A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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The Aftermath of Hurricane María Continues to Create Hardships for Victims and Survivors

By: María Cristina Pacheco-Alcalá, Project Manager, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

In September 2017, Puerto Rico was impacted by hurricanes Irma and María. More than eight months later, efforts continue to restore electricity, repair homes, and restore public transportation and walk ways, among other things. Women and their families constitute the sector of population that's more vulnerable to damages caused by natural disasters and the challenges that arise because of the aftermath.

The investigative article published by the Centro de Periodismo Investigativo (Center on Investigative Journalism) provides information about the challenges women in Puerto Rico face and how service providers are doing the best they can within the current circumstances.

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Click here to read the article by the Centro de Periodismo Investigativo.
Call your representative and ask them to support FVPSA funding

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), first passed by Congress in 1984, is the primary federal funding stream dedicated to the support of emergency shelter and supportive services for victims of domestic violence and their children. Unfortunately, FVPSA has not been reauthorized since 2010, but Senators Heller (R-NV), Casey (D-PA), Grassley (R-IA), Coons (D-DE), and Cornyn (R-TX) have introduced S.2784, in the Senate, and Representatives Thompson (R-PA), Blunt Rochester (D-DE), Stefanik (R-NY), and Moore (D-WI) have introduced H.R. 6014, in the House, the FVPSA Reauthorization Act. This critical straightforward reauthorization will help ensure that shelters and domestic violence programs can continue to keep survivors safe and provide essential services. Please ask your Senators and Representatives to co-sponsor this lifesaving legislation today!

Click here for information on how to contact your representatives and what to say to them.
¡Adelante Esperanza!

Casa de Esperanza's 35th Anniversary Celebration Gala was a night of celebration, recognition

On May 31, Casa de Esperanza celebrated its 35th Anniversary of providing services, resources, and capacity-building assistance in the fight to end gender-based violence. 

In a night of celebration and recognition, Casa de Esperanza was proud to present awards to leaders of transformational Latin@ leadership to:

¡Adelante Esperanza! Award
Carmen Yulin Cruz Soto, Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico

National Transformational Leadership for Latina Women Award
Mónica Ramirez, President of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas 

Champion Award
Hector E. Sanchez Barba, Executive Director of Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) 

Sandra L. Vargas Transformational Leadership Award
Susana de León, Immigration Attorney 

Lupe R. Serrano Community Change Award
Tamara Ramirez-Torres, teacher

Youth Leadership in Action Award
Isabelle Martinez- Izea
Lilibeth Castro Montoya 
Karen Macario Gazca

Click here to read the recap by El Minnesota de Hoy (only available in Spanish) and to watch the video of the gala
Click here to see the recap by Fox News Channel 9's coverage of the event
Webinar Latino Boys and Men: Advancing Scholarship and Community Based Solutions 

Monday, June 18, 2018
12:30 - 2 p.m. EST
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY in collaboration with Casa de Esperanza:National Latin@ Network conducted a scan of the field to identify what research and types of programming existed engaging Latin@ men and boys. There is a gap in existing content analysis documenting the state of the field relating to understanding racial-cultural sociodemographic terms, inclusion of racial-cultural psychological variables, and gender related factors impacting the lives of men of color, specifically Latino men and boys. This webinar will address systemic limitations on understanding the state of the field by using an interdisciplinary and comprehensive approach to identify community-based solutions with Latino men and boys that may not be included in academic literature.
By the end of this session, participants will learn about
  • The existing research centered on the lives of Latino men and boys in the U.S.
  • The findings of a scan conducted to identify promising programs and practices of community based organizations working with Latino men and boys
  • Recommendations to connect and expand this work across the country
Silvia Mazzula, Ph.D., Associate Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY 
Jose Juan Lara Jr., MS, Project Coordinator, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

Click here to register for this webinar
Capacity Building Training for OVW CSSP, Underserved, Tribal, and Rural Grantees
September 19 - 20, 2018
Portland, OR
Application deadline: August 17, 2018
This training has been approved by OVW. Please wait until you receive a confirmation email before making travel arrangements.

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. 
How to apply:
Organizations interested in participating will need to submit an application for this training, online or through attached form. 
Click here to apply if you are interested

Presented by:
Casa de Esperanza, the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, Asian Women's Shelter, Red Wind Consulting, and Ujima. This training is sponsored by the U. S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

For questions about this training or for more information, please
contact Maritza Valdez at mvaldez@casadeesperanza.org or 651-646-5553.
This project was supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K053 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
New York Times article: Fewer Immigrants are Reporting Domestic Abuse

For years, she slept with a gun under her pillow, living in fear of a boyfriend who beat her, controlled her life and threatened to kill her and her children. Domenica, who came to this country illegally from Mexico in 1995 and became part of the booming immigrant community in Houston, said her partner was a United States citizen, and often reminded her that she could be deported if she went to the police.

"He told me nobody would help me, because I don't have papers," said Domenica, 38, who has a son and daughter with her boyfriend, and asked that her last name not be used in order to protect them. "I was with him like that for a pretty long time. I felt like there was no help for me."

Click here to read the rest of this article
The Society for Community Research and Action releases study on effects of deportation on families and communities

Deportation has numerous detrimental impacts on individuals who are deported, and on the families and communities they are forced to leave behind. This policy statement reviews the empirical literature to describe the effects of deportation on the individual, families, and the broader community, in order to inform policy and practice recommendations.

