A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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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. 
Mass Releases from detention after Texas Court Blocks Childcare Licenses of Family Detention Centers

Statement from Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services
San Antonio, TX -- Over the weekend, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hurriedly released over 460 mothers and children from Karnes and Dilley Family Detention Center to Casa RAICES in San Antonio, Texas. This massive release to our shelter came after an Austin judge sided with Texas advocates and detained families and ruled against the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, as well as GEO and CoreCivic, the two private prison companies that operate Karnes and Dilley, by issuing a final judgement which prevented the Texas DFPS from issuing child care licenses to ICE controlled family detention centers.
This judgement came down as RAICES and pro-bono volunteers had been pushing back for weeks on a crayon ban in the visitation area at Karnes Family Detention Center. The issue remains unresolved as the petition to lift the ban has already gained over 1,800 signatures.
The families released over the weekend were in various stages of the legal processes that normally take place in detention, which stands against ICE's long standing claim that detention is necessary for families to undertake legal processing prior to release. Approximately 25% of families were released without a credible fear interview. The majority of families were released without travel plans, forcing RAICES staff and volunteers to work until 4:00 AM on Saturday night to communicate with families and arrange travel. RAICES has opened additional shelter space at a local church and convent in San Antonio to accommodate the overflow from our shelter.
  • Click here to read the rest of this press release on RAICES's website
  • Click here to donate to RAICES to help support the influx of released families

School push out begins with discipline policy. And while most discipline codes use seemingly objective language, many policies disproportionately punish girls of color for unnecessary reasons. Dress, hair, and sexual misconduct codes are just a few examples of policies that have a disparate impact on girls of color. These policies often rub up against stereotypes and implicit biases, resulting in more frequent and harsher punishment for girls of color. These practices leave a lasting impact on students' academic performance an
d engagement, not to mention their long-term economic prospects.

Let Her Learn: A Tool Kit to Stop Push Out for Girls of Color gives you the tools to break this cycle and demand more from your school. With this toolkit, you will be able to identify discipline policies that unfairly punish girls of color and advocate for a code of conduct that works for all students.
  • Click here to download the Let Her Learn toolkit in English
  • Haga clic aquí para descargar el conjunto de herramienta Déjala Aprender en español
Informed Immigrant: Resources on immigration

Here you can find:
  • Legal information FAQs in English & Spanish (compiled by legal experts at NILC, CCC, SEIU, and others based on questions received by organizations in the states)

  • A list of over 600 immigrant rights/immigrant-serving organizations (that many of you submitted previously) and their donation links for when allies are looking for places to volunteer/donate.

  • A legal resource PDF with known and regularly used legal services look up tools

  • NILC's "Know Your Rights" document.

Roadmap for Fundraising Success

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
1:00pm - 2:15pm EST

Gain insight from this year's most compelling fundraising experts and nonprofit leaders. From video storytelling and social media engagement to crowdfunding and dynamic events, this presentation will show you the most effective digital fundraising best practices for your strategic consideration.

*This webinar is available only in English

Homeownership and the Racial Wealth Gap: 
Policies & Strategies That Can Make a Difference

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

As the movement to understand and address income inequality gains momentum, policymakers, practitioners, and funders face the challenge of confronting growing wealth gaps by race and ethnicity.
Homeownership is one of the key strategies to reduce the racial wealth gap, however, minorities continue to face significant challenges to entering and reentering the homeownership market.
AFN's live webinar, Homeownership and the Racial Wealth Gap, will discuss policy and program solutions, setting up future minority homebuyers for success, a review of today's housing policy landscape, and promising strategies which can promote homeownership for people of color.

Liza Cowan, Global Philanthropy, JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Maurice Jones, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
Ellen Seidman, Urban Institute 

*This webinar is available only in English

American Bar Association: Staff Attorney

The ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence is seeking a full-time Staff Attorney to manage national training and technical assistance projects at its Washington, DC office. Funding is from the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. As a part of the Commission's Technical Assistance Unit, the attorney will have responsibility for working in a team to plan, develop and host national, multi-day, in-person, web-based and telephonic continuing legal education programs for attorneys representing victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence, stalking, and human trafficking. 

