A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Contextual factors for intimate partner violence among Latin@s

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) happens within the context of a family's daily life, which is deeply affected by numerous factors, both personal and systemic, that impact and are impacted by IPV. Some of these have been documented in the literature.

Some of the factors listed in this blog: 
  • Cultural values
  • Immigration
  • Anti-immigrant sentiments/environments
  • Religion
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NWLC initiates lawsuit against discriminatory Title IX changes

Together with co-counsel Democracy Forward, National Center for Youth Law, and Equal Rights Advocates, the National Women's Law Center filed suit in the Northern District of California to challenge Secretary DeVos' discriminatory 2017 Title IX policy on sexual misconduct in schools. 

NWLC is proud to be representing three amazing groups that serve student survivors hurt by the Department's actions: SurvJustice, the Victim Rights Law Center, and Equal Rights Advocates. The lawsuit claims that the Department based its policy on sexist stereotypes about survivors' credibility and factual and legal mistakes, in violation of the Constitution, and that it was issued without following proper procedures in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act.

Please help spread the word. Below are some sample social media messages and a graphic (attached)  - please share widely to send a collective message that we won't accept sex discrimination in our schools or anywhere else. 

Sample tweets
  • Betsy DeVos is making it harder for students to live & learn free from sexual harassment and violence, so @NWLC, @DemocracyFwd, and @NCYLnews are taking her to court on behalf of @SurvJustice @EqualRightsAdv & @VictimRightsLaw. #MeTooK12 #MeToo http://bit.ly/2GfOF9k
  • BREAKING: @NWLC, @DemocracyFwd, and @NCYLnews are suing Betsy DeVos on behalf of @SurvJustice @EqualRightsAdv & @VictimRightsLaw for undermining student survivors' #TitleIX rights. #MeTooK12 #MeToo http://bit.ly/2GfOF9k
Thank you for participating in our newsletter survey!

Dear readers,

On behalf of the staff at Casa de Esperanza, I want to extend a huge thank you to each of you who took the time to fill out our survey about the newsletter. It was very insightful for us to see what works and doesn't work for you. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement, and for your great suggestions!

We are working to incorporate these suggestions and comments into our newsletter, and will present a slightly different newsletter next month. Again, a sincere thank you for your feedback!


Rebecca De León
Communications and Marketing Manager
Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network
Webinar Federal Funding for Working with Victims of Human Trafficking


As a result of the government shutdown, we had to reschedule the webinar, Federal Funding for Working with Victims of Human Trafficking. 

The webinar is still slated to take place some time during February. Please stay tuned for information about the new date and time when it has been finalized. Thank you for your patience.
Webinar Recording  Trauma-Informed and Culturally Specific Practice for Latina Survivors

Did you miss yesterday's webinar by the National Latin@ Network's research team? If so, fret not! You can watch the recording at your earliest convenience!

Dr. Josephine V. Serrata, Director of Research and Evaluation
Dr. Rebecca Rodriguez, Manager of Research and Evaluation

Click here to watch the recording of this webinar
NCALL looks to feature survivors of elder abuse in educational video

The  National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) and  Terra Nova Films recently received funding from the  Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) ( U.S. Department of Justice) for Lifting Up the Voices of Older Survivors Video Project to create educational videos on elder abuse for professionals and community members. 

They are looking for survivors/victims of elder abuse and/or caring family members of victims who are willing to be filmed to develop education materials for professionals and the general public. These videos will be used throughout the United States, so participants will need to consider safety and privacy concerns before agreeing to participate in this project.

Due to budget constraints, eligibility criteria and project guidelines, only a handful of stories will be selected for filming.

Click here to fill out the application

For assistance completing the application or for more information, c ontact Nina Reynolds at 608-237-3454 or  nreynolds@ncall.us
Praxis International accepting applications for advocacy classes

Deadline for application: March 19, 2018 at 5 p.m. PST

Praxis International's Advocacy Learning Center is offering innovative 18-month courses giving advocates, advocacy program managers and coalition staff a rare chance to come together for self-reflection, inspiration and an opportunity to re-think their approach to individual, institutional and community advocacy.

