A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Reflections on Privilege When Working with Latin@ Communities: Perspectives from a Student Evaluator

By: Sarah Fleming, MSW, Grants & Evaluation Coordinator, Casa de Esperanza

I have been fortunate to work with amazing evaluators such as Dr. Josie Serrata and Dr. Rebecca Rodriguez at our  National Latin@ Research Center on Family and Social Change and experienced Latin@ practitioners like Ivette Izea-Martinez in our  community-based domestic violence prevention initiatives. As a white student evaluator at a culturally specific organization, it has been important for me to learn from these mentors about listening to Latin@ community members and shaping evaluation around community voices. For my Master's program, I worked with Casa de Esperanza's Fuerza Unida Amig@s Community Engagement Initiative to conduct an evaluation of the Mother Daughter Retreat, a component of a culturally-specific, family-based teen dating violence (TDV) prevention program. The Mother Daughter Retreat grew out of community listening sessions which found that Latin@ youth and parents desired for a space to talk about healthy relationships. In addition,  emerging research suggests that family connectedness, cohesion, and communication are important protective factors against TDV for Latin@ youth. The retreat provides an opportunity for Latina girls and their mothers to spend a day relaxing at a camp facility with the goal of strengthening mother-daughter relationships and learning about TDV and healthy relationships.

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It's time to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, and we need to do it right!

If you have not already responded to this call for action, there is still time!
PLUS: New social media materials!
Please distribute widely!

November 29, 2018 -  As the 115th Congress comes to a close, Congress faces a number of outstanding issues -- one of which is the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA is vital to the safety of victims, survivors, and their communities; it cannot simply be checked off of Congress's to-do list by changing the dates for existing funding, ignoring countless survivors and direct service providers asking Congress to do more. Survivors and their communities need Congress to take meaningful action.
If you have not already done so, contact your members of Congress, submit an op-ed or letter-to-the editor to your local newspaper, ask leaders in your community to do the same, and use the attached social media toolkit to raise awareness!

Contact your Senators and Representatives by phone or online and tell them: 
  • VAWA is vital to protecting community safety, preventing violence, serving victims, and holding abusers accountable.
  • A VAWA that rolls back important protections for vulnerable communities or that fails to make important improvements identified by victims and survivors is unacceptable. Simply changing the dates on the existing funding will not address the needs of survivors.
  • VAWA has always been, and must always be, bipartisan.
  • Congress must listen to the #DomesticViolence field and protect Native Americans with enhanced tribal provisions in VAWA! #VAWA4ALL #tribalVAWA
  • Our tribal sisters have come forward and said they need important improvements in VAWA. Include tribal provisions in #VAWA18 or it won't be a #VAWA4ALL #TribalVAWA #VAWA4Natives
  • We cannot ignore the voices of Native American survivors of #DomesticViolence & #SexualAssault. Include tribal provisions in #VAWA18 to make sure that ALL survivors of violence have access to safety and justice. #VAWA4ALL #TribalVAWA #VAWA4Natives
  • Abusers often target marginalized populations, believing they'll get away with committing #DomesticViolence & #SexualAssault. We must not let this continue to happen to Native American survivors! Include tribal provisions in #VAWA18 & hold abusers responsible for their crimes. #VAWA4ALL #tribalVAWA
  • 56% of Native women experience sexual violence within their lifetime. 97% of them are victimized at the hands of a non-Native perpetrator. We cannot ignore the problems of #DomesticViolence & #SexualAssault on tribal lands. Congress must include tribal provisions in #VAWA18 and protect Native Americans! #VAWA4ALL #tribalVAWA
Click here for more information on this alert, including sample scripts and op-ed guidance
NLN Resource: Emergency Preparedness from an Intersectional Approach

Disasters, whether manmade or natural, affect entire communities regardless of an individual's age, immigration status, ability, faith practices, racial and/or ethnic identity, or gender identity. Current research on emergency preparedness systems consistently demonstrate minority communities are more vulnerable than others across the range of events before and after a disaster. The impact and how systems of help respond needs to be nuanced based on the circumstances and specific needs at the individual and community level.

