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Safety Alert: If you believe your computer activities are being monitored, please access this site from a safer computer. To immediately exit this site, click the escape button. If you are in immediate danger, contact 911, a local crisis line, or the U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224.


At the age of sixteen, Consuelo went to a party with some friends after work. At the party, one of her co-workers raped her.  Had she been a witness to her own rape, she would have immediately named it rape, but because it happened to her and not someone else, she feared she had done […]

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Written by: Jorge Vidal, Project Coordinator, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network When I was asked to write this blog, I wasn’t expecting we’d be entering yet another wave of xenophobic incidents as intense as we experienced after Sept 11, 2001. Human rights violations based on gender, sexual orientation, religious identity, ethnicity, and immigration status […]

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Services supported by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) make a difference to victims every day. When a survivor chooses to obtain a protective order — a critical safety remedy supported by VAWA — more often than not, it reduces violence. Threats to kill or harm decreased nearly 50 percent. Moderate physical abuse decreased 61 percent and […]

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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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Name: Kristiana Huitrón Title: Project Coordinator, Research Team Main responsibilities: Kristiana’s main focus is the Meaningful Collaborations project, which provides a toolkit for collaborations between mainstream organizations and culturally specific organizations to assure respectful, meaningful, and full participation and credit for all collaborators. Kristiana also coordinates the Research Team for webinars, the newsletter, the factsheets […]

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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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