A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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This year for DVAM, we remember the power of #1Thing

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the "Day of Unity" held in October 1981 and conceived by the  National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children.

The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national level. The activities conducted were as varied and diverse as the program sponsors but had common themes:
  • Mourning those who have died because of domestic violence
  • Celebrating those who have survived
  • Connecting those who work to end violence
Click here to read more about DVAM and #1Thing

Click here to access our DVAM Social Media Toolkit, and share the graphics on your own pages!
VAWA Reauthorization Update

From our Senior Director of Public Policy, Rosie Hidalgo:
When the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was last reauthorized in 2013, Congress extended funding for the VAWA grant programs for a five year period, until September 30, 2018. Congress has yet to reauthorize VAWA, despite significant advocacy efforts during this past year. Nonetheless, VAWA did not expire on September 30th. It is important to note that many important provisions of VAWA, including remedies for immigrant victims, special tribal criminal jurisdiction, housing protections, nondiscrimination provisions, and other similar provisions do not require reauthorization and do not expire, since they are not tied to specific funding. Those aspects of the law continue unchanged unless Congress specifically changes those provisions through subsequent legislation. Only the VAWA grant programs and their funding levels require reauthorization.
Stakeholders and communities across the country continue to urge Congress to reauthorize VAWA for another five-year period, including targeted fixes and modest enhancements to the current VAWA provisions. Unfortunately, Congress thus far has failed to pass a bipartisan reauthorization of VAWA with these enhancements. Instead, Congress just included a temporary extension of the current VAWA funding authorization until December 7, 2018. Funding for VAWA is maintained at Fiscal Year 2018 levels as part of the continuing resolution funding the Department of Justice until December 7. We fully expect Congress to finalize the Fiscal Year 2019 by December 7, and, as has historically been the case, to continue to fund VAWA in future appropriations, regardless of whether or not the VAWA funding authorization has technically expired. Congress frequently funds programs whose authorizing legislation has expired, as long as there continues to be support for those programs and appropriators continue to allocate funding for it in the federal budget. In the interim, it is important to keep advocating for the reauthorization of VAWA legislation.
The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence continues to call on Congress to pass a bipartisan reauthorization bill that bolsters America's response to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking, closing gaps in previous iterations of VAWA and responding to emerging issues identified by direct service providers, survivors, and other experts - and reauthorize grant programs for another five years with an increased investment in prevention. VAWA has always been, and must always be, a bipartisan commitment to improve access to safety and justice, to prevent future violence, and to uphold the dignity and autonomy of all victims and survivors.
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Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network publishes report on housing for Latin@ survivors

We are proud to announce that we have published a bilingual report on housing issues and solutions titled, " Finding a Way: Innovative housing solutions of Latin@ survivors of domestic violence and successful practices of culturally specific community-based organizations."

This report takes the results of in-depth listening sessions with 12 community-based organizations across the country to ascertain the needs and barriers to housing for Latin@ survivors of domestic violence, as well as strategies and solutions for things that work, as well as what doesn't work, in practitioners' steps toward dealing with their communities' housing issues.
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Click here to download the report in English

Click here to download the report in Spanish / Haga clic aquí para descargar el informe en español
#1Thing, #UnaCosa DVAM media toolkits available for use now

As part of the Domestic Violence Awareness Project, many organizations have contributed graphics and social media guides that you and your organization can use to help us raise awareness for Domestic Violence Awareness Month this month. 

The #1Thing we want this month is for you to join us in unity and recognition of DVAM!

Click here to access the #UnaCosa Social Media Toolkit

Click here to access the #1Thing Action Toolkit

Click here to access #1Thing Trainings
Still seeking young Latina/o participants for mobile app study

Casa de Esperanza's National Latin@ Network, in partnership with Duke University, is asking Latina and Latino young adults ages 18-29 to participate in a study that will help us develop a mobile app that aims to help Latin@ youth prevent intimate partner violence. 

Participants will receive a $50 Amazon gift card as compensation for their time.

Spanish speakers are especially encouraged to participate.

