Latin@ Youth Leaders!
Join us this summer!
July 10-20, 2017
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.
In this webinar, presenters from the National Latin@ Network and partner organizations will examine trends of violent or oppressive events against communities of color. How can we respond creatively and effectively to ensure our communities remain safe places? Presenters will share case studies from their individual communities and explain how they have organized to resist, respond, or redress acts that create an imbalance in the places we work, live, and worship.
By the end of this webinar, participants will be better able to:
- Examine the rise of violent events against communities of color by employing an anti-oppression framework,
- Understand the many ways that communities can organize to respond to acts of oppression,
- Develop strategies for community engagement in the contexts of current acts of violence.
Heidi Notario, Director of Implementation and Social Change, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network
Heidi Notario, M.A. serves as the Director of Implementation & Social Change of the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities and Casa de Esperanza. Prior to joining Casa’s team, Heidi was the Training Specialist at the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV). She has expertise on issues related to accessibility through her work at the intersections of disabilities and violence against women. She has written a number of resources for survivors’ advocates and provides ongoing training and technical assistance on a variety of violence against women’s issues. Heidi’s interests include a wide array of topics related to the treatment afforded to survivors of violence with disabilities, Deaf survivors, and other traditionally underserved communities by the criminal justice system, service providers, and society at large. She keeps on the forefront of her anti-oppression work the elimination of barriers that impact immigrant survivors and the LGBTQ community. Heidi views “accessibility” from a human rights perspective and is committed to bringing this framework into her work and personal life. Heidi is originally from Cuba and has resided in the U.S. since 1995.
Pierre Berastaín, Assistant Director of Innovation and Engagement, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network
Pierre R. Berastaín serves as the Assistant Director of Innovation & Engagement for the National Latin@ Network, a project of Casa de Esperanza. Originally from Peru, Pierre immigrated to the United States with his family in 1998 and remained an undocumented immigrant for 14 years until he received DACA in 2012. Prior to Casa de Esperanza, Pierre worked for Renewal House, a domestic violence shelter in Boston, Mass as the Restorative Justice Advocate, and served as the Director of Media Relations for the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition. He is the Co-Founder of the Massachusetts Restorative Justice Collaborative and served as the Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender (GLBT) Domestic Violence Coalition. Pierre was a 2012-2013 Fellow at the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s National People of Color Media Institute. As a contributor to the Huffington Post, he writes on domestic violence, restorative justice, and general issues of social justice. His work has appeared in national and international publications and books. He currently sits on the board of MERGE for Equality, an organization that works to engage men around violence prevention. He holds a Bachelor’s in Social Anthropology and a minor in Ethnic Studies: Human Rights from Harvard University as well as a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School.
To approach gender based violence prevention on campus the University of Puerto Rico at Carolina developed the Gender Equity Program. During the blog talk radio we’ll learn about the project, challenges and how gender based prevention is being addressed.
During this discussion, listeners will:
- Learn about the Gender Equity Program from the University of Puerto Rico at Carolina.
- Hear about strategies used to address gender based violence on campus.
- Find out how challenges are addressed in order to raise awareness on gender baser violence on campus.
Coraly León Morales, Coordinator, Gender Equity Program, University of Puerto Rico at Carolina
Coraly León Morales graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Social Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) in Mayagüez and us currently working on on her Masters in Social Work at UPR’s Río Piedras campus. While studying in Mayagüez León Morales worked for the Violence Against Women Prevention Program (PPVM, Spanish acronym) as their students’ coordinator and also volunteered for the Women’s Support Project SIEMPRE VIVAS facilitating support groups and accompanying gender violence survivors. As part of her graduate studies she completed her internship at the Support Center for Sexual Assault Victims, presenting her final thesis dissertation on “Feminism, Syndicalism and Power: Women’s Participation in the Puerto Rican Public Sector Syndical Movement from 1998 to 2015”. León Morales identifies herself as feminist and understands that adequately addressing gender violence in the country requires working around violence from a gender approach. Since August 2016 León Morales has been coordinating the Building Gender Equity Project at the University of Puerto Rico in Carolina.
