A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Meet the Team: Ada Moreno

Ada Moreno works as the Program and Administrative Assistant for Casa de Esperanza. Originally from San Salvador, El Salvador Ada moved to Duluth, Minnesota in 2012 to pursue undergraduate studies in History and Global, Cultural, and Language Studies. Passionate about progressive politics, prior to this position she worked as a Canvasser for the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party. She traveled around Greater Minnesota identifying and persuading voters to elect democratic candidates. Her interest in Children and Environmental Issues introduced her to nonprofit work when she interned for Earth Day Network and Safe Haven. In the future she intends to pursue a Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Studies as she is passionate about working towards the sustainable intersection of the natural environment and built spaces. 

Ada's main responsibility is the administrative and project support for Casa de Esperanza.

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Statements Released in Response to Recent Events

Over the last two weeks, a number of federal agencies have released new guidance and rules that can affect our communities, the work we do with survivors of violence, and immigrants in general. As a response, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network has joined several national organizations and coalitions to issue statements and positions on these federal administrative actions. You can find these statements below: 

Feb. 22, 2017
NHLA Supports the Build Bridges Not Walls and This Land is Our Land Acts
The NHLA sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives, urging the members to co-sponsor bills H.R. 837, Build Bridges Not Walls Act, and H.R. 739, This Land Is Our Land Act. These bills would halt actions taken in response to the executive actions that call for additional and unnecessary barriers along the United States-Mexico border. NHLA will be monitoring co-sponsorship of both of these bills for inclusion in the development of congressional scorecards.

Feb. 16, 2017
Organizations dedicated to supporting immigrant survivors of domestic violence join in condemning the arrest and detention of a survivor of violence in El Paso, Texas, by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) while she was attending a court hearing in connection with her abuse.

Webinar Enhanced Safety Planning for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence

Friday, February 24, 2017
1:30-3:30pm 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 special immigration remedies for victims, including special VAWA provisions around confidentiality; and how to prepare enhanced safety plans for immigrant survivors that take into account immigration enforcement. This webinar will also discuss recent immigration policy developments and new enforcement measures that should be taken into consideration when assisting immigrant survivors with safety planning. Join us for this webinar to learn how these recent developments might affect immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual assault and discuss practical ways to enhance your agency's policies, practices and advocacy.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

* Implement enhanced survivor and family safety planning for immigrant survivors.
* Identify key ways to protect immigrant survivors and engage in systems advocacy.
* Access reliable and updated resources for immigrant survivors, such as know your rights materials, powers of attorney templates, and other resources.

* Grace Huang, Policy Director, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence
* Rosie Hidalgo, Senior Director of Public Policy, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network
* Archi Pyati, Chief of Policy and Programs, Tahirih Justice Center
* Lesyle Orloff, Director, National Immigrant Women Advocacy Project (NIWAP)
* Cecelia Friedman Levin, Sr. Policy Counsel, ASISTA

Seminario Web Planeamiento de Seguridad Reforzado para Inmigrantes Sobrevivientes de Violencia Doméstica y Sexual

Viernes, el 3 de marzo, 2017
2:00 - 3:30 de la tarde (hora del este)

Las personas abusivas con frecuencia amenazan a sus víctimas con reportarlas para que sean detenidas por inmigración, lo que usan como un método para mantener su poder y control y para reducir la probabilidad de que las víctimas busquen protección. Por ello es importante que l@s intercesores/as sepan cómo: ayudar a que l@s sobrevivientes inmigrantes conozcan sus derechos; conocer remedios especiales de inmigración, incluyendo provisiones especiales de VAWA referentes a la confidencialidad; y saber cómo preparar para sobrevivientes inmigrantes planes de seguridad reforzados que tengan en cuenta la ejecución de las leyes de inmigración. Este seminario web también presentará cambios recientes que han tenido lugar en las políticas de inmigración, y nuevas medidas que han entrado en efecto para la ejecución de las leyes de inmigración, las cuales deben tomarse en consideración cuando ayude a sobrevivientes en la creación de planes de seguridad. Participe con nosotr@s en este seminario web para que aprenda cómo estos nuevos cambios afectan a inmigrantes sobrevivientes de violencia doméstica y abuso sexual; y para discutir maneras prácticas de mejorar las estrategias, políticas, prácticas y el trabajo de promoción y apoyo que realiza su agencia.

Una vez concluido este seminario web, usted podrá:

* Implementar planeamientos de seguridad reforzados para sobrevivientes inmigrantes y sus familias.
* Reconocer maneras claves de proteger a sobrevivientes inmigrantes e involucrarse en abogar por lograr un cambio en los sistemas.
* Acceder recursos confiables y actualizados disponibles para sobrevivientes inmigrantes como son materiales que les informan sus derechos, ejemplos de poderes notariales (powers of attorney) y otros recursos.

* Rosie Hidalgo, Casa de Esperanza: Red Nacional Latina
* Cecelia Friedman Levin, ASISTA
* Sonia Parras Konrad, ASISTA
* Rocio Molina, National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project

Real Week is Feb. 20th - 24th
In recognition of Teen Dating Violence Month, Break the Cycle created daily activities to encourage participants to get real about relationships. 

