A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Proyecto Navidad

A Time for Giving and Remembering

More than 25 years ago, our staff at Casa de Esperanza's headquarters and shelter, El Refugio in Twin Cities, Minnesota, started Proyecto Navidad as a way to make the holidays more cheerful for the women and children staying at the shelter during the holiday season. Each year, our advocates identify families staying at El Refugio with spirits in need of lifting but have limited means. 

Now, the local high school participates in memory of a beloved teacher, and their efforts won them an award!

Click here to read this blog!
Resource: Q&A for Advocates and Attorneys Serving Immigrant Survivors

A consortium of several national and regional organizations, experts, and legal resources has created a Q&A about survivor safety and immigration policies for advocates and attorneys serving immigrant survivors of gender-based violence. 
White House releases report on Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color
The Obama Administration's Council on Women and Girls released a report and held its final event about the report on advancing equity for women and girls of color. 

The Council on Women and Girls, since its inception, has focused on the needs and challenges of all women and girls. In 2014, as part of the effort to take into account the distinctive concerns of women and girls, the Council on Women and Girls launched a specific work stream called "Advancing Equity" to ensure that policies and programs across the federal government take into account the unique obstacles faced by women and girls, including women and girls of color and women and girls from marginalized communities.

Click here to read the release and report.
ILRC releases latest info on immigration enforcement

The Immigration Legal Resource Center has released up-to-date information on  immigration enforcement issues, including background explanations, strategy tools for campaigns, legal and policy analyses, and ongoing assistance to campaigns fighting against unfair immigration enforcement.

Click here to see more immigration enforcement resources from the ILRC.
Scholarships for DREAMers and DACA students

Please join us in spreading the word about these scholarships available to students who have DACA or are DACA eligible.

Please distribute widely on your networks and social media.
OVW announces Disability Grant Program solicitation for FY 2017

This week the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) released the solicitation for the Fiscal Year 2017 Training and Services to End Violence Against Women with Disabilities Grant Program.
People with disabilities and Deaf people experience significantly higher rates of domestic and sexual violence than people without disabilities. Despite these high rates, when survivors with disabilities reach out for help they often find that services in their communities are inaccessible to their disability or unresponsive to the violence in their lives. For over a decade the OVW has been issuing grants through the Disability Grant Program to help communities build their capacity to meet the unique needs of survivors with disabilities and Deaf survivors. Over sixty communities have participated in the grant and changed this reality for survivors with disabilities in their community. 
You and your community are encouraged to apply!

How to Apply

Details for applying to the Disability Grant Program can be found by downloading the solicitation from the Office on Violence Against Women's website here

All applications are due by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (E.T.) on January 26, 2017. 

February 23 - 24, 2017 
Q&A (Queers & Allies/Questions & Answers) is a one-of-a-kind training and consultation project available to DV advocates and others who want to improve their advocacy with trans and queer, bisexual lesbian, and gay survivors of abuse. 

Topics include: 
  • assessing "who's who" in abusive LGBTQ relationships;
  • supporting survivors' self-determination in advocacy; 
  • domestic violence through a trans perspective; community outreach and engagement strategies; 
  • sex, sexuality and sexual abuse; 
  • safety planning in small communities; support group and counseling issues; 
  • involving community members in social change; 
  • basic and advanced domestic violence analysis.
Q&A participants also have on-going access to Institute staff for technical assistance and consultation following the institute!

Click here  to register for this event
Breakthrough: President/CEO

Breakthrough is recruiting a President/CEO to lead the next phase of its growth and impact. A global organization with offices in Delhi, India and New York City, Breakthrough uses creative strategies to mobilize social change agents to transform the norms and cultures that enable violence against women and girls. Through a potent mix of on-the-ground engagement, innovative social and multimedia campaigns, game-changing partnerships, and agenda setting, Breakthrough makes the issue of gender-based violence real, relevant, urgent and actionable to all.

After 16 years, our Founder/President is moving on. The Boards of Directors from India and the United States are searching for the ideal candidate to lead Breakthrough's mission, further strengthen Breakthrough's global "brand," its financial and programmatic sustainability, and its highly effective and motivated teams in India and the United States. The selected individual will lead a team of nearly 100 staff (India and U.S.) and grow the organization's budget, currently approaching $5 million annually.

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 Coordinator


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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