National Latin@ Network
August 16, 2019

Weekly Update from the National Latin@ Network
Written by: Marissa Kurtz, and Olivia Garcia, Casa de Esperanza

A few weeks ago, national news organization The Hill hosted its third annual  Latina Leaders Summit to discuss both the historic wins for Latinas across all levels of government in last year’s midterm elections and issues surrounding this underrepresented demographic group in the U.S. government and the private sectors. Latina leaders from around the country connected across industry sectors to speak on emerging issues affecting their communities and methods of lifting up future generations to succeed.
Policy Alerts and Statements
America Ferrera, Eva Longoria, and More Are Speaking Out: “The Integrity of Our Country Is at Stake”
Actresses Eva Longoria, America Ferrara and more than 200 other Latino artists and civil rights leaders on Friday penned a letter of support to the Latino community in the United States after a mass shooting in Texas and immigration raids in Mississippi.

Musicians Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin and Lin-Manuel Miranda gave their backing to the letter, which called on those outside the Latino community to "speak out loudly against hate."

"If you are feeling terrified, heartbroken and defeated by the barrage of attacks on our community, you are not alone," said the letter, addressed to the Querida Familia Latina (Dear Latino Family) and published in the New York Times, La Opinion and other newspapers.

The letter followed a shooting in the predominantly Latino border city of El Paso, Texas on Aug. 3 that killed 22 people and is believed to have been racially motivated, as well as the arrest of 680 people in immigration raids last week on seven agricultural processing plants in Mississippi.
Today is the day we all hoped would never come. DHS’s final public charge rule has been posted to the Federal Register for inspection, with official publication scheduled for Wednesday.  Here is a link to the final rule . If litigation does not prevent the rule from taking effect, the policy will become effective on October 15. We will share more about the content later today and in the days to come. Please see the following stories from  The New York Times The Washington Post , and  Politico
Recent Policy Updates and Ways to Speak Out
While the nation mourns the loss of life in the terrible mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH , massive immigration raids in Mississippi led to the arrest of 680 immigrants, leaving families separated and children traumatized and stranded after the first day school. As noted by the National Taskforce to End Sexual and Domestic Violence regarding the mass shooting in El Paso, it is impossible to ignore the connection between the violence that took place and the larger anti-immigrant climate. The Alliance for Immigrant Survivors (AIS) is also deeply disturbed by reports that some victims of the shooting were afraid to seek medical care or support searching for their family members for fear of immigration enforcement. These national tragedies highlight the intersections between immigration and gender-based violence policies, and AIS will continue its work to address increased barriers for immigrant survivors to gain access to safety and protection.
AIS and our partners have summarized recent policy developments below that highlight the harm these policies are having on survivors of gender-based violence, as well as resources to take action in support of immigrant survivors.
NLN News
The Factors that Support the Leadership of Women of Color
August 20, 2019
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST

Women of color are underrepresented in leadership roles within all fields. However, we know of influential and brilliant women of color who impact our communities. This strength-based participatory research explores the factors that have supported the leadership and growth of 51 women of color leaders across the country. 84% of participants shared a mentor contributed to their success.
DVAM is 365 Days Long: How to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence During and Beyond October
August 22, 2019
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST

October is fast approaching, and for the domestic violence field this means one thing – Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is coming! Join the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) and the National Resource Center for Domestic Violence (NRCDV) for a FREE webinar. You’ll learn more about these organizations’ DVAM campaigns, how to utilize available tools and resources to make these campaigns relevant to your audience and how to integrate DVAM into your policy and educational work to make DVAM’s impact last beyond October.
Webinar series recordings available
We invite you to listen to our capacity building webinar series on the following topics: 
  • grants financial management
  • the role of the executive director
  • partnerships & collaborations 
We developed these webinars based on training topics that raised the most discussion. 
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
Progress in Advancing Me Too Workplace Reforms in #20Statesby2020
The National Women’s Law Center’s new report Progress in Advancing Me Too Workplace Reforms in #20Statesby2020 provides an overview of the legislative progress that has been made in advancing workplace harassment reforms in #20Statesby2020 since #MeToo went viral.
ICE's new policy will give the agency more discretion to deport victims of crimes
The reversal of long-standing internal guidelines on U-visas might lead to the deportation of immigrants with legitimate claims to legal status.

Read this article by Pacific Standard to learn more about what the previous policies looked like, what changed, and what the changes mean for applicants.
Network News and Resources
API-GBV Advisory: How Will the "Public Charge" Final Rule Impact Immigrant Survivors? 
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a final rule, published in the Federal Register on August 14, 2019, which significantly changes longstanding policy about the meaning and application of the “public charge” inadmissibility provisions of immigration law.
CSAJ releases Bankruptcy and Student Loan Debt Training Toolkit
Find webinar recordings, supplementary reading, and multilevel planning worksheets to support your Bankruptcy and Student Loan Debt advocacy in this Consumer Rights Webinar Training Toolkit.
NILC asking for DACA recipients to participate in survey to inform lawsuit
To DACA recipients: Your experience has power. As NILC prepares to defend DACA at the Supreme Court and continue pushing for a permanent solution, it is more important than ever that your experience be understood by the courts, policymakers, and the American public.

