“My role as an advocate is to help identify options and ensure participants know their rights so they can make informed decisions about what is best for themselves and their families” – a Family Advocate at Casa de Esperanza
- Each year our family advocates work holistically with over 600 individuals and their children. Our advocates are trained to work with participants in accessing public benefits, seeking immigration remedies, providing court advocacy, navigating law enforcement systems, finding transitional housing, providing emotional support and more.
- Family advocates work with participants at El Refugio- –our shelter– Hennepin County Domestic Abuse Service Center, Minneapolis Police Department Family Violence Unit, and Midtown Safety Center. We also work with participants staying in other shelters and Latin@s who chose to stay in their homes.
- Each year, our helpline receives over 1500 calls from individuals seeking safety, information and support. Our confidential, 24 hour, bilingual helpline is the only one of its kind in Minnesota.
- Over 90% of Latin@s working with our advocates have developed safety plans, accessed culturally relevant services and increased their social support networks.
What makes our work unique?
Offering culturally specific Latin@ based advocacy is more than just being bilingual, it’s looking at the whole reality of individuals, their culture, their values, their beliefs, their families–and supporting the decisions they make. Our highly trained advocates, bilingual and bicultural, accompany individuals and their families through their journey, following their lead, and supporting their goals and choices. After all, people are the experts on their own lives and journeys. Most importantly we listen. We meet individuals where they feel comfortable; go at their pace; and help them identify what they want, what they need and how to get there. By looking at individuals and their whole realities we can identify and build on existing informal support systems to create stronger networks that last beyond our work with participants.
You can find more information on our Latin@ based advocacy here.