A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Call for Stories: My One Thing

Casa de Esperanza is part of the  Domestic Violence Awareness Project, along with the  National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV)and  several other national partner organizations. The Domestic Violence Awareness Project (DVAP) supports the rights of all individuals, especially women and girls, to live in peace and dignity. The purpose of the DVAP is to support and promote national, tribal, territorial, state, and local advocacy networks in their ongoing public education efforts through public awareness, strategies, materials, resources, capacity-building, and technical assistance. The members of DVAP work to create a unified message that advocates and organizations working to eliminate violence can use during Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) alongside victims and survivors to create awareness and safe spaces. Each October, we mourn those who have lost their lives because of domestic violence, celebrate those who have survived, and connect individuals who work to end gender-based violence. This year we are inspiring action through a unified  #1Thing message.  We invite you to join us and share your One Thing!

Click here to read the rest of this blog and find out how you can submit your story of #1Thing
NLN would like to thank all presenters and attendees of 2018 National Latin@ Institute

Over the past two years, we have listened and learned from many of you; we have asked what you want to learn more about and who is doing great work in our communities. We have experienced, along with other organizations, the challenges facing our communities and organizations, and the innovative work led by community organizations, advocates, youth and adult leaders, and allies. We want to celebrate and lift up this work. We hope that attendees found that the time is now, the space is here, and together we are capable of taking next steps, small and large. We can move toward progress, toward breaking down barriers, lifting up best practices, embracing our communities, our culture, our lived experiences and our hopes for the future. 

Click here to read more about what this Institute meant to us and what our goals were

To see more images and quotes from the Institute, check out the hashtag #LatinaInstitute
#VAWA Reauthorization bill introduced today

JULY 26, 2018
Public policy advocacy is an effort by individuals, organized groups, paid advocates, and lobbyists to change laws, policies and/or regulations at the federal, state, tribal, and local levels. Advocacy activities can range from calling, meeting with or writing to an elected official as well as holding a march or rally. Advocacy includes any activity with a purpose of influencing legislation, public funding, regulations or the actions of government officials. 

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was first passed in 1994 and has since been reauthorized three times, most recently in 2013. It is due to be reauthorized again in 2018. 

Several VAWA programs focus on developing a coordinated community response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Some VAWA programs are targeted to address a particular service need, such as transitional housing or civil legal assistance, and some programs are designed to address the needs of particular populations. VAWA is the largest and best-known law addressing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. VAWA has had a significant impact on ending violence. Since its initial authorization in 1994, reporting of domestic violence has increased as much as 51% and all states have passed laws making stalking a crime and have strengthened rape laws. The number of individuals killed by an intimate partner has decreased by 34% for women and 57% for men. Overall, VAWA saved $12.6 billion in its first six years alone. 

Below are some resources compiled by the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence ("NTF") to use in educating the public and calling for support for VAWA.



Follow the conversation and tweet out your support with the hashtags #VAWA4ALL 
Read: When Rape Is Reported in Minnesota and Nothing Happens

The Star Tribune published an investigative article about a survivor of sexual assault and her quest for justice.

Sexual assault cases in the Twin Cities and across Minnesota are being investigated poorly or not at all, leaving many women feeling betrayed by a system they once trusted.

Click here to read the Star Tribune Special Report
Black Women's Equal Pay Day is August 7

This year's Black Women's Equal Pay Day is being observed on Tuesday, August 7. On that day, from 2 - 3 pm EST, Equal Pay Today and women's rights, labor and racial justice advocates nationwide will join our Social Media Storm using #BlackWomensEqualPay and #DemandMore. See  www.blackwomensequalpayday.org for updates and resources, including graphics.

When compared to White, non-Hispanic men, Black/African American women earn only $.63 (cents) on the $1. This means the typical Black woman must work until August 2018 to be paid what the typical White man was paid at the end of December 2017. Learn more in this  Preliminary Toolkit.

