A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Snapchat's new Snap Map feature may pose a threat to victims and survivors

Submitted by: Maggie Nicholson, Team Leader and Youth Advocate, YWCA Central Massachusetts

On June 21, Snapchat added a feature called Snap Map, where users can see where their Snapchat friends are located on a map.

In this new feature, users can see others' exact locations on a map any time they open the app. 

Many victims and survivors are closely monitored by their abusive partners. Even if someone has left a violent relationship, they may still be connected to their abusive partner, or to the partner's friends and family in some capacity. The abusive partner may still be stalking or monitoring the victim. 

Click here for more information about Snap Map and how to protect yourself
Blog Talk Radio  Mothers Talk about "The Talk"

Friday, July 28, 2017
12:30 p.m. EST

Join three of the National Latin@ Network's Latina mothers as they discuss the DECIMOS NO MAS campaign, which recently launched a website redesign that includes even more information and guidance on healthy communication, healthy sexuality, and healthy relationships. The panelists will provide both their personal and professional perspective on the impact that the research and information NO MAS can have for families navigating possibly intense or difficult conversations with their children.
By listening to this BlogTalkRadio, participants will: 
  • Learn more about the DECIMOS NO MAS campaign and what the redesign offers
  • Understand the importance of talking to children about healthy relationships, healthy communication, and healthy sexuality.
  • Know that as parents, you are not alone in navigating difficult conversations with your children, and NO MAS offers culturally relevant, bilingual guidance for these conversations
Ruby White Starr, Chief Strategy Officer, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network 
Patricia Moen, Chief Operating Officer, Casa de Esperanza
Patricia Celis, Bilingual Content Coordinator, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

Click here to listen live on Friday!
Webinar  Responding to Violence Against Communities of Color/ Immigrant Communities

Thursday, July 27, 2017
10 - 11:30 a.m. EST

In this webinar, presenters from the National Latin@ Network and partner organizations will examine trends of violent or oppressive events against communities of color. How can we respond creatively and effectively to ensure our communities remain safe places? Presenters will share case studies from their individual communities and explain how they have organized to resist, respond, or redress acts that create an imbalance in the places we work, live, and worship.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be better able to:
  • Examine the rise of violent events against communities of color by employing an anti-oppression framework,
  • Understand the many ways that communities can organize to respond to acts of oppression,
  • Develop strategies for community engagement in the contexts of current acts of violence.
Heidi Notario, Director of Implementation and Social Change, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network
Pierre Berastain, Assistant Director of Innovation and Engagement, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

Click here to register for this webinar
ICE Removes Protected Names from Public Database and Pledges to Safeguard Data in the Future

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shared in a July 14, 2017 letter that it has removed from its publicly searchable database all federally protected information of immigrant victims of crime. In the letter, ICE states that it "takes very seriously both its mission to promote public safety and its obligations to safeguard crime victims."
This letter comes after advocates found that identifying information about victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and other crimes was publicly searchable in a new database launched by ICE in late April 2017. The Tahirih Justice Center informed ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan about the violation by letters dated May 12 and May 25 , and requested that ICE immediately remove all confidential information from the database. Although it took several weeks, during which time the database remained fully available, ICE finally removed the protected information.
Under federal law, DHS is prohibited from disclosing any information about a survivor of violence seeking protection under the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 or the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act of 2000. These confidentiality provisions are essential, since perpetrators may try to locate and harm victims, undermine and interfere with their cases in order to maintain power and control, or jeopardize victims' eligibility for relief.

Click here to read the rest of this letter
Mary Kay Heart of Courage Award seeking nominations

Honor an individual or organization you respect whose work has made a difference in the movement to prevent or end domestic violence and/or dating abuse, by nominating them for the inaugural Mary Kay Ash Heart of Courage awards.
The nomination deadline is Friday, August 11, 2017, so it's time to get started!
You can submit an outstanding individual or organization for the following four awards:
*Digital Champion
*Leader in Prevention
*Media Visionary
*People's Choice: Voice of the Year
DIGITAL CHAMPION : This award is for an organization, program or individual that is creatively using a website, social media platform, video or other digital medium in unexpected or compelling ways to effectively prevent or address domestic violence and/or dating abuse.
LEADER IN PREVENTION : This award is for an organization, program or individual that is doing stand-out work in preventing domestic violence and/or dating abuse. The nominee is actively working to prevent domestic violence and/or dating abuse before it happens, as well as promoting healthy relationship behaviors in compelling and innovative ways. The nominee may also ground their message or work in evidence that demonstrates the most effective ways to prevent violence.
MEDIA VISIONARY : This award is for a member of online or traditional media who is using their platform to raise awareness about domestic violence and/or dating abuse.  The nominee may or may not work directly with a domestic violence program or organization; however, s/he will consistently leverage their role in the media to draw attention to domestic violence and/or dating abuse.
PEOPLE'S CHOICE: VOICE OF THE YEAR: This award is for an individual who is truly inspirational and has moved their audience to stand up against domestic violence and/or dating abuse, sometimes for the first time.
For more details about the Mary Kay Ash Heart of Courage awards, please visit the nomination website.  