Click here to download the PDF of Emergency Preparedness from an Intersectional Approach
Conversations Over a Cafecito: Renee Lopez

"If you build it, they will come!" This was true for Field of Dreams, and it's true for organizations who want to create spaces that are accessible to people with disabilities.

Renee Lopez, a civil rights advocate and long-term member of SAFE's Disability Services Project Advisory Committee, sips her cafecito with us as she talks about the unique barriers and triumphs that she and many people with disabilities experience, as they are statistically the demographic that are most likely to suffer abuse.

Click here to listen to this podcast with Renee!
FRIENDS expresses condolences for loss of Arizona's first Latino Congressman, Ed Pastor

Estuardo Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino, expresses his and the organization's sorrow at learning that Rep. Ed Pastor, Arizona's first Latino Congressman, passed away yesterday, Nov. 28, 2018.

Amid his condolences, Mr. Rodriguez said, "On a personal note, I had the pleasure of meeting the Congressman Pastor and his family when I first began my career in Washington D.C. He was always thoughtful and generous with his time. I was blessed to have the opportunity to know and learn from him."

Click here to read the entire message from FRIENDS
Autopsy Report Shows Transgender Immigrant Woman Beaten Before Death in ICE Custody

*Trigger warning for physical assault and homicide against a transgender immigrant*

Roxsana Hernández Rodriguez, a 33-year-old transgender woman from Honduras, died in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody in May, weeks after presenting herself at the San Ysidro port of entry to ask for asylum.

An independent autopsy report released this week revealed evidence that Hernández was physically  beaten while in ICE custody prior to her death. The report details deep bruising in her rib cage and contusions on her back, "indicative of blows, and/or kicks, and possible strikes with a blunt object." The autopsy also revealed she had extensive hemorrhaging on her wrists from handcuffs.

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NRCDV asking for your input

In an effort to make the trainings, products and services of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) most responsive to the needs of the field, they are seeking your input! Please take a moment to consider your current and emerging training and professional development needs over the next 3-5 years, and offer your thoughts on the topics and formats of resources that would be most helpful to you, your program, and the greater movement to end gender-based violence.

The survey should take approximately 5 minutes to complete. Responses will be accepted through December 31, 2018.

Click here to access this survey
NSVRC releases report:  Helping Industries to Classify Reports of Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Sexual Assault
November 12, 2018 - T his report describes the work of a joint project between the NSVRC and the  Urban Institute , in which a team of staff from both agencies developed an improved taxonomy (a system of categorization) for reports of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and sexual assault received by  Uber Technologies, Inc.  (Uber), from users of Uber's ride-sharing and other app-driven services. This improved taxonomy helps Uber to more effectively categorize reports of these sexually violent experiences, which in turn helps Uber to better determine the most appropriate outreach and ultimate action taken in response to each report.
The report also discusses the implications of this improved taxonomy for Uber's creation of transparency reports for sexual violence, and ways that this taxonomy and its method of development can improve similar efforts in other businesses and industries.

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Center for Women's Global Leadership releases 16 Days toolkit
The Center for Women's Global Leadership, the initiator and the global coordinator of the 16 days campaign to end gender-based violence against women, launched  a digital platform that can support your efforts during the 16 Days campaign, and beyond. 
This platform is in BETA and will improve over the coming weeks and months. It allows you to: 
The Center will be offering additional assets over the coming weeks, including an infographic with key data to support this year's theme on ending GBV in the world of work.  

Discover more about this year's theme and why it is a critical, timely opportunity to engage with the ILO in the Center for Women's Global Leadership's  16 Days Campaign Toolkit .
Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence publishes Latinx Thriving Families Campaign
The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence announced the launch of the Latinx Thriving Families Campaign to increase access and to improve systems and their responses to Latinx survivors and their children. This Latinx-specific campaign is a stepping stone to ensuring that Latinx mothers who experience domestic or sexual violence, regardless of their social or racial identity, are aware of and feel comfortable accessing resources. 

