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Conference Call: Self-Care and Cultural Healing @ Conference Call
Dec 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

During times when the world around us feels uncertain, our physical and emotional responses that stem from fear can block natural ways that promote inner healing. We recognize that you, as advocates, are an essential resource within the movement to end violence against women and all other forms of oppression. We believe that to be able to continue this work in community, we first must begin taking care of ourselves. We invite you to join this discussion where we will share trauma-informed principles and culturally specific approaches toward a healing and self-care journey. Participants in this webinar will learn to:
• Identify physical and emotional responses during times of uncertainty and how to overcome fear
• Highlight common cultural values and characteristics that place emphasis on interconnection and community
• Discuss practical ways in which to find our personal strengths based on our ancestral teachings, principles, and values

Presenters: Heidi Notario-Smull, Josephine Serrata, PhD., and Micaela Rios – Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

Register now.

Free Arts MN at Casa de Espeanza @ Casa de Esperanza Main Office
Dec 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Thursdays, Oct 6- Dec 15, from 5:30-7:30pm adult mentors from Free Arts Minnesota bring art to our youth to enhance their resiliency, leaderships skills and explore different communication methods through art.

Join us! To sign up or for more information contact Nallely at 651-646-5553 or nmontoya@casadeesperanza.org

Free Arts MN at Casa de Espeanza @ Casa de Esperanza Main Office
Dec 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Thursdays, Oct 6- Dec 15, from 5:30-7:30pm adult mentors from Free Arts Minnesota bring art to our youth to enhance their resiliency, leaderships skills and explore different communication methods through art.

Join us! To sign up or for more information contact Nallely at 651-646-5553 or nmontoya@casadeesperanza.org

Wear Orange Day
Feb 14 all-day

Wear Orange Day

Wear Orange Day is a national day of awareness where we encourage everyone to wear orange in honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. You can wear orange shirts, nail polish, ribbons, jewelry, shoes or anything else you can think of! Tell people why you are wearing orange and post pictures and updates on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtags #Orange4Love and #RespectWeek2017.


Blog Talk Radio Teen Dating Violence: A Closer Look @ Your computer
Feb 16 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Are you able to spot violence in a relationship? Do you know how to support a friend in an unhealthy relationship? To help answer these questions, Casa de Esperanza established Youth Amig@s, a program that engages Latinas in high school, creating a space for these questions to be addressed in a culturally responsive manner. Youth Amig@s’ approach is to build capacity beyond just identifying the dynamics of teen dating violence and explore skills and resources needed to combat this problem.

The blog talk radio will explore:

– The warning signs of an unhealthy relationship

– The different types of abuse in relationships and how to support a friend that is experiencing an unhealthy relationship

– Consent and how culture influences this idea

Presenters: Ivette Izea-Martinez, Community Engagement Manager, Nallely Castro Montoya, Youth Initiatives Specialist, Karla T. Ayala, Family- Youth Advocate, Casa de Esperanza: Youth Amig@s.

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Webinar: Community Lead Innovative Youth Leaders Program @ your computer
Feb 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

During this webinar, participants will learn about innovative ways in which Enlace Comunitario, a social justice organization led by Latina immigrants whose mission is to eliminate domestic violence in the Latino immigrant community and promote healthy families in Central New Mexico, engages young people to develop their leadership through peer-to-peer learning promoting healthy relationships to prevent teen dating violence.


• Engage in a discussion about the opportunities and challenges of engaging Latino young people in shaping Teen Dating Violence prevention strategies and solutions.

• Share examples of the work being done by Enlace Comunitario’s prevention team with a focus on the work with Latino youth leaders.

• Identify tools and resources to better support and build infrastructure for authentic youth engagement in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.

Presenters: Jose Luis Reyes; Youth Leader, Cynthia Jimenez; Youth Project Coordinator and Virginia Perez-Ortega; Prevention Co-Director, Enlace Comunitario

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Jose Luis Reyes is 14 years old and is currently an eighth grader at El Camino Real Academy. His interests include playing football and his favorite subject in school is math. His immediate goals are to work and graduate middle school. In the future Jose Luis wants to attend college and major in Engineering and Business. This is his first year as an Enlace Youth Leader. He successfully completed 26 hours of training in October 2016 to become a Youth Leader and present about Teen Dating Violence and other healthy relating topics among teens. He has presented at 3 different schools and is expected to present at 2 more this upcoming month.

