Special newsletter edition: 35th Anniversary Gala Celebration
On May 31, 2018, Casa de Esperanza celebrated its 35th Anniversary of providing services, resources, and capacity-building assistance in the fight to end gender-based violence. 

In a night of celebration and recognition, Casa de Esperanza was proud to present awards to leaders of transformational Latin@ leadership to: 

¡Adelante Esperanza! Award 
Carmen Yulin Cruz Soto , Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico

National Latina Transformational Leadership Award 
Mónica Ramirez , President of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas 

National Latin@ Champion Award 
Hector E. Sanchez Barba , Executive Director of Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA)

Sandra L. Vargas Transformational Leadership Award
Susana de León , Immigration Attorney

Lupe R. Serrano Community Change Award 
Tamara Ramirez-Torres, teacher 

Youth Leadership in Action Award 
Isabel le Martinez-Izea 
Lilibeth Castro Montoya 
Karen Macario Gazca

Casa de Esperanza's 35th Anniversary gala celebrated strength, union, and leadership in empowering communities and fighting to end violence alongside Latin@ communities. We were proud to recognize key advocates and leaders in Minnesota and across the country. It was also a moment to recognize the work Casa de Esperanza has done since 1982.  

"For 35 years, this organization has run a little faster and has screamed a little louder, and no, you have not given voice to those who do not have them; you have shown those women and children that their voice is within and all they have to do is get it out -- so Casa de Esperanza is a magnifier of voices."
-- Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz Soto during her keynote speech.

To see more photos of the gala, see our Facebook album here.
Casa de Esperanza has strived to increase capacity to serve for 35 years, growing from a domestic violence shelter for women in 1982 to a nationally recognized organization in the DV/SA field and designated culturally relevant resource center today. From its Fuerza Unida Amig@s program fostering leadership in youth and young adults, and El Refugio shelter in Minnesota to its strong presence in policy and advocacy in Washington DC and in-house research team, Casa de Esperanza has established itself as a leader in providing the Latin@ perspective to the work to end violence. 

Please join us in our mission to eradicate violence by donating to our programs, helping us continue to expand our capacity for at least 35 more years!

Please consider making a 100% tax-deductible donation to our programs and services today!
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Exploring Community Evidence: What is Community-Centered EBP?

In this blog, we explore a community-centered EBP (evidence-based practice) approach that we adapted along with many  test-tasters, including practitioners, community members and other researchers/evaluators. This EBP approach is meant to align with the work of community-based, culturally-specific organizations that work alongside community members. We hope that it increases understanding of how EBP can look from this perspective.

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Webinar Latino Boys and Men: Advancing Scholarship and Community Based Solutions 

Monday, June 18, 2018
12:30 - 2 p.m. EST
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY in collaboration with Casa de Esperanza:National Latin@ Network conducted a scan of the field to identify what research and types of programming existed engaging Latin@ men and boys. There is a gap in existing content analysis documenting the state of the field relating to understanding racial-cultural sociodemographic terms, inclusion of racial-cultural psychological variables, and gender related factors impacting the lives of men of color, specifically Latino men and boys. This webinar will address systemic limitations on understanding the state of the field by using an interdisciplinary and comprehensive approach to identify community-based solutions with Latino men and boys that may not be included in academic literature.

Silvia Mazzula, Ph.D., Associate Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY 
Jose Juan Lara Jr., MS, Project Coordinator, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

Click here to register for this webinar
NNEDV publishes  Domestic Violence Counts: 12th Annual Census Report

For the twelfth consecutive year, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) conducted a one-day unduplicated count of adults and children seeking domestic violence services in the United States. 

This report is instrumental in raising awareness about domestic violence and the incredible work that local domestic violence programs do every day.

The full Domestic Violence Counts report is available below, along with a one-page National Summary and individual state and territory summaries.
Click here for more information
Early registration for National Sexual Assault Conference ends soon

Deadline for early registration: June 15

CALCASA is offering $100 off with early registration for interested parties who submit their registration by tomorrow.

The National Sexual Assault Conference 2018 will be held on August 29-31 in Anaheim, CA. The theme is "Bold Moves: Ending Sexual Violence in One Generation." This event will be co-hosted with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC).

