A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Sign-on by tomorrow! Take Action on Tax Threats to Immigrant Families

The Senate is expected to introduce their version of the tax reform bill tomorrow, and Congress needs to hear that communities are opposed to any provisions that deny access to crucial tax credits to children in immigrant and mixed-status families. We need organizations to sign their names to this letter ASAP to send the message that there is strong support behind our opposition to these harmful measures. 

The House tax bill threatens to take away the Child Tax Credit (CTC) from children whose immigrant parents file taxes using Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs). Restricting the CTC to filers using Social Security Numbers (SSNs) could impact as many as 5 million children of taxpaying parents, the majority of whom are U.S. citizens, and nearly 1 million of whom are young DREAMers. The tax bill would also deny access to the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC), a crucial support that helps students get the education they need to access economic opportunities. 

Last week, Representative Linda T. Sánchez circulated a dear colleague letter that was signed by 64 Members of Congress opposing these tax proposals that would be harmful to children in immigrant families. Congresswoman Sánchez will also be introducing an amendment to the House bill that would repeal the provisions targeting children in immigrant families. 

The Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign has drafted a sign-on letter for organizations to express their opposition to the provisions that will eliminate these tax credits for hard-working immigrant families and their children in H.R. 1, the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act."

Organizations can review the letter and sign on HERE:  http://bit.ly/OpposeTaxAttacksonKids

Please take a moment to do this before tomorrow!
Uber announces Casa de Esperanza is one of seven organizations to receive part of $5 million commitment

This week,  Uber  announced that  Casa de Esperanza  is among the seven national organizations to receive a portion of the $5 million funding it is dedicating to sexual assault and domestic violence awareness through its "Driving Change" campaign.

Casa de Esperanza will receive funding from Uber, along with national partners  Raliance, NNEDV, Women of Color Network, Inc., A CALL TO MEN, The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs and NO MORE. In addition to Uber's support of the partner organizations, it has made substantial changes within its own company, utilizing its technology to "help drive awareness and prevention of sexual assault and domestic violence to millions globally." Some initiatives that have already been implemented through these new partnerships include providing important information to drivers and riders about awareness and prevention, engaging its executive leadership team in awareness training, employing specialized training for customer support agents that imparts understanding of this societal issue while building empathy, developing and adopting a commitment to appropriately assist employees who might need help in this area. To read more about these changes,  see Uber's official announcement here.

Click here to read the blog
Upcoming Webinars

Speaking Out in Unity: The Utility of Testimonios from Undocumented Latina Immigrant Women to Address Intimate Partner Violence Help-Seeking Experiences
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST 

In this webinar, the principal investigator of this research study will share about the one-on-one culturally relevant testimonio interviews she conducted with Latina immigrant survivors of IPV living in Washington. She investigated how the women's undocumented immigration status impacted their experiences with help-seeking attempts and behaviors. The interviews qualitatively investigate the complexity of IPV and how immigration status, ethnicity, class, gender, and informal and formal social supports impacted their experience. Findings from the research will reveal racialized, gendered, classed, and nativist injustices Latina immigrants experienced along with healing, empowerment, and advocacy when seeking social support. 

Presenter
Miriam Valdovinos, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut, School of Social Work

Click here to register for this webinar

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Mirando Hacia Atras: Promotor@ Wisdom in Hindsight
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST 

In this interactive webinar, presenters will draw from their experience both at the national and community level to discuss lessons learned from the implementation of the Promotor@s model, a widely used intervention in culturally specific organizations. At the National Latino Network, we have explored this intervention in depth, specifically focusing on their success, effectiveness, and strategies of implementation. What makes this webinar different? Beyond sharing lessons learned, presenter will discuss strategies they use to overcome challenges, how disputes were handled (if any), and looking back at their Promotor@ experience, they will explore- what's something you know now you wish you had known at the beginning of your work. This webinar will take you behind the scene of the promotoras work.

