A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Remembering Dr. Julia Perilla

On October 25, 2018, Dr. Julia Perilla, co-founder of Caminar Latino in Atlanta, Georgia, and the first director of Casa de Esperanza's National Latin@ Research Center on Family and Social Change, passed away.

Julia was widely recognized for her academic and community focused research and her leadership and participation in numerous initiatives and boards, both locally and nationally. In 2016, we had the opportunity to celebrate with Julia her many contributions to the field and to Casa de Esperanza.

Our staff and board are thinking of Julia's family, the staff and board of Caminar Latino, and friends, including all of the wonderful Latin@ graduate students she mentored over the years.

Click here to read some of our staff express their sentiments about Julia
DHS Issues Federal Register Notice to continue TPS for four countries under Court Order

The Department of Homeland Security has issued a Federal Register Notice to continue Temporary Protected Status for Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador, as required by Court Order in the Ramos v. Nielsen case. Click here for an analysis by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network: CLINIC's analysis:

"On Oct. 3, 2018, a preliminary injunction was issued in the  Ramos v. Nielsen case, temporarily halting the Department of Homeland Security's, or DHS, termination of Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador.

DHS published its plan for compliance with this injunction in the  Federal Register on Oct. 31, 2018. The Federal Register Notice states that TPS holders from Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador will retain TPS while the preliminary injunction remains in effect, provided an individual TPS holder's status is not withdrawn under  INA section 224(c)(3) or  8 CFR 244.14 because of ineligibility."

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The Government Outlines Its Plan to Extend TPS Benefits Under Court Order
From Immigrant Impact:
"In early October,  a federal court ruled that the Trump administration had violated the law when it terminated  Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for individuals from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan. After weeks of negotiation with the ACLU, which brought the lawsuit, the government has now come forward with a plan to put that decision in action while the case is on appeal. The government's plan,  published Tuesday night, provides crucial breathing room for TPS holders whose status was set to expire soon.

Under the government's plan, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will draft a formal extension of TPS protections for Sudan, Haiti, El Salvador and Nicaragua. The government has promised that this extension will 'remain in effect so long as the Court's order remains in effect.'"

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ASISTA, Alliance for Immigrant Survivors seeking stories of impact for VAWA self-petitioners

It is important to be able to educate policy makers about the need to preserve survivor's rights and protections created by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Since 1994, VAWA self-petitions have been a critical protection for immigrant survivors of domestic violence, allowing them to gain safety and stability without having to remain in abusive relationships. VAWA confidentiality is also an important component of protecting access to safety and justice for immigrant survivors. 
To ensure these protections are safeguarded, ASISTA and the Alliance for Immigrant Survivors are collecting stories to demonstrate how VAWA self-petitions are an invaluable tool that help survivors thrive and escape abusive relationships. We are also collecting stories in which abusers have used immigration status as a tool of abuse or have tried to interfere with or seek information about a survivor's immigration case once they apply for a VAWA self-petition. These stories are essential to show that VAWA protections of survivors' information mitigate the ability of abusers to manipulate the immigration system against survivors.
Click here to fill out the survey and submit a story
Webinar recording uploaded

Now uploaded:  Walking with Latina@ Survivors: Lessons learned over 35 years of working with Latin@ communities

Effective and culturally relevant program development can be challenging when resources are limited. This workshop will share Casa de Esperanza's best practices to provide culturally relevant support and services to Latin@s survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking. We will take a deeper dive into Casa de Esperanza's history and the development of the Latina Advocacy Framework. We will also share 'Next Steps' that those working with Latin@ survivors can take back to their organizational leaders to adopt meaningful practices into your workplace and communities. Presenters: Rosario de la Torre, Co-Director of Family Advocacy and Community Engagement, Casa de Esperanza and Teresa Burns, Refugio Manager, Casa de Esperanza

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The Government Outlines Its Plan to Extend TPS Benefits Under Court Order
From Immigrant Impact:
"In early October,  a federal court ruled that the Trump administration had violated the law when it terminated  Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for individuals from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan. After weeks of negotiation with the ACLU, which brought the lawsuit, the government has now come forward with a plan to put that decision in action while the case is on appeal. The government's plan,  published Tuesday night, provides crucial breathing room for TPS holders whose status was set to expire soon.

Under the government's plan, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will draft a formal extension of TPS protections for Sudan, Haiti, El Salvador and Nicaragua. The government has promised that this extension will 'remain in effect so long as the Court's order remains in effect.'"