María Cristina Pacheco Alcalá, Project Coordinator, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network
María Cristina Pacheco Alcalá is a Project Coordinator with the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, a project of Casa de Esperanza. She’s a young woman and feminist from Puerto Rico, with a master’s degree in counseling psychology. She is the former Coordinator and Director of Campus grants at the University of Puerto Rico, with ten years of experience. She was also a consultant for the Department of Family Affairs of Puerto Rico on external resources. Her areas of expertise are gender violence, youth, sexual and reproductive health and rights, sexual assault, feminism, popular education, and prevention. María Cristina has more than 15 years of experience working in education and prevention within communities, youth and women. She has participated in civil society consults at the International Conference on Population and Development beyond 2014. She was also an expert facilitator in the areas of family, youth rights and development, comprehensive education and staying healthy, at the Global Youth Forum held in Bali, Indonesia.
oin three of the National Latin@ Network’s mothers as they discuss the DECIMOS NO MAS campaign, which recently launched a website redesign that includes even more information and guidance on healthy communication, healthy sexuality, and healthy relationships. The panelists will provide both their personal and professional perspective on the impact that the research and information NO MAS can have for families navigating possibly intense or difficult conversations with their children.
By listening to this discussion, participants will:
- Learn more about the DECIMOS NO MAS campaign and what the redesign offers.
- Understand the importance of talking to children about healthy relationships, healthy communication, and healthy sexuality.
- Know that as parents, you are not alone in navigating difficult conversations with your children, and NO MAS offers culturally relevant, bilingual guidance for these conversation
Patricia Celis González, Bilingual Content Coordinator, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network
Patricia Celis González works as the Bilingual Content Coordinator for the National Latin@ Network. Prior to assuming this position, Patricia worked three years for the organization, contracting as a translator and interpreter. She also translated for several domestic violence, research, and social justice organizations, such as The National Domestic Violence Hotline, Futures Without Violence, the No More Campaign, loveisrespect.org., Lake Research Partners and Praxis International. She also served The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC). Patricia has translated literary works as well as numerous materials for the health care field. She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Journalism from Havana University and has a certification as ESL Instructor from the International Language Institute in Washington, DC. Patricia’s interests include access language, cultural competency, social justice and advocacy work in support of vulnerable populations. Patricia has lived in the U.S. since 1997, after migrating from Cuba.
Patricia Moen, COO, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network
Patricia Moen serves as the Chief Operating Officer and has worked at Casa de Esperanza for twelve years. Previously, as the Special Projects Manager and Grant Writer, she was responsible for the development of foundation, corporation, government and United Way grants. Patricia has served in several other capacities at Casa de Esperanza including Family Advocate, Advocacy Liaison with Centro Legal, Inc. and as an Advocate at the Family Violence Unit of the Minneapolis Police Department. Previous to her work at Casa de Esperanza, Patricia served as the VAWA Program Coordinator at YMCA International Services in Houston, Texas.
Z. Ruby White Starr, CSO, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network
Z. Ruby White Starr is the Chief Strategy Officer for Casa de Esperanza where she serves as director of the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities. Prior to joining Casa de Esperanza, Ruby spent over 15 years with National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) where she served as the Family Violence Program Director. In that capacity she directed several projects including the national Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody, the Safe Haven’s Supervised Visitation and Exchange Technical Assistance Program, and the Federal Greenbook Initiative, an interagency collaboration to address the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment. Ms. White’s areas of expertise include children exposed to domestic violence, collaboration, systems reform, co-occurrence, resilience, and cultural competency. Ruby served on the Board of Directors of the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence for 8 years, six of them as president; is a former national advisory committee member for the Women of Color Network; and is past president of the board of directors of the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence. Prior to her work with Casa de Esperanza and NCJFCJ, Ruby served as the Director of Residential Programs for the Committee to Aid Abused Women, a community domestic violence organization, directing the organization’s transitional housing and emergency shelter programs. Ruby is the author of several articles including Resiliency in Children Exposed to Family Violence in Resiliency in Action Practical Ideas for Overcoming Risks and Building Strengths in Youth, Families, and Communities published by Research Press; Promoting Safety in Cases Involving Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment in The Connection, published by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association; and Tapping Innate Resilience in Children Exposed to Domestic Violence in SYNERGY, Vol. 7, No. 2, Summer 2003 published by NCJFCJ. She holds a B.A. in speech communication from the University of Nevada, Reno. Ruby shares her personal experience as a child witness and child and adult victim of domestic violence with the media and to various groups throughout the country in hopes that her experiences will lead to better practices and outcomes for women, children, and families who have experienced domestic violence.
