A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

At the age of sixteen, Consuelo went to a party with some friends after work. At the party, one of her co-workers raped her. Had she been a witness to her own rape, she would have immediately named it rape, but because it happened to her and not someone else, she feared she had done something to ask for it. Consuelo never told anyone about what happened and the 18 year old boy that raped her never had to acknowledge that he had done anything wrong. This is not a unique story. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control's 2010 survey, nearly 1 in 5 women have been raped in their lifetime and nearly 1 in 71 men have been raped in their lifetime. During the month of April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities would like to take this opportunity to honor survivors of rape and other forms of sexual assault by breaking the silence and sharing some resources with you about how to support Latin@ survivors.

Click here  to learn more about SAAM.
You can now call your elected officials through Facebook

Facebook has rolled out new tools to make it easier for users to contact their representatives. The tools, which were being beta-tested but went live to all Facebook users in late March, could lead to a lot more calls from constituents who are  pleading to be heard.

One of Facebook's new tools, Town Hall, allows you to find out who your local, state and federal representatives are. You can get to it by visiting facebook.com/townhall, by looking under the "Explore" section of your News Feed on a desktop, or by looking in the menu of your Facebook app on your phone.

Read more about this in the Washington Post's article
'Tell Me How It Ends' Offers A Moving, Humane Portrait Of Child Migrants

The book is based on Valeria Luiselli's experiences working as an interpreter for dozens of Central American child migrants who risked their lives crossing Mexico to escape their fraught existence back home. To stay in the U.S., each must be vetted by the Citizenship and Immigration Services, a vast, impersonal bureaucracy. It's a bit like competing in the ultimate reality show, one in which it's terrifyingly easy to get voted off the island and sent back to the country you fear wants to kill you.

Click here for NPR's review of this powerful book
April 18, 2017
2:30pm - 4pm (Central)

Are you tasked with managing the social media accounts for your organization? Do you feel overwhelmed by the daunting task of cutting through the noise to reach your audience? Although having a personal Facebook account to keep connections with friends and family is easy to maintain, marketing for a nonprofit through social media is a much different arena. This webinar will help you understand how to use social media to meet your end goal and increase engagement. 

In this webinar, participants will learn:
  • How to use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn to benefit your agency. 
  • How to develop a meaningful social media strategy.
  • How to shape your message so that it appeals to a wide audience and enhances engagement. 
  • How to interpret social media insights to continually improve your strategy.
Presenter: Rebecca De León, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

Click here to register for this webinar.

This finance director is the lead financial position for the organization and is responsible for providing sound financial oversight, management, and leadership while promoting Casa de Esperanza's objectives and goals. The finance director supervises two accountants.

Jane Doe Inc.'s 2017 Prevention Summit: Transforming Communities

Thursday, April 27, 2017
9 am - 4 pm
Worcester, MA

A day-long gathering for preventionists and practitioners to explore the intersections between gender-based violence, prevention strategies and social justice responses. Participants will have opportunities to learn about innovative community-based prevention programming specific to sexual and domestic violence that are underway at the local, state and national levels as well as engage and network with prevention colleagues from across the state.

Keynote Speaker:
Nubia Peña
Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault
"Disciplined Too Young & Too Often: Understanding The School-To-Prison Pipeline and Implications for Prevention"

Click here for more information
First 100 Days: Defending and Advancing the Latino Policy Priorities
April 19, 2017
11:30 am - 2 pm
Washington, DC

Lunch will be provided. RSVP required.

Click here to RSVP
The 2017 National Latino HIV and Hepatitis C Conference
Prioritizing the needs and health of Latino communities

May 22-24, 2017
Hilton Garden Inn
South Padre Island, Texas

Registration is now open for the 2017 National Latino HIV and Hepatitis C Conference aims to create opportunities to share information and efforts around HIV and Hepatitis C in the Latino population by bridging the varied disciplines of education, advocacy, and clinical care, among others.