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Responding to the Needs of Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence
By: Patty Branco & Sheetal Rana, NRCDV

The term "immigrant" refers to individuals who come to one country from another country in order to live there permanently or for an extended period of time. Immigrants are very diverse, from varied socio-cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds. They include individuals and families who have lived in the U.S. for a short period of time, as well as those who have lived in the country for many years. They have different histories and biographies, including their experiences in their country of origin, on their journey from their home country, of the immigration process, and of living in the United States. Many immigrants are U.S. citizens or possess different types of legal immigration status, and some may be undocumented. This diversity among immigrant communities also extends to their experiences of domestic violence.

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Me Too and Times Up, One Year Later
By: Monica Ramirez, Founder of Justice for Migrant Women and Co-founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas

A week after the publication of the ' Dear Sisters' solidarity letter from farmworker women to women in the entertainment industry who experienced workplace sexual violence, I was on a call with Elena* a farmworker woman in distress. She had just courageously reported sexual violence against her by a supervisor. Elena decided to report because she needed the violence to stop- for her sake and for her family. As a single mother with children, all she wanted was to be able to work to support her family. Elena just wanted her employer to protect her. They didn't. Instead, they fired her.  Sadly, this response is not new or surprising. Multitudes of individuals who report sexual harassment later suffer negative consequences for speaking out, including being fired.

What was different about that phone call is that it occurred a month after millions of people (mostly women, but many men and non-binary individuals as well) were empowered by the #MeToo movement and shared their truths across the globe, oftentimes at the expense of their own wellbeing and economic status.  It was also a week after our letter went viral and the world had finally heard farmworker women, like Elena, in a way they had not before

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Becas de viaje disponibles e inscripción abierta para la conferencia "Con los Brazos Abiertos al Desarrollo y al Cambio" 2019
Del 12 a 14 de marzo, 2019
Chicago, IL

¿De qué se trata la conferencia?

La conferencia "Con los brazos abiertos al desarrollo y al cambio" se enfocará en la infraestructura y los servicios para atender eficazmente a todos los sobrevivientes de violencia sexual en su camino a la sanación, con base en las lecciones aprendidas durante el proyecto plurianual de la  Iniciativa demostrativa sobre los servicios ante la agresión sexual  (SADI, por sus siglas en inglés).
En esta conferencia exploraremos:
  • los cambios institucionales y la potenciación de capacidades
  • cómo abordar el racismo y la opresión dentro de nuestras organizaciones
  • la introspección crítica para abrir los brazos al cambio y al desarrollo con valentía
¿Quién debería ir?
  • El personal de programas duales y multiservicios, además de los centros de crisis por violación, incluyendo a programas pertenecientes a la cultura dominante, así como aquellos con relevancia cultural específica y los que atienden a las comunidades indígenas, que deseen optimizar los servicios para los sobrevivientes a través del cambio institucional y la potenciación de capacidades
  • El personal de coaliciones estatales y regionales contra la agresión sexual, coaliciones indígenas y entidades financistas interesadas en brindar apoyo a los programas en torno a su transformación institucional
  • Consulta esta lista con información adicional sobre la aprobación para que los beneficiarios de subvenciones otorgadas por la Oficina sobre la Violencia contra las Mujeres asistan a la conferencia
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Registration and scholarships open for Embracing Change & Growth Conference 2019
March 12-14, 2019
Chicago, IL

What's the conference about?
Embracing Change & Growth will focus on infrastructure and services to effectively serve all survivors of sexual violence in healing, and is rooted in the lessons learned from the multi-year national Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative (SADI) project.

The conference will explore:
  • organizational change & capacity building
  • addressing racism & oppression within our organizations
  • critical self-reflection to bravely embrace change & growth
Who should attend?
  • dual/multi-service programs and standalone rape crisis centers including mainstream, culturally specific, and tribal programs who are interested in enhancing their services for survivors through organizational change and capacity building
  • state and territorial sexual assault coalitions, tribal coalitions and funders interested in supporting programs in organizational transformation
  • view this list of additional information regarding OVW grantee approvals to attend
Click here for more information and to register
Registration open for Executive Program in Social I mpact Strategy: Ending Violence & Abuse in Relationships 
Registration is now open for a unique 8-month online and in-person executive program through the  University of Pennsylvania , a collaboration of the  Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships  and the  Center for Social Impact Strategy  (CSIS) .