Click here for to see the daily activities and for more information on how to get involved with this campaign.
ICRW Now Soliciting Nominations for 2017-2018 Mariam K. Chamberlain Award

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) is now soliciting nominations for the 2017-2018 Mariam K. Chamberlain Award.
The Award honors the legacy of Dr. Mariam K. Chamberlain, a visionary whose contributions to the feminist and social justice movements are evident across the world by generations of women. She was the founding president of Re:Gender (formerly the National Council for Research on Women), which merged with ICRW in 2016 in order to pursue a global research and advocacy agenda focused on advancing women's empowerment and achieving gender equality.

The Award will support a doctoral student who is a first-generation college graduate, including immigrant students, as he or she works on a dissertation under the close supervision of a senior dissertation advisor over one academic year.

The student's dissertation must be related to ICRW's mission to empower women, advance gender equality and fight poverty. Our main thematic focus areas include violence, rights and inclusion; women's economic empowerment; and global health, youth and development.

For more information on the prize, eligibility criteria and requirements for submitting an application,  click here.

NWLC Announces new CEO and President

The Board of Directors of the National Women's Law Center, a preeminent advocate for advancing equality and opportunity for women and girls, said today that it has named Fatima Goss Graves, NWLC Senior Vice President for Program, as the organization's next CEO and President. She will succeed NWLC's founders and Co-Presidents Marcia D. Greenberger and Nancy Duff Campbell, whose extraordinary vision and leadership have been at the heart of the organization's work to improve the lives of women and girls for over four decades. Campbell and Greenberger will step down on July 1, 2017.

For more information, click here to read the full press release.
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OVC announces three grants to combat human trafficking

Application Deadline: Feb. 27, 2017 
OVC and BJA will award between $600,000 and $900,000 to law enforcement agencies and victim service providers to work collaboratively to enhance multidisciplinary human trafficking task forces that combat sex and labor trafficking of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens of all sexes and ages.  
Arcus Foundation: Arcus Leadership Fellowship

The Arcus Leadership Fellowship is an 18-month leadership development opportunity for early-stage executive directors of LGBTQ and allied nonprofit organizations based in the United States and aligned with Arcus' Social Justice Strategy.

The program will match 10 Arcus Leadership Fellows with mentors who have had successful careers in similar leadership positions. Arcus Fellows will receive personalized support and experienced counsel from their mentors as they meet a variety of challenges facing them in their day-to-day work and build on their leadership abilities.

Arcus Fellows will be required to participate in up to two cohort retreats to occur over the 18 months of the fellowship, including a retreat to be held in the summer of 2017. These events will provide opportunities for fellows to share experiences, build capacity, and deepen relationships with one another. All expenses will be covered by the Arcus Foundation.

William E. Morris Institute for Justice: Director of Advocacy 

Location: Phoenix, Arizona

The Director of Advocacy will work closely with the executive director to identify systemic issues and a strategic approach to resolving matters
  • Litigation
  • Advocate with state agencies to obtain compliance with federal laws
  • Respond to requests for assistance from legal services and community groups, including presentations/CLEs
  • Testify before administrative bodies and at the state legislature
  • Demonstrated commitment, passion and enthusiasm for equal justice for low-income, immigrant and other vulnerable populations. Familiarity with the Institute's focus areas is a plus.
  • J.D. and be or eligible to become a member of the Arizona Bar by motion (5 years legal experience in state that has reciprocity with Arizona) or by taking next available Bar exam. Motion under court rule may also apply.
  • At least 6 years of relevant experience. Exceptional candidates with less experience will be considered.
  • Class action/major policy litigation with discovery experience preferred.
  • Strong writing, research, communication, organization, analytical and public speaking skills. Ability to work independently and collaboratively and to juggle multiple tasks under time restraints.
  • Proficiency with law office technology.
Deadline to Apply: March 17, 2017. The position will remain open until filled.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and the names and contact information for three professional references to eskatz@qwestoffice.net or by mail to the Institute at the address above.

Salary: The Institute offers a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience.
Anna Julia Cooper Center: Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender, Race, and American Politics

The Anna Julia Cooper Center is an interdisciplinary center at Wake Forest University with a mission of advancing justice through intersectional scholarship. 

The AJC Center postdoctoral fellow is expected to teach two courses in the fall semester and one course in the spring semester in the Department of Politics and International Affairs.

Applicants are welcome from a broad range of social science discipline with the understanding of the expectation of ability to teach courses for the Department of Politics and International Affairs in the subfield of American politics with any of the following focus areas: American political history, American political institutions, American political behavior, American public opinion, human and civil rights, African American politics, Latino/a politics, Asian-American politics, race and politics, gender and American politics, and sexuality and queer politics.

Candidates must have completed all requirements for their Ph.D. by September 1, 2017. Applicants should submit online the following materials by March 1, 2017.

For complete details and to apply, go to  https://wakejobs.silkroad.com or call (336) 758-4700. The submission of an online application for Wake Forest University is required for this position. Questions about the application process may be addressed to wakejobs@wfu.edu
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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