A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Understanding Human Trafficking

Written by: María Cristina Pacheco-Alcalá, Project Coordinator, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

What is human trafficking? Why do people keep talking about it? What does it have to do with me? 
The  National Human Trafficking Resource Center defines human trafficking as a form of modern-day slavery. This crime occurs when a trafficker uses force, fraud or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or soliciting labor or services against his/her will.
According to the Ricky Martin Foundation  webpage:
  • There are 30 million victims worldwide, or 1 in 280 people
  • $90 is the average price for a slave
  • Every three minutes, a minor becomes a victim of sexual exploitation in the United States
  • 5 million victims are minors
Click here  to learn more about human trafficking and TVPA
Upcoming NLN Webinars

Cómo Usar las Redes Sociales para Promover el Trabajo de su Organización

Martes, el 16 de mayo, 2017
1:00 - 2:30 de la tarde (hora del centro)
¿Es usted la persona responsable de manejar las cuentas de redes sociales de su organización? ¿Le desalienta la agobiante tarea de hallar maneras efectivas de alcanzar a su audiencia? Aunque mantener una cuenta personal de Facebook para estar en contacto con amig@s y familiares es fácil; usar las redes sociales para hacer marketing para una organización sin interés de lucro es un campo muy diferente. Este seminario web le ayudará a entender cómo usar las redes sociales para lograr su meta e  incrementar su audiencia. 

Presentadora: Rebecca De León, Coordinadora de Comunicaciones y Marketing de Casa de Esperanza: Red Nacional Latina 

Language Access in Courts for Advocates

Monday May 22nd 
2:00 - 3:30pm (Central)
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act requires equal access to courts for all. However, some courts are still finding it challenging to provide access to people with limited English proficiency. The National Latin@ Network of Casa de Esperanza has developed a tool kit to help. In this webinar participants will be informed of the Title VI requirements, help strategize how advocates can work with courts, prosecutors and others to meet the requirements of Title VI. Through this interactive webinar participants will increase their capacity to: improve language access to local courthouse services during legal proceedings, and advocate for increased language access services. Participants will also explore the toolkit and examine their role in helping survivor's access justice.

Presenter:  Olga Trujillo, Director of Education and Advocacy, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

Sense of Community and Shared Identity in Latina-led Domestic Violence Workshops

Wednesday May 31st  
11:00am - 12:30pm (Central)
Sense of Community is positively linked to community participation and mental health. For this reason, connection to grassroots organizations and Latinx identity may help explain the success of promotora and similar peer-model programs. In this webinar, Dr. Macias will present the results of a community-based study of DV workshops led by Latina immigrant DV survivors who completed Casa de Esperanza's adapted Líderes training program.
In this webinar, participants will learn t o review peer-model research and become familiar with structure and aims of Casa de Esperanza's Leadership Training Program for Latinas (Líderes), g ain a better understanding of ways to leverage community connection in community-based prevention, and e xplore examples of the use of testimony in gender-based violence initiatives.

Presenter:  Lillianne Macias, Ph.D.

The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda strongly opposes action taken by the state of Texas to ban sanctuary cities that provide a reprieve to immigrants seeking refuge in the United States. The law, which requires state and local law agencies to enforce federal immigration law has come under fire by many groups, including NHLA leaders. Law enforcement officers and elected officials that refuse to implement the law face criminal and civil penalties.

NHLA has opposed similar attempts to ban sanctuary cities in the past citing the fact that anti-immigrant measures, like these, threaten the health, safety, and civil rights of all individuals who live in jurisdictions where these measures have been undertaken. The Texas law has already resulted in widespread fear among community members, and it puts innocent citizens at risk for discrimination, violence, and abuse. Advocates also believe that the law will lead to wasting taxpayer dollars and will place an undue burden on law enforcement officials to  enforce immigration laws.

Click here to read the rest of the NHLA's statement
The National Network to End Domestic Violence invites you to join them TOMORROW, Friday, May 12, 2017 at 2:00 PM (ET) for a LIVE Google+ Hangout to discuss this year's Census. 

