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Making Room in Our Work for the Youth Perspective

By: María Cristina Pacheco Alcalá, Project Coordinator, with significant contributions from Patricia Celis, Bilingual Content Coordinator; Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

Do you remember when you were 12? According to Eric Erickson, author of the Psychosocial Development Theory, this age marks the start of adolescence, a period which is characterized by identity crisis and confusion of roles. With this blog, we want to share some reflections aimed at helping promote a youth approach, including concrete steps from a viewpoint of respecting and empowering youth.

Click here for our blog on how to integrate the youth voice in your work
NLN publishes bilingual factsheet about Teen Dating Violence in Latin@ Youth

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. 

This factsheet summarizes the past 10 years of research literature to understand and identify current trends in the academic research on TDV for Latin@ youth.

Click here to download this factsheet in English

Click here to download this factsheet in Spanish
Call for Proposals open for 2018 National Latin@ Institute

*Deadline for proposal submission: March 30, 2018*

Pre-Institute: July 16-17, 2018
Institute: July 18 - 20, 2018
New Orleans, LA

*Pending OVW approval*

The NLN calls all Latin@s and allies working to end violence against women and girls and other forms of oppression to submit proposals for workshops at the 2018 National Latin@ Institute. 

If you are interested in submitting a workshop proposal or want more information,  click here to download the workshop submission guidelines.

For more information on the 2018 National Latin@ Institute, click here.
Webinar What Works? Preventing Teen Dating Violence Among Latin@ Youth

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST 

Through this webinar, participants will: 
  • Become familiar with the latest research on teen dating violence among Latin@ youth
  • Learn about a program that uses these approaches to prevent TDV through family relationships
  • Get tools to use these approaches in their own work by learning about the DECIMOS NO MÁS toolkit
Dr. Rebecca Rodriguez, Manager of Research and Evaluation, Casa de Esperanza
Sarah Fleming, Graduate Social Work Intern, Casa de Esperanza
Rebecca De León, Communications and Marketing Manager, Casa de Esperanza

Click here to register for this webinar
NTF urges you to support sanctuary cities, oppose Toomey Amendment

Call your Senators Today and Urge them to Oppose the "Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act." Find the senators for key states below, or access ALL senators at  this link.
Undermining jurisdictions that have worked to increase the trust of immigrant communities puts all of our communities at risk!
The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence urges you to join us in opposing Toomey Amendment #1948 to any Senate immigration bill.
This amendment would punish cities that allow police to focus on community priorities rather than target people based on their immigration status by cutting critical funding that supports public services, including domestic violence and housing resources. When members of the community can report sexual assault, domestic violence and other violent crimes, and seek protection without the fear of being deported and separated from their families, safety increases for everyone. 
Please call your senator and/or send a tweet using their handle to tell them: 
Vote NO on Toomey #1948-the "Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act" It unfairly punishes victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and put communities at risk!

Click here to read more about the amendment and how to talk to your representative

Click here to read stories of survivors

Follow the NTF on Twitter at @NTFSDV 
NTF calls on Congress to pass humane immigration reform, reject attacks to legal protections

The National Taskforce to End Sexual and Domestic Violence calls on Congress and the Administration to work together to forge a bi-partisan, humane national immigration policy. As Congress works to address the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, any immigration proposal should not undermine protections for victims, and must work to prevent future abuse and exploitation and promote public trust. 

When Congress passed and reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), it understood that domestic abusers and traffickers often threaten their victims that reaching out for help from police or the courts will result in survivors' deportation. VAWA created critical protections, like the U and T visas, for immigrant victims to feel safe coming forward and report crimes. These protection also strengthen the ability of local law enforcement agencies to connect to immigrant victims and witnesses for firsthand information to help get violent criminals off the streets, keeping us all safer. 

We urge members of Congress to REJECT measures that prevent or undermine protections that exist under the family visa system, asylum law, and those provided for in the Violence Against Women Act. Though they may seem unrelated, a number of proposals that could make it harder for victims to access critical protections have already secured bipartisan support, and should be opposed.

Click here for more information about what specific measures Congress should reject
AAPI Equal Pay Day seeks co-sponsors by tomorrow

AAPI Equal Pay Day is on Thursday, February 22, 2018. If you want to co-sponsor please, complete  the form  or email Vimala at NAPAWF by COB Friday, February 16.  If you haven't already,  email your logo to  AAPIequalpay@napawf.org .
What does it mean to co-sponsor?
- Share Save the Date Graphics on your social media pages
- Participate in the Social Media Storm on February 22 at 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET. #AAPIEqualPay #NotYourModelMinority 
- Have your logo/branding listed at https://www.aapiequalpay.org on social media.
- Contribute to and have access to the AAPI Equal Pay Day Toolkit, which will be circulated by Friday, February 16. If you have sample tweets, social media graphics (branded and unbranded), please send them to  VPhongsavanh@napawf.org and jchaney@tidescenter.org by Tuesday, February 20 at noon (to accommodate President's Day). 
Friends of the American Latino Museum announces Chairman's Advisory Council

Danny Vargas, chairman of the Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS), in his letter addressing supporters of the efforts to create a Smithsonian National American Latino Museum, announced the establishment of the Chairman's Advisory Council. The Council will help FRIENDS achieve our goals of getting Congressional authorization, securing financial donations and pledges, as well as build upon the already massive public demand for this museum. Working in collaboration with our board of directors, staff, former NMAL Commissioners and many other supporters, the CAC will help ensure we have a more complete account of American history, honor the contributions of Latinos throughout the last 500 years, celebrate the vitality and complexity of today's American Latino communities, and inspire future generation.
Working together, we will soon witness the opening of the American Latino Museum within the Smithsonian Institution on the National Mall.

