December 13, 2019
Update from the National Latin@ Network
Policy Alerts
New Fee Waiver Form in Effect December 2, 2019
Practitioners should note that effective Monday, December 2nd, USCIS will reject any Form I-912 with an edition date of 03/13/18 or earlier, or any fee waiver request submitted without Form I‑912 that is postmarked on or after Dec. 2, 2019. USCIS will adjudicate any fee waiver request postmarked before Dec. 2, 2019  under the previous policy .

On and after December 2nd, USCIS will only consider fee waivers on a Form I-912 with the edition date 10/24/2019, and will be using the new limited criteria of 1)  income at or under 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines    or 2) financial hardship that prevents applicants from paying the filing fee, including unexpected medical bills or emergencies.

Note that there is   current litigation challenging these fee waiver forms changes . ASISTA will keep advocates informed about the status of these important efforts. Please let us know if you continue to receive problematic fee waiver denials related to VAWA self-petition, U and T visas, by filling out our  story collector here .

For more information, see  USCIS I-912 webpage

IMPORTANT NOTE: The  new proposed fee rule  contains additional limitations on fee waiver criteria. This fee rule is currently under notice and comment with a deadline for comment December 16, 2019. Note these additional changes have NOT gone into effect yet. ASISTA will be releasing a proposed template comment for organizations working with immigrant survivors shortly. For more information,  click here .

Please contact  with any questions or concerns. 
NLN News
Now recruiting for Latin@ young adults for online forum
The NLN research team in partnership with Duke University is in the process of developing a mobile app that aims to address IPV among Latin@ youth in a bilingual, bicultural way.

Because of this, researchers are seeking immigrant Latin@s ages 18-29 to give their thoughts and opinions on what the app should deliver.
Advocate News
Know Your Rights. For People Working with Immigrant Families:
The Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) Campaign is dedicated to providing community-facing materials on public charge to better equip immigrants with what they need to know to make the best decision for themselves and for their families. More materials for service providers and advocates can be found at our Special Resources Page

Barbershop interventions improving health outcomes: Studies support community involvement
A safe haven. A country club. A place where people can be themselves: That is how patrons and shop owners describe U.S. barbershops in black neighborhoods.

“The barber-client relationship is a very special one,” Herman Muhammad, owner of Supreme Style Barbershop in Denver, told The Nation’s Health. “The guys sitting in your chair usually have done so for years. There is a sense of trust there.”
Are We Trauma-Informed?
Interest in trauma-informed approaches across child-serving systems has surged in the past two decades. This interest has largely been in response to research showing that most children experience at least one potentially traumatic event by the age of 17 years1, together with the strong relation between childhood trauma exposure and problems with health, mental health, and other concerns across the life span.2 Trauma-informed approaches integrate understanding of trauma throughout a program, organization, or system to enhance the quality and scope of services for those affected by trauma.3 However, there is a lack of research on how to measure and evaluate a trauma-informed approach. How do staff measure the extent to which a program, school, or organization is trauma-informed? How do managers/leaders know whether the trauma-informed efforts of their programs, schools, or organizations are effective in promoting thriving among children, families, and staff?
Network News and Resources
Human Trafficking in Minnesota - Safe Harbor Systems Moving Forward: Save the Date
Save the date for the Human Trafficking in Minnesota - Safe Harbor Systems Moving Forward Conference on February 11-12, 2020 in central Minnesota.

Attendees will learn about improving collaborative responses, especially youth in American Indian community, identifying potential survivors and enhancing services for individuals who experience sex or labor trafficking or exploitation.
2019 Prevention Resource Guide
The 2019 Prevention Resource Guide is designed to help individuals and organizations in every community strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. This year's theme, "Strong and Thriving Families," aligns with the 21st National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect. The Resource Guide focuses on protective factors that build on family strengths to foster healthy child and youth development. It can be used along with the Protective Factors in Practice scenarios and the activity calendars to implement prevention strategies in your community. Access resource guides from previous years to learn how prevention strategies have changed over time.
Talking about Transgender Experiences, Identities, and Existences at Conferences
This document is an academic reference guide to and glossary for talking about transgender people, experiences, identities, backgrounds, and existences in academic talks at academic conferences for anyone interested. It also might be useful for classrooms and teaching. We hope that it will change and evolve as understandings change and evolve, and we invite contributions of terms and framings that can improve and expand this document.