Click here for more information
Listen to recording of 9th Annual Call of Unity

On Monday, October 1, hundreds of advocates across the country joined in to listen to words of inspiration from our field's leaders.
The call featured stories of perseverance, healing, resilience and strength, and offered an opportunity to mourn, celebrate, and connect with advocates from national, state, and community-based organizations, governmental agencies, allied movements, survivors and their family and friends.
This year's speakers included:
  • Kenya Fairley, Acting Director, Family Violence Prevention & Services Act Program (FVPSA)
  • Annika Leonard, Priceless Incite LLC
  • Keith H. Burgess, Dollicia F. Holloway Memorial Foundation
  • Tara Woodlee, Ashleigh Patience Project
  • Patti Tototzintle, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network
Click here to watch the recording of the call
NSVRC publishes SART toolkit
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center has published the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Toolkit, an online resource loaded with information on over 80 topics and thousands of resources for SARTs. Have a question? Need to identify an expert?
This toolkit is your source for information and resources related to working as a team, responding to sexual assault, starting a SART, engaging your community, and much more.

Click here  to access the toolkit
Click here to access the immigrant-specific portion of SART
DVAM is here!
Join the #1Thing Twitter Chat
RSVP for the Twitter Chat here

Join the #1Thing Facebook live event
RSVP for the Facebook Live event here

Join the #1Thing webinar, Leveraging #1Thing in Your Community by registering here
Check out the #1Thing campaign
See the  #1Thing Action Guide  here

Listen to the #1Thing / #UnaCosa podcast series
Check out  NRCDV Radio's Stories of Transformation  here

Remember to wear purple on  #PurpleThursday!
On October 18
NYC DVTF releases conference study report on alternative approaches to IPV
On March 16, 2018, the New York City Domestic Violence Task Force (DVTF) organized a conference, "Safety, Accountability, and Support: Exploring Alternative Approaches to Intimate Partner Violence" to learn from people who are using restorative practices, and understand how these practices may be used to promote safety for victims of intimate partner violence and accountability for people who have harmed them. 

Click here to read the summary report
Registration open for 2019 International Conference on Sexual Assault, IPV access
End Violence Against Women has announced that registration is open for its  annual conference, which focuses on sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, human trafficking and elder abuse. The event consistently brings together law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, victim advocates, judges, parole and probation officers, rape crisis workers, health care professionals, faith community members, educators, researchers and others in this three-day conference highlighting promising practices and emerging issues to effectively respond to these crimes in all of our communities.

Click here for more information and to register
Surviving Domestic Violence: Voices of Women Who Broke Free

By: Elaine Weiss

Surviving Domestic Violence tells the stories of twelve women. Each was a victim of domestic violence, escaped from her abuser, reclaimed her dignity, reconstructed her life, and rediscovered peace. Domestic violence doesn't just happen "out there" somewhere. It happens in our town, in our neighborhood, on our street. It happens to women we see at work, the supermarket, the movie theater, the ballet and the PTA board meeting. Every woman who has left an abusive man-every woman who has yet to leave-will find encouragement and hope in the voices of these women who broke free.
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Webinar Leveraging #1Thing in Your Community
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
3 - 4 p.m. EST 

We all know ending and healing from domestic violence requires the collective voice and power of individuals, families, institutions, and systems - each whose "one thing" adds a valuable and powerful component to transforming our communities. Through this webinar participants will learn ways to enhance their community engagement efforts, learn about the importance of including storytelling in their advocacy efforts by leveraging the #1Thing messaging.

Click here to register for this webinar
Webinar  How are health providers and DV/SA advocates working together? A #HCADVDay #DVAM Webinar

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 
2 - 3:30 p.m. EST 

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), held during the month of October, is fast approaching. Have you made plans for this year's Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day (HCADV Day)? Gather your healthcare staff and DV advocate colleagues for a webinar viewing party to learn more about establishing or expanding partnerships between health systems and domestic violence advocacy agencies, and how to implement the evidence-based "CUES" intervention to address violence and trauma and promote healthy relationships. This webinar will also highlight free resources and tools from FUTURES'  National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence.

