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Ensuring Access to Shelter and Services for Immigrant Survivors

Written by: Rosie Hidalgo, Senior Director of Public Policy

Immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and trafficking often face additional challenges and barriers when seeking assistance and safety. It is well known that perpetrators of these crimes often exploit a victim's immigration status as a tool of abuse and control in order to make them too fearful to seek safety and justice. This includes threatening to report survivors to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to have them deported and have their children taken away from them.  Additionally, abusers often take advantage of the situation, particularly if an immigrant survivor has limited English proficiency, to misrepresent the laws and protections afforded to victims in the United States, and to tell them that they do not have any rights.

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Josephine Serrata, Ph.D.
Trauma-informed and Culturally Specific Practices for Latina Survivors

Tuesday, Oct. 30
2 - 3:30 p.m. EST

In this webinar, presenters will provide practitioners with accessible language to describe the overlap between trauma informed and culturally specific aspects of their work. It will begin with the presentation of trauma-informed and culturally specific principles that were developed based on what
Rebecca Rodriguez, Ph.D.
the NLN has learned from culturally specific practitioners across the domestic violence field. Presenters will also discuss findings from a national research project designed to evaluate culturally specific and trauma-informed aspects of service for Latina survivors.

Dr. Josephine V. Serrata, Director of Research and Evaluation; Dr. Rebecca Rodriguez, Manager of Research and Evaluation; Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

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Enhancing Cultural Responsiveness in the Courts Training

January 10-11, 2018
Portland, Oregon

Casa de Esperanza, in partnership with the  Office on Violence Against Women, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender Based Violence, Ujima, Inc: The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community, and the  Center for Court Innovation, will host a two-day training on how court staff can implement practices that enhance responses to the culturally specific needs of litigants.
Enhancing Cultural Responsiveness in the Courts Training is an interactive training for court staff that explores culture and court responses to culturally specific domestic violence and sexual assault victims.

Who Can Apply:
Attendance is limited to 40 participants representing Justice for Families, Court Training and Improvements Programs (CTIP), and STOP, Improving Criminal Justice Response (ICJR) and Rural and their OVW grant partners can participate and use their OVW travel funds to send court staff and partners to this training.

Register before spots are full!  Sites interested in attending must register by November 3, 2017 at 5pm EST. Please submit one application per team member by the deadline (even if you are still awaiting approval internally).

Do not make travel arrangements. All registration submissions will be submitted to OVW for review and approval to participate. Teams approved by OVW will be notified and provided additional instructions on how to secure hotel reservations. 

The training is free, but all travel expenses are paid for out of your jurisdiction's grant, and not by Casa de Esperanza.

For questions, please contact Jose Juan Lara Jr. at  jjlara@casadeesperanza.org    

Click here for more information or to register 

This October, help raise awareness about Domestic Violence Awareness Month as you enjoy your leisure time with the DECIMOS NO MÁS soccer ball. Join the global fun of soccer, and support a good cause. 

These custom soccer balls are hand-stitched and perfect for backyard play or team practice. The ball is of comparable quality and durability to name brands like Brine Evolution and Select Club. Size 5. Interested in co-branding your soccer league balls with the NO MÁS logo? Contact us at  nomas@casadeesperanza.org

DECIMOS NO MÁS soccer ball: $30

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Puerto Rican survivors of the hurricane still in need to confront domestic violence

Vida AfroLatina, La Coordinadora Paz para la Mujer, and other local organizations are helping to fundraise for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to help them recover from the hurricanes AND to help victims/families of domestic violence.
Local DV organizations tell us that rates of domestic violence have been on the rise in the wake of the hurricanes. Right now, they need funds to assist with everything from helping victims/families (sometimes to get off the islands), to helping with the enormous task of beginning substantial replacement of large items such as beds, refrigerators, couches, tables, stoves/ovens, generators (many will not have power for the next 3-4 months), etc.
The recovery effort will be long, slow and challenging, so every dollar helps tremendously as advocates navigate island-wide curfews, their own recovery of their families and homes, lack of food and water, limited transportation, lack of phone service, and little to no power across the islands.
Please donate whatever funds you can -- whatever amount feels meaningful to you -- and share this information with your communities.
To Donate
USVI: The Women's Coalition of St. Croix http://wcstx.org

PUERTO RICO: La Coordinadora Paz Para la Mujer / Puerto Rico Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence http://bit.ly/paralamujer (please indicate that your donation is for the PR Victim FUND)
Click here to access 4 images (in English and Spanish) that you can download and share across social media platforms. Shout out to Mariame Kaba and DesignVolunteers.org for their generosity in creating these visuals. And a special thank you to Luz Marquez for being the point person for Puerto Rico and her translation work.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation releases Race for Results policy report

In this KIDS COUNT policy report, the Foundation explores the intersection of children, opportunity, race and immigration. 

The report features updated data for the Race for Results Index, which measures how children are progressing on key milestones by race and ethnicity at the national and state levels.

The report also explores the significant barriers facing children in immigrant families, the majority of whom are also children of color, and offers recommendations for helping children in these families secure the stability, economic resources and opportunities all of the nation's children need to thrive.
In conjunction with this report, the Foundation released a  methodology document describing the Race for Results Index, an expanded look at the data definitions and sources and a  news release with a national take on the Race for Results findings.

