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.