For more information, call 1-800-858-7743 (Press 1 for conferences).

Click here for more information and to register.
Voto Latino announces 2018 Power Summit

September 29-30
Austin, Texas

A Conference for emerging leaders!

Every year hundreds of young leaders convene at the VL Power Summit. VL Power Summit is a premier 2-day leadership conference for emerging leaders. The Summit brings together trailblazers across media, tech, and advocacy to encourage high-impact learning and promote conversations on how to mobilize for change. 

Past speakers have included former U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios, former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, and Pulitzer Prize-Winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas. 

Click here for more information and to register
Battle For Paradise Puerto Rico Takes on the Disaster Capitalists

By: Andrés Neuman

With a 19-country book tour on his agenda after winning the prestigious Premio Alfaguara for Traveler of the Century, Spanish-Argentine writer Andrés Neuman seizes on the opportunity to document his encounters, observations and insights in order to make sense of contemporary (and fragmented) Latin America. "Are you on board?" he asks.

Indeed, this is a dazzling account of a whirlwind trip that forces him to find meaning in the most uninspiring of places (like airports) as he uncovers the ways different lands preserve a national identity while embracing the unifying age of technology - though each country's beleaguered history weighs down its progress.                            
Description from NBC News
Live Stream The Effects of Sanctuary Policies

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. EST

100 Crosby St. Suite 502
New York, New York

The role of local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration enforcement officials has catapulted back into the broader immigration policy debate. Whereas some suggest that a range of public safety benefits accrue when local law enforcement does the work of federal immigration enforcement, others argue just the opposite. Largely absent from this debate is systematic research that examines the effects of sanctuary policies. This talk presents the results from a nationwide analysis of sanctuary policies at the county level, as well as individual-level survey data drawn from a probability-based sample of undocumented immigrants, to unpack the effects of sanctuary policies on crime, and to explore the various "chilling effects" that may result when local law enforcement officials become entangled in federal immigration enforcement efforts.

Tom K. Wong is an associate professor of political science at the University of California- San Diego and recently served as an advisor to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) under the Obama administration. 

Click here to register 
OVC offers funding opportunity for Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force To Combat Human Trafficking

Application due: July 5, 2018

By statute, grants under this program may be awarded to states; units of local government; federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as recognized by the Secretary of the Interior); nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations (including tribal nonprofit and nongovernment organizations); and state and local law enforcement agencies. For the purposes of this program, a unit of local government is any city, county, township, town borough, parish, village, or other general purpose political subdivision of a state or territory.

Eligible applicants are only law enforcement agencies and victim service providers located and operating within the community, jurisdiction, or geographic area of the human trafficking task force specified within the application.

Click here for more information on how to apply for this funding
OVC offers  New Grant Solicitation for Community Based Organizations to Improve Access to Services for Limited English Proficient, Deaf, and Hard-of-hearing Communities

Application due: July 16, 2018

Many victims of crime, particularly those from limited English proficient, Deaf, and hard-of-hearing communities, may experience barriers that prevent them from accessing critical services. This program will enhance language access and direct services in affected communities and enhance the work of community-based organizations and programs working to help victims report crimes and access services they need to heal in the aftermath of crime victimization. OVC will make up to 10 awards of up to $200,000 each to organizations for the provision of direct services to victims of crime in affected communities. 

Note: Community-based organizations that currently receive federal funding to provide linguistically specific services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking should seek to expand those services to victims of other types of crime within that community, including victims of human trafficking, robbery, assault, elder abuse, and DUI/DWI; family members of homicide victims; and victims of hate and bias crimes.  

Click here for more information on how to apply for this funding
Casa de Esperanza: Project Coordinator

This position is responsible for coordinating and implementing training and technical assistance for work funded by grants from the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The position is part of the Training and Technical Assistance team of the National Latin@ Network. 

Casa de Esperanza: Project Specialist

This position is responsible for administrative and project support for the NLN director, managers, and the technical assistance team, and works directly with program staff and consultants to maximize productivity and promote achievement of Casa de Esperanza's goals. 

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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