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Why Building Evidence and Incorporating Evaluation is Crucial to the Success of Your Program

We at Casa de Esperanza know from our work with community-based organizations that you are already experts in pulling information you need to do your work on a daily basis. Sometimes what might be missing is the documentation of such efforts.

In response to organizations large and small across the country interested in learning how to enhance their current structure, building evidence for the work they do, and extending their capacity, we created the Building Evidence Toolkit in collaboration with four other Latin@-serving, community-based organizations working from a culturally specific framework: La Paz, Trans Latina Coalition, Mujeres Latinas en Acción, Voces Latinas.

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Deadline tomorrow to register for capacity building training

**Application Deadline: August 11, 2017

Enhancing Organizational Capacity for Our Communities training for OVW CSSP, Underserved, Tribal, and Rural Grantees

September 19 - 20, 2017
Nashville, TN

This two-day training will bring together about 30 participants who are interested in strengthening their capacity to effectively manage, operate and sustain their organizations. The goal of this training is to increase the organizational capacity of OVW grantees and their partners serving culturally specific, rural, tribal, and underserved communities. It will provide attendees with significant opportunities for networking, resource and expertise sharing, and critical discussions to enhance the work and overall capacity.
* OVW approved. We are accepting applications.*
Presented by:
Casa de Esperanza, the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, Asian Women's Shelter, Red Wind Consulting, and Ujima. Sponsored by the U. S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

Click here for more information and to register for this training
Webinar Trafficking in Native Communities

Thursday, August 17, 2017
12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. CST 

This webinar will address the unique ways that trafficking impacts Native communities in the United States. Specific topics will include the history of trafficking, trafficking in urban vs. reservation communities, risk factors, legal considerations, and best practices for providing culturally-specific support to survivors. Research on Native women who have been trafficked will also be reviewed.

By the end of this webinar, participants will learn: 
  • How trafficking of Native people is linked to colonization and other forms of violence.
  • Best practices for providing culturally-specific support to survivors. 
  • Pressing needs and gaps in support that survivors have identified. 
Amanda Watson, National Technical Assistance Programs  Trainer/Facilitator, Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition 

Click here to register for this webinar
Blog Talk Radio Community at the Center: The Impact of Community Engagement

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017
1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. CST

Engaging the Latin@ community is essential to develop the power within the community to eliminate the stressors and build the strength and awareness that prevent domestic violence. Casa de Esperanza recognizes that they alone cannot end domestic violence, and as an organization they strive to "put the work, tools, resources and power in the hands of more and more people," including community members. Therefore, community engagement becomes the essence of their work. It's a process that actively involves community members in prevention efforts, intervention strategies and research. In this blog talk radio, listeners will learn how the experiences of the community guides Casa's work and what attributes advocates should adapt in order to build relationships, create safe spaces, sustain/develop transformational approaches, and be responsive to needs of the community. When we work from the base of community engagement, our work become responsive to community identified needs and places the tools, resources and supports in the hands of community. They then take leadership in creating community change.

During this discussion, participants will: 
  • Learn the key principals of community engagement.
  • Identify the difference between community outreach and community engagement. 
  • Deepen an understanding of the impact of community engagement as a tool for change.
Ivette Izea-Martinez, Community Engagement Manager, Casa de Esperanza

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Please take this anonymous survey of DACA recipients

United We Dream and Professor Tom Wong are conducting an anonymous survey of DACA recipients to obtain data and information that will be used to defend DACA. Previous survey responses have been critical in helping advocates at the local, state, and national level advocate for DACA, have formed the foundation of other studies and research, and are one of the most powerful tools we have to expand the coalition of stakeholders protecting the DACA program (including media, Congress, and others).
LINK TO THE SURVEY bit.ly/daca2017 
Please take a moment to share this survey with any DACA recipient clients, friends, or contacts that you may have.
Information regarding previous surveys and the resulting data can be found here.

Click here to access this survey
Please take this national survey on victims' experiences accessing public benefits

Please participate, and share widely.
Take the survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DVSA_PublicBenefitsSurvey2017 
NRCDV is conducting a national survey to document the  experiences of domestic violence and sexual assault victims as they try to access public benefits programs, particularly TANF, SNAP, and unemployment insurance. We are seeking expert input from  domestic violence and sexual assault  advocates, legal aid staff, and allied professionals at the tribal, state, territorial, local, and national levels. 
NRCDV's goal is to  identify what is working about these critical safety net programs, as well as barriers to access and gaps or challenges. It will use the information you provide to make recommendations about ways to strengthen these programs to better meet the needs of individuals and families experiencing  domestic violence and sexual assault.
Click here to take the survey now. Open until the end of August.
FWD.US survey shows support for immigrants

FWD.US published a survey in May 2017 that shows the majority of Americans support continuing to protect undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as minors from deportation.

