A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Nonprofit Capacity Building: What is the difference between advocacy and lobbying?

Nonprofit organizations designated as 501(c)(3) are able to do some lobbying as defined by the IRS, but there are many activities that are designated as advocacy which are permissible for all nonprofit organizations. Nonprofits are prohibited from conducting any political activity, which includes intervention in a political campaign to endorse or oppose any candidate for public office.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. 

Subsections of this blog: 
  • Why Engage in Public Policy?
  • What Constitutes Lobbying?
  • Permissible Lobbying Activities for Nonprofit 501(c)(3) Organizations with Non-federal Funding
  • Filing the 501(h) election
  • Activities that are NOT Permissible for all Nonprofit Organizations
  • Permissible Activities
  • Activities that are not Considered Lobbying:
Click here to read more about advocacy and lobbying
Blog Talk Radio  Community at the Center: The Impact of Community Engagement

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST

Join us for a conversation about the distinctions between outreach and community engagement, the impact that is has in community, and some best practices.
During this discussion, participants will learn to: 
  • Recognize distinctions between community outreach and community engagement.
  • Recognize distinctions between community outreach and community engagement.
  • Review key concepts of community engagement
  • Explore the impact of community engagement
Ivette Izea-Martinez, Community Engagement Manager, Casa de Esperanza

USCIS Launches Mobile Form for Replacing Green Card

Lawful permanent residents who file the  online Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, without assistance from an attorney or accredited representative, can now file their form and upload evidence entirely on a mobile device. The redesign of the online Form I-90 also allows lawful permanent residents to navigate the site more easily, making the process of renewing or replacing Green Cards more convenient.

The new mobile-responsive design provides an intuitive method for answering questions, navigating through sections, and uploading evidence on a mobile device. Instructions for filing Form I-90 require providing certain evidence, such as a copy of government-issued identification. For those filing through a mobile device, it may be easier to take a photo of the evidence and upload it directly from their mobile devices. The redesigned online form also provides a more personalized experience, as users are directed to answer only those questions specific to their case.

Click here for more information on this from USCIS
Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza

By Gloria Anzaldúa

Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza is a semi-autobiographical work by  Gloria E. Anzaldúa that includes prose and poems detailing the invisible "borders" that exist between Latinas/os and non-Latinas/os, men and women, heterosexuals and homosexuals, and numerous other opposing groups.

The term Borderlands, according to Anzaldúa, refers to the geographical area that is most susceptible to la mezcla (hybridity), neither fully of Mexico nor fully of the United States. She also used this term to identify a growing population that cannot distinguish these invisible "borders," who instead have learned to become a part of both worlds whose cultural expectations they are still expected to abide by.

Description from Wikipedia
New data released from LIVERESPECT Curriculum Pilot

New data from A CALL TO MEN's LIVERESPECT curriculum shows dramatic shifts in attitudes and behaviors that will prevent dating violence, sexual assault, and bullying in school and sports.
A CALL TO MEN announced new data from its LIVERESPECT Coaching Healthy, Respectful Manhood Curriculum. A CALL TO MEN surveyed nearly 300 male middle- and high-school students who participated in the LIVERESPECT Curriculum Pilot during the 2016-17 school year. The participants submitted anonymous surveys before starting and after completing the curriculum.  
  • Pre-curriculum, only 19 percent of boys agree that they know what consent means. Post-curriculum, that number increases to 75 percent.
  • Pre-curriculum, only 16 percent of boys agree that they are taught to view women as having less value. Post-curriculum, that number increases to 74 percent.
  • Pre-curriculum, only 21 percent of boys agree that they are taught to view women and girls as the property of men. Post-curriculum, that number increases to 90 percent.
  • Pre-curriculum, 68 percent of boys see that the Man Box exists and dictates how they should act and feel. Post-curriculum, that number increases to 99 percent.
The full report can be downloaded here.
A Call for Stories: Why I'm an Advocate

Deadline: August 21

NRCDV is calling for submissions from advocates in the field in response to the prompts: Why I'm an Advocate and/or Why I Became an Advocate. 

