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Hearing from DV/SV Advocates About Human Trafficking Services

Little is known about how organizations in the field of domestic violence (DV) and sexual violence (SV) are responding to the needs of human trafficking survivors.

In 2015, Casa de Esperanza's National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities surveyed 80 different organizations across the United States to understand and document work being done at the intersection of DV/SV and human trafficking. Based on findings from the survey, researchers identified five organizations that included both domestic/sexual violence and non-DV/SV organizations to explore more in depth through a case study analysis.

The NLN's Dr. Josie Serrata and Martha Hernandez-Martinez, MPA, will be presenting these findings in a webinar on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.  You can register for the webinar here. 

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Human trafficking webinar tomorrow

Friday, January 20, 2017
4:00 - 5:30pm EST

The National Latin@ Network conducted research with the aim to gain a better understanding of current services for survivors of trafficking provided by domestic/sexual violence organizations across the country. The study included a web-based survey of domestic/sexual violence organizations and in depth case studies of five organizations that serve trafficking survivors. We invite you to join this conversation where we will share the findings of our research.
In this webinar participants will learn:
  • Demographic profile of human trafficking survivors being served by the organizations who responded to the survey
  • Services of human trafficking that are most often provided by DV/SV organizations
  • Best practices utilized by providers to serve human trafficking survivors
  • Recommendations for the field about serving human trafficking survivors in DV/SV organizations.
Presenters: Josephine V. Serrata, Ph.D. and Martha Hernandez-Martinez, MPA, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

 
Bipartisan legislation  was introduced today  in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate called The Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act , which would provide work authorization and relief from deportation for three years to individuals who are eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative created in 2012 by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

NHLA to Congress: Do Not Repeal Obamacare, Do Not Defund Planned Parenthood
 
The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of 40 of the nation's preeminent Latino advocacy organizations, urged Congress not to repeal the Affordable Care Act and not to defund Planned Parenthood. 

In a letter to all members of Congress, NHLA pointed to the significant impact that such actions would have on the Latino community. Through the ACA, 4 million Latinos have gained health insurance and 17 million Latinos now have access to cost-free preventative care. Additionally, over a half million Latinos rely on Planned Parenthood for care. The letter also includes five priorities that NHLA says must be included in any ACA replacement legislation. 

U.S. ends 'Wet Foot, Dry Foot' policy for Cubans
 
President Barack Obama is ending the longstanding "wet foot, dry foot" policy that allows Cubans who arrive in the United States without a visa to become permanent residents, the administration announced Thursday.

The move, which wasn't previously outlined and is likely one of the final foreign policy decisions of Obama's term, terminates a decades-long policy that many argued amounted to preferential treatment for a single group of migrants.

"By taking this step, we are treating Cuban migrants the same way we treat migrants from other countries," Obama wrote in a statement Thursday.

Latino Leaders Call on Sec. Johnson to Immediately End Use of Privately Operated Detention Facilities
 
The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda adopted a resolution calling on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson to end, as expeditiously as possible, the use of privately-operated immigration detention facilities.

The resolution adopted by NHLA includes a call to end all new contracting with private prison companies, closing those facilities with the gravest conditions immediately, and ending the detention of refugee seekers and families, as first steps toward ending all use of private detention centers.

HHS launches National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center (NHTTAC)
 
What better way to kick off Human Trafficking Awareness Month than to introduce a new training and technical assistance center designed to address human trafficking throughout the nation? On behalf of the Office on Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, we are pleased to announce the launch of the  National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center (NHTTAC). NHTTAC offers a variety of resources to help build your capacity to serve survivors of trafficking and those at risk of trafficking.

Learn more about NHTTAC's approach to addressing human trafficking.

NHTTAC offers a variety of services to professionals who wish to build their capacity to serve survivors of human trafficking or those at risk of trafficking. Learn more about this and NHTTAC by visiting the   HHS Family Room Blog. 
Engaging Communities of Faith in Domestic Violence Prevention
 
Friday, January 27, 2017
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Charlotte, North Carolina

Join A Call To Men for a free one-day conference in Charlotte, NC! Breakfast and lunch are included. 

Conference Topics Include:
  • Human Trafficking and Communities of Faith
  • The Role of the Faith Community in Ending Violence Against Women
  • Engaging Men of Faith in Domestic Violence Prevention
  • Developing a Domestic Violence Ministry Within Your Faith Community
  • Faith Leaders: Developing and Implementing Prevention Policies
  • Working with Young Men and Boys

For more information, contact Danielle Erwin at danielle@acalltomen.org or call 917-922-6738.
Xinatchli, Rites of Passage Program Curriculum for Chicana/Latina Youth
 
February 21-23, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day
Whittier, CA 

Facilitator Curriculum Training by Sara Mendoza-Haskie &  Jerry Tello, co-facilitator

Registration Fee: $1,000

The National Compadres Network Announces XINACHTLI, Rites of Passage Program Curriculum for Chicana/Latina Youth. Xinachtli  Training is an indigenous, culturally based female rites of passage program that provides a supportive process for young girls to develop a positive identity, life skills and support system.  Based on the individual's interconnectedness to the family, community and the nation, this curriculum provides a dialectic process of Reflection (Reflección), Creation (Creación), Conscience and Knowledge (Concientización) and Action (Acción) while supporting and building on the strengths of the individual.

