A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Youth uses poetry to express feelings about love, violence, awareness

**Please note this entry contains language and material that might be triggering for some readers.

These poems were written by Isabelle Izea-Martinez, a participant in Casa de Esperanza's youth leadership program, Fuerza Unida Amig@s. The author wrote the poems for an 8th grade communications class, which called for students to write about issues that matter to them. Isabelle saw this as an opportunity to raise awareness and talk about teen dating violence and sexual assault at school. She has given permission for the poems to be published in honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

Click here to read Isabelle's poetry
Call for Proposals open for 2018 National Latin@ Institute

*Deadline for proposal submission: March 30, 2018*

Institute: July 18 - 20, 2018
Pre-institute: July 16-17, 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. Selected proposals would highlight innovative practices, culturally and linguistically specific approaches for working with Latin@ communities, lessons learned, successful collaborations, trauma- informed or survivors-centered advocacy and public policy, and evidence-based practices and/or practice-based evidence.

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

The 2018 National Latin@ Institute will bring together professionals from a variety of fields. This institute will provide participants with significant opportunities for networking, resource and expertise sharing and critical discussions on traditionally challenging topics. For more information, click here.
Webinar Federal Funding for Working with Victims of Human Trafficking

*This is the updated, rescheduled time*

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
1:30 - 3 p.m. EST 

This webinar brings together representatives the Office on Violence Against Women; the Office on Trafficking in Persons; and, the Office for Victims of Crime, Department of Justice. Presenters will highlight federal funding opportunities for organizations and communities working with survivors of human trafficking. Culturally specific organizations, and organizations serving populations vulnerable to human trafficking are especially encouraged to attend.

Cathy Poston, Attorney Advisor, with the Office on Violence Against Women
Flavia Keenan-Guerra, Program Specialist, HHS/ACF/Office on Trafficking in Persons
Sara Gilmer, Senior Program Specialist, Human Trafficking Team at Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

Click here to register for this webinar
Webinar What Works? Preventing Teen Dating Violence Among Latin@ Youth

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

This webinar will offer insight into research, effective practices, and tools related to teen dating violence (TDV) prevention in Latin@ communities. The presenters will begin by highlighting the new TDV Factsheet, which summarizes the past 10 years of research conducted on TDV among Latino youth. They will then highlight the work of Casa de Esperanza's Youth Amig@s initiative in Saint Paul, Minnesota. They will also present the findings of a recent evaluation of the Youth Amig@s Mother Daughter Retreat, which seeks to prevent TDV by strengthening family connectedness. Finally, presenters will provide an overview of the NO MAS toolkit, which offers concrete culturally-specific tools around family connectedness and TDV prevention.
Dr. Rebecca Rodriguez, Manager of Research and Evaluation, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network 
Sarah Fleming, Graduate Social Work Intern, Casa de Esperanza : National Latin@ Network
Rebecca De León, Communications and Marketing Manager, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

Click here to register for this webinar
NHLA condemns White House's immigration framework

The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of 45 of the nation's most preeminent Latino advocacy organizations, is offended by and condemns the immigration framework released by the White House. The proposed outline was provided to Congressional leaders on Thursday.

In order to address the crisis he created by rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, President Donald Trump has repeatedly said he supports a pathway to citizenship for the roughly 800,000 DACA holders in the U.S. and for immigrants who are eligible but do not currently have DACA protection -- an estimated 1.8 million people altogether. However, under the most current White House proposal this comes at a steep price. The plan makes drastic changes to the current immigration system, as well as creating a $25 billion fund for Donald Trump's wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and additional border security measures. The framework calls for the elimination of the diversity visa lottery system and slashes legal immigration by nearly 50% with limits on familial migration to the "nuclear" family - spouses and minor children - that excludes parents, adult children, and siblings.

Click here to read the rest of this statement about the immigration framework.
NIWAP calls for sign on to amicus curiae brief for BIA on behalf of aslyum applicant