Please take a moment to complete the survey and share it with other DACA recipients.
Network Webinars & Podcasts
Late-breaking webinar for the new ICE memo: Now how do we stop survivor removals?
August 29, 2019
2 - 4 p.m. ET

It appears ICE will be significantly amending its practice on stays for U applicants, and we believe they plan to completely eliminate the prima facie (PF) system for U Visa holders, including those in detention and removal. Join us for a webinar on emerging strategies for stopping survivor removals in light of this in these developments. We will discuss strategies for both individual cases and litigation attacking elimination of the PF system.
From Classroom to Dorm Room: Serving Survivors with Disabilities on Campus
August 20, 2019
2 - 3:30 p.m. ET

This webinar will provide an overview on the barriers that student survivors with disabilities face in seeking out and receiving services on campus as well as solutions that educational institutions can implement to address those barriers and ensure that they are equipped to meet the needs of all student who experience sexual assault.
Community Engagement Makes the Difference
August 20, 2019
3 - 4:30 p.m. ET

Want to reach out to LGBTQ people? Want to demonstrate your organization's love for LGBTQ community? Want to become a trusted resource for LGBTQ survivors? Community Engagement Makes the Difference! Whether your program is a general DV agency or works in a specific community, whether you serve mostly LGBTQ survivors or just a few, turn intention into action by getting out of the office and into the neighborhood. Get ready for Pride month with this Community Engagement "Why & How" Primer.
A Trauma-Informed Care Approach to Healthcare Providers' Interactions with Families and Friends of Homicide Victims
August 22, 2019
2 - 3 p.m. ET

The presenters will discuss findings from their research with families and friends of homicide victims (FFHV) which focused on interactions with the healthcare system and healthcare providers in the aftermath of a loved one's homicide. The research team held focus groups with FFHV and coded the qualitative data using the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's "Guiding Principles of Trauma-Informed Care" framework (2014). 
Collaborative Strategies and Tools to Meet the Needs of Survivors of Human Trafficking
August 22, 2019
3 - 4:30 p.m. ET

This webinar will highlight collaborative work undertaken by multi-disciplinary teams across the U.S. to support domestic and sexual violence and human trafficking (DV/SA/HT) survivors. Presenters will share how their partnerships or task forces were initiated; strategies to enhance client services and case coordination; and tools and training opportunities to build or expand collaborative responses for HT survivors across communities and states. 
Implementing Rapid Re-Housing with Survivors: A Tale of Two Programs
August 23, 2019
1 p.m. ET

Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) is in use by more and more domestic violence programs, yet its implementation can be challenging for providers new to this approach. This webinar spotlights two agencies that have fully implemented RRH for survivors as part of their domestic violence programs. They will share their path to implementation, discuss some of the nuts and bolts of how their programs operate (including how they address intersectional issues), and respond to questions from webinar participants. 
Building Sustainable Partnerships between Human Trafficking Services and Workforce Development Programs
August 28, 2019
3 - 4:30 p.m. ET

Partnerships between organizations serving human trafficking survivors and workforce development programs can improve survivors' access to a range of high-quality education and employment opportunities. Building cross-sector partnerships to seamlessly and effectively enhance client services can be challenging when programs have different goals and methods of service delivery.
From Paid Leave to Rent Stabilization: Research and practice on strengthening economic security for violence prevention
August 23, 2019
1 p.m. ET

Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) is in use by more and more domestic violence programs, yet its implementation can be challenging for providers new to this approach. This webinar spotlights two agencies that have fully implemented RRH for survivors as part of their domestic violence programs. They will share their path to implementation, discuss some of the nuts and bolts of how their programs operate (including how they address intersectional issues), and respond to questions from webinar participants. 
Suggested Reading Corner
Cantora: A Novel
By:   Carolina De Robertis

In 1977 Uruguay, a military government has crushed political dissent with ruthless force. In an environment where citizens are kidnapped, raped, and tortured, homosexuality is a dangerous transgression. And yet Romina, Flaca, Anita "La Venus," Paz, and Malena--five  cantoras , women who "sing"--somehow, miraculously, find on another and then, together, discover an isolated, nearly uninhabited cape, Cabo Polonio, which they claim as their secret sanctuary.

A genre-defining novel and De Robertis's masterpiece,  Cantoras  is a breathtaking portrait of queer love, community, forgotten history, and the strength of the human spirit.
Job Opportunities
NNEDV: President and CEO
With a staff of 45, NNEDV is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors comprising state coalition directors, business and community leaders and members of important ally/stakeholder groups. The organization’s current budget is approximately $7.2M. 
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The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Quigley House acts as the chief administrator and is responsible for strategic and operational leadership for the organization. The CEO — in partnership with the Board of Directors and the executive management team — will establish long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies. The CEO is accountable for the overall programmatic and fiscal integrity of the organization within the framework and philosophy set by the Board of Directors.
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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