A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network expresses sorrow for tragedy in Las Vegas

On October 2, the world awoke to shocking and horrid news of yet another mass shooting; this time in Las Vegas. We at Casa de Esperanza are truly at a loss for words to describe the fragility of our feelings. In past, similar events, our communities have demonstrated tremendous resiliency and heroism. We hope that we can again take a tragedy and turn it into strength by finding unity and courage in our shared humanity.
"Gracias a Cucina135 por su solidaridad y hacer llegar suministros a las comunidades. Una pequeña compra por familia hace la diferencia. Ayuda tardía no es ayuda. #SolidaridadEsVIDA" was the caption to this photo, taken at the address noted by a representative of Villa del Sol
NLN compiles list of organizations to work with to help Puerto Rico

We at Casa de Esperanza extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to those who have suffered loss as a result of Hurricane Maria, and would like all our brothers and sisters on the islands affected know that we stand with you in strength.

Staff of the National Latin@ Network and their relatives who have been affected by Hurricane Maria have provided a secure address where several local organizations such as Taller Salud and the Center for Popular Democracy gather to organize relief efforts and cook meals for their fellow Puerto Ricans. Those interested in helping can send resources of any kind to:

135 Calle O'Neill, Hato Rey 
San Juan, Puerto Rico, 00918  

Or, money can be sent via Paypal to  cucina135pr@gmail.com.

A community gathers at the noted address in Puerto Rico to plan relief efforts.

The information in this social media post outlines reputable organizations to donate to, the kinds of resources that are most needed by the people of Puerto Rico, and locations for collection sites across the country. 

The Family Resource Center, Inc. which works to end family violence in the Virgin Islands, is fundraising to provide relief directly to those who have lost their homes and workplaces. Please specify that your donation is to help with hurricane recovery. 
You may also donate gift cards to Home Depot for rebuilding supplied for the island. Please send by certified mail to:

P.O. Box 306042
St. Thomas, VI 00803

The Hurricane Maria Community Recovery Fund is accepting donations for direct relief to the residents of Puerto Rico. 
7 Tips for providing trauma-informed care to Latin@ survivors

1. Understand collective and historical trauma. Understand the origins of historical, collective, structural, and intergenerational trauma, and recognize Latin@ survivors' resiliency, wisdom, and strength. To learn more about the different kinds of traumas, read 

2. Avoid making assumptions and be prepared to challenge your own beliefs about Latin@ cultures and other cultures or groups of people. If you make a mistake, rather than providing justification, acknowledge the impact and learn from your mistake. Have a process of self (and organizational)-reflection when these situations occur.

Click here to read the rest of the tips and download the poster.
NLN hosting five webinars for DVAM

Click here to see a list of all webinars under Training and Events.

Domestic Violence and Technology
Tuesday, Oct. 10
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST

This training will illustrate the safety risks of various technologies. The presenter will discuss ways technology is misused to stalk, abuse or harass survivors; how service providers can help victims assess the abuse that is happening; and offer suggestions on how to document and safety plan around technology-facilitated abuse. 
Alejandro Palacios,Technology Safety Specialist, National Network to End Domestic Violence 
Click here to register for this webinar

La Violencia Doméstica y la Tecnología
Jueves, 12 de octubre
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST

Mediante este seminario web, se explorarán algunos de los riesgos de seguridad al utilizar distintas tecnologías. Se explorarán las distintas maneras en que la tecnología es utilizada para acechar, abusar y acosar a víctimas y sobrevivientes. Se presentarán herramientas para que los proveedores de servicios puedan evaluar la agresión, así como ofrecer sugerencias acerca de cómo documentar propiamente sobre el abuso de la tecnología y desarrollar planes de seguridad sobre el abuso de la tecnología. 

Alejandro Palacios, Especialista en Seguridad Tecnología, Red Nacional contra la Violencia Doméstica (NNEDV)

Haga clic aquí para inscribirse para este seminario web

Enhanced Advocacy and Safety Planning for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence, Part I
Thursday, Oct. 19
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST

Enhanced Advocacy and Safety Planning for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence, Part II
Tuesday, Oct. 24
3 - 4:30 p.m. EST

Abusers often use the threat of immigration enforcement as a way to maintain power and control and to make victims less likely to seek protection. For this reason, it is important for advocates to understand how to: help immigrant survivors become aware of their rights; identify immigration remedies for victims, including special VAWA provisions around confidentiality; prepare enhanced safety plans for immigrant survivors; and increase meaningful access to services for immigrants and survivors with limited English proficiency. This training will also provide updates on recent immigration policy developments and new enforcement measures that impact immigrant survivors.