Click here to see the survey results
Chicana Falsa: And Other Stories of Death, Identity and Oxnard

By: Michele Serros

From the white boy who transforms himself into a full-fledged Chicano, to the self-assured woman who effortlessly terrorizes her Anglo boss, to the junior-high friend who berated her "sloppy Spanish" and accused her of being a "Chicana Falsa," the people and places that Michele Serros brings to vivid life in this collection of poems and stories introduce a unique new viewpoint to the American literary landscape. Witty, tender, irreverent, and emotionally honest, her words speak to the painful and hilarious identity crises particular to the coming of age of an adolescent caught between two cultures.
Description from Google Books
Blog Talk Radio Gender Equity Program at the University of Puerto Rico at Carolina

Friday, August 25, 2017
9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. CST

To approach gender based violence prevention on campus the University of Puerto Rico at Carolina developed the Gender Equity Program. During the blog talk radio we'll learn about the project, challenges and how gender based prevention is being addressed.
During this discussion, listeners will: 
  • Learn about the Gender Equity Program from the University of Puerto Rico at Carolina.
  • Hear about strategies used to address gender based violence on campus.
  • Find out how challenges are addressed in order to raise awareness on gender baser violence on campus.
Coraly León Morales, Coordinator, Gender Equity Program, University of Puerto Rico at Carolina 

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Webinar Supporting Student Survivors with Disabilities and Deaf Students

This webinar will provide an overview of domestic and sexual violence in the lives of people with disabilities and Deaf people, key considerations for working with students with disabilities and Deaf students, a basic review of your legal and ethical responsibilities around accessibility, and offer suggestions for enhancing the accessibility of your collaborating organizations and change efforts to ensure that students with disabilities and Deaf students who experience violence and abuse are able to benefit from the work of your collaborations.

OVW Technical Assistance Provider: Casa de Esperanza
*Open to all campuses and organizations*
Click here to register for this free webinar now
Webinar T and U Visas and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
2 to 3:30 p.m. EST

This webinar, presented by USCIS, will provide information about T and U visas and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), immigration relief for victims for human trafficking, domestic violence and other serious crimes. This webinar is intended for community-based organizations, social service agencies, immigration practitioners, and advocates.
Representatives from our Office of Policy and Strategy and the Vermont Service Center will provide an overview of:
  • T and U visa eligibility requirements
  • Law enforcement certification
  • VAWA eligibility requirements
A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. Please note that we cannot answer case-specific inquiries during this webinar.  
To register for this session, please follow these steps:
  • Visit our registration page to confirm your participation
  • Enter your email address and select "Submit"
  • Select "Subscriber Preferences"
  • Select the "Event Registration" tab
  • Complete the questions and select "Submit"
Once we process your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with additional details. If you have questions about the registration process, or if you have not received a confirmation email within two business days, please email us at Public.Engagement@uscis.dhs.gov

Click here to register for this webinar
Transition House, Inc.: Director of Development

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development is responsible for creating and providing leadership to a comprehensive and cost effective fundraising program, encompassing annual giving, capital campaigns, major gifts, planned giving, special events, memorial giving, and other initiatives to attract maximum support from Transition House's constituency of individuals, businesses, and foundations.

The Vice President for Communications is a senior position and a part of the leadership team that will report directly to the President/CEO and the Executive Vice President/COO. The VP for Communications will serve as an important leader in the organization and will play a significant role as part of the senior leadership team tasked with sustaining and growing the organizations' communications department. The primary priorities for the VP of Communications include developing new, cutting-edge communication models that leverage the organization's thinking, messaging and tools used by coalition members; optimizing new communication models, working to support and amplify the work of organizations and of the coalition; and collaborating with the leadership team to develop strategy on how the organization builds a state of the art communications operation for the organizations that supports critical campaigns and coalition partners, among others.

ReThink Media: Democracy Collaborative Intern & Fellowship (Paid)

The communications intern would be primarily responsible for piloting a new story-banking project. The intern would gather, catalogue, and vet first-person stories of individuals negatively affected by the power imbalances in our democracy or positively affected by reforms that rebalance the system. Moreover, the intern would assist in disseminating the stories via various communications channels such as video, social media, news reports, and op-eds. By the conclusion of the internship, ReThink Media and the Democracy Collaborative would have a functional database of stories with a clear plan for maintaining and continuing to update the database.

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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