1.5 CME credits available!
  • Judy Chang, MD, MPH | University of Pittsburgh Magee Women's Reseach Institute
  • Janice Goldsborough, MS | Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh
  • Kenya Fairley, MSEd | Family Violence Prevention & Services Act (FVPSA) Program, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Graciela Oguin + Kate Vander Tuig | Futures Without Violence
Click here to register for this webinar
Webinar  The Intersection of Guns and Domestic Violence

Thursday October 11, 2018 
1 -2:30 p.m. EST 

During Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), a panel of leading organizations will join NCADV for a free webinar to explore the intersection of domestic violence and firearms from a variety of perspectives, including: survivors of gun violence by an intimate partner, public policy, law enforcement and public health. 

  • Ruth Glenn, President& CEO (NCADV) 
  • Melissa Jeltsen, Senior Reporter (HuffPost) 
  • Rob Valente, Public Policy (NCADV) 
  • Dave Thomas (International Association of Chiefs of Police) 
  • Susan B. Sorenson, PhD, Executive Director, (Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships, University of Pennsylvania)
Click here to register for this webinar
Webinar Series Tax Issues in Family Law Cases with Survivors

Part I: Wednesday, Oct. 10
Part II: Wednesday, Oct. 17 

Part I
The purpose of Part 1 of this webinar series is to enhance individual survivor centered advocacy and share legal remedies and strategies to address tax issues in family law cases. Drawing on CSAJ's Guidebook and using case scenarios, our cross-disciplinary faculty will address the following questions:
  • Why talk about taxes and family law? Why do they matter for survivors?
  • What do family lawyers need to know about tax?
  • What do tax issues look like in the family law context?
  • Based on your role (advocate, family lawyer, tax attorney), what can you do to help address tax issues in family law cases with survivors?
Click here to register for Part I

Part II
The purpose of Part 2 is to talk tax! Talk about what you're seeing, partnership opportunities, and strategizing for change. We'll first hear from the Taxpayer Opportunity Network and the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (and formal VITA site) doing work in this area. Then you'll have a change for in-depth discussion with all our expert faculty and partners in virtual "conversation corners."

Click here to register for Part II
Call for Proposals: DV and Firearms Technical Assistance Project
Deadline for Proposals: Oct 15
10 p.m. PST

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), invites proposals from communities to participate in the Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Firearms Technical Assistance Project (FTAP). The overall objective of the FTAP is to help communities identify challenges limiting a more robust implementation of domestic violence firearms laws in their jurisdictions and assist them in establishing a localized response that is best suited to their communities' unique needs and characteristics.  NCJFCJ seeks proposals from communities reflective of the geographic diversity across the country, including rural, urban, suburban, and tribal settings, as well as sites with differing governing laws.

Click here to register for the Q&A
Click here to access the Call for Proposals
Vera Institute of Justice: Director, Center on Immigration and Justice
The director will partner with leadership and staff to determine how to build on the organization's successful history in the field of immigration justice. The Director will help articulate a vision for Vera's Center on Immigration and Justice (CIJ) for the next three to five years, one that will continue to play a critical role in expanding access to legal information and counsel and also develop new and transformative privately-funded programs to enhance the mission. Working in their New York offices and reporting to Vera's Director of Programs and Strategy, who is a member of Vera's Executive Leadership Team, the Director will work in partnership with CIJ's Director of Research and join a peer group of directors across six programmatic units of the organization. 

Immigration Center for Women & Children : Staff Attorney
ICWC is a non-profit legal organization that provides affordable immigration services to underrepresented immigrants in California. ICWC strives to provide security and stability for children who are abused, abandoned or neglected and for immigrants who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes. The offices primarily work with federal immigration laws that allow victims to apply for work authorization and permanent residency. Must have an active admission to a state bar and have Spanish language fluency.
To apply, please email Jessica Farb, Directing Attorney in San Francisco, jess@icwclaw.org  with subject line "SF Staff Attorney ICWC 2018", your cover letter and resume (preferably in pdf format).
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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