**Deadline to sign on: Feb. 9, 2018, 5 p.m. Pacific Time

We are writing to seek your organization's support to help a woman from El Salvador who seeks asylum after escaping her abuser, a police officer who is also her relative, after he raped and trafficked her for labor as a child and later stalked, attempted to rape, and threatened to kill her and her family as an adult. We seek your support to overturn the Immigration Judge's adverse credibility determination, which was based on the Judge's serious misconceptions about the effects of trafficking and physical, psychological, sexual, and childhood sexual abuse on Respondent's demeanor and ability to recall information during her testimony. Please join NIWAP and Crowell & Moring LLP in presenting an amicus curiae brief in support of Respondent before the Board of Immigration Appeals. Respondent is being represented by Jones Day LLP.
As both a child and an adult, Respondent suffered sexual, physical, and psychological abuse at the hands of her mother's cousin, who is now a police officer in El Salvador. The abuser also trafficked Respondent for domestic and commercial labor as a child, imprisoning her in his house. The Immigration Judge, however, applying her own subjective views and erroneous assumptions about how an abuse survivor should behave and the resources available to Respondent in her community, entered an adverse credibility finding against Respondent, and on that sole basis denied relief. Respondent will be in grave danger from her abuser (or his associates) if forced to return to El Salvador.
If you are interested in signing on to this brief, please send your organization's name and a short, one-paragraph statement of interest to Belinda Liu at bliu@crowell.com.
The paragraph should describe your organization, its goals/missions, expertise/experience on sexual abuse, human trafficking, or neurobiological development of survivors of such abuse or trafficking, and why this case is important to the people your organization serves.
NIWAP releases information on new immigration enforcement policies

January 31, 2018 ---  Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a policy on January 10, 2018 limiting civil immigration enforcement at courthouses. 

On its webpage, NIWAP provides information on what this policy results in for immigrant survivors, together with VAWA Confidentiality protections. It also answers the questions:
What does the January 2018 Courthouse Enforcement Policy Do?

What do immigrant crime victims additionally receive from VAWA confidentiality? 

For technical assistance on VAWA confidentiality and help for immigrant crime victims who become subject to immigration enforcement, including at courthouses, contact NIWAP at 202-274-4457 or info@niwap.org


Click here to access more information on NIWAP's website.

Report outlining survey results from service providers on immigrant survivors of human trafficking released

The Freedom Network USA released a brief report highlighting the results of a survey conducted in collaboration with CAST and Polaris. The survey gathered information on the impact of policies calling for increase immigration enforcement on victims of human trafficking. 

Click here to read the results of this report.
In-person Training  Building Collaborative Responses to Trafficked Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

March 21-23, 2018
Atlanta, GA

Application deadline: February 15, 2018

This 2.5 day training will provide participants with effective skills on how to identify and assist domestic violence and sexual assault victims who may also be human trafficking victims/survivors.This training will focus on improving collaborative responses to adult/youth foreign-born trafficked victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Presented by: Futures Without Violence, in partnership with U. S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. 
Who may attend?
OVW grantees are highly encouraged to apply in multidisciplinary teams composed of organizations in their communities ("teams" of 3-4 individuals) which may include, but are not limited to: domestic violence/sexual assault program staff, attorneys, law enforcement, human trafficking task force members, immigration legal service providers, labor/worker rights organizations, civil law enforcement agencies, immigrant rights and refugee resettlement organizations, and health care providers. Possible team configurations may include members from a DV/SA program, law enforcement, immigration attorney, or community based organization. One member of each team must be an OVW grantee.

Click here for more information and to share the conference flyer.
Click here to apply online.
1in6 hosting free clinical training for LA service providers

March 5-6, 2018
Los Angeles, CA

Men & Healing: A 2-Day Training on Male Sexual Trauma and Recovery will be presented by Rick Goodwin, MSW, RSW. Rick is a seasoned clinician having worked with men for over 20 years. The best news? This training is FREE, thanks to the support of a generous local foundation.
Men and Healing combines conceptual training on male sexual trauma with core intervention skills and strategies to empower frontline workers to purposely intervene with male survivors. This combination of trauma theory and practice - with an emphasis on cognitive and psychodynamic approaches - addresses many of the practical and clinical concerns of frontline professionals.
Please note that this training is for LA-based service providers. Click here for more information and to register.
New Report: Themes and Summaries from the 2017 PreventConnect Web Conference Series

PreventConnect and  Prevention Institute have released a new report exploring themes emerging from the 2017 PreventConnect web conference series,  Toward Community Health and Justice. Over the course of 8 web conferences, three overall themes emerged:
  1. Sexual and domestic violence prevention practitioners are using a health equity approach by addressing root factors of violence and working with communities to find solutions.
  2. Practitioners are working to improve environments to prevent sexual and domestic violence.
  3. Practitioners are working to shift community norms to make sexual and domestic violence community issues that demand community-wide action.
Click here to access the report.
Assata: An Autobiography

By: Assata Shakur

On May 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a hospital, close to death, handcuffed to her bed, while local, state, and federal police attempted to question her about the shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike that had claimed the life of a white state trooper. Long a target of J. Edgar Hoover's campaign to defame, infiltrate, and criminalize Black nationalist organizations and their leaders, Shakur was incarcerated for four years prior to her conviction on flimsy evidence in 1977 as an accomplice to murder.
With wit and candor, Assata Shakur recounts the experiences that led her to a life of activism and portrays the strengths, weaknesses, and eventual demise of Black and White revolutionary groups at the hand of government officials. 

