National Latin@ Network
September 20, 2019
Update from the National Latin@ Network
September 15 - October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month
Campus Safety Awareness Month: What we learned from The Clery Act
Written by: María Cristina Pacheco-Alcalá, Project Manager, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

September is Campus Safety Awareness Month and as such, we invite you to be a part of public conversation on issues related to violence prevention in colleges and universities.

On 1986, Jeanne Clery, who was 19 years old, was raped and murdered in her college dormitory. Her parents were unaware of the dangers she was in while on campus, as standards for campus crime reporting where not in place. The loss of a bright young woman was what gave advocates the drive to lobby and put in place policy changes that currently take the form of the  Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act , often just referred to at The Clery Act.
NLN News
2020 Latina Institute now accepting Call for Proposals!
Deadline: October 18, 2019

Presenters should:
  • Have experience working at the intersections of Latin@s, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and/or
  • Have experience creating effective presentations and presenting in front of an
  • Use an accessible and survivor-centered approach to all sessions and materials.
Musicians Bon Iver partner with Casa de Esperanza for St. Paul concert
As part of the partnership between Bon Iver's philanthropic arm, 2 A Billion, and Casa de Esperanza, 100% of the proceeds from the online auction of an exclusive Bon Iver concert package will go to Casa de Esperanza!
Invisible Dangers: Repetitive Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries and Strangulation in Women Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence
September 25, 2019  
1 - 2:30pm EST

Globally, nearly 1 in 3 women over the age of 15 have experienced intimate partner violence (IPV), and several reports have shown that women subjected to IPV experience repetitive mild traumatic brain injuries (rTBIs) at alarmingly high rates. In this webinar, Eve Valera of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital will present data on the effects of IPV-related TBI on women's cognitive and psychological functioning as well as structural and functional neural connectivity.
Enhancing Cultural Responsiveness in the Courts Training
October 29-30, 2019
Baltimore, MD
***Deadline to register: August 30, 2019

Enhancing Cultural Responsiveness in the Courts Training is an interactive training for court staff that explores culture and court responses to culturally specific domestic violence and sexual assault victims.

*Note: DO NOT make travel arrangements, yet!
Advocate News
Chaos and Dysfunction at the Border: The Remain in Mexico Program Firsthand
The first thing many people forcibly returned to Mexico tell you is that they’re afraid. Afraid of the cartels, afraid of Mexican immigration officials, and afraid of the months of uncertainty. This is what they’ve faced since the Trump administration sent them back to Mexico as part of the “Remain in Mexico” program—formally called the “Migrant Protection Protocols” (MPP).

Under MPP, individuals who cross the border or arrive at ports of entry are given a notice to appear in immigration court and then sent back to Mexico through a port of entry. Only Mexicans, unaccompanied children, and “vulnerable” individuals are excluded from the program. But that hasn’t stopped U.S. Customs and Border Protection from forcing back  extremely pregnant women  and  vulnerable LGBT+ individuals .
University of Colorado Denver asks for your participation in survey
The University of Colorado Denver's School of Public Affairs is asking for your participation in a survey for their research exploring college students' perceptions of consent when using online dating apps.

Participation should take no more than 15-20 minutes, and all participants will be entered into a contest to win a $5 or $25 Amazon gift card.
MNCASA warns public about MeToo Rape Kits
The Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault opposes the use of at-home forensic evidence collection kits (commonly referred to as “rape kits”) and is greatly concerned that they are being marketed to the public, particularly on college campuses. MeTooKit is a company that claims to have created the first Sexual Assault Evidence Kit for at-home use. MeTooKit has started a waitlist for their kits on their website and developed a pilot program for colleges and universities. MNCASA is discouraged by this obvious attempt to monetize the #MeToo movement, particularly in such an irresponsible way with potential disastrous impacts on victims/survivors of sexual assault.
Layering Access: Accounting for Survivors with Disabilities and Deaf Survivors in Training and Technical Assistance
October 22-23, 2019
Decatur, GA

This advanced training builds on the skills and information you learned by presenting interactive sessions that will teach you how to create and host accessible virtual events, create accessible documents and presentations, creatively and competently work at the intersection of culture, race, and disability, and much more. 
Network News and Resources
El grupo Cumbre Compañeras presentarán en un taller
10 noviembre, 2019
Austin, TX

En la última Conferencia Anual de Mujeres, el grupo “Cumbre Compañeras” expusieron narrativas de sus vivencias personales que les tomó un año de preparación aproximadamente. Debido al gran interés por las narrativas, expresado por las mujeres que asistieron a la conferencia fue decidido invitarlas nuevamente este año con nuevas experiencias. En esta ocasión se ofrecerá también gratis un taller de cuatro horas para aquellas mujeres interesadas en trabajar en sus propias narrativas.
Bureau of Justice Statistics releases 2018 National Crime Victimization Survey 
The Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) is one of two major sources of crime statistics in the United States. It collects information on nonfatal crimes by surveying a nationally representative sample of U.S. household.

