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Olivia García, Public Policy and Training Manager My main responsibilities are to: Help advance the development and implementation of a national Latin@ public policy agenda to prevent and eliminate domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence and support healthy families and communities. Work in conjunction with the Policy, Training and Research divisions to develop […]

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By Rosie Hidalgo, Senior Director of Public Policy, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network UPDATE, JANUARY 31, 2019: On January 25, 2019, Congress and the President enacted legislation to temporarily end the partial federal government shutdown, which had impacted the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) funding for FY2019 and the VAWA authorization and funding as […]

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Ensuring Access: Non-discrimination provisions requires providing access to all survivors, regardless of immigration status Ensuring Access to Services Necessary for the Protection of Life or Safety Some advocates or service providers express uncertainty as to whether their program can serve undocumented immigrants. When Congress enacted the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) in […]

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Written by: Rosie Hidalgo, Senior Director of Public Policy, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network Immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and trafficking often face additional challenges and barriers when seeking assistance and safety. It is well known that perpetrators of these crimes often exploit a victim’s immigration status as a tool of abuse […]

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In response to the growing need for advocates to have access to accurate information about immigration for immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, Casa de Esperanza’s National Latin@ Network has compiled a library of resources and materials aimed at directing organizers, activists, attorneys, community leaders, immigrant victims and survivors and their families to […]

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Written by: María Cristina Pacheco-Alcalá, Project Coordinator, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network What is human trafficking? Why do people keep talking about it? What does it have to do with me? The National Human Trafficking Resource Center defines human trafficking as a form of modern-day slavery. This crime occurs when a trafficker uses force, […]

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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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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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Who is this document for? This is a Question and Answer (Q&A) for domestic violence and sexual assault (DV/SA) victim advocates and attorneys who are serving immigrant survivors of gender-based violence, both undocumented survivors and survivors who may be eligible for VAWA self-petitions, U visas, T visas or applying for gender-based asylum. Keep in mind […]

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Olga Trujillo is the Public Policy Director for the National Latin@ Network. She leads and coordinates key public policy efforts, provides program direction and oversight to public policy initiatives, and develops and ensures the implementation of a national Latin@ public policy agenda that engages a variety of individual/institutional stakeholders from across the country. Where are […]

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