Cynthia M Jiménez is the Youth Leaders Coordinator at Enlace Comunitario and has worked for the organization under a year, but has over five years of experience working with youth and community non-profit programs, including ENLACE (educativo). She holds a Bachelor in Arts degree in Political Science and Spanish from the University of New Mexico (UNM) and is currently a Master in Arts student in the Educational Leadership Program, also at UNM. Cynthia’s work includes directly working with the Youth Leaders to educate other youth in Spanish and English at youth conferences, schools, and around the community on how to prevent Teen Dating violence and promote healthy relationships among each other. She also works with the Youth Leaders to create messages, voice radio ads, billboards and posters to bring awareness about domestic/teen dating violence to the public. Cynthia is currently working with the Youth Leader’s on a special project to bring awareness about Teen Dating Violence to the community for the month of February.

Virginia Pérez-Ortega is the Violence Prevention Co-director at Enlace Comunitario. Her previous experience includes a Victims’ Rights Advocate at the statewide NM Victims’ Rights Project and a Project Coordinator position for the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NMCADV) where she coordinated, managed, and implemented all aspects of a community engagement, New Mexico Rural Promotora Project and the Limited English Proficiency Accessibility Project. She has served as a subject matter expert and spokesperson in the creation of public awareness campaigns targeting Latinos in the United States. Ms. Perez-Ortega is an immigrant from Mexico. Ms. Perez-Ortega has earned associate’s degrees in Human Resources Administration and Business Graphics and Communications, and is pursuing a Community Development degree from Universidad Abierta y a Distancia de Mexico. She is a proud mother of two children ages 12 and 14. Lastly, she is an independent consultant as trainer, facilitator and event coordinator for diverse organizations and coalitions as well as an English-Spanish translator and interpreter.

2017 Annual Youth Conference @ Inver hills Community college
Feb 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
International Women’s Day/Dia internacional de la mujer
Mar 8 all-day

International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.
Yet progress has slowed in many places across the world, so global action is needed to accelerate gender parity.

For International Women’s Day 2017, we’re asking you to #BeBoldForChange
Call on the masses or call on yourself to help forge a better working world- a more inclusive, gender equal world


Blog Talk Radio: Exploring the impact of HIV and domestic violence among immigrant Latinas @ Blog Talk Radio
Mar 10 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

In observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we are hosting an intimate conversation with Voces Latinas, a cultural specific non-profit organization that works at the intersections of HIV and domestic violence for immigrant Latina women in Jackson Heights, New York. For Voces, the impact of HIV and domestic violence is at the core of their work; it is the reason they exist, and the ending of both epidemics is what fuels the team.

Learning objectives:

– Identify a minimum of two talking points to explain the intersection of HIV and domestic violence

– Identify a minimum of one cultural strategy to work with immigrant Latinas to address the intersection of HIV and domestic violence

– Engage in sustainability, program development, and outreach strategies dialogue with a Latina leader and founder of Voces Latinas.

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Webinar: SAAM 2017: Engaging New Voices @ your computer
Apr 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Time: 12:00 – 1:30pm (Central)

While sexual violence impacts every demographic group, myths about sexual violence within Latin@/x communities create misconceptions around culture and race. By engaging parents, religious leaders, survivors and community members, we can promote awareness, culturally-specific outreach and community engagement toward demystifying sexual violence within Latin@/x communities.


• Build upon personal strengths with cultural identity to work with community leaders to build bridges with community.

• Identify three leaders and others that we don’t normally see as leaders.

• Identify and train organizations on the changing needs of Latin@/x communities

Presenter: Maria Jirau-Torres, National Sexual Violence Resource Center

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Maria Jirau-Torres is the Language Access Coordinator for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), having worked in the Domestic and Sexual Violence arena for more than 8 years.  In those years, she has advocated with and for victims of trafficking, Spanish speaking only survivors and assisted clients in the process of T Visa’s and U Visas.  She worked as the child advocate, counselor, prevention educator, medical and legal advocate for the Spanish speaking and Latin@ community.  In her current role as Language Access Coordinator for 3 years, Maria facilitates culturally-informed and linguistically-accessible efforts, nurtures partnerships across languages and cultures, develop and provide trainings at local, state and national levels, provide culturally-specific and linguistically accessible technical assistance.

