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.