A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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What does meaningful access to language mean?

Limited English Proficiency (LEP) refers to individuals who do not speak English as their primary language and have a limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English. To determine which individuals may have limited English proficiency, consider the following:
  • English is not their primary language;
  • They have a limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English;
  • There has been a determination by that person of their need for language assistance.
It is important to note that it is the right of the individual and therefore the individual, not an agency, determines the need for language access.

Click here to read more about what language access means
On average, 122 Dreamers lose DACA protections every 24 hours

The Center for American Progress finds that thousands of DACA recipients are already losing their protection from deportation. According to our most recent publication, with every passing day, an average of 122 Dreamers lose their DACA protections and become vulnerable to Trump's deportation force. From now until March 5, 2018, 22,000 DACA recipients will lose their DACA status unless Congress works together to pass a #DreamActNow. Members of Congress are asked to make a choice: to pass bipartisan legislation to protect Dreamers, or to vote on a spending bill that funds their deportation.
Please join the Center for American Progress in amplifying this message of urgency.
  • Support the "122" button campaign. Sample social media guidance here. Press release below. Email Claudia Flores at cflores@americanprogress.org if you are interested in picking up buttons.
  • Share our one-pager outlining the urgency of passing a Dream Act Now. This handy document can be used during your Hill meetings, or conversations with partners. An unbranded version can be found here.
  • Tomorrow, Thursday 12/14,  we will be aggressively pushing out this message and joining the broader immigration campaign for a national call-in day. Visit dreamacttoolkit.org to reach your member of Congress.
Video Dialogue and Report for From Margins to Center

Thursday, January 18, 2018
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST

CSAJ and Partners on the Racial & Economic Equity for Survivors Project (REEP) are thrilled to announce the release of a report and host a video dialogue with From Margins to Center Listening Sessions on January 18th.

Throughout September, REEP held seven Listening Sessions in order to create a dialogue across the field to inform survivor-driven systems advocacy and practice recommendations that enhance racial and economic equity for domestic and sexual violence survivors. Calls were held with: advocates of color who also identify as survivors; attorneys sitting at unique intersections of law who are people of color and/or aspiring white allies; and economic justice or policy staff from state and tribal coalitions who are people of color and/or aspiring allies.

This webinar will also mark the release of a dynamic report on the Listening Sessions.

With Partners
Camille Holmes, Principal, CDH Consulting
Erika Sussman, Executive Director, Center for Survivor Agency & Justice
Lisalyn Jacobs, Legal & Policy Director, Center for Survivor Agency & Justice
Mona Muro, Policy Coordinator, Texas Council on Family Violence
Tonya Lovelace-Davis, CEO, Women of Color Network, Inc.
Zoe Flowers, Director of Survivor Programs, Women of Color Network, Inc.
Hosted by: Sara Wee, Director of Programs & Research, Center for Survivor Agency & Justice 
Click here to register for this event
Global Network of Women's Shelters/GBV NGOS hosting 4th World Conference

November 4 -7, 2019

The Garden of Hope Foundation, Taiwan, in partnership with the Global Network of Women's Shelter (GNWS), and the Asian Network of Women's Shelters (ANWS) have officially announced that the 4th World Conference of Women's Shelters will be held in Taiwan on November 4-7, 2019.
The 4th World Conference of Women's Shelters (4WCWS) will bring together 2,000 people from 120 countries to network and share ideas on how to strengthen women shelters and end violence against women.
The Garden of Hope Foundation is a leading shelter organization in Taiwan and the secretariat of ANWS, and an active and prominent member of GNWS. With the backing of partners in Taiwan and the support of the GNWS member organizations, the 4th World Conference of Women's Shelters is set to be a landmark event in the development shelter movement, and the effort to end violence against women.
Make sure you save the dates and start making your preparations to attend. Please check the conference website worldshelterconference.org for updates and fill out our mailing list form to stay in touch.
FWD.us creates Facebook messenger helper for #DreamActNow

FWDbot to Call Congress:
What is FWDbot? 
FWDbot is a Facebook Messenger Bot that lives on the FWD.us Facebook page and makes calling Congress super easy. It also provides some light education on how to call your legislator for FB users who are relatively new to the immigration advocacy space.

1. Go to  https://m.me/fwdus
2. Click the Get Started button
3. Chat away

Click here to access the stories, letters, facts, and Congressional quotes
Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America

By: Patrick Phillips

Forsyth County, Georgia, at the turn of the twentieth century was home to a large African American community that included ministers and teachers, farmers and field hands, tradesmen, servants, and children. Many black residents were poor sharecroppers, but others owned their own farms and the land on which they'd founded the county's thriving black churches.