Take online courses in strategy, fundraising, financial management, governance, marketing, change, and more. Expand your professional network with a diverse community of likewise committed persons across the country through two short in-person gatherings designed to take your learning to the next level.

Who should apply
Curious, engaged persons who want to enhance their leadership skills in order to prevent and reduce violence & abuse in relationships - intimate partner violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and elder abuse.
Although personal growth can be expected, the executive program is designed not for personal growth or clinical skills but for professional leadership development.

Inaugural cohort begins January 2019
Applications (no application fee) due November 9, 2018
Applicants notified November 19, 2018
Enrollment deposit due December 10, 2018 (non-refundable)

Click here for more information and to register.
Click here to sign up for an informational webinar about this program.
Mamás Con Poder / Moms Rising publishes bilingual nonpartisan GOTV campaign
Mamás Con Poder has launched a campaign to encourage Latin@s to vote with a nonpartisan, bilingual #LatinxVotan Social Media toolkit. 

This GOTV toolkit provides sample tweets in English and Spanish along with links to videos of Latinx social media influencers talking about why they #CantWait2Vote. 

Hashtags for this campaign are #LatinxVotan #CantWait2Vote and #MeUrgeVotar

Click here to access the toolkit
Sabers and Utopias: Visions of Latin America: Essays

By: Mario Vargas Llosa

Nobel Prize Winner Mario Vargas Llosa's illuminating and versatile collection assembles never-before-translated criticisms and meditations. Reflecting the intellectual development of the writer himself, these essays distill the great events of Latin America's recent history, analyze political groups like FARC and Sendero Luminoso, and evaluate the legacies of infamous leaders such as Papa Doc Duvalier and Fidel Castro. Arranged by theme, they trace Vargas Llosa's unwavering demand for freedom, his embrace of and disenchantment with revolutions, and his critique of nationalism, populism, indigenism, and corruption.

From the discovery of liberal ideas to a defense of democracy, buoyed by a passionate invocation of Latin American literature and art, Sabers and Utopias is a monumental collection from one of our most important writers. Uncompromising and adamantly optimistic, these social and political essays are a paean to thoughtful engagement and a brave indictment of the discrimination and fear that can divide a society.
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Webinar  Building Awareness and Creating Solutions:  Domestic Violence and Rural Housing 101
Collaborative Solutions will join NCADV to share insights from the recently launched Rural Safe Housing Institute (RSHI), a technical assistance pilot project focused on the housing needs of domestic and sexual violence survivors living in rural communities. The goal of the RSHI is to create systemic change that leads to increased safe and affordable housing options for survivors in rural communities. A key objective of this project is to address the need for domestic violence providers to help survivors navigate the homeless/housing system and the need for homeless/housing providers to respond to the nuanced housing and safety needs of survivors. 

Click here to register for this webinar (NCADV non-members)
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Webinar Custody for Abused Immigrants: Tips, Tools, and Best Practices

Thursday, November 15, 2018 
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST 

Parents have a constitutional right in the care and custody of their children without regard to the parent's or the child's immigration status. Despite this, perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence against immigrant victims with whom they share children, commonly raise immigration status related issues in custody litigation. Abusers often provide the court with legally incorrect information about immigration law and how immigration law applies to the victim and the parties' children. This webinar will provide judges, attorneys and advocates with legally correct information about the immigration relief available to battered immigrants and abused children. The webinar will discuss the most common immigration status related myths that are raised by parties in contested custody cases and will provide up to date immigration law information and best practices of applying state best interests of the child laws in custody cases involving battered immigrants and their children.

  • Leslye Orloff, Director, National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project (NIWAP), American University Washington College of Law
  • Judge Rosemary Collins, 17th Judicial Circuit Court, Domestic Violence Coordinated Courts (DVCC), Rockford, Illinois
  • Judge Mary Weir, 16th Judicial Circuit Court, Jackson County, Missouri
Click here to register for this webinar
Webinar A Glimpse at a Future Career in Policy

Part I: Judge's Roles in Cases of Immigrant Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors 

Thursday, November 8, 2018 
3 - 4 p.m. EST 

The path to the policy world for psychology graduate students can be a bit ambiguous. Do I have to work for the government? Can I still conduct research? Do I have to leave academia? This webinar will examine the three avenues in which psychologists can engage in policy work, both in graduate school and beyond. Whether you're interested in becoming university faculty, working for a policy-focused organization, or working within the government, this webinar will give you a better sense of how psychologists from various backgrounds can influence social policy. The presenter will also discuss her own experience engaging in policy as a social psychology graduate student. 