Presenters
Kristiana Huitrón, Project Coordinator, Casa de Esperanza
Jorge Vidal, Project Coordinator, Casa de Esperanza

Click here to register for this webinar
Futures Without Violence present sexual assault resources

Workplaces Respond to Domestic and Sexual Violence is responding to this moment with updated resources and insights from diverse perspectives:

 

The Top 10 Things Employers Can Do Right Now to Address Sexual Harassment in the Workplace looks beyond policies and procedures and suggests strategies to change the culture of workplaces from one that facilitates sexual harassment, abuse, and silence to one that promotes support, respect, and equity.

 

In Case You Missed It, We're Complicit: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace explores the root causes of workplace sexual harassment and sexual assault, and offers discrete ways for employers and bystanders to eliminate norms that facilitate harassment and violence in the workplace.

 

From #MeToo to #HowIWillChange, Men Can Prevent Abuse asks men to first look within themselves to identify the complex ways in which they might aid in the facilitation of sexual harassment and sexual assault or be complicit in a culture that supports violence against women, and offers concrete steps to shift a workplace's culture to one of prevention and support.


Click here to access Workplaces Respond to Domestic and Sexual Violence's resource library
A CALL TO MEN launches #IWILLSPEAKUP

A CALL TO MEN is compiling stories to show how people like you are taking action to #supportsurvivors, and speak out against violence and discrimination against women and girls. Please submit your stories of #IWILLSPEAKUP by emailing info@acalltomen.org.  

Next week, they will share some of the stories with our community and with our partner and campaign visionary, The Joyful Heart Foundation.  

Thank you for taking the #IWILLSPEAKUP pledge and for all you are doing to help create a world where all men and boys are loving and respectful and all women and girls are valued and safe.  


Click here to see the PSA campaign by A CALL TO MEN and the Joyful Heart Foundation
WomensLaw launches fully mobile version of WomensLaw.org

WomensLaw, a project of NNEDV, has provided easy-to-understand, state-specific legal information in Spanish and English for victims of domestic violence for more than 15 years. Recently, they announced that they  recently launched a new, fully-mobile version of WomensLaw.org.

In addition to a new modern look, the website has new content, including:
WomensLaw invites you to check out the new website, give your feedback, and help spread the word :
Contact WomensLaw at WomensLaw@nnedv.org to let them know what you think.
The Bluest Eye

By: Toni Morrison

Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in.Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity, Toni Morrison's virtuosic first novel asks powerful questions about race, class, and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always characterized her writing.
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Idaho Coalition presents Compassionate Communities: We Choose All of Us

November 28 - 29, 2017 
Boise, Idaho

*In English, but Spanish interpretation is available*

Compassionate Communities: We Choose All of Us is two-day conference where we will envision a world where everyone is valued, everyone is safe, and everyone can thrive. Together we will create a collaborative space for social services and social change to come together to explore ways to repair the harm from our culture of domination, extraction, and violence, and to re-imagine a world rooted in interdependence, resilience, and regeneration.

List of plenary speakers

Adrienne Maree Brown
Amita Swadhin
Andrew Sta. Ana, JD
Patina Park, JD
Robin DiAngelo, PhD 
Rosie Hidalgo, JD 

Click here for more information, and to register
Deadline for immigrant crime victim survey on Monday

Deadline Extended to Monday, Nov. 13

The National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project at American University Washington College of Law is conducting a survey designed to learn about barriers that may prevent foreign-born, immigrant, and limited English proficient victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, child abuse, elder abuse and human trafficking from seeking justice system (police, prosecutors, courts) and social services assistance. 
 
Below are the links to four surveys designed for four different groups of survey participants. Please complete the one designed for your area of professional expertise. 
Please also forward these links to others in your field and to the other professionals you work with who serve, represent, or whose work assists immigrant, foreign-born and limited English proficient victims.
Webinar Conducting a Thoughtful Needs Assessment: A Comprehensive Approach to Program Design for Adult and Children Survivors of DV

Monday, November 13, 2017
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST
This webinar is presented by Futures Without Violence in partnership with the Family and Youth Services BureauFamily Violence Prevention and Services Program.