But then in September of 1912, three young black laborers were accused of raping and murdering a white girl. One man was dragged from a jail cell and lynched on the town square, two teenagers were hung after a one-day trial, and soon bands of white "night riders" launched a coordinated campaign of arson and terror, driving all 1,098 black citizens out of the county. In the wake of the expulsions, whites harvested the crops and took over the livestock of their former neighbors, and quietly laid claim to "abandoned" land. The charred ruins of homes and churches disappeared into the weeds, until the people and places of black Forsyth were forgotten.

Blood at the Root is a sweeping American tale that spans the Cherokee removals of the 1830s, the hope and promise of Reconstruction, and the crushing injustice of Forsyth's racial cleansing. With bold storytelling and lyrical prose, Phillips breaks a century-long silence and uncovers a history of racial terrorism that continues to shape America in the twenty-first century.
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Webinar Raising the Bar: Best Practices for Legal Advocacy for People with Disabilities

January 23, 2018
2 - 3:30 p.m. EST
Navigating the legal system can be challenging in the best of circumstances. When you also have a disability, additional barriers will arise. Legal advocates need to ensure that they are prepared to best provide services for people with disabilities as well as ensuring that courts are prepared to provide necessary accommodations. This webinar will explore best practices for legal advocates as well as innovative work to help survivors with disabilities and Deaf survivors navigate the legal system.  

Save the dates for the rest of the webinars in the End Abuse series: 
March 13, 2018
May 15, 2018
July 17, 2018
August 14, 2018
September 18, 2018

Click here  to register for this webinar
Webinar LGBT Youth and Sexual Abuse: Debunking the Myths and Creating Safer Space

Tuesday, December 19, 2017
3:30 - 5 p.m. EST

The goal of this training is to allow providers the opportunity to address the epidemic of sexual violence within LGBT youth. Providers will discuss and address myths around LGBT youth as it relates to sexual abuse. Providers will also learn about social and institutional disparities that contribute to barriers faced by LGBT youth. Webinar participants will walk away with promising practices to better support LGBT youth who have experienced sexual abuse. Presented by In Our Own Voices.
Vanessa Gonzalez, LGBT Case Manager, In Our Own Voices
Kathy Grant, LMSW, Social Worker, In Our Own Voices
Click here  to register for this webinar
Apply for OVW funding  for Training & Services to  End Violence Against Women with Disabilities   

Register by: Jan 5, 2017
Apply by: Jan 26, 2017

This solicitation supports activities that focus on individuals with disabilities and Deaf individuals who are survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
Grants funds may be used to:
- Establish and strengthen multidisciplinary collaborative relationships  
- Increase an organization's capacity to provide services  
- Identify needs and develop plans to meet those needs and build a strong foundation 
Download the solicitation and read it carefully. 
More solicitations are coming in the next few months. Subscribe to get an email when one is released. See last year's solicitations to get an idea of what might be coming this year. Visit the Awards Page to see who received a grant last year.   
Apply for OVW grants for underserved populations

Register by: Jan 5, 2017
Apply by: Jan 26, 2017

This solicitation supports outreach to and services for individuals in underserved populations who are survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

Underserved populations face challenges created by lack of availability of culturally relevant services and by marginalization due to geographic location, religion, sexual orientation, gender identify, racial and ethnic identity, or special needs. 

Grants funds may be used for a range of activities, such as:
- Develop and implement population-specific outreach materials and victim services
- Increase the ability of organizations to provide outreach and services for underserved populations  
- Train and educate community partners and criminal justice professionals
Download the solicitation and read it carefully. 
The Network/La Red: Community Services Manager (bilingual)

Overall Responsibilities: Provide direct services for survivors of partner abuse and their children from LGBQ/T, SM and/or polyamorous communities, coordinate and oversee daily functioning and development of bilingual hotline services and related direct services. Supervise full-time advocate, part-time hotline staff and direct service volunteers and interns.
Supervised By: Director of Survivor Services
Supervises: Full time Advocate, Part-time hotline staff, direct service volunteers/interns 

Asian Family Support Services of Austin Prevention Coordinator

The Prevention Coordinator will play an active role the development of AFSSA's Prevention program. Under the supervision of the Community Education Program Manager, the Prevention Coordinator will conduct outreach, design and deliver educational sessions and prevention programs that aim to address and reduce gender-based violence. The Coordinator in addition to the development of the prevention strategy and curriculum, will deliver prevention programming in a variety of awareness settings including education sessions to youth and adult audiences; outreaching to parents and adults in community; serve as a conduit to individual support services by referring to our crisis response and direct services team; contribute to the development of the program plan with an to program effectiveness; and assist in evaluating AFSSA's prevention program.

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV): Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Systems Change

The Vice-President of Strategic Partnerships and Systems Change will lead boldly in challenging the culture, practices, policy, and power of institutions and systems that create the conditions for gender and racial violence and systemic oppressions. Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer, the Vice-President will provide visionary and hands on leadership to NRCDV's Policy and Research Team and its collaborative efforts to build and support a strong community of policy advocates committed to racial equity as a core element of gender justice.

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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