Email NNEDV your questions in advance or just join them live over on Google+: https://plus.google.com/b/107972157782664561024/+NnedvOrg 
Learn more about the 11th annual Domestic Violence Counts census by watching this video summary: 

  • Read and download the full report here
  • Read and download the National Summary here
  • Find your State/Territory Summary here
  • Read our Press Release here
  • View and download this year's census Infographics here
**When sharing information from the Census on social media, please remember to use the hashtag #DVcounts**

If you have additional questions about the Census, please reach out to our teamat census@nnedv.org.
Alianza Americas, CARECEN-DC and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda held a briefing April 27, 2017 to call for urgent protections for Central Americans fleeing violence and insecurity. The organizations convened this event in light of epidemic levels of violence and the much-needed relief for refugees and asylum seekers that are at risk due to recent immigration executive orders.  

Honduran human rights activist Neesa Medina joined them to provide deeper insight into the reality for individuals living in the Northern Triangle and the human consequences of the U.S. harsh and inhumane new policies, particularly the violence that is driving migration from Central America.

The event organizers stressed the importance of recognizing both the physical and emotional impact of the government's failure to protect the women and children who are fleeing violence and seeking refuge in the United States. This event is part of a larger speaking tour that has been spearheaded by Alianza Americas to provide further education to lawmakers and the public about the reality facing these women and children and why humanitarian action and policies are so important.

Click here to read the rest of this press release by the NHLA
Early Bird Registration Now Open for National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence

September 26 - 28, 2017
San Francisco, California

Join more than 1,000 attendees at the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence this Sept 26-28, 2017 in San Francisco.

The conference presents the most recent research and promising clinical, advocacy and public health responses to domestic and sexual violence. More than 400 speakers are featured across three days of activities, with 200+ presentations, 100+ posters and plenary and keynote sessions. 

All health care and violence prevention professionals are encouraged to attend, including: physicians, physician assistants, dentists, nurses, nurse midwives, mental and behavioral health providers, social workers, domestic violence experts, researchers, students and others.

Take advantage of discounted early registration rates and a discounted hotel rate at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel. Early registration rates end on June 30th, 2017. Need-based scholarships are also available. 
Click here for more information and to register
RCDV:CPC launches new evidence-based practices webpage

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)'s Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody (RCDV:CPC) is pleased to announce the launch of its webpage devoted to evidence-based practices. Online content will be regularly updated to bring relevant information on such practices. 
Staff is available to provide training and technical assistance support to communities interested in developing or enhancing their current practices.

If interested, please contact an 
RCDV:CPC staff member  by calling   800-527-3223 or emailing   fvdinfo@ncjfcj.org.
Click here to explore this new resource
Registration for the 2017 National Sexual Assault Conference closes soon

Last day to register is May 16, 2017

The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault will be hosting the 2017 National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC) in Dallas, Texas June 7 - 9, 2017. 

The purpose of the conference is to provide a national training opportunity for 1500+ workers from rape crisis centers, state sexual assault coalitions and other allies (medical professionals, law enforcement, campus rape crisis programs, public health department workers, and others) from across the United States and its territories. Registration is now open.

NSAC features a wide range of workshop topics suited to the diverse audience. Track topics include sexual assault prevention, trauma recovery, legal issues and advocacy, reaching underserved communities, leadership development in underserved communities, and management and policy. This conference is the primary opportunity to showcase best practices in the field and connect the work of leaders and workers across the nation in the effort to end sexual violence and reduce the trauma experienced by survivors. 

Click here  to register now
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Webinar Family Separation at the Border: A Webinar for Service Providers on Legal and Administrative Advocacy

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
2 pm EST / 1 pm CST / Noon MST / 11 am PST

In the last several years, there has been a dramatic increase in the separation of family members who arrive together seeking protection at the southern U.S. border. Although DHS Sec. Kelly recently reversed his stance on formalizing a policy of family separation at the border, service providers continue to identify cases in which separation occurs. Family separation can take many forms -- whether children from parents, spouses or siblings from one another, and more -- but the process of locating and reuniting separated family members, as well as ensuring they can still access legal protection, is universally complicated. This webinar is specifically intended for legal and social service providers working with unaccompanied children or detained adults who may encounter family members separated at the border. The presentation will cover topics such as steps to take to try to locate or facilitate reunification of separated family members as well as legal strategies and filing complaints in family separation cases.
For more information, please contact Katharina Obser at katharinao@wrcommission.org
Please register by end of business day May 16. WRC will be sending specific webinar log-in information closer to the date.