Click here to nominate today!
Race Matters

By Cornel West

Cornel West is at the forefront of thinking about race. In "Race Matters'"  he addresses a range of issues, from the crisis in black leadership and the myths surrounding black sexuality to affirmative action, the new black conservatism, and the strained relations between Jews and African Americans. He never hesitates to confront the prejudices of all his readers or wavers in his insistence that they share a common destiny. Bold in its thought and written with a redemptive passion grounded in the tradition of the African-American church, "Race Matters"  is a book that is at once challenging and deeply healing.
Description by Amazon.com

The REEP Project Partners (Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, Casa de Esperanza, Center for Survivor Agency & Justice, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Southwest Center for Law and Policy, Texas Council on Family Violence, Women of Color Network, Inc., Bill Kennedy, and Camille Holmes) are excited to announce: From Margins to Center: Listening Sessions for Racial & Economic Equity 

The series of calls are:
  • September 1st & 13th with advocates of color who also identify as survivors working with DV/SA programs or organizations 
  • September 19th with lawyers/attorneys who are people of color and/or aspiring allies sitting at unique intersections of law/the work
  • September 28th with economic justice and policy staff with State, Territory, or Tribal DV/SA Coalitions who identify as people of color and/or aspiring allies
These calls are an opportunity to create a dialogue between affinity groups to develop survivor-driven strategies and recommendations that will inform best-practices and systems change work towards racial and economic equity for domestic and sexual violence survivors. The Listening Sessions will result in a detailed report to be shared back to the field to further our collective work toward economic safety and racial equity for survivors of color. The project partners will do this by hosting series of calls with survivors, advocates, attorneys and domestic violence coalitions to highlight:  
  • The impact of racial and economic inequity on the lives of survivors
  • How we approach the work within our organizational or institutional context; 
  • Organizational policies, practices, and supports that address racial and economic barriers  
  • Innovative strategies; what's left to do; recommendations for systems changes
Click here to register
A CALL TO MEN 2017 National Conference: The Many Faces of Manhood

September 14 - 15, 2017 
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CT

We are looking forward to seeing many familiar faces, partners, friends and alumni of A CALL TO MEN's trainings and community organizing efforts.  Because you have worked with or attended an A CALL TO MEN event in the past, we hope that you will build on your experience at the conference as we create space for critical conversations about healthy, respectful manhood.

You will learn how the collective socialization of men creates a fertile ground for violence and discrimination against women and girls. Those same notions of sexism and inequality hold men hostage to the rigid norms of manhood.  A CALL TO MEN will convene influential and passionate voices to examine healthy, respectful manhood in athletics, education, incarceration, fatherhood, faith communities and around issues of gender. As men are empowered to be their authentic selves, we will collectively create a world where all men and boys are loving and respectful and all women and girls are valued and safe.

We are announcing speakers weekly.  
The current list includes:  
WADE DAVIS - Senior Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, YSC
RUS FUNK - Co-Founder, North American Men Engage Network
BECKI MASAKI - Co-Founder, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence
NICOLE MATTHEWS- Executive Director, Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition
DR. BETH RICHIE - Professor of Criminology, Law and Justice and African American Studies, University of Illinois - Chicago
BYRON HURT - Activist, Lecturer, Writer, Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker
EVA TENUTO - Executive Director & Co-Founder, TMI Project
NEIL IRVIN - Executive Director, Men Can Stop Rape
PHENG THAO - Founder & Director, ManForward MN & Men and Masculine Folks Network
TRINA GREENE BROWN - Move to End Violence
ED HEISLER - Executive Director, Men as Peacemakers
TREY GREENE - Co-Founder & Executive Director, Transcend Charlotte
JUAN RAMOS - Executive Director, Community Driven Solutions
SCHEHERAZADE TILLET - Executive Director, A Long Walk Home
TED BUNCH - Chief Development Officer, A CALL TO MEN
Click here to register now 
Domestic Violence and Housing Consortium develops needs assessment