Responsibilities include: identification and recruitment of subject-matter experts as faculty; coordination of curriculum design; development of publicity and registration materials; development, editing, and publication of written resources; contracting with training sites and other vendors; managing registration; on-site coordination of in-person trainings; and budget management.

Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence: Shelter Manager

Title: Shelter Manager

Reports to: Co-Executive Director

Roles and Responsibilities: The ATASK Shelter provides housing and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence. It requires staffing 24 hours a day. This position functions to ensure that the ATASK Shelter Program operates safely and efficiently, and shelter clients are receiving the appropriate support. The Shelter Manager is responsible for the provision of case management and advocacy to the shelter clients, in conjunction with their primary case managers. S/he is responsible for the management and coordination of the shelter's day to day operation, the implementation and development of shelter polices/procedures, and supervision of shelter staff. S/he will be part of the management team.

Hours: Full-time, with shifts between 8am to 8pm. Ability to flex time around a 24 hour schedule as needed.

General Responsibilities: 
Follow and reinforce ATASK and Shelter policies and procedures for staff and clients;  Implement and enforce shelter rules to promote safe community living;  Develop and evaluate shelter policies and programs as needed;  Ensure that the shelter has coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 365 days a year and provide back up as needed;  Provide on call support to staff; Provide case management, crisis management, and intervention as needed;  Maintain the physical plant of the shelter; Represent ATASK at meetings, trainings and events;  Role model and incorporate ATASK's mission, values and professional standard to staff;  Other tasks and activities, as needed

Supervisory Responsibilities: Create and monitor shelter staff schedules; Supervise and provide ongoing training for shelter staff, volunteers and interns; Interview, hire, and train new staff and interns as needed; Facilitate monthly shelter meetings; Ensure shelter staff completes and receives daily shelter updates

Administrative Responsibilities: Interface and collaborate with all ATASK Programs and Managers; Maintain and analyze accurate daily and monthly shelter statistics; Complete and submit reports in a timely manner; Develop and maintain up-to-date forms, files, resources, and referrals; Develop budget and monitor expenditures; Assist with grant writing, monitor compliance for shelter grants, maintain relationships with funders; Attend monthly managers meetings; Conduct and attend regular meetings regarding shelter program at ATASK and in the community; Build and maintain relationships with other DV shelters and programs, relevant community advocates and community service providers

Direct Service Responsibilities: Oversee provision of direct services to shelter clients; Collaborate with ATASK advocates and external service providers for comprehensive case management; Support client in achieving goals determined through team wraparound meetings; Maintain updated and accurate shelter client case files via Empowerdb; Appropriately assess and manage crisis situations; Facilitate communal living and communication for a diverse population of residents; Ensure coverage of the 24-hour helpline, log and track calls, and provide follow-up to callers as needed

Facility Responsibilities: Maintain internal and external safety of the shelter through assessing and addressing maintenance issues effectively and efficiently; Plan and oversee capital projects; Screen and interface with appropriate maintenance personnel; Effectively interface with emergency personnel

Education/Experience/Skills: Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or related human services field. Master's Degree preferred. 
Bilingual English and Asian language speaking preferred 
4+ yrs direct service experience, preferably with domestic violence survivors and their families 
2+ yrs experience working in a residential facility 
2+ yrs supervisory experience Knowledge of the causes and effects of domestic violence, related safety issues, ethnic diversity, gender analysis of domestic violence and multiple oppressions 
Intake, assessment, case-planning skills and knowledge of community resources 
Computer proficient: ability to utilize Microsoft office, e-mail as significant modes of communication and documentation, Empowerdb knowledge a plus 
Strong oral, written and interpersonal communication skills 
Good organizational and time management skills 
Ability to operate independently, as part of a team and collaborate with ATASK staff and other agencies 
Current driver's license and access to vehicle required

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to: Perrie Mo, Shelter Manager at Perrie@atask.org
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.

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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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