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Category Archives: From the field

By: Cassie Amundson-Muñoz, Community Engagement Communications Specialist “Listen and respect” “Be our own identity-not what people want us to be” “How to take anxiety off your mind” These are some of the responses participants jotted down when asked what they learned from the 5th Annual Latin@ Youth Conference: Empowering Communities y Tomando Acción. More than […]

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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. This blog was written and submitted by a youth member of our Fuerza Unida Amig@s Youth initiative. As teenagers, it can be hard to know the signs of what’s a good relationship versus a bad relationship. We’re still growing and learning from our life experiences and mistakes, and […]

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Little is known about how organizations in the field of domestic violence (DV) and sexual violence (SV) are responding to the needs of human trafficking survivors. In 2015, Casa de Esperanza’s National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities surveyed 80 different organizations across the United States to understand and document work being done at […]

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By: Cassie Amundson-Muñoz & Rebecca De León, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” —Aesop More than 25 years ago, our staff at Casa de Esperanza’s headquarters and shelter, El Refugio in Twin Cities, Minnesota, started Proyecto Navidad as a way to make the holidays […]

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On September 30, 2016, Casa de Esperanza held a celebration event in Minneapolis, Minn., titled Honoring Latina Leadership. More than 260 guests gathered to recognize the contributions of seven outstanding Latina leaders in Minnesota in celebration of the work they do to move our communities forward, inspire future generations, and promote healthy families and communities. […]

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Systems change is a process that involves responding to an instance of lack of language access (for example) and builds on that one experience to create significant change in a system or service. The following steps were outlined through an interview with Enlace Comunitario, a social justice organization led by Latina women located in Albuquerque, […]

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On June 15th, the National Latin@ Network will observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Like all adult survivors of abuse, older adults have a complex set of circumstances shaped by culture, gender, sexual orientation, and immigration status.  Latin@ older survivors may face additional barriers that require service providers to examine how they are currently delivering […]

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U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women 2016 STOP Administrators & Coalition Directors Joint Meeting Remarks by Z. Ruby White Starr, March 29, 2016 I joined Casa de Esperanza as their Chief Strategy Officer in July of last year after working at various mainstream organizations. Since then I’ve had some time to reflect […]

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By Heidi Notario, Director of Implementation and Social Change Beginning on February 21, 2016, I had the opportunity to attend a week long domestic violence knowledge exchange in China, as part of the U.S. Delegation that brought together a group of experts on this topic. This trip was part of the People to People Exchange […]

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By Andrea Carcamo, Policy Analyst & Legislative Liaison Direct services are a way to help survivors of sexual assault after the fact, but prevention addresses the issue at its root. Although large companies and media outlets have the power to improve the discourse on sexual assault by bringing content to our phones, TVs and computer […]

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