The conference goals are to:
  1. Increase knowledge, communication skills and respectful attitudes towards Latinos living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C.
  2. Increase awareness of the cultural and social barriers faced by Latinos in seeking/receiving treatment, care, and prevention services for HIV and Hepatitis C.
  3. Increase understanding of the disproportionate impact HIV and Hepatitis C infection rates have among Latino communities.
  4. Increase ability to develop culturally tailored medical practices and interventions that support Latino patients in achieving viral suppression.
  5. Increase capacity of organizations to provide services that are both health equitable and health literate.
Click here for more information and to register
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May 2, 2017
3pm - 4:30pm EST 

The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence has been on a transformational journey-from an inward-facing individual and organizational transformation to an outward-facing journey.  Idaho Coalition staff members Kelly Miller and Jennifer Martinez will describe what inspired the transformation and what the internal individual and organizational changes look like.  They will also discuss the external changes and how these changes will impact their future work.  Kelly and Jennifer will talk about their organization's process as they shifted their work to focus on historically marginalized communities, and will share the successes as well as challenges they have experienced during this journey.  They will discuss their theory of change that serves as a foundation for the organization, and will share key organizational documents they have utilized during their transformation.  Kelly and Jennifer invite you to "join this messy conversation on what ending gender violence fueled by multiple, systemic oppressions can look like!"

Presenters: Kelly Miller & Jennifer MartinezIdaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence

Click here to register for this webinar.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
11am - 12:30pm EDT

This webinar will provide participants with an opportunity to explore the role and value that men who are from marginalized communities have in preventing sexual violence. In addition, participants will be equipped with effective strategies and resources that will help enhance their efforts with men in their communities. 

Presenter: Emiliano C. Diaz de Leon
Men's Engagement Specialist
Texas Association Against Sexual Assault

Click here to register for this webinar
Webinar series
SHEC's Cultural Competency Resource Guide

"Applying a Cultural Competency Lens to Human Trafficking"

April 27, 2017
2pm - 3pm EST

The Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC) released its Cultural Competency Resource Guide in fall 2015. This guide is comprised of resources, trainers, institutions, and publications about cultural and linguistic competency that can be shared with the 10 Regional Health Equity Councils (RHECs), stakeholders, and partners to help address cultural barriers with healthcare systems. Additionally, this guide includes important terms for members of the SHEC to become familiar with as the Council develops a common language around cultural competency. To view the resource guide, visit http://region4.npa-rhec.org/in-the-spotlight/resourceguidewhitepaper .

Click here for more information and to register.
Deadline: May 11, 2017
Posted: MARCH 23, 2017

Although many systems exist to respond to child and youth victimization issues, these systems often fail to communicate and collaborate effectively to get to the root of the problem.

The competitively awarded state-level demonstration sites will bring all of the relevant systems and professionals together to establish a coordinated approach. This approach will ensure that every child entering these systems is assessed for victimization, that children and their families are provided comprehensive and coordinated services to fully address their needs, and that practices and policies are established to sustain this approach long term.

The project will be conducted in two phases-Ph ase 1: Planning (15 months) and Phase 2: Implementation (5 years).

OVC expects to make up to two awards of up to $500,000 each through this demonstration initiative.

Apply by May 11, 2017
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Executive Director

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) seeks an exceptional Executive Director who has a personal and professional passion and commitment to serving in the domestic violence movement. The Executive Director will be a stellar communicator who brings innovation and vision to a state-wide coalition committed to working together to end domestic violence in Pennsylvania.

The Executive Director must embrace PCADV's mission and possess a commitment to excellence in advancing the organization, providing sound fiscal management, and sustaining positive relationships with the Board of Directors, member programs, staff, community partners, and key constituencies. The Executive Director will demonstrate strong integrity and personal and strategic leadership. S/he will develop internal relationships, build the culture, and advance programming.

Innocence Project: Case Analyst

The Innocence Project is a not-for-profit organization that works to exonerate innocent prisoners through post-conviction DNA testing and develop and implement policy changes to prevent wrongful convictions and otherwise reform the criminal justice system.

There are five  Case Analysts responsible for the evaluation of all potential innocence claims according to the mission and protocols of the Innocence Project. Case Analysts review claims of innocence that have passed through a pre-screening process. These cases are presorted and require varying levels of review. Analysts may specialize in a particular type of review and therefore the detail below is over-inclusive to the particular job functions of an individual analyst. The Case Analysts report to the Case Director and work in close collaboration with all staff in the department, in particular the Document Manager and the Investigations Attorney.

The duties of this position require approximately 40 hours of work per week to be performed in-office.
Click here for more information about this position
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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