The campaign offers free resources to download or to have shipped directly to you. Materials include:
  • A bilingual poster series with unique cultural messages and artwork
  • A bilingual handbook for Latinx Survivors of DV
  • T-shirts in English and Spanish with unique artowrk
Click here to access this campaign and its materials
At Night We Walk in Circles

By: Daniel Alarcón

Nelson is a young aspiring actor living in a war-torn, unnamed South American country who yearns to escape what he perceives to be a mediocre life. He gets his chance when he lands a starring role in a revival tour of the farcical play "The Idiot President," in which he portrays the leader's son and becomes increasingly consumed by the role. It is a "provocative study of the way war culture ensnares both participant and observer, the warping fascination of violence, and the disfiguring consequences of the roles we play in public," our reviewer, Ana Menéndez, wrote. 
Description from New York Times
Webinar What's Next for VAWA Reauthorization and the Immigration Provisions in VAWA?
Monday, December 3, 2018
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST  

This webinar will introduce the Alliance for Immigrant Survivors (AIS) and provide an overview of our work, mission, and resources for advocates and allies to engage in policy initiatives that ensure immigrant survivors of gender-based violence have access to life-saving protections and services.

The webinar will be led by the Co-Chairs of AIS who coordinate the Immigration Subcommittee of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF). The presenters will discuss the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and cover the following topics:
  • Brief history and background of VAWA and the reauthorization process
  • Critical immigration provisions included in VAWA
  • Implications of recent administrative and legislative policies and their impact on VAWA protections
  • Status, next steps, and efforts by the NTF to reauthorize VAWA
  • Opportunities for advocacy surrounding VAWA reauthorization
Click here to register for this webinar
Webinar Effects of USCIS NTA policy on Survivor-based Protections
Friday, November 30, 2018
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST  

Experts will discuss how this updated guidance will be implemented for humanitarian cases like VAWA self-petitions, U and T visas, as well as strategies for individual and systems advocacy. This call is for advocates and attorneys who work advancing the rights of immigrants, and is not for media attribution.

Alison Kamhi, Supervising Attorney, Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Cecelia Friedman Levin, Senior Policy Counsel, ASISTA
(Additional speakers, TBD)

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Webinar Retirement Planning for Survivors and Advocates
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST  

Economic control in an abusive relationship takes many forms, and gaining financial self-sufficiency can be the difference between staying in or leaving a violent relationship.
In the final installment of this webinar series, you will learn about
  • key retirement decision topics and how they apply to your personal values, retirement objectives and financial circumstances
  • credible resources you can use for making decisions related to retirement planning
  • steps you can take to prepare for retirement, regardless of your age or current planning level
Click here to register for this webinar
Webinar Officer-Involved Domestic Violence
Thursday, December 6, 2018
1 p.m. EST  

A panel of subject-matter experts will join NCADV for a webinar to address the impact of Officer-Involved Domestic Violence (OIDV), and the unique challenges encountered by victims of batterers who are police officers. We will explore this issue from a variety of perspectives, including survivors of officer-involved domestic violence, as well as what the issue looks like from the prosecutorial and law enforcement lenses.

*Note: $50 Registration fee for non-members

Featured Panelists:
Nanette ChezumFounder, Public Speaker & Activist, The Courage Corner
Holly Jennings,  Retired Philadelphia Police Officer & Domestic Violence Advocate
Teri Garvey, JD,  Attorney Advisor, AEquitas
Lt. Mark Wynn (Ret.),  Owner, Wynn Consulting
Captain Dottie Davis,  Retired Deputy Chief

Click here to register for this webinar if you are an NCADV member
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Move To End Violence : Program Coordinator
The Move to End Violence team at The Raben Group is looking to hire a Program Coordinator! Move to End Violence is an operational program of the NoVo Foundation, dedicated to strengthening and supporting the movement to end violence against all girls and women in the United States, including cis and trans women and those who are gender non-conforming. Through convenings, workshops, virtual resources, and organizational supports, Move to End Violence aims to foster transformational leaders; explore the practices of liberation and equity; build strong, healthy, and sustainable organizations; and support a strong social change-oriented movement.

The Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse: Regional Response Coordinator
This position has an emphasis on regional collaboration, educating providers through TTA, and fostering networks and coalitions. Candidates with strong written and verbal skills in Spanish and English and a familiarity with Latinx culture are strongly encouraged to apply. Evening and weekend hours are required. Candidates must balance critical engagement with humility and creativity. The ideal candidate can take initiative and work independently while achieving the goals of the organization.

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 Manager


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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