A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Sexuality Terminology 101

Written by: Esmé Rodríguez, MA, PhD; School Equity Director, OutFront MN

Last week, we joined OutFront MN to discuss the basics of gender terminology, or "who we are." This week, OutFront MN defines terms regarding sexuality, or "who we're attracted to."

Click here to read about sexuality terminology.
Click here to access last week's blog about gender terminology.
Organizational Sign-on letter for VAWA Reauthorization deadline Aug. 10
A bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was introduced on July 26th by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee. You can find the text of that bill, H.R. 6545, (as well as other key info about it) here. This bill reflects the priorities submitted by the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF) to preserve all current protections in VAWA, including important protections for immigrant survivors and other marginalized and underserved populations, as well as include some moderate but important enhancements to keep moving forward in efforts to prevent and improve responses to help survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking.
The NTF has written a letter supporting this reauthorization bill - and you can sign your organization on to this letter here (deadline is tomorrow). The NTF has also developed a communications toolkit to help organizations promote reauthorization and help educate legislators and others about this bill. The NTF continues to seek and remains hopeful that we can achieve bipartisan support for this bill.
Below are links to some recent articles on VAWA reauthorization: 
Application deadline next Friday

Application Deadline: August 17, 2018

Enhancing Organizational Capacity for Our Communities: Capacity Building Training for OVW CSSP, Underserved, Tribal, and Rural Grantees
September 19-20, 2018 
Portland, OR
Residence Inn Portland Downtown/Pearl District
Enhancing Organizational Capacity for Our Communities is a two-day training that 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. This regional training will provide attendees with significant opportunities for networking, resource and expertise sharing, and critical discussions to enhance the work and overall capacity.
*OVW approved*
Click here to apply for this training
WOCN Save the Date for 4th Annual Conference
November 14-16, 2018
St. Pete Beach, Florida

Reserve your seat and Save the Date for the Women of Color Network's "Be the Legacy": 4th National Call to Action Summit and Conference
Click here to reserve your seat now 
Register now for Voto Latino's Power Summit: Somos Más
September 29-30
Austin, TX

Every year, hundreds of young leaders from across the country convene at Voto Latino's Power Summit, a premier 2-day leadership conference for emerging leaders.

The Summit brings together trailblazers across media, tech, and advocacy to encourage high-impact learning and promote conversations on how to mobilize for positive change - and this year will be better than ever!
Click here to register for this conference 
Blue Campaign uploads new human trafficking recordings
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has added two new webinars for law enforcement professionals to its website.

The first webinar explores how human trafficking uniquely impacts Native Americans. Scott Santoro, Blue Campaign's Senior Training Advisor from FLETC, and Jeri Moomaw, Executive Director of Innovation Human Trafficking Collaborative, cover ways law enforcement professionals can better recognize and respond to Native American victims.

In the second webinar, Scott Santoro is joined by Dr. Paulette Hubbert, Unit Chief for the Victim Assistance Program at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), to discuss the effects of trauma on victims' memories. They offer tips on how to avoid re-traumatizing victims and other strategies to effectively interview trauma victims.

Click here to view both webinars.
Report Major trauma from suspected child abuse: a profile of the patient pathway

Networked organised systems of care for patients with major trauma now exist in many countries, designed around the needs of the majority of patients (90% adults). Non-accidental injury is a significant cause of pediatric major trauma and has a different injury and age profile from accidental injury (AI). This paper compares the pre-hospital and in-hospital phases of the patient pathway for children with suspected abuse, with those accidentally injured.

Click here to access the full text
Report Development of the Healthcare Triggering Questionnaire in adult sexual abuse survivors

One in 4 women and 1 in 10 men in the United States are survivors of sexual abuse (SA). For these survivors, healthcare experiences may trigger memories, thoughts, feelings or sensations related to this past abuse. Such triggering can be associated with negative responses to healthcare (e.g., anxiety, avoidance). However, to date, no healthcare triggering assessment tool exists. Therefore, the study goal was to describe the prevalence of healthcare triggering, to develop a brief Healthcare Triggering Questionnaire (HTQ), and to examine its initial validity.

Click here to access the full text
Report How Social Journalism Accelerates the ACEs Movement

Marshall Ganz, a long-time activist and community organizer who is now at the Harvard Kennedy School, says that social movements must have stories, structures, and strategies. 1 Using modern digital technology, journalists provide the adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) movement with stories, structure, and strategies to accelerate the work of the movement's participants.

Since the first publication of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study) in 1998, the ACEs movement has coalesced and expanded. The original ACE Study (epidemiology), with the neurobiology of toxic stress, the short- and long-term health consequences of toxic stress, epigenetic consequences of toxic stress, and resilience research has coalesced to create a new field of knowledge often called the unified science of human development, or ACEs science.

Click here to access the full text
Webinar Enhancing Organizational Capacity for Our Communities: Fund Development and Demonstrating Impact

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST
In this webinar, presenters will discuss strategies fund development and demonstrating impact for nonprofit organizations. Presenters will review strategies to strengthen organizational infrastructure, build sustainability; and examine and fine-tune your organizational presence to improve organizational impact.
By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to do the following:
  • Explore fund development strategies that are mission-driven and realistic.
  • Analyze the efficacy of current funding sustainability efforts.
  • Formulate messaging about organizational need and impact.
  • Identify resources for strengthening how you represent your organizational impact.
Sarah Khan, Senior Project Specialist, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV)

Click here to register for this webinar
Webinar Series Ensuring Meaningful Access to Limited English Proficient Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence Webinar Series

Friday, August 31, 2018
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST
Session I of the series will engage participants in learning to recognize and respect individual cultural differences regarding language and communication as important to working in a sensitive and effective manner with survivors with limited English proficiency. Ensuring meaningful access to limited English proficient (LEP) survivors of domestic and sexual violence means recognizing how gender bias and cultural identity may prevent access to services. This webinar will examine the challenges LEP survivors encounter while seeking to access services because of limited culturally and linguistically responsive systems of help.

Jose Juan Lara, Jr., Project Coordinator, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

Click here to register for this webinar
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST
Session II of the series will focus on language (spoken or sign) as a crucial component of any agency's effort seeking to improve the life, safety and well-being of Limited English Proficient (LEP), as well as Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D/d/HoH) victims of domestic violence/sexual assault (DV/SA) and their families. Individuals are more likely to seek help when those services are offered in their primary language.

This training is designed for service providers to learn about equitable communication when serving and engaging with individuals who are LEP or D/d/HoH with the support of an interpreter.

Ana Paula Noguez Mercado, LLM, Interpretation Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence

Click here to register for this webinar
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST
Session III of the series will engage participants in a process of critical thinking and planning that will support organizations/agencies in developing an effective language access plan. In order to carry out effective safety planning and provide critical information to assist ALL survivors in making informed choices, it is imperative to ensure meaningful access to services and available options for survivors with limited English proficiency. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, all organizations that receive federal funding must take reasonable steps to ensure meaningful access to individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP).

Lumarie Orozco, MA, Project Manager, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

Click here to register for this webinar
National Disability Rights Network: Communication and Digital Specialist
Location: Washington, DC 
The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) in Washington, D.C., is seeking an experienced Communication and Digital Specialist to assist in social media strategy and manage the day-to-day maintenance of NDRN's social channels (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube); develop new content for NDRN's website including videos; assist with media outreach and build press lists; provide general communications support; and support communication efforts of NDRN member agencies through technical assistance

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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