Casa de Esperanza’s National Latin@ Network and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are partnering to introduce their respective projects, DECIMOS NO MÁS and KidSmartz, two campaigns aimed at helping parents talk to their children about ways to protect themselves in an empowering and positive manner. KidSmartz offers materials, activities, videos, quizzes, tips, music, articles, and more to help parents and educators talk to children in a non-threatening way about how to establish safety plans to prevent abduction and spot danger. DECIMOS NO MÁS is a collection of information, materials, and resources that help guide parents through talking to their children about how to establish and recognize healthy communication, relationships, and sexuality in a way that is culturally relevant to Latin@s.
Through this webinar, participants will learn:
- The importance of having meaningful conversations with children early on about their safety, establishing boundaries, and recognizing what healthy relationships, sexuality, and other interpersonal communication look like.
- What tools and resources KidSmartz and DECIMOS NO MÁS offer, and how they can help guide parents, guardians, and teachers in their conversations with children.
- What steps they as adults can take to ensuring the safety and health of the children in their lives, and how to get more involved with DECIMOS NO MÁS and KidSmartz.
Rebecca De León, Communications and Marketing Manager, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network
Rebecca has experience working as an advocate for farmworkers, low-income populations, at-risk youth, and families as the Communications Director for the Community Council of Idaho. Prior to that, she worked as a journalist for various publications in Idaho, including as the Boise stringer for Bloomberg News. Additionally, she is involved in many local volunteer endeavors, most notably serving as Board President for the Idaho Leadership Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to conducting research and education to address discrepancies in policy, health, and education in minority groups. She has a deep passion for advocating with and on behalf of underprivileged populations, especially Latin@s, members of the LGBTQ community, and women and children. She received her Bachelor of Social Sciences in Mass Communication/Journalism at Boise State University, and she also studied immigration law with the ISAAC Project to become BIA accredited.
Eliza Harrell, Director of Outreach, Training and Prevention, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Eliza Harrell began her career as an investigator with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, then returned to her D.C.-area roots as a case manager and law enforcement trainer with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, specializing in domestic and international child abductions. She then served as Director of Marketing & Engagement for the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children after earning her Master’s in Public Administration at George Mason University. Eliza translated this national and global experience to the local service level as Director of Development & Operations for the Center for Alexandria’s Children, which operates a Child Advocacy Center alongside prevention and community outreach/education programs. She recently returned to NCMEC and now leads the organization’s education, outreach, training and prevention efforts with the goal of sharing NCMEC resources, data and tools far and wide, as a resource for child-serving professionals, children, parents and community members to help keep kids safe.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children.
The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national level. The activities conducted were as varied and diverse as the program sponsors but had common themes:
- Mourning those who have died because of domestic violence
- Celebrating those who have survived
- Connecting those who work to end violence
These three themes remain a key focus of DVAM events today. In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. That same year marks the initiation of the first national domestic violence toll-free hotline. In 1989, the U.S. Congress passed Public Law 101-112 designating October of that year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Such legislation has passed every year since with NCADV providing key leadership in this effort. Each year, the Day of Unity is celebrated the first Monday of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Adapted from the 1996 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Resource Manual of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.