Chelsea Crittle, doctoral student in the social psychology PhD program at Tufts University
Click here to register for this webinar
Healing for Crime Victims with Incarceration Histories  Request for Letters of Interest
Opportunity for Technical Assistance

Deadline for Letters of Interest: November 20, 2018

Crime victims with incarceration histories too often do not receive the services they need to heal because of the stigma and barriers associated with being formerly incarcerated. In an effort to reduce stigma and break down those barriers so these victims get the critical services they need, the National Resource Center for Reaching Victims (NRC) is soliciting letters of interest from local communities to participate in a pilot project to improve access to healing services for crime victims with incarceration histories.
Over an 8-month period, the NRC will provide technical assistance to a local collaboration of victim service providers and reentry service providers to help identify gaps and barriers to victim services for crime victims with incarceration histories and to create better pathways to healing for these victims. The project will also support local partners in devising a funding strategy to sustain the work and vision of their collaboration once the 8-month project period ends.
For this pilot project, we will select one collaboration, comprised of at least one victim services agency and one organization that provides reentry services. To apply, prospective collaborations must submit a joint letter of interest.

Click here to access the Request for Letters of Interest 

Sanación para víctimas del crimen con antecedentes de encarcelamiento   Solicitud de cartas de interés   
Oportunidad para Asistencia Técnica

Último día para entregar Carta de Interés: 20 de noviembre de 2018

Con demasiada frecuencia las víctimas del crimen con historial de encarcelamiento no reciben los servicios que necesitan para poder sanar debido al estigma y las barreras asociadas con el encarcelamiento previo. En un esfuerzo por reducir el estigma y romper esas barreras para que estas víctimas obtengan los servicios críticos que necesitan, el Centro Nacional de Recursos para el Alcance a Víctimas (NRC, por sus siglas en inglés) solicita cartas de interés de las comunidades locales para participar en un proyecto piloto para mejorar el acceso a los servicios de sanación para las víctimas del crimen con antecedentes de encarcelamiento.
A lo largo de un período de 8 meses, el NRC brindará asistencia técnica a una alianza local de proveedores de servicios para víctimas y proveedores de servicios de reingreso para ayudar a identificar las carencias y las barreras de acceso a los servicios para víctimas con antecedentes de encarcelamiento y para crear mejores vías de sanación para estas víctimas. El proyecto también apoyará a los socios locales a diseñar una estrategia de financiamiento para sostener el trabajo y la visión de su alianza una vez que finalice el período de 8 meses del proyecto.
Para este proyecto piloto, seleccionaremos una alianza que esté formada, cuando menos, por una agencia de servicios para víctimas y una organización que proporcione servicios de reingreso. Para hacer la solicitud, las posibles alianzas deberán presentar una carta de interés conjunta.
Haga clic aquí para acceder La Solicitud de Cartas de Interés 
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network : National Sexual Assault Hotline Program Director
As a key member of RAINN's victim services management team, the NSAH program director will be responsible for ensuring high quality services are provided to all users of the National Sexual Assault Hotline (online and telephone) and client hotlines, develop strategy to ensure continued growth of hotlines, and oversee the day-to-day operations of all hotline services.

National Network to End Domestic Violence: Fundraising & Development Specialist/Senior Fundraising & Development Specialist at the National Network to End Domestic Violence
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) seeks a highly motivated and high performing Fundraising & Development Specialist/Senior Specialist. This is a great opportunity for a committed team player to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. NNEDV is a social change organization dedicated to creating a social, political and economic environment in which violence against women no longer exists. NNEDV advocates for law, policies and funding to address domestic violence; and it provides training, technical assistance, education, and support to state domestic violence coalitions; local domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking programs, transitional housing programs, and the general public.

North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence : Campus Service Specialist
Under the supervision of the Director of Training, the Campus Services Specialist will provide intimate partner violence-related training and technical assistance to campus members, oversee the eNOugh campaign, and facilitate various campus-related events related to NCCADV's mission. This position requires collaboration with various other NCCADV staff members, as well as external partner organizations.

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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