NRCDV invites you to join us and share your story! Why are you an advocate? We are seeking stories that respond to this prompt as a strategy for shedding light on: 
  • The value of advocacy in the movement to end gender-based violence,  
  • The strength and perseverance of advocates in the face of challenging times, 
  • The invaluable role of advocates in supporting survivors as they move along their healing journey, and
  • The power of storytelling as a strategy for raising awareness and inspiring change.
If your submission is selected for production, you will be invited to read your story aloud, or offered alternate accommodations as needed, for a recorded podcast for NRCDV Radio . Selected stories will be shared nationally as part of the Domestic Violence Awareness Project's efforts during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October 2017.  

Individuals from traditionally marginalized and oppressed groups, including advocates of color, non-English speaking, immigrant, Native, Deaf, trans-identified, gender nonconforming, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and advocates living with disabilities are encouraged to submit.  Creativity in storytelling is encouraged!

Click here for more information on how to submit
  A Primer on HUD'S CoC Program Competition Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)

Monday, July 31, 2017
2:30 - 4 p.m. EST

A Primer on HUD'S CoC Program Competition Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA): Review of the FY17 Application, HUD Priorities, and Opportunities for DV/SA Providers 
This interactive webinar will provide background information on HUD's CoC Program Competition, as well as guidance on strengthening relationships with CoCs, and exploring HUD NOFA opportunities. Discussions will include:
  • Overview of the FY17 HUD NOFA application including HUD priorities and system performance measures;
  • How DV/SA providers can engage and coordinate with their CoCs;
  • Highlights new opportunities and potential changes in the NOFA that could impact DV/SA providers in the application process;
  • Review core components for the new Joint Component Project model (Transitional Housing-Rapid Rehousing/Permanent Housing) and key considerations for DV/SA programs.
This webinar is being held in conjunction with the release of the FY17 CoC NOFA with final date and time to be announced.
Christie Bevis, Director of Safe Housing Practices and Initiatives, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
Debbie Fox, Sr. Housing Policy and Practice Specialist, National Network to End Domestic Violence
Peg Hacksaylo, Director, National Alliance for Safe Housing
Brittani Manzo, Policy Advisor, US Interagency Council on Homelessness
This webinar is for DV/SA providers. Please share with your networks.  Please visit this link for a listing of webinars and listen to prior webinar recordings by the Consortium TA Team.

Click here to register for this webinar

October 3-4, 2017
Atlanta, GA

This two-day training enables attorneys and legal providers to assist survivors of human trafficking.

Topics include:
  • Overview of Legal Definition of Trafficking
  • Intake Best Practices
  • Ethical Issues
  • Public Benefits
  • Victim Witness Advocacy
  • Criminal Re-Entry/Vacatur
  • Immigration Remedies
  • Intro to Civil Remedies
  • Best Practices Working with Multi-Disciplinary Teams
  • Self-Care
This training is free. CLE credits are available, but if CLE credits are claimed, the attorneys shall be responsible for paying the attorney fee for CLE credits pursuant to Georgia State Bar Governance Rule 8-103(C).
*Space is limited -- priority will be given to Georgia-based legal providers.
**Paralegals, BIA Accredited Representatives, and law students must be accompanied by supervising attorneys to register for the training.

Click here to register
Webinar Series  Domestic Violence Mentor Court Webinar Series

Courts across the country are enhancing their response to domestic violence through the creation of specialized courts. In doing so, they grapple with similar issues, often in isolation from one another. But why reinvent the wheel? This webinar series will highlight several common themes that courts are tackling in how they handle domestic violence cases. Participants will hear from OVW Mentor Court sites who have developed key strategies, implemented best practices, and strengthened collaboration among community stakeholders to keep victims safe and hold offenders accountable. Learn more about the Mentor Court Initiative

These webinars are free and open to all who wish to attend. Please note that we do not provide certificates and do not offer continuing education credits. In order to participate in the full webinar series, please register for each individual webinar. 