The effects of deportation are felt by individuals, families, and communities. Nearly 4 in 5 families screened in family detention centers have a "credible fear" of persecution should they be forced to return to the countries from which they migrated. Many of those deported are forced to return to dangerous, turbulent environments, and deportations have resulted in kidnapping, torture, rape, and murder. Deported individuals often find it challenging to support their families, and coupled with the trauma and stigma of the deportation, may find it difficult to maintain contact with family members; this often leads to severed relationships.

Click here to read this report in full.
SPSSI still accepting nominations for Louise Kidder Early Career Award

Submission deadline: June 13, 2018

The Louise Kidder Early Career Award recognizes social issues researchers who have made substantial contributions to the field early in their careers. The award is named for a living person-Louise Kidder-in honor of her own early career accomplishments and contributions to SPSSI. Nominees should be investigators who have made substantial contributions to social issues research within ten years of receiving a graduate degree and who have demonstrated the potential to continue such contributions. Visit the  Louise Kidder Early Career Award page for more details. 

Click here to learn more and to submit a nomination
A CALL TO MEN launches free online certification training for LIVE RESPECT

A CALL TO MEN today announced the launch of a free online certification training for its LIVE RESPECT Coaching Healthy, Respectful Manhood Curriculum.  The on-demand webinar series takes educators, coaches and mentors through A CALL TO MEN's signature training on its curriculum for middle-school and high-school boys.  Typically conducted in person over the course of a school day, the online certification training can be completed in three sessions that average 35 minutes each at the convenience of the participant and includes a downloadable certificate upon completion.

Click here to access this free online training .
VAWnet makes access more personalized

NRCDV's online library of gender-based violence resources has undergone a number of upgrades and user enhancements designed to make your workday easier.
  • Save, organize & share your favorite material with your MyVAWnet account
  • Not at your desk? No worries. Our mobile-friendly interface allows you access to resources anytime.
  • We know your time is limited & valuable. Get what you want faster and filter by topic, type, author, and publisher.
Visit VAWnet today and have your own experience.
Battle For Paradise Puerto Rico Takes on the Disaster Capitalists

"We are in a fight for our lives. Hurricanes Irma and María unmasked the colonialism we face in Puerto Rico, and the inequality it fosters, creating a fierce humanitarian crisis. Now we must find a path forward to equality and sustainability, a path driven by communities, not investors. And this book explains, with careful and unbiased reporting, only the efforts of our community activists can answer the paramount question: What type of society do we want to become and who is Puerto Rico for?" --Yulin Cruz, Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico

In the rubble of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Ricans and ultrarich "Puertopians" are locked in a pitched struggle over how to remake the island. In this vital and startling investigation, bestselling author and activist Naomi Klein uncovers how the forces of shock politics and disaster capitalism seek to undermine the nation's radical, resilient vision for a "just recovery." 
Description from Powell's City of Books
Webinar Writing Compelling Narrative

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
3 - 4 p.m. EST

Have you ever wondered what to include in the narrative sections of your semi-annual progress report? Sign up for this webinar to learn how you can use these sections to write compelling narrative about the impact of your agencies' work. Additionally, you will learn about how the data from your progress reports gets used and by who, and most importantly, the difference it makes.
Please join OVW and VAWA MEI Staff as we discuss best practices for writing compelling narratives and documenting your grant funded activities through the narrative questions.

Click here to register for this webinar
Webinar Series  Coerced Debt, Debt Defense & Safety for Survivors

In this first of five Consumer Rights Webinar Training Toolkits, CSAJ invites you to join esteemed faculty in addressing coerced debt for survivors.

Part 1: June 13
2:30 - 4:30 p.m. EST

The purpose of this webinar is to equip advocates and attorneys with survivor centered advocacy strategies and legal remedies to address coerced debt facing survivors, with particular emphasis on directing advocacy to how marginalized communities are deferentially impacted by debt. Faculty will also provide emerging evidence for coerced debt and its impact on survivors' economic security in order to support programs in community and systems change.

Part 2: June 27
12:30 - 2 p.m. EST

The purpose of this webinar is to share the work of the DVCLARO Project in New York City, which recently conducted a study on the link between coerced debt and homelessness to fuel systems change, then engage attendees in developing multilevel strategies for change.

Click here to register for either part of this webinar series.
HHS, Administration for Children and Families: Various positions

Youth Service Program Specialist
In Boston, MA; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Philadelphia, PA; and San Francisco, CA. This position is in the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) under the Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Program. Responsibilities include serving as a regional federal project officer providing guidance, advice, and technical assistance to RHY grantees and others concerning FYSB's efforts and the Department of Health and Human Services' youth initiatives. 

Supervisory Family Violence Prevention and Services Program Specialist
In Washington, DC. This position is in FYSB's Family Violence Prevention and Services Program. Responsibilities include providing leadership, policy direction, and program development and formulating comprehensive program plans and strategies to accomplish agency goals and objectives. 

Regional Administrator
In Philadelphia, PA and San Francisco, CA. This position is under the ACF Office of Regional Operations. Among the responsibilities of this position are providing leadership for ACF key national goals, priorities, and initiatives and providing day-to-day management, leadership, and guidance to staff within the immediate Office of the Regional Administrator.

Casa de Esperanza: Project Coordinator

This position is responsible for coordinating and implementing training and technical assistance for work funded by grants from the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The position is part of the Training and Technical Assistance team of the National Latin@ Network. 

Casa de Esperanza: Project Specialist

This position is responsible for administrative and project support for the NLN director, managers, and the technical assistance team, and works directly with program staff and consultants to maximize productivity and promote achievement of Casa de Esperanza's goals. 

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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