Deadline for completion: July 21
Assessment should take 10-15 minutes

The National Alliance for Safe Housing (NASH)  developed this Safe Housing Needs Assessment to gather input from victim service providers, community service providers, coalitions and continuums of care.
This assessment is the first of its kind aimed at simultaneously reaching the domestic and sexual violence field, as well as the homeless and housing field.
*If you have sub grantees and this survey is more appropriate for them, please forward*
Click here to complete the needs assessment
For questions, contact Larisa Kofman, Director, National Alliance for Safe Housing (NASH) at lkofman@dashdc.org
 I ntersectionality in Practice: Framing Race & Gender Inequality to Foster Systems Change for Domestic & Sexual Violence Survivors

August 1, 2017
3 p.m. EST

This webinar will walk participants through basic tools to assess the readiness of their programs to welcome and meaningfully support diverse LGBTQ survivors as well as to evaluate the accessibility of built environments, cultural capacities and other key considerations.

Click here to register for this webinar
Webinar I ntersectionality in Practice: Framing Race & Gender Inequality to Foster Systems Change for Domestic & Sexual Violence Survivors

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
1 p.m. EST

In the fourth part of CSAJ's Racial & Economic Equity for Survivors Webinar Series, we welcome partners, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence and Texas Council on Family Violence. The goal of this webinar is to: put an intersectional advocacy framework into practice and offer concrete strategies for systems change to address racial, cultural, and gender inequalities. Faculty will continue and expand the conversation around intersectional advocacy by illuminating the particular experience of Asian Pacific survivors as well as knowledge/research gaps that could help us better shape our advocacy. They will also offer concrete systems change strategies, drawing on examples from the child custody, housing, and other economic issues from their own work and by elevating the ways work on the ground has fueled systems change.

Chic Dabby, Executive Director, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence
Sarah Khan, Economic Specialist, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence
Krista DelGallo, Policy Director, Texas Council on Family Violence
Mona Muro, Policy Coordinator, Texas Council on Family Violence

Click here to register for this webinar
Webinar Part I: Recognizing Stalking in Intimate Partner Violence Cases

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
2:00 - 3:30pm CT

Research has shown that 7.5 million adults are stalked in one year in the United States, yet stalking is a crime that is often misunderstood, minimized, or missed entirely. While stalking remains an underreported crime, when it is reported, stalking charges are rarely filed even when all the elements of the crime are present.  Part I of this webinar series will explore the importance of recognizing the intersection of stalking in intimate partner violence cases and the various technologies being used to track and monitor victims. It is important that law enforcement and prosecutors recognize stalking behaviors as threatening, criminal behaviors that often play out in intimate partner violence cases. This recognition can lead to better charges filed, enhanced criminal penalties, the allowance of evidence that would otherwise be non-admissible, and help protect the victim from a potentially lethal encounter. As a result of this webinar, participants will have a better understanding of stalking and the intersection with intimate partner violence cases, including various technologies used.

Elaina Roberts, Legal Director, Stalking Resource Center and TBD, Law Enforcement Consultant, Stalking Resource Center

Click here to register for this webinar

Part II: Stalking Evidence: What to Look For and How to Get it Admitted

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 
2:00-3:30 CT

In Part II of this webinar series we will delve into the investigation and prosecution of stalking cases. We will explore how to conduct thorough investigations, including evidence preservation and collection as well as investigative strategies for interviewing victims and suspects. We will also look at evidentiary issues, particularly around technology, prosecutors may face when trying stalking cases. It is imperative that law enforcement and prosecutors work together to hold offenders accountable and keep victims safe. As a result of this webinar both law enforcement and prosecutors will have a better understanding of the unique challenges for investigating and prosecuting stalking cases and the strategies to overcome them with an emphasis on collaboration.

Elaina Roberts, Legal Director, Stalking Resource Center and TBD, Law Enforcement Consultant, Stalking Resource Center

Click here to register for this webinar

REACH: Youth Education Specialist

The Youth Education Specialist is a teacher, partner, champion and program manager, performing a wide variety of functions to effectively implement dating violence prevention efforts with youth. The Youth Education Specialist must balance daily work with young people and the administrative efforts involved with running a youth education program including community outreach and relationship building, curriculum development, program materials development, and volunteer management. The Youth Education Specialist is a member of REACH's prevention team.

The administrative assistant will provide overall office support as well as direct support to the development team. Though supervised by the human resources director, the administrative assistant will also work closely with the development manager and the RAINN interns. 

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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