Creating a Holistic Response for Domestic Violence Litigants Through Civil Legal Services 
August 17, 2017
2 - 3:30 p.m. EST

All too often in domestic violence cases, victims lack access to legal representation in family court. Courts can take steps to promote equal access to justice for these litigants by linking them to legal services. Hear from three Mentor Courts who are each closing the gap in three different ways through innovative legal partnerships and cross-training of attorneys. 

Click here to register for this webinar

Courts and Abusive Partner Intervention Programs: Strategies for Increasing Accountability through Collaboration
September 6, 2017
2 - 3:30 p.m.

Many courts rely on abusive partner intervention programs to hold offenders accountable for violence they have perpetrated. But programs are simply one piece of the puzzle. To effectively hold offenders accountable and deter future violence, civil and criminal courts can work with programs to receive regular progress reports to make informed judicial decisions. Hear from three Mentor Courts who have each taken a different approach to working with the programs in their state. 

Click here to register for this webinar

Enhancing Victim Safety and Offender Accountability through Compliance Monitoring
October 18, 2017
2-3:30 p.m. EST

The Mentor Courts will participate in a discussion centered on civil and criminal compliance monitoring. Learn what the research says about compliance monitoring and its role in promoting both victim safety and offender accountability and hear how it works in practice. 

Click here to register for this webinar
USCIS: Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program

Applications due: August 6, 2017

Grants will support citizenship preparation services for lawful permanent residents 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is now accepting applications for two funding opportunities under the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program. These are competitive grant opportunities for organizations that prepare lawful permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic assimilation and assimilation through increased knowledge of English, U.S. history and civics. The two programs will provide up to $10 million in grants for citizenship preparation programs in communities across the country. Applications are due by Aug. 6.

USCIS wants to expand availability of high-quality citizenship preparation services throughout the country with these two opportunities:
  • Citizenship instruction and naturalization application services: This opportunity will fund up to 36 organizations that offer both citizenship instruction and naturalization application services to lawful permanent residents. 
  • Citizenship instruction only: This grant opportunity will assist nonprofit organizations in establishing new citizenship instruction programs or expanding the quality and reach of existing citizenship instruction programs. We expect to award up to 10 nonprofit organizations through this opportunity. In doing so, we want to encourage the expansion of the existing field of citizenship instruction programs, particularly those offered by small community-based organizations that have not previously received a grant from us.  
All 46 award recipients will be announced in September. 

Since 2009, USCIS has awarded approximately $63 million through 308 grants to organizations that have provided citizenship preparation services to more than 170,000 permanent residents in 37 states and the District of Columbia.
To apply for this funding opportunity, visit grants.gov

Click here to apply for this funding opportunity
Independence House, Inc: LICSW-LMHC Clinical Director

The Clinical Director provides supervision, leadership and direction to community based and shelter staff and supervisors to ensure high quality, trauma informed evidence informed activities for adult, children and teen survivors of domestic and sexual violence including children who witness violence and child sexual assault victims. The Clinical Director collaborates with the internal IH team and external community partners to ensure safe and informed responses for survivors. The Clinical Director must be familiar with safety planning and advocacy and understand intersection of oppressions (or be committed to learning). The Clinical Director is responsible for overseeing sensitive and trauma informed delivery of client centered quality intervention and prevention services. Responsibilities include supervision of counseling staff, responsibility for clinical components of program development and implementation, quality assurance, attendance at meetings within and outside the agency, help managing day to day site functions, active collaboration with other community agencies, and other duties as needed.

Independence House, Inc: Finance Director

The Finance Director is a key leadership position at IH, the Finance Director will keep a complete, accurate and systematic set of records for all financial transactions carried out by Independence House resulting in an outstanding department that fosters confidence from donors, funders and the Board of Directors. The Finance Director supervises the Full Charge Bookkeeper and oversee the finance office. The person in this position must be skilled in non-profit accounting including strong knowledge of restricted and unrestricted accounting and bookkeeping and adhere to federal, state and municipal grant requirements and be familiar with A133 audits. The Finance Director participates in finance committee meetings of the board, along with the Executive Director and presents the financial statements on a monthly basis. The Finance Director leads the annual audit conducted by an external auditor. 

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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