Based on the 2018 survey, the offender was of the same race or ethnicity as the victim in 70% of violent incidents involving black victims, 62% of those involving white victims, 45% of those involving Hispanic victims, and 24% of those involving Asian victims.
Apply now to be a part of the Sisters Leadership & Empowerment Institute
October 2019 - April 2020
Deadline: Sept. 22

Do you want to STOP the violence against women and girls in our community? Are you seeking a community of support and ways to heal into your best, highest self? Then apply TODAY for the Jahajee Sisters 2019-2020 Leadership & Empowerment Institute. Through this intensive, 7-month program, you will step into your personal power and gain critical skills for community organizing. 
'Domestic Violence Through the Social Work Lens' virtual forum
October 16-17, 2019
12 - 5 p.m. EST

NASW is proud to be hosting a virtual forum this fall—“Domestic Violence Through the Social Work Lens”. Join us live to access cutting-edge education presented by leaders in the field on topics covering clinical practice, children & families, policy, ethics, lgbtq and more as they relate to domestic violence. This two-day program will be live-streamed from the NASW National Office and you will be able to view it from your home, your office, or mobile device. 
API-GBV publishes new factsheet: Domestic and Family Violence in Hmong Communities
With a U.S. population of roughly 300,000, the relatively small Hmong ethnic group often becomes absorbed into the greater "Asian and Pacific Islander" classification. As a result, the histories and needs of the Hmong community become overshadowed by the "model minority" myth, and the abuses and barriers Hmong survivors face are hidden by aggregated data. 
API-GBV's newest factsheet, Domestic and Family Violence in Hmong Communities , hopes to make these important issues more visible. It is a collection of statistics on domestic violence, intimate partner violence on college campus, domestic violence related homicide, child sexual abuse, help-seeking, and community attitudes towards domestic violence. 
PCAR: Strategies for Supporting Bicultural and Bilingual Staff
It is important to provide meaningful access to services for all survivors, including taking steps to ensure access for individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP). A staff that reflects the languages and cultures in the community is best positioned to provide meaningful access to advocacy services for individuals with LEP.
Network Webinars & Podcasts
Consumer Issue Spotting & Assessment with DV/SA Survivors
September 26, 2019
1 - 2:30 p.m. ET

Peer exchange calls are a space for advocates, attorneys, and practitioners to build community and share their experiences with issues that they, their organizations, and their clients are facing. This is a space for advocates to learn from one another about strategies that could be utilized to resolve the issues they are facing.
Desmantelando el Muro: Plan de Acción y Seguridad Pro-activo para Comunidades Inmigrantes
26 septiembre, 2019
2:30 - 4 p.m. EST
En los ultimos meses la comunidad Latina ha experimentado un incremento de estrés debido al futuro incierto que producen los mensajes y acciones politicas anti-inmigrantes en la nacion. Esto ha creado una preocupacion a diferentes niveles. Discutiremos practicas con las cuales los proveedores de servicios pueden proveer alivio y confianza a los sobrevivientes y ayudarles a crear una plataforma de preparacion proactiva antes de enfrentar un proceso de inmigracion. 
Advocacy and Male Survivors of Domestic Violence
October 1, 2019
3 - 4:30 p.m. ET

LGBTQ culturally specific programs have a long history of supporting bisexual men, transgender men, and gay men who have survived domestic violence. This webinar will share the Institute's approach to meaningfully supporting male survivors by centering the experiences of bi+, trans, and gay men, and share tips and best practices in providing advocacy.
Defense-Based Advocacy: Principles and Practices
September 24, 2019
3 - 4:30 p.m. ET
Victims of battering charged with crimes are best served when advocates understand and support the role of the defense in the criminal legal system. This webinar will explain what it means to advocate from a defense perspective, discuss values shared by anti-domestic violence practitioners and criminal defense practitioners, and suggest some concrete advocacy strategies for working on behalf of victim defendants in ways that maximize opportunities for justice and help prevent further victimization.
Addressing DV/SA Survivors’ Economic & Consumer Barriers to Housing 
Part 1: Innovative Initiatives
October 16, 2019
1:30 - 3 p.m. ET

Part 2: Individual Advocacy
October 23, 2019
2 - 3:30 p.m. ET

In these webinars, national and local experts will discuss best practice models that have helped to address the profound economic barriers to housing for domestic violence survivors, and offer in-depth advocacy strategies and legal remedies to address the credit- and economic-related barriers to accessing and maintaining housing and obtaining economic stability for survivors. 
Reimagining Gender for a World Without Violence: Art and Storytelling Led by Black Organizers
October 3, 2019
2 - 3:30 p.m. ET
Presenters on this web conference will share highlights from the upcoming anthology “Black Freedom Beyond Borders: Re-imagining Gender in Wakanda.” The anthology is inspired by and honors the lives of Black, brown, and indigenous queer and trans women who have died and experienced violence.
Suggested Reading Corner
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Selected Works
By:   Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

Sor Juana (1651–1695) was a fiery feminist and a woman ahead of her time. Like Simone de Beauvoir, she was very much a public intellectual. Her contemporaries called her "the Tenth Muse" and "the Phoenix of Mexico," names that continue to resonate. An illegitimate child, self-taught intellectual, and court favorite, she rose to the height of fame as a writer in Mexico City during the Spanish Golden Age.
Job Opportunities
Raliance: Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer
The RALIANCE Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer will be responsible for conceptualizing
and implementing business strategy, including initiating and supporting the negotiation and execution of business development transactions for corporate enterprises who desire to be leaders in areas of safety and respect. They will serve as the primary liaison with corporate and other clients; and will coordinate other RALIANCE staff and consultants to implement projects in keeping with goals, budgets, and timelines.
Barbara J. Hart Justice Center, A Project of the Women’s Resource Center: Staff Attorney
Provide legal information, consultation, and representation to survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence who are program participants of the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) in Lackawanna and Susquehanna counties of PA. Provide representation in various family law legal matters including but not limited to: interviewing, filing court documents and court appearances (motions, conferences, trials, subsequent proceedings such as contempt hearings and appeals). 
NLN Newsletter/Blog Info
Now accepting blog 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
About the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities

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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