Learning about the needs of the communities we work with is important to creating strong programs. Not having enough time and money makes it hard to ask and learn about what people in a community need. However, it is very important that we find ways to make our programs and services best match the needs of the families and communities we work with. Kansas and Idaho's Sexual and Domestic Violence State Coalitions are a part of FVPSA's funded Children's Grant Program. They work to make programs and services for children and parents experiencing domestic violence stronger. They will talk about their journey in creating a needs assessment process and how this informed their program design. Presenters will share the challenges and successes of their process and provide guidance for other domestic and sexual violence agencies. Presenters will also share how their evaluation plans are connected to their needs analysis.

Presenters:
  • Melissa Ruth, Program Manager, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
  • Mercedes Muñoz, Director of Social Change, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
  • Carolyn Coiner, Child and Youth Projects Manager, Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
  • Kathy Ray, Director of Advocacy and Education, Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
  • Eleanor Lyon, Research and Evaluation Consultant, Futures Without Violence 
Click here to register for this webinar
Webinar  The Intersection of DV, SA, and homelessness

Friday, November 17, 2017
1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. EST

T his webinar explains the connections between domestic violence and sexual assault, homelessness and housing and underscores that domestic violence related homelessness is family homelessness.

~ For DV/SA Programs & Coalitions, CoCs, Homeless & Housing Programs


Presenters: Peg Hacskaylo, Larisa Kofman, and Suzanne Marcus, National Alliance for Safe Housing (NASH)

Click here to register for this webinar
Webinar  Housing First and Rapid Re-Housing for Survivors

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST

The webinar examines how new approaches employed by a growing number of victim services programs can support safe and stable housing for survivors and explore how modifications to the Rapid Re-housing model can boost its effectiveness with survivors. 

~ For DV/SA Programs and Coalitions


Presenters: Kris Billhardt, National Alliance for Safe Housing (NASH) and Linda Olsen, Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV)

Click here to register for this webinar
Call for proposals: UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women

Application deadline: December 5, 2017

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) awards grants to initiatives that demonstrate that violence against women and girls can be systematically addressed, reduced and, with persistence, eliminated.
Civil society organizations are invited to submit grant proposals for a minimum of US$50,000 up to a maximum of US$1 million for a period of three years.
 
Proposals are invited under the following three programmatic areas:
(1) Improving access for women and girls to essential, safe and adequate multi-sectoral services to end violence against women and girls;
(2) Increasing effectiveness of legislation, policies, national action plans and accountability systems to prevent and end violence against women and girls; and
(3) Improving prevention of violence against women and girls through changes in knowledge, attitudes and practices.
 
This year, the UN Trust Fund is also seeking applications that specifically focus on:
(a) addressing violence against women and girls in the context of the current forced displacement and refugee crisis; or
(b) addressing violence against women and girls with disabilities.
 
Applications from women's rights, women-led, and small women's organizations are prioritized, in recognition of them being the driving force of the ending violence against women agenda, as well as being at the forefront of reaching women and girls survivors at the grassroots level. 

Click here for more information about this funding opportunity.

Click here for the Call for Proposals.

Información disponible también en español aquí.
Rape, Abuse, & Incest, National Network (RAINN): Shift Manager (bilingual)

As a key member of RAINN's Victim Services management team, the NSAH shift manager will be responsible for ensuring high quality services to users of the National Sexual Assault Hotline (online and telephone) and will support the day-to day operations of the NSAH program.

Southern Poverty Law Center: Paralegal

The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. For more than four decades, we've won landmark cases that brought systemic reforms, tackling the remnants of Jim Crow segregation and destroying violent white supremacist groups; shattering barriers to equality for women, vulnerable children, the LGBT community, and the disabled; protecting migrant workers from abuse; ensuring the humane treatment of prisoners; reforming juvenile justice practices and more.
 
Under general supervision, the Paralegal will assist Center attorneys with case management and support, field investigations, discovery, trial preparation, and support file organization and management, training and other special projects. They will also assist with research related to litigation/legal case development and/or the issues related to the general mission of the Center.

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

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.

National Latin@ Network | http://www.nationallatinonetwork.org | 651.646.5553


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