This document is not a set of mandates for what people should say, nor is it set-in-stone. Instead, it is a product of a specific group of people in a specific time and place who wanted to provide a context for understanding how specific terms convey specific meanings (whether intended or unintended). Specifically, we largely work within (and/or against) upper-middle class North American academic norms.
Request for Proposals NSAC 2020
The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault is excited to announce a call for workshop proposals for the 2020 National Sexual Assault Conference. NSAC 2020 will be held on September 2-4 in Anaheim, CA. The theme for NSAC 2020 is: BOLD MOVES | EQUITY NOW

CALCASA is now accepting proposals from organizations and individuals interested in presenting information and/or facilitating workshops at NSAC 2020.

All proposals must be submitted online and received by December 23, 2019 11:59 pm PST
Network Webinars & Podcasts
Crafting Narratives Webinar: Tell the Stories Behind Your Data
January 13, 2019
2 - 3 p.m. EST

Have you ever wondered what to include in the narrative sections of your progress report? You can use these sections to illustrate the impact of your agency's work, but it can be hard to know where to begin. Sign up for this webinar co-hosted by VAWA MEI and OVW for suggestions and examples!.
Tools for Addressing Gender Bias in Sexual Assault Response Webinar
January 8, 2020
1:00 p.m. EST

EVAWI offers a number of resources designed to explore the phenomenon of gender bias, both explicit (conscious) and implicit (unconscious), and the resulting stereotypes and attitudes that can influence the professional response to, and investigation of, sexual assault. In this brief 30-minute webinar, we will offer a tour of these resources to help identify the presence of gender bias, mitigate its influence, and address key questions about how bias can disadvantage (or advantage) the victim and/or suspect.
Suggested Reading Corner
In the Dream House 
By:  Carmen Maria Machado

For years Carmen Maria Machado has struggled to articulate her experiences in an abusive same-sex relationship. In this extraordinarily candid and radically inventive memoir, Machado tackles a dark and difficult subject with wit, inventiveness and an inquiring spirit, as she uses a series of narrative tropes—including classic horror themes—to create an entirely unique piece of work which is destined to become an instant classic.
Funding Opportunities
OVW Fiscal Year 2020 Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations Solicitation
Apply by: February 12, 2020

The purpose of all grants made by the Underserved Program is to provide or enhance population specific outreach and services to adult and youth victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in one or more underserved populations. Population specific organizations and experts from the relevant underserved communities should be central to development and implementation of the proposed project. 
OVW Fiscal Year 2020 Grants to Enhance Culturally Specific Services for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Program Solicitation
Apply by: February 12, 2020

The Culturally Specific Services Program supports community-based programs providing culturally specific services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, as well as the development of innovative culturally specific strategies to enhance access to services and resources for victims who face obstacles to using more traditional programs.
2020 Empowering Communities to Address Behavioral Health and Chronic Pain through Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Programs
Department of Health and Human Services
Apply by: February 28, 2020

This funding opportunity is designed for applicants to propose how they will develop capacity for, deliver, and sustain evidence-based self-management education and support programs that address behavioral health and/or chronic pain among older adults and adults with disabilities.
OVW Fiscal Year 2020 Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life 
Apply by: February 6, 2020

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Fiscal Year 2020 Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life Solicitation is now available. This program supports a comprehensive approach to addressing abuse in later life, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, neglect, and exploitation committed against victims who are 50 years of age or older.
Job Opportunities
Legal Resource Center on Violence Against Women: Deputy Director
The LRC’s Deputy Director will be involved in virtually every activity we undertake, working closely with the Executive Director, the Project Coordinator, board members, and volunteer staff. We are seeking a hard-working, organized colleague who would like to join our compassionate staff.  
Casa de Esperanza National Latin@ Network: Project Specialist
This position is responsible for administrative and project support for directors, managers, and program staff of the National Latino Network for Healthy Families and Communities (NLN), as well as consultants to maximize productivity and promote achievement of Casa de Esperanza’s goals.

Please be local to Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
NLN Newsletter/Blog Info
Now accepting blog 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 submissions.
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.

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