includes important protections for immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. It is well known that abusers often use a victim's lack of immigration status as a tactic of abuse - threatening to report them to ICE and have them deported. Similarly, it is extremely common for abusers to tell immigrant survivors that if they reach out for help from the police or the courts, then they will be arrested and separated from their families. As a result, it is important to ensure that immigrant victims know that they can reach out for help and that there are protections in place to help them access safety and justice.

This library contains important resources to assist advocates in their efforts to engage in enhanced safety planning, help survivors access important immigration remedies, and support systems advocacy efforts. 

The library is constantly being updated, so bookmark it to see new resources every day!

Click here  to visit this library
T he National Taskforce to End Sexual and Dom estic Violence (NTF), comprised of  national  leadership organizations advocating on behalf of sexual and domestic violenc e victims and  women's rights,  represent hundreds of organizations across the country dedicated to ensuring  all  survivors of violence receive the protections they deserve .

W e write to express our  opposition  to the  Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforce ment Act  (" Davis - Oliver Act ")  that
undermines community policing efforts and threatens the safety of  immigrant victims and their children.

This year is the 23rd  anniversary  of the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act  ("VAWA") which has, since it was first enacted, included critic al protections for immigrant  victims of domestic and sexual v iolence. Without a doubt, the
Davis - Oliver  Act undermines the  spirit and protections of VAWA and  will have the effect of pushing immigrant survivors  and  their children  into the shadows and into  danger.

As VAWA recognizes, immigrant victims of  violent crimes often do not contact law enforcement due to fear that they will be deported.

According to a study conducted by the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National  Latin@ Network: Casa de E speranza, 45% of the foreign - born callers  to the National Hotline  expressed fear of calling and/or seeking help from the police or courts.

Click here to read the rest of the NTF statement
Attorneys General Release Joint Report: "Setting The Record Straight On Local Involvement In Federal Civil Immigration Enforcement"

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released a new joint report debunking the current administration's legal and public safety claims against cities and towns that choose to limit their participation in the most aggressive forms of federal immigration enforcement, otherwise known as "sanctuary cities." The joint report details that such localities are lawfully permitted to decline most forms of participation. Further, as crime statistics and testimonials from law enforcement officials across the country illustrate, by adopting such policies, such jurisdictions can often enhance public safety in their communities. 

Click here to read the joint statement.
Upcoming NLN events

Monday May 22nd 
2:00 - 3:30pm (Central)
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act requires equal access to courts for all. However, some courts are still finding it challenging to provide access to people with limited English proficiency. The National Latin@ Network of Casa de Esperanza has developed a tool kit to help. 

Presenter:  Olga Trujillo, Director of Education and Advocacy, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

Sense of Community and Shared Identity in Latina-led Domestic Violence Workshops

Wednesday May 31st  
11:00am - 12:30pm (Central)
Sense of Community is positively linked to community participation and mental health. For this reason, connection to grassroots organizations and Latinx identity may help explain the success of promotora and similar peer-model programs. 

Presenter:  Lillianne Macias, Ph.D.


Blog Talk Radio: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
2-2:30 pm (Central)
This BTR session is in commemoration of the Annual International World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, observed on June 15.  In this episode, we will discuss: 
  • Elder abuse and its impact.
  • Share effective practices to respond to elder abuse.
  • Promote relevant tools and resources.
Presenter: Heidi Notario, Director of Implementation & Social Change, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

NRCDV Announces Podcast Series 

"Stories of Transformation"

NRCDV is excited to announce the launch of Stories of Transformation, an NRCDV Radio podcast station dedicated lifting up and honoring the voices of survivors and advocates. 

The new podcast station will feature interviews with advocates and collaborative partners from the field, real life stories from survivors, and innovative practices in advocacy. 

"Storytelling is a such powerful tool for inspiring and informing our movement work - we are grateful for this avenue to tell and share our stories," said Casey Keene of NRCDV.
Click here for more information
Futures Without Violence Presents New Online Resources
Futures Without Violence is excited to announce two new online resources for health providers and domestic and sexual violence advocates:

IPVhealth.org A project of the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence, IPVhealth.org serves as a clearinghouse for everything you need to address domestic and sexual violence in health settings and promote survivor health and wellness at domestic and sexual violence advocacy agencies.