Click here for more information on the Council 
PICO publishes Deportation Defense Guide

The guide is to be used by faith leaders, organizers, and local leaders as a way to publicly elevate the stories of those facing family separation and deportation. The major organizing objectives of publicly lifting up an individual case are to connect the individual person's imminent deportation, circumstance and story, and to bring public light and scrutiny to government immigration enforcement overall. 

Click here to access this guide.
CBPR Toolkit for domestic violence researchers demonstrates the power of partnerships

This toolkit is for researchers across disciplines and social locations who are working in academic, policy, community, or practice-based settings. In particular, the toolkit provides support to emerging researchers as they consider whether and how to take a CBPR approach and what it might mean in the context of their professional roles and settings. Domestic violence advocates will also find useful information on the CBPR approach and how it can help answer important questions about your work.

Click here to access the toolkit and download the PDF
How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents

By: Julia Alvarez

Acclaimed writer Julia Alvarez's brilliant and buoyant and beloved first novel gives voice to four sisters recounting their adventures growing up in two cultures. 

In this debut novel, the García sisters-Carla, Sandra, Yolanda, and Sofía-and their family must flee their home in the Dominican Republic after their father's role in an attempt to overthrow a tyrannical dictator is discovered. They arrive in New York City in 1960 to a life far removed from their existence in the Caribbean. In the wild and wondrous and not always welcoming U.S.A., their parents try to hold on to their old ways, but the girls try find new lives: by forgetting their Spanish, by straightening their hair and wearing fringed bell bottoms. For them, it is at once liberating and excruciating to be caught between the old world and the new. How the García Girls Lost Their Accents sets the sisters free to tell their most intimate stories about how they came to be at home-and not at home-in America.
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Webinar  Closing Gaps in the Justice System's Response to Intimate Partner Violence: How to Conduct a Needs Assessment in your Community

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST 

This webinar will provide an introduction to conducting a needs assessment. It will discuss how a needs assessment can give valuable insight into enhancing current system-based responses to intimate partner violence through gathering qualitative and quantitative information about a community and justice system's strengths, resources, and challenges. The webinar will feature speakers from two jurisdictions (Sioux City, Iowa and Grand Forks, North Dakota) who recently conducted needs assessments of their own to share their strategies, tips, and lessons learned.

This webinar is free and open to all who wish to attend. Please note that we are unable to provide training credits/certificates for this webinar.

Leesa McNeil, Iowa Judicial District 3 Court Administrator (Retired), Sioux City, Iowa
Samantha Fleckenstein, Specialty Court Coordinator, Sioux City, Iowa
Jennifer Albert, Coordinated Community Response Coordinator, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Laura Vogel, Domestic Violence Court Project Coordinator, Grand Forks, North Dakota

Kathryn Ford, LCSW, Children and Families Specialist, Tribal Justice Exchange and Domestic Violence Programs, Center for Court Innovation

Click here to register for this webinar
Webinar  Engaging in Policy Advocacy on Behalf of Survivors: Understanding the Important Role and Rules for Nonprofits

Friday, March 9, 2018
1 - 2:30pm EST

Getting involved in policy advocacy is an appropriate and essential role for nonprofits in order to bring the voices of survivors to the policy table and advance the mission and vision of the organization. However, many nonprofit organizations and advocates refrain from getting involved because they feel confused about the rules on policy advocacy for nonprofits. This training will address issues such as different types of advocacy nonprofits can engage in, the importance of educating policy makers, how the tax law for 501 (c)(3) organizations permits lobbying within specific limits, and tips for how to engage in effective public policy advocacy.

Through this webinar, participants will: 
  • Learn about different types of policy advocacy that nonprofits organizations can engage in.
  • Develop a better understanding of the opportunities and limitations for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to engage in lobbying activities.
  • Access useful fact sheets and relevant resources to assist in better understanding the role and rules of policy advocacy.
Rosie Hidalgo, J.D., Senior Director of Public Policy, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities

Click here to register for this webinar
HRSA/MCHB offers funding opportunity for  Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Capacity Building Program

Application deadline: March 27, 2018

Last week, HRSA/MCHB posted a notice of funding opportunity, the Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Capacity Building Program, HRSA-18-082. Its purpose is to is to improve the health of adolescents and young adults (ages 10-25) by strengthening the capacity of state maternal and child health programs and their clinical partners to address the needs of these population groups.  Within the unique needs of this population, this program includes a focus on behavioral health. HRSA expects to make a single award with a project period of 5 years and an annual budget of $1.15 million.

Click here for more information about this opportunity and to apply
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness offers funding for Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program

Application deadline: April 17, 2018

HUD recently announced a new  Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)  to competitively award $43 million for the second round of the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP). These funds will provide up to 11 communities, including at least 5 rural communities, with resources to design and implement a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending homelessness.  Applications for the YHDP are due before midnight eastern time on  April 17, 2018.

Click here for more information about this opportunity and to apply
Safe Horizon: Director of Research and Evaluation

The Director of Research & Evaluation is responsible for overseeing the organization's quality improvement initiatives and evaluation projects.  The Director collaborates with program leaders to deepen the organization's anti-racism, trauma-informed and client-centered practices.  In addition, the Director contributes to thought leadership in the field through a variety of dissemination efforts including evaluation reports, conference presentations and research publications.  It is expected that the Director will build and maintain relationships with evaluation and academic partners.

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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