Click here to register for this webinar
Webinar Health Policy Webinar for Advocates
Want to discuss the proposed American Health Care Act and implications for survivors of violence?  

Thursday, May 18, 2017
12-1:30pm Pacific / 1-2:30pm Moutnain / 2-3:30pm Central / 3-4:30pm Eastern

Join us for a webinar discussion about how advocates can respond to the ever-changing health care landscape and work to proactively support survivor access to health. In this webinar, health policy analyst Lena O'Rourke and I will discuss how the current version American Health Care Act (AHCA) would impact health services for survivors of violence if implemented, if domestic and sexual violence could be considered pre-existing conditions under the AHCA, and will share strategies and tools to educate leaders and community members about health care and coverage needs of survivors and their families.
In the meantime, some reminders for advocates:  
  • There are still a lot of steps before this becomes law
  • Coverage for 2017 won't change (it is possible this will still be true for 2018)
  • It's still worth getting enrolled
  • Survivors still have the Domestic Violence Special Enrollment Period AND enrollment in Medicaid is year-round
  • If coverage changes, consumers should get lots of notice and then we'll help them figure it out
Click here to register for this webinar
Webinar Funding Opportunity: OVW Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life Program
Thursday, June 15, 2017
2pm (EST) / 1pm (CST) / 12pm (MST) / 11am (PST)
Duration: 90 minutes
Cost: Free

Presented by 
The U.S Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL)

Each day, 10,000 baby boomers turn 65. As the number of older individuals in America increases, unfortunately so does the number of potential victims of elder abuse.  Research indicates that one in ten older adults are abused and that two-thirds of elder abuse victims are women. This webinar on June 15 - World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) - will commemorate WEAAD 2017 and the efforts of communities and professional around the county to confront elder abuse. This webinar will also provide participants with a detailed overview of OVW's Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life grant program. This grant program funds communities across the country to address elder abuse through trainings, services, and a coordinated community response. Participants will hear from previous years' grantees about the impact the grant program has had on their community's response to abuse in later life. Participants will also learn about steps they can take to prepare to apply for the grant.

Janice Green, JD, Senior Program Specialist with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women

Juanita Davis, JD, Program Manager for the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL), a project of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin

Who should enroll
The webinar is open to all who are interested in learning more about the OVW Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life grant program funding opportunity

**Registration closes Monday, June 12, 2017

For any questions, please contact Juanita Davis at jdavis@ncall.us or 6


Click here to register for this webinar
Deadline: May 11, 2017

Although many systems exist to respond to child and youth victimization issues, these systems often fail to communicate and collaborate effectively to get to the root of the problem.

The competitively awarded state-level demonstration sites will bring all of the relevant systems and professionals together to establish a coordinated approach. This approach will ensure that every child entering these systems is assessed for victimization, that children and their families are provided comprehensive and coordinated services to fully address their needs, and that practices and policies are established to sustain this approach long term.

The project will be conducted in two phases-Ph ase 1: Planning (15 months) and Phase 2: Implementation (5 years).

OVC expects to make up to two awards of up to $500,000 each through this demonstration initiative.

Apply TODAY!
YWCA USA: Chief Executive Officer

Washington, DC

The YWCA USA is looking for a strong leader and strategic thinker to unite local associations to continue operating as a national movement. The incoming CEO will play an integral role in continuing to enhance the organization's accomplishments and impact. The CEO will be given the opportunity to be a convener, thought leader and advocate in the movement to empower women, support families, eliminate racism, stand up for social justice, and strengthen communities.
Click here for more information about this position

To support the administrative and programmatic needs of the Lethality Assessment Program-Maryland Model (LAP) staff at MNADV and the efforts of jurisdictions that want to implement LAP, MNADV is seeking an experienced, detail-oriented, and reliable professional to fill the role of  Project Specialist . This position provides an opportunity for someone looking to gain experience providing technical assistance to various disciplines within the domestic violence field.

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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