Click here for more information and to register for the classes
NRCDV releases #TeenDVMonth events, activities, resources
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HACU student track application for 32nd Annual Conference now open

October 6 -8, 2018
Atlanta, GA

The scholarship application is open for the Student Track of HACU's 32nd Annual Conference. Student Track Scholarships cover cost of registration and conference-related meals (one per day).

For out-of-state students or those outside the Atlanta metro area, travel and lodging are also included. The application deadline is June 29, 2018. 

For students in the local Atlanta area only, the application deadline is September 7, 2018. 

The online application requires a one-page resume. 

Click here for more information and to apply for the scholarship.

Click here to answer the call for presentations for this conference.
Go Tell it on the Mountain

By: James Baldwin

Go Tell It On The Mountain, first published in 1953, is Baldwin's first major work, a novel that has established itself as an American classic. With lyrical precision, psychological directness, resonating symbolic power, and a rage that is at once unrelenting and compassionate, Baldwin chronicles a 14-year-old boy's discovery of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem one Saturday in March of 1935. Baldwin's rendering of his protagonist's spiritual, sexual, and moral struggle of self-invention opened new possibilities in the American language and in the way Americans understand themselves.
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Webinar  Consumer Rights for Domestic & Sexual Violence Survivors

February 21, 2018
2 p.m. EST

For more than a decade, the Center for Survivor Agency & Justice has worked to address the link between economic security and safety for survivors. We're thrilled to announce a new phase of work, supported by the Office on Violence Against Women, DOJ. The Consumer Rights for Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors Initiative will continue its work of increasing access to economic justice for all survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Click here to register for CSAJ's  webinar introducing this new initiative
Webinar Trauma-informed Advocacy for Human Trafficking Survivors

January 31, 2018
Noon EST

The very definition of trafficking describing actions-means-purposes locates potential sources of trauma and a range of other emotions that can affect survivors. This webinar takes into account what trafficked survivors have taught us and what we have learnt about types of trauma, how past experiences of help-seeking can influence current attempts, and the importance of trauma-informed care. This webinar analyzes these contexts and offers considerations and recommendations for advocacy at points of contact that include raids, arrest, release from custody, investigation, shelter, and health and mental health systems. 

Click here to register for this webinar
Webinar Using Focus Groups to Learn about Mobilizing Campus Men

February 6, 2018
Noon EST

**Registration deadline: February 1, 2018

Typically, men make up a significant part of a campus' population, and effectively mobilizing them to address gender-based violence requires knowledge of them as a group. Conducting focus groups offers one strategy for building that knowledge. This webinar will offer general tips on conducting focus groups as well as more specific information about conducting focus groups in order to learn about mobilizing campus men.

Click here to register for this webinar
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights : Communications Manager

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund seek an innovative and dynamic Communications Manager who will develop and execute consequential communications campaigns that advance the organizations' public education and advocacy campaigns. This includes, but is not limited to, work on voting rights, judicial nominations, criminal justice reform, economic security, and other issues as appropriate.

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law:  Digital Communications Coordinator

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers' Committee) seeks a Digital Communications Coordinator to join a growing and dynamic communications team. The Digital Communications Coordinator is responsible for creating, building and implementing an effective digital strategy for the Lawyers' Committee. Reporting to the Director of Strategic Communications, the Digital Communications Coordinator will create quality content and manage the organization's digital platforms, including social media, email marketing and website. The Digital Communications Coordinator is responsible for keeping current with the latest trends and technology, and making recommendations to the Director to keep the organization's web site and digital presence competitive.

Transition House: Director of Housing Services

The Director of Housing Services is a key leadership position responsible for the day-to-day programmatic oversight, quality and effectiveness of Transition House's continuum of housing services for survivors of domestic violence. This position reports to the Assistant Director and is part of a highly collaborative Management Team.

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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