Two years after her conviction, Assata Shakur escaped from prison. She was given political asylum by Cuba, where she now resides.
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Seminario Web Yo Soy SAAM:  Aplicación de Principios de EMDR para calmar las emociones

27 de marzo, 2018
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST

Esta es una presentación interactiva y enfocada en discutir los efectos adversos de las experiencias traumáticas en las víctimas y sus familiares. Se ofrecerá una breve descripción de la técnica EMDR (Desensibilización y Reprocesamiento por Medio de Movimiento Ocular) y se practicarán técnicas de autorregulación que los participantes del seminario podrán utilizar con sus clientes y para la prevención de fatiga de compasión.

Los objetivos del seminario web:
1. Mencionar tres características de una memoria traumática.
2. Mencionar dos técnicas bilaterales utilizadas en EMDR para la autorregulación cuando memorias traumáticas son detonadas.
3. Practicar dos técnicas de autorregulación.

Irene M. Rodriguez, Consejera de Salud Mental con Licencia (LMHC)  - Mindful Journey Center

Haga clic aquí para más información y para inscribirse para este seminario web
Cohort training Registration open for cohort of advocacy training

The National LGBTQ Institute on IPV invites you to participate in an innovative, survivor-centered, LGBTQ-informed learning and capacity-building experience.
The Institute Cohort Advocacy Training (iCAT) will focus on excellent advocacy, community engagement, and prevention of LGBTQ intimate partner violence with free, live, real-time presentations and discussion via the internet.
Over 6 months, participants will both support each other and be challenged to improve their work with LGBTQ survivors. This opportunity is for advocates, program supervisors and executive directors of both mainstream and culturally specific programs addressing domestic violence, sexual assault and other forms of intimate partner violence.
The cohort will meet weekly from March 13th, 2018 to September 25th, 2018.
Participation is by application only. Everyone interested is encouraged to apply.
Click here to learn more about this new training opportunity and to apply.
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
Tahirih Justice Center: Executive Director

For Greater Washington DC Office

This is a highly visible, public-facing role. The ideal candidate will be a solution-oriented, savvy professional who is skilled at leveraging both internal and external resources to achieve aggressive programmatic, fundraising, and strategic goals in a fast-paced environment. S/he will also need to be adept at facilitating trauma-informed legal representation and have a thriving passion for social justice. The successful candidate will be a proven, detail-oriented, self-starter who can effectively multi-task and easily shift gears from being strategic to tactical. The preferred candidate will be a progressive leader with prior management experience who can inspire staff to be exceptional ambassadors for Tahirih's clients and foster a collaborative work environment that embodies our mission.

Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence : Various positions

Director of Advocacy and Social Change Initiatives
The Director of Advocacy and Social Change Initiatives possesses at a minimum a Bachelor's Degree, two years of management/supervision experience, and three years experience in the domestic violence movement; or a high school/equivalency diploma, four years management/supervision experience, and three years of experience working with survivors of domestic violence. Candidate must approach the work from a trauma-informed, empowerment-based perspective. 

Hotline Manager
The FCADV Hotline Manager possesses at minimum, a Bachelor's Degree and three years of experience providing direct services for survivors of domestic violence, or high school/equivalency diploma and four years providing direct services for survivors of domestic violence. This position also requires a minimum of one year successful supervisory experience. The candidate will have knowledge of the root causes of violence against women and oppressed groups, proven training experience, knowledge of phone systems, call center software, database technology, and excellent writing and organizational skills.

Asian Family Support Services of Austin:  Sexual Assault Outreach - Program Associate

The Sexual Assault Outreach Program Associate will be responsible for increasing awareness of issues related to sexual violence, by educating the Asian communities about existing intervention and prevention services, initiating programming as needed to create safe spaces for survivors to learn about resources while creating strong collaborations with mainstream service providers to improve access and outreach to AAPI communities. 

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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