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Name: María Cristina Pacheco Alcalá Title: Program Coordinator Main responsibilities: Coordinate and implement training and technical assistance for campus grantees from the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW). Where are you from? Caguas, Puerto Rico Where do you feel most at home? I feel most at home when I’m cooking and spending time with my […]

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What is the U visa? The U visa was created with bipartisan support under the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in 2000 in order to protect immigrant victims of certain serious crimes and encourage them to report these crimes and assist in the investigation and prosecution, regardless of their immigration status. Who can […]

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Ada Moreno, Program and Administrative Assistant Ada Moreno works as the Program and Administrative Assistant for Casa de Esperanza. Originally from San Salvador, El Salvador Ada moved to Duluth, Minnesota in 2012 to pursue undergraduate studies in History and Global, Cultural, and Language Studies. Passionate about progressive politics, prior to this position she worked as […]

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Written by: Lisalyn R. Jacobs, Interim Legal & Policy Director, Center for Survivor Agency and Justice Fact: Women of color experience higher rates of domestic violence and sexual assault (DV/SA) than their white counterparts. Fact: People of color live in poverty at a rate disproportionate to whites (27% vs. 10%). Fact: Poverty has compounding and […]

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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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Name: Leo Martinez Title: Project Coordinator Main responsibilities: I coordinate and provide training and technical assistance for the Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Initiative and the Limited English Proficiency project. Where are you from? I’m originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina and I’ve lived in Atlanta, Georgia for almost 20 years now. Where do you feel most at […]

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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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Sheehan Niethold is the new Program Assistant; she provides administrative support for the Chief Strategy Officer and the NLN program staff and consultants. Where are you from? I was born in Denver, Colorado, but raised in beautiful Reno, Nevada. Where do you feel most at home? I feel most at home anytime I’m with my family, […]

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Post submitted by Marissa Young, Outreach and Training Coordinator at the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Resource Project (DVRP). Culturally accessible services allow survivors to feel understood, cared for and heard. Providing culturally accessible services requires more than just employing staff who speak the same language as the survivors. It also means ensuring that survivors are understood […]

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