Advocacy Workshop: Enhanced Safety Planning for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence @ Cornerstone
May 2 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Advocacy Workshop

Enhanced Safety Planning for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence
Abusers often use the threat of immigration enforcement as a way to maintain power and control and to make victims less likely to seek protection. For this reason, it is important for advocates to understand how to: help immigrant survivors become aware of their rights; identify special immigration remedies for victims, including special VAWA provisions around confidentiality; and how to prepare enhanced safety plans for immigrant survivors that take into account immigration enforcement. This interactive workshop will also discuss recent immigration policy developments and new enforcement measures that should be taken into consideration when assisting immigrant survivors with safety planning and will discuss practical ways to enhance your agency’s policies, practices and advocacy. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

Implement enhanced survivor and family safety planning for immigrant survivors;
Strengthen their general understanding of Violence
Against Women Act (VAWA) immigration remedies for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and trafficking and discuss ways to help eligible immigrant victims to access these remedies;
Identify key ways to strengthen community collaborations; and
Access reliable and updated resources for immigrant survivors, such as know your rights materials, powers of attorney templates, and other resources.

advocacy workshop – immigration (5)

Latin@ Youth Summer Leadership training @ Falcon Ridge Middle School
May 10 @ 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Latin@ Youth Leaders!

Join us this summer!

July 10-20, 2017

Latin@ Youth
Ages 11-18

Lunch provided

Falcon Ridge Middle School
12900 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd
Apple Valley, MN 55124

to register or for more information contact
Nallely at 651-646-5553 ext 320

This event is a collaboration of Casa de Esperanza, Girl Scouts River Valleys, and Latina Cultural Advocates | Asesoras Escolares.


Cómo usar las Redes Sociales para Promover el Trabajo de su Organización @ your computer
May 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Fecha: Martes, el 16 de mayo, 2017

Hora: 1:00 – 2:30 de la tarde (hora del centro)

¿Es usted la persona responsable de manejar las cuentas de redes sociales de su organización? ¿Le desalienta la agobiante tarea de hallar maneras efectivas de alcanzar a su audiencia? Aunque mantener una cuenta personal de Facebook para estar en contacto con amig@s y familiares es fácil; usar las redes sociales para hacer marketing para una organización sin interés de lucro es un campo muy diferente. Este seminario web le ayudará a entender cómo usar las redes sociales para lograr su meta e incrementar su audiencia. 

En este seminario web l@s participantes aprenderán a: 

• Cómo usar Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, y LinkedIn para beneficiar a su organización.
• Cómo desarrollar una estrategia efectiva para el uso de las redes sociales.
• Cómo diseñar sus mensajes para que sean atractivos para una audiencia amplia y ayuden a lograr un incremento en la participación.
• Cómo interpretar la información que se puede extraer de las redes sociales para constantemente mejorar la estrategia a seguir. 

Presentadora: Rebecca De León, Coordinadora de Comunicaciones y Marketing de Casa de Esperanza: Red Nacional Latina 

Inscríbase ahora.

Webinar: Language Access in Courts for Advocates @ your computer
May 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act requires equal access to courts for all. However, some courts are still finding it challenging to provide access to people with limited English proficiency. The National Latin@ Network of Casa de Esperanza has developed a tool kit to help. In this webinar participants will be informed of the Title VI requirements, help strategize how advocates can work with courts, prosecutors and others to meet the requirements of Title VI. Through this interactive webinar participants will increase their capacity to: improve language access to local courthouse services during legal proceedings, and advocate for increased language access services. Participants will also explore the toolkit and examine their role in helping survivor’s access justice.

In this webinar, participants will learn:

  •       Understand the legal rights to meaningful language access of survivors with limited English proficiency.
  •       Understand when a court interpreter is required and how and when to advocate for a survivor’s rights to adequate interpretation services.
  •       Understand the importance of cultural relevance in interpretation.

Presenter: Olga Trujillo, Director of Education and Advocacy, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

Olga Trujillo is an attorney, speaker, author and survivor. Her experience over the past 27 years has been as a private attorney, an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, and a consultant to many local, state and national organizations. Olga is an internationally sought speaker and author and is featured in the video “A Survivor’s Story,” a documentary and training video based on her personal experience of violence. Olga has authored a number of articles and publications. Her memoir for New Harbinger Publications, titled “The Sum of My Parts,” was released in October 2011. She also co-authored a Handbook for Attorneys “Representing Domestic Violence Survivors Who Are Also Experiencing Trauma and Mental Health Challenges,” which was released in January 2012.

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