Rosie Hidalgo, Senior Director of Public Policy, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

Click here to register for Part I of this webinar
Click here to register for Part II of this webinar

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 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

Click here to register for this webinar
DECIMOS NO MÁS pendant (black)

After years of making jewelry and other handmade goods to support the spread of positive and inspiring messages, Support the Journey is excited to partner with Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@Network and offer the NO MÁS Pendant. Each pendant is made with a variety of mixed media including kiln-prepared glass base, a black leather cord, and sterling silver ends and clasp. Wearing this pendant is sure to create countless opportunities for talking about the DECIMOS NO MÁS campaign and making an impact in ending domestic violence and sexual assault.

NO MÁS pendant: $18

Click here to purchase the pendant, and start a conversation about Domestic Violence Awareness Month by saying NO MÁS to violence and more love!
National Call of Unity brought together nation for words of inspiration

On Tuesday, NRCDV hosted the National Call of Unity, which kicks off Domestic Violence Awareness Month by bringing together advocates from national, state, and community-based organizations, governmental agencies, allied movements, survivors and their family and friends to connect and refocus our efforts to end domestic violence. 

Pierre Berastaín represented Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network, and delivered the following remarks:

"I want to take a moment to recognize that yesterday, the world awoke to shocking and horrid news of yet another mass shooting; this time in Las Vegas. We at Casa de Esperanza are truly at a loss for words to describe the fragility of our feelings, but I do know that in the face of other acts of terror, our communities have demonstrated tremendous resiliency and heroism. And I hope this time is no different because we will certainly need all the strength we can summon to reconstitute our lives.

"It's in times like these that I find courage in a quote from Eduardo Galeano, one of my favorite authors. He says, 

'Utopia is on the horizon. I move two steps towards it; it moves two steps back. I walk another ten steps and the horizon runs ten steps further away. As much as I may walk, I'll never reach it. So what's the point of utopia? The point is precisely that: to keep walking.'

"Friends, if you've turned on the news in the last six months you have certainly heard the polarizing nature of our national discourse. As a DACA recipient and survivor, I find myself restless at night, unable to sleep or concentrate. One can truly be left gasping for the freshness of compassion and solidarity. As advocates, we might ask ourselves, "how do we do this?" "How do we continue to make progress?" "How do we instill compassion and solidarity in our communities?" I find myself asking those questions often. And then, I remember the quote from Eduardo Galeano.  I remember that Utopia will keep walking away from us, but as long as we continue to walk towards it, as long as we don't give up in serving survivors, engaging communities, transforming lives, fighting racism and White Supremacy, calling on our allies to denounce LGBT phobia and xenophobia, Islamophobia and all forms of hatred-as long as we keep our eyes on the horizon, I think we will be okay. We will be better off.

"In these unsettling times, I also get a degree of comfort by looking around. I look at the community I am so privileged to work in and for. I look at my colleagues, and I think, 'you are not alone...' ... 800 thousand undocumented youth are your community. The thousands of advocates in 1500 shelters all over the U.S., the policy makers, the lawyers defending our rights, the nurses and doctors conducting medical exams after trauma, the therapists and leaders of faith who lend their ear and wisdom...they have our backs and they are our community. We are not alone in this work. Today, let it be a day to remind us of that and let us not stop saying thanks to the colleagues who uplift us on a daily basis. So on behalf of Casa de Esperanza: the National Latin@ Network, I want to thank all of you for the work you do, for the passion you bring, and the communities you help transform."
NHLA stands in solidarity with Puerto Rico

It is more important now than ever, for us to call on Congress and the White House to focus seriously on ensuring that the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have access to the basic necessities in the short term and to rebuilding the island in the medium and longer term. It is time for our government to act now and act strategically. As such, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda developed a 10--point plan of action for Congress and the administration. This plan requires that both Congress and the White House work together and set aside politics in order to help people who are urgently in need. On October 1st, NHLA sent a letter to the administration and Congress, outlining the specific actions they need to take and further explaining the gravity of the situation. As President Trump visited Puerto Rico, NHLA leaders held a press call to underscore the importance of acting on these 10 points.

Click here to read the 10-point plan sent by the NHLA
This is How You Lose Her

By: Junot Díaz

On a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. In the heat of a hospital laundry room in New Jersey, a woman does her lover's washing and thinks about his wife. In Boston, a man buys his love child, his only son, a first baseball bat and glove. At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness--and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses: artistic Alma; the aging Miss Lora; Magdalena, who thinks all Dominican men are cheaters; and the love of his life, whose heartbreak ultimately becomes his own. 
Description from Goodreads
CSAJ releases new report about poverty and domestic violence

A new report from CSAJ takes a snapshot of recently released poverty data from the U.S. Census Bureau, and asks: Why does the poverty data matter for domestic and sexual violence survivors? And what does it mean for our advocacy? A look and what this data says (and doesn't say) can be a helpful tool in mapping our own community context and steering our advocacy efforts toward enhancing survivors' economic security and equity.

