A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Facing the Fear of Deportation, Part 2

Providing the necessary mental health interventions to undocumented communities can be a challenge for social workers. Many families are fearful of accessing critical mental health services due to the risk of exposing a family member as undocumented. Additionally, Latinos and immigrants attach a social stigma to mental health challenges.

"The culture is kind of a double-edged sword. It's protective in that you're insulated by a culture that is generally collectivistic and family-oriented, where faith and hope are huge protective factors," said Barrio. "But on the other side of it, there is such a misunderstanding and a lack of adequate information about mental health and mental illness that it interferes with timely help-seeking and being open to receiving help."

Click here to read more about the harmful effects the fear of deportation has on children.
Webinar Understanding Culture and Language: A Foundation for Providing Culturally Responsive Services

Friday, August 31, 2018
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST 

Session I of the series will engage participants in learning to recognize and respect individual cultural differences regarding language and communication as important to working in a sensitive and effective manner with survivors with limited English proficiency. This webinar will examine the challenges LEP survivors encounter while seeking to access services because of limited culturally and linguistically responsive systems of help.
By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to do the following:
  • Enhance their knowledge of the intersections of language as a cultural identity.
  • Engage in critical analysis of unintended assumptions inferred on survivors with limited English proficiency (or speak with an accent).
  • Enhance organizational access to services by fostering more culturally and linguistically responsive services to survivors with limited English proficiency.
Jose Juan Lara, Jr., Project Manager, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network
Click here to register for this webinar
Click here for more information on the three-part webinar series
Registration open for 2019 National Conference on Juvenile Justice
March 17-20, 2019
Las Vegas, NV

This vital and important educational opportunity is for judges, probation officers, detention facility employees, and other stakeholders in the juvenile justice system. This conference will explore gaps in services, discover new and improved practices, share cutting edge research, and motivate participants to explore positive case outcomes for youth involved in the delinquency system.

Click here for more info and to register.
Registration open for 2018 Research Symposium Victimization, Justice and Healing
October 25 - 26, 2018
San Marcos, Texas

The symposium provides a forum to share current research that informs practice and identifies emerging responses across different settings and disciplines.

National, state, and regional presenters will be covering topics such as non-fatal strangulation, batterer intervention programs, homicide co-victims, prevention, policy and community engagements related to alcohol-induced harms and victimization, and more.

Click here for more information and to attend this symposium.
Deadline extended until tomorrow!

Deadline: Friday, August 24

NRCDV Radio's Stories of Transformation podcast station is dedicated to lifting up and honoring the voices of survivors and advocates, featuring interviews with advocates from the field, real life stories from survivors, and innovative practices in advocacy.

During Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), we mourn those who have lost their lives because of domestic violence, celebrate those who have survived, and connect individuals who work to end gender-based violence. This year we are inspiring action through a unified #1Thing message. We invite you to join us and share your One Thing!

Click here to submit
Immigrants are Less Likely to be Criminals Than the Native-Born, according to the American Immigration Council 
The American Immigration Council released a report analyzing the criminalization of immigrants in the United States and published the results of the breakdown of crimes committed by immigrants and by native-born citizens.

Click here to access this report.
Champions for Change award Jessica Lenahan, Carrie Bettinger-López
October 5, 2018
Denver, Colorado
6 - 9 p.m. Mountain Time

The University of Colorado Denver Center on Domestic Violence (CDV).
is pleased to honor two Champions for Change this year. Jessica Lenahan (formerly Gonzales) and Carrie Bettinger-López worked closely together to substantially advance the enforcement of protection orders in the wake of the tragic 1999 shooting in Castle Rock, Colorado that took the lives of Ms. Lenahan's three young daughters.

The evening will include a delicious meal provided by Catering By Design, highlight the Center's impact on ending gender violence in Colorado and beyond, and feature comments from our two Champions for Change about their efforts and achievements.

We will watch a short trailer from the award-winning documentary on Jessica's story, Home Truth, the award-winning documentary on Jessica's story, and Center graduate students in gender-violence studies will introduce the inaugural Chris Bradford Student Recognition Award. 