1st - Spread the word by sharing this  Save the Date and Facebook event.
2nd - Have your org co-sponsor at  Black Women's Equal Pay Day Social Media Storm Co-Sponsorship Form. (There is no financial requirement._
3rd - Contribute to the Toolkit by July 31st or let us know about an event you are planning. Submit via the Black Women's Equal Pay Day Event Notice & Toolkit Submissions Form 
4th - Participate on August 7 using #BlackWomensEqualPay and #DemandMore

Visit blackwomensequalpayday.org for more information.
Registration open for Voices Rising

NCADV's 17th National Conference on Domestic Violence
September 23-26, 2018
Providence, Rhode Island

At Voices Rising, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence will focus on HOW we do our work. The intention is to delve deeper into the causes of violence and its impact and effect on individuals, communities and our nation. The conference will also highlight how we can continue to use our voices to make change.

Click here for more information and to register.
NNEDV releases resources for National Week of Action

National Week of Action: October 14 - October 20

The National Network to End Domestic Violence invites you to join them in sharing and advocating during the National Week of Action in this year's Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 

Activities and events include a Twitter chat, wearing purple, and engaging your representatives.

Click here to access the National Week of Action Toolkit
Man Enough explores Men and #MeToo, by A CALL TO MEN

A CALL TO MEN invites you to watch Men and #MeToo, episode four of Man Enough. CEO Tony Porter was honored to be part of this discussion with Justin Baldoni, Matt McGorry, Scooter Braun, Jamey Heath and Lewis Howes. It is a courageous and critical conversation about how these men are using their influence and platform to promote healthy manhood.  

Watch and share Men and #MeToo on Facebook Watch @wearemanenough.

Watch Tony's TED Talk and think about how you have been socialized to view women, girls, and your own manhood.

Reflect on the many ways you can help create culture of respect, equity and value for all.  
The Sacrifice

Written by: Joyce Carol Oates

When a 14-year-old girl is the alleged victim of a terrible act of racial violence, the incident shocks and galvanizes her community, exacerbating the racial tension that has been simmering in this New Jersey town for decades. In this magisterial work of fiction, Joyce Carol Oates explores the uneasy fault lines in a racially troubled society. In such a tense, charged atmosphere, Oates reveals that there must always be a sacrifice - of innocence, truth, trust, and, ultimately, of lives. Unfolding in a succession of multiracial voices, in a community transfixed by this alleged crime and the spectacle unfolding around it, this profound novel exposes what - and who - the "sacrifice" actually is, and what consequences these kinds of events hold for us all.
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Webinar What's Your Agenda: How to Create Meaningful Agendas

Monday, July 30, 2018 
2 - 3:30 p.m. EST

This webinar will explore the process for developing agendas that will reflect your goals, meet your needs, and help you to achieve your objectives. Similar to instructional design, the creation of meeting agendas is much simpler when you follow a step-by-step process that facilitates a critical analysis of what you need to accomplish and how you should accomplish it. Together, we will use a simple tool that will help guide you through the creation of meaningful agendas. 

Jennifer White, Program Director for Curriculum Development and Program Design, Futures Without Violence

Click here to register for this webinar
Maryland Office of the Attorney General:  Attorney

The Office of Attorney General is seeking applicants for a full-time attorney to support the work of the Maryland Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Policy and Funding Committee (SAEK Committee). Responsibilities include staffing the SAEK Committee; drafting and implementing SAEK-related legislation, regulations and policies; researching and analyzing national best practices regarding SAEKs and the prosecution of crimes of sexual assault; preparing SAEK Committee reports and conducting presentations; advancing the legislative agenda of the SAEK Committee by preparing and delivering written and oral testimony before legislative bodies and corresponding with elected officials; coordinating outreach and education related to SAEK Committee work; developing and maintaining relationships with community stakeholders; and other duties as assigned.

National Network to End Domestic Violence:  Policy Assistant

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) seeks a highly-organized and motivated Policy Assistant. The ideal candidate communicates effectively and is able to prioritize and perform duties in a fast-paced environment.  The Public Policy team works proactively on Capitol Hill to make ending domestic violence a national priority. NNEDV's members are state and territorial coalitions representing domestic violence shelters and programs in every state and territory in the nation. 

The NW Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse : Community Advocate

Required Qualifications:
o Demonstrates a deep commitment to survivors of violence and the empowerment of diverse bisexual, lesbian, trans and gay people/community.
o Strong critical thinking, active listening, and problem-solving skills to address complex situations.
o Flexibility, creativity, collaboration, and positive workplace attitude.
o Ability to work in both office and 'field' settings.
o Competence with basic office systems (computers, copiers, Office, Word/Excel etc...)
o A working car, current drivers' license and insurance and/or skill using public transportation.

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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