Click here to access the report Poverty, Domestic Violence, Social Inequality: What the New Poverty Data Tell Us About Addressing Domestic & Sexual Violence
Unity Day against bullying Oct. 25

Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center is leading UNITY DAY: Together against bullying. United for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Make it ORANGE and make it end! What are your true colors when it comes to bullying? If you care about safe and supportive schools and communities make your color ORANGE on Unity Day. That's the day everyone can come together - in schools, communities, and online - and send one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity to show that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

Click here for more information and to order a poster.
YWCA releases new policy brief on criminalization of women & girls of color

YWCA is pleased to share We Deserve Safety: Ending the Criminalization of Women & Girls of Color, a new policy brief that describes unique ways in which girls and women of color experience racial profiling and criminalization.

The review finds that 
  • Racial profiling and criminalization are a harsh daily reality for women and girls of color, especially black women and girls. Like men and boys of color, they experience profiling and criminalization across a broad range of situations outside of the home -- in traffic stops, airport security screening, border checkpoints, schools, and other interactions with government institutions and law enforcement. 
  • Women and girls of color, including those who are LGBTQ, are at heightened risk of sexual violence and excessive force by police as they are dually targeted for their race as well as their gender. 
  • Women of color are even at risk of police violence within the home, in front of children, and when in need of help. 
We Deserve Safety also highlights systemic reforms and policy solutions that will decrease racial profiling and criminalization of girls and women of color, and better ensure their safety.

To access the report, click here.
BestColleges.com offers bilingual scholarships to students regardless of status

It's Hispanic Heritage Month, and to celebrate, BestColleges.com updated and translated several guides into Spanish to give students and their families free and equal access to college planning resources used by their peers.

The guides now offered in both English and Spanish are:

BestColleges.com believes that everyone deserves the chance to reach their academic goals, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or creed, and Spanish speaking or undocumented students are no exception to this. Please join us in supporting all students by sharing these resources. 
Webinar Digital Storytelling for Social Change: Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Beyond

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 
3 - 4:30 p.m. EST

Research shows that sharing and listening to real people's real stories can improve individual health and well being, educate and mobilize communities, inspire people to take action for change, and influence progressive policymaking. Since the early 1990s, StoryCenter has been exploring how first-person storytelling and participatory media practices can support domestic violence prevention education and advocacy. In this one-hour introductory webinar, StoryCenter staff member Amy Hill will discuss the theoretical underpinnings, methods, and impacts of their domestic violence work and create space for questions and discussion about what resources and capacities are necessary for organizations interested in developing storytelling efforts for Domestic Violence Awareness Month and beyond.

Amy Hill, Trainer and Consultant

Click here to register for this webinar
Webinar  Surviving in the shadows: Sexual Assault Against Men with Disabilities and Deaf Men

December 12, 2017
2- 3:30 p.m. EST

Male survivors face unique obstacles when trying to access sexual assault and domestic violence services. When the survivor also has a disability or is Deaf, the barriers are compounded, making it even more difficult to access services. This webinar will provide service providers with insight into the victimization of men with disabilities, explore the unique barriers that male survivors with disabilities face when trying to access services, address some unanswered questions and gaps that need further study, and provide recommendations for better serving male survivors with disabilities and Deaf male survivors.

Click here to register for this webinar
National Compadres Network: Communication Specialist

Under the direction of the NCN Executive Director, the Communications Specialist is primarily responsible for brand management and community awareness of the National Compadres Network through all forms of communication. Duties include developing and implementing key promotional and public relations strategies by creating and disseminating various print and multimedia materials, managing website, social media and email broadcasts, distributing press releases, developing relationships with local media, placing feature articles, and supporting fund and program development initiatives through such activities as special events.

NNEDV: Deputy Director of Transitional Housing Program

Develop and implement programming that assists organizations in empowering and supporting survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. 
Provide leadership and supervision to the team. 
Respond to daily technical assistance requests from grantees, funders, and other national TA providers by phone and email, providing information and referrals as needed. 
Develop culturally appropriate resources and training materials regarding specialized issues affecting survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. These include, but are not limited to, trauma informed and voluntary services, the intersection of domestic violence and homelessness and program policies for transitional housing grantees based on best practices.
Asian Family Support Services of Austin: Post-Crisis Services Program Manager

This Program Manager position will be responsible for providing culturally-grounded and trauma-informed supportive client services for Asian and immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence and trafficking. In particular, the Program Manager will manage post-crisis services such as AFSSA's Economic Empowerment and Transitional Housing Programs.

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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