Click here for more information about this online course
Love War Stories

By: Ivelisse Rodriguez

Puerto Rican girls are raised to want one thing: true love. Yet they are brought up by women whose lives are marked by broken promises, grief, and betrayal. While some believe that they'll be the ones to finally make it work, others swear not to repeat cycles of violence. This collection documents how these "love wars" break out across generations as individuals find themselves caught in the crosshairs of romance, expectations, and community.
Description by Feminist Press
E-learning Course  Introduction to Immigration Law Practice:
A Course for New Practitioners
October 2, 2018 through November 13, 2018
2 p.m.

Presented by:  U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), in partnership with  Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

This six-week training provides the new immigration practitioner with an overview of immigration law concepts and the practice skills necessary to be an effective advocate. Through readings, webinars, and exercises, participants will learn key concepts and remedies in immigration law and the functions of the different government agencies that carry out the law.  Topics covered will include the following: introductory immigration concepts; an overview of family-based immigration; an overview of obtaining permanent residence status; inadmissibility and deportability concepts; overview of removal proceedings; naturalization and citizenship; and other immigration benefits, such as relief for victims of crime and domestic violence, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and asylum.  The course will also incorporate legal research exercises and ethical issues in the practice of immigration law.

Click here for more information about this online course
FORGE hosts two trainings about dealing with transgender and non-binary survivors
Improving Long-Term Services
September 13, 2018
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This full-day training is designed for providers who work with survivors of crimes, especially those who have longer-term relationships with survivors.  Professionals who may benefit from this training, include:
- sexual assault and domestic violence program staff,
- victim advocates,
- therapists,
- child and adult protective service staff,
- lawyers and prosecutors,
- university staff who provide crime victim services,
- primary care physicians and health clinic staff (who have longer relationships with their clients),
- shelter and housing staff, and
- other professionals who may work with a trans or non-binary victim over time.

Improving Urgent Services
September 14, 2018
8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

This half-day training will most benefit staff who work with victims of crime in urgent care settings or when individuals are in crisis, including:
- hotline staff,
- 911 call center staff,
- crisis mental health staff,
- receptionists,
- first responders [both law enforcement and EMT (emergency medical personnel)],
- emergency room physicians and other urgent medical providers,
- others whose contacts with victims of crime tend to be short-term and crisis-oriented.

Click here for more information about improving long-term services
Click here for more info about improving urgent services
Web conference Addressing Sexual Assault on Campus: From Implementation to Evaluation
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
2 - 3:30 p.m. EST

The  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been working with the  American Public Health Association to address sexual assault. Through this partnership, multidisciplinary state-level teams participated in training programs to help enhance their capacity to critically assess and evaluate their prevention programs and strategies. Representatives from Florida, Hawai'i, Kansas and Montana will highlight lessons learned from their participation and provide an overview of their bystander intervention efforts. They will also discuss the beginning stages of their evaluation plan and implementation.

Hosts/Facilitators:  Tori VandeLinde Ashleigh Klein-JimenezPreventConnect and  CALCASA

Click here for more info and to register.
Web conference The Economic Cost of Intimate Partner Violence: Implications for Prevention
Thursday, September 13, 2018
2 - 3:30 p.m. EST

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine has released  new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the lifetime economic burden of intimate partner violence among adults in the United States. Following CDC's " Lifetime Economic Burden of Rape Among U.S. Adults," this new study takes into account medical costs, lost productivity, criminal justice activities, and other costs such as victim property loss or damage. Understanding the costs of violence can help build the case for prevention. Join PreventConnect, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), and CDC researchers to learn more about the long-term economic cost of intimate partner violence and implications for prevention policy and practice.

Hosts/Facilitators:  David LeeAshleigh Klein-JimenezPreventConnect and  CALCASA

Click here for more info and to register.
New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Policy Coordinator
The purpose of the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NMCADV) Policy Coordinator is to ensure the development and effective implementation of the NMCADV legislative and systems advocacy initiatives. The Policy Coordinator assists and engages the NMCADV Policy Committee, membership and stakeholders to identify gaps in legislation, policy, practice or systems that adversely impact domestic violence prevention and intervention efforts. The Coordinator, in partnership with the Policy Committee and the Executive Director, proposes, develops and implements strategies to close gaps and improve overall policy and system response. Stakeholder engagement and collaboration are key  aspects of the position.

Ohio Domestic Violence Network: Executive Director
* Establishes the mission, strategies, operational priorities and short/long term goals of the organization
* Engages and builds relationships with key stakeholders/advocates to ensure support and advocacy for the organization's goals and objectives
* Provides leadership for Board of Directors governance, committees and meetings

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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