Important Notices:
  • Must be present for all 3 days to receive certification
  • Continental Breakfast will be provided, participants will be on their own for lunch
  • Xinachtli training is only for female facilitators
Webinar: Hearing from DV/SV Advocates About Human Trafficking Services: Learning From the Field

Tomorrow, January 20, 2017
4:00 - 5:30pm EST

The National Latin@ Network conducted research with the aim to gain a better understanding of current services for survivors of trafficking provided by domestic/sexual violence organizations across the country. The study included a web-based survey of domestic/sexual violence organizations and in depth case studies of five organizations that serve trafficking survivors. We invite you to join this conversation where we will share the findings of our research.
In this webinar participants will learn:
  • Demographic profile of human trafficking survivors being served by the organizations who responded to the survey
  • Services of human trafficking that are most often provided by DV/SV organizations
  • Best practices utilized by providers to serve human trafficking survivors
  • Recommendations for the field about serving human trafficking survivors in DV/SV organizations.
Presenters: Josephine V. Serrata, Ph.D. and Martha Hernandez-Martinez, MPA, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

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Presenter: Francesco Duberli, CEO, Survivors' Pathways

In this blog talk radio, participants will be able to learn about the unique experiences of transgender Latin@ immigrant survivors of human trafficking and the challenging barriers they face when attempting to access services and resources. Additionally, the presenter will share best practices for responding to this challenging and pervasive problem.


Presenter: Patricia Tototzintle, CEO, Casa de Esperanza

Are you an Executive Director for a nonprofit organization or someone looking to someday be an Executive Director? During this webinar, we will explore how Executive Directors lead, direct, and manage, and consider their own needs in-between. We will discuss the following questions: What are the most pressing issues facing Executive Directors that can make you lose sleep? What are the most important things you can do to support others in your organization? How do you work with and strengthen the relationship with your board of directors? Prior to the day of the webinar, please email (
) any key questions, challenges or other comments you would like the presenter to address in the session.
OVW announces Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program solicitation for FY 2017

Register by: Jan. 26, 2017
Applications due: Feb. 16, 2017

Eligible applicants are limited to: Private nonprofit entities, publicly funded organizations not acting in a governmental capacity, territorial organizations, Indian tribal governments, tribal organizations, and Indian tribal consortia. 
Funding may be used to provide direct legal services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. OVW's Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program seeks to develop innovative, collaborative projects that provide quality representation to victims. 
OVW will hold a pre-application information session for interested parties. See the solicitation for details. 

OVW announces Disability Grant Program solicitation for FY 2017

Deadline: Jan. 26, 2017

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) released the solicitation for the Fiscal Year 2017 Training and Services to End Violence Against Women with Disabilities Grant Program.
 
People with disabilities and Deaf people experience significantly higher rates of domestic and sexual violence than people without disabilities. Despite these high rates, when survivors with disabilities reach out for help they often find that services in their communities are inaccessible to their disability or unresponsive to the violence in their lives. For over a decade the OVW has been issuing grants through the Disability Grant Program to help communities build their capacity to meet the unique needs of survivors with disabilities and Deaf survivors. Over sixty communities have participated in the grant and changed this reality for survivors with disabilities in their community. 
OVW announces Outreach & Services to Underserved Population grants solicitation for FY 2017

Register by: Jan. 5, 2017
Applications due: Jan. 26, 2017

Funds awarded through the Underserved Populations Grant Program may be used to:
  • Provide enhanced services to underserved populations.
  • Build the capacity of organizations to provide culturally appropriate and inclusive services.
  • Increase training and outreach activities targeted at organization providing services to underserved populations. 
OVC announces three grants to combat human trafficking


Application Deadline: Feb. 27, 2017 
OVC and BJA will award between $600,000 and $900,000 to law enforcement agencies and victim service providers to work collaboratively to enhance multidisciplinary human trafficking task forces that combat sex and labor trafficking of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens of all sexes and ages.  


Application Deadline: Feb. 21, 2017 
OVC will make up to 13 awards of up to $750,000 to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to assist victims of all forms of human trafficking by enhancing inter-agency collaboration and the coordinated community response to victims of human trafficking, and by providing high-quality services that address the individual needs of trafficking victims.

 
Application Deadline: Feb. 13, 2017 
OVC will make up to two awards of up to $1.5 million each for states or tribes to develop, enhance, and coordinate programs and activities geared toward improving outcomes for child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking. 
Department of Homeland Security (DHS): Policy Analyst (Victims Protection)

Every day, our Policy Analysts (Victims Protection) ensure effective development, coordination, and integration of recommended policy, analyze, develop, and review a variety of technical reports, and draft and review proposed legislation, regulations, or other documents reflecting policy determinations.

**This position closes Jan. 20, 2017**

Population Services International: Senior Technical Advisor, Gender Based Violence and Gender Integration

Population Services International (PSI) is the world's leading nonprofit social marketing organization. It works to make it easier for people in the developing world to lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire by marketing affordable products and services that range from mosquito nets to contraceptives to HIV testing.

PSI is seeking a seasoned, dynamic and entrepreneurial professional to provide technical and strategic leadership on gender-based violence (GBV) response and gender integration in our health programs. PSI's global network of health care workers touches communities around the world, and we're committed to ensuring that every person who experiences GBV receives compassionate care from our providers. We are also committed to ensuring that all our programs - from the design stage, through implementation and monitoring - take gender norms and inequities into account, and work to ensure that all people have access to respectful, safe and high quality health services.

Asian Family Support Services of Austin: Direct Services Program Manager

The Direct Services Program Manager will be responsible for providing culturally-grounded and trauma-informed supportive client services for Asian and immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence and trafficking. Additionally, the Direct Services Program Manager will manage all aspects of the 24-hour agency Hotline. Services provided will consider cultural, language and religious dynamics that are traditional barriers to the Asian and immigrant community in fully utilizing available community resources to ensure safety and well-being. This position will directly report to the Executive Director.

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

ABOUT THE NATIONAL LATIN@ NETWORK FOR HEALTHY FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES

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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