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Congresswomen, Women's Working Group on Immigration meet about immigrant women in detention centers

Today, co-chairs of the Women's Working Group on Immigration Reform Congresswomen Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) led an immigration forum at the U.S. Capitol to discuss the experiences of immigrant women in detention under current policies.  Click here to view a video of the forum.

In addition to Reps. Roybal-Allard and Jayapal, members of Congress participating in the forum included House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD-05) and Congressmembers Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18) , Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) , and Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) .
According to recent reports, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained nearly 68,000 women in Fiscal Year 2017, and 525 of those women were pregnant. As ICE ramps up its enforcement efforts, more and more vulnerable individuals are being detained, in some cases for long periods of time. This is particularly concerning for women who have specific health needs that may be unmet in immigration detention centers and mothers who struggle to stay in contact with their children.
The forum was hosted by the Women's Working Group on Immigration Reform, a consortium of national advocacy groups and members of Congress dedicated to advancing comprehensive immigration reform, while emphasizing the unique, and often dangerous, path immigrant women face as they seek refuge for themselves and their families in the United States.
Panelists included Izabel Solis, a MomsRising member whose pregnant sister was detained by ICE for six weeks this summer;  Rosie Hidalgo, Senior Director of Public Policy at Casa de Esperanza ; Katharina Obser, a Senior Program Officer in Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women's Refugee Commission; Linda Rivas, Managing Attorney at Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center; and Dora Schriro, Founding Director of ICE's Office of Detention Policy and Planning and former Special Advisor to former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Like Water for Chocolate

By: Laura Esquivel

Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit.

A sumptuous feast of a novel, it relates the bizarre history of the all-female De La Garza family. Tita, the youngest daughter of the house, has been forbidden to marry, condemned by Mexican tradition to look after her mother until she dies. But Tita falls in love with Pedro, and he is seduced by the magical food she cooks. In desperation, Pedro marries her sister Rosaura so that he can stay close to her, so that Tita and Pedro are forced to circle each other in unconsummated passion. Only a freakish chain of tragedies, bad luck and fate finally reunite them against all the odds.
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NIWAP and AU University of Law release Immigrant Crime Victim Survey

Deadline: November 9, 2017

The National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project at American University Washington College of Law is conducting a survey designed to learn about barriers that may prevent foreign-born, immigrant, and limited English proficient victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, child abuse, elder abuse, and human trafficking from seeking justice system (police, prosecutors, courts) and social services assistance. They are seeking your assistance in helping us collect information from police, prosecutors, judges, court staff, victim advocates, attorneys, and others serving immigrant victims in communities across the country. The data we will collect in this survey will provide valuable information that will assist in the development of training, materials, and tools that will promote greater access to justice for immigrant crime victims. The survey results will also support advocacy to implement the protections for immigrant victims created by the Violence Against Women Act and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act over the course of the past decades.

Eliminating Racial Inequality Throughout the Criminal Justice System

November 14, 2017
3 - 4:30 p.m. EST

Leading experts from The Sentencing Project, a nonprofit organization that has worked for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system for over 30 years, will discuss initiatives in more than 20 states that are designed to address the criminal justice system's high rate of contact with people of color. In the wake of the tragedies in Ferguson and other cities, excessive police contact has been identified as a major cause of the disproportionate rate of fatal police encounters for African Americans and Latinos, though policing is just one of parts of the justice system that leads to disadvantages for people of color relative to white people. The webinar will identify four key features of the criminal justice system that produce racially unequal outcomes beyond the conditions of socioeconomic inequality that contribute to higher rates of some crimes in marginalized communities, and will showcase initiatives to abate these sources of inequity in adult and juvenile justice systems around the country.

Marc Mauer, Executive Director, The Sentencing Project
Nazgol Ghandhoosh, Ph.D., Research Analyst, The Sentencing Project

This webinar is hosted by the  National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women  and is part of a series of webinars from their project on
Ending Mass Incarceration, Centralizing Racial Justice, and Developing Alternatives:  The Role of Anti-Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program.

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Webinar series recordings for immigrant safety planning and advocacy uploaded

Did you miss one or both parts of the webinar series, Safety Planning for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence

You can still watch the recordings of the webinar on the Casa de Esperanza YouTube account. See Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

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Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence: Director of Social Change/Director of Law & Policy

Primary Roles and Responsibilities of Director of Social Change/Director of Law & Policy: Organizational Influencer, Supervision/Mentoring, Content Expertise, Systems Connector/Influencer, Communication, Grant Development and Compliance, Organizational Self-Care, Sustainability, and Regeneration Practitioner.

Position is exempt and reports to the Executive Director.

Center for American Progress: Associate Director, Media Relations

American Progress has an immediate opening for Associate Director of Media Relations. This person will work as a senior member of the Communications team and closely with policy staff to develop and implement communications and press rollout plans for American Progress initiatives. The Associate Director will also work alongside other members of the Communications team to facilitate op-ed placement, television and radio bookings, as well as social media strategy.

NewHope: Bilingual Group Facilitator (RESPECT program)

Facilitates group counseling sessions for Spanish speaking individuals who batter. Conduct Spanish speaking individual intakes into the program and partner contacts. It is expected that the Bilingual Group Facilitator's job performance will incorporate the practice and promotion of New Hope's core values, which include respect, teamwork, empowerment and professionalism.

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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