IPVhealthpartners.org A step-by-step toolkit for community health centers and their domestic violence advocacy partners aimed at establishing and expanding partnerships.This toolkit was developed in partnership with twenty programs that participated in the Improving Health Outcomes through Violence Prevention Project and federal partners at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
CSAJ Presents Guidebook on Consumer & Economic Civil Legal Advocacy for Survivors
A Comprehensive and Survivor-Centered Guide for Domestic Violence Attorneys and Legal Advocates

There is no safety for survivors of domestic and sexual violence
without economic security.

This Guidebook was developed in direct response to this need and written in partnership with a cadre of on-the-ground attorneys, advocates, and organizational partners. 

A product of CSAJ's Consumer Rights for Domestic & Sexual Violence Survivors Initiative, the purpose of this Guidebook is to offer concrete consumer and economic civil legal remedies, as well as nonlegal advocacy strategies, through the lens of survivor centered advocacy - rooted in the experiences of survivors who are living in poverty. 

Click here to see the guidebook
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Webinar  Dancing the Carceral Creep: The Feminist Anti-Violence Movement and the Pursuit of Criminalization, 1973-1986

May 23, 2017 
3-4:30pm EST

Long-time activist and scholar Mimi Kim will provide a historical examination of the anti-domestic violence movement and its eventual reliance on carceral or pro-criminalization practices and policies. She will explore the development of the victim witness programs and the Community Coordinated Response. By focusing on this historical tale, Mimi will discuss how actions that can seem strategic and even radical can turn into something quite different than originally envisioned. Mimi will also talk about how the lessons of history can also give us guidance as to how we can move forward in our work to end violence.

Anyone interested in learning about the relationship between the anti-domestic violence movement and criminal justice reform efforts in the United States will benefit from this webinar. This may include community- and system-based advocates, criminal justice professionals, and other practitioners.
Click here to register for this webinar
Move to End Violence is seeking the fourth cohort of Movement Makers!

Applications due 4 p.m. EST June 15, 2017

This cohort will join the growing community of Movement Makers ( learn more about Cohorts 1, 2, and 3) working to strengthen the U.S.-based movement to end violence against all girls and women.  In this cohort, only 20 Movement Makers will be accepted for this intensive commitment.

Move to End Violence is looking for individuals who are hungry to explore what is needed as leaders, organizations, and as a movement in order to have great impact and who want to begin that transformation now. This group will explore intersecting forms of oppression in our lives and work and will aspire to build a movement that is committed to racial equity as an element of gender justice and committed to ending racism as a form of violence against girls and women.

Movement Makers will work collaboratively with alumni and allies - to build a strong community of change-makers with deep relationships, a shared sense of the horizon, and the commitment to moving forward together to end violence against all girls and women.

Click here  to apply to be a Movement Maker
Hope Works: Bilingual Legal Advocate


The Legal Advocate is responsible for providing clients with brief information and referrals, setting up appointments, completing intakes for representation, gathering evidence, conducting witness interviews, case management, conducting follow up surveys, providing outreach, accompanying clients to civil and criminal hearings, and managing the Volunteer Legal Advocacy Program.  The Legal Advocate works closely with other advocates, attorneys, volunteers and legal interns, as well as with other members of the agency. The ideal candidate will be organized, detail oriented, capable of continually prioritizing tasks, have excellent time management skills, have a flexible schedule, and be able to function effectively in a fast-paced environment. Advocates must work well with and be able to voice one's thoughts in a team setting.
Click here for more information about this position
Ujima : Program Specialist

Washington, DC

Works with the Ujima Program Team on various projects. Assist with program planning and implementation. Develop and maintain a comprehensive database of members and resources. Update and manage technical assistance requests. Respond to inquiries from individuals, professionals and agencies regarding culturally specific resources. Manage and answer Ujima toll free resource number. Develop relationships with local/national nonprofit assistance providers, housing organizations, faith-based organizations and local and state government. Create information and communications vehicles that inform all parties about the nature of domestic violence, sexual violence and community violence in the Black Community and its policy and practice solutions. 

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 Coordinator


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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