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Working with Specific Populations

Working at the intersections of violence against women in Latin@ communities requires intentionality and a deep understanding of the lived realities of Latin@s in their cultural context. This section of the special collection focuses on subgroups within Latin@ communities with the purpose of highlighting specific strategies and approaches when responding to violence.

Acknowledging that survivors’ lives are complex as a starting point in our analysis, as well as the multiple dimensions of their identities, are critical steps towards achieving social justice for ALL. As stated by Gloria Anzaldúa, Living on borders and in margins, keeping intact one's shifting and multiple identity and integrity, is like trying to swim in a new element, an "alien" element.

In the spirit of honoring these complexities, the sections that follow explore some of the dimensions that could make up the identities of Latin@ survivors and their allies.

Working with men to end violence against women

In the last decade, engaging men as allies to end violence against women has become an important component of almost any prevention strategy around the world. In recognition of this, Casa de Esperanza has developed a toolkit with various resources for Latino men who want to be involved in this effort, both individually and as community organizers. The toolkit includes original materials to create a local awareness campaign, as well as a curated collection of key resources from other organizations who have been engaging Latino men both in the US and in Latin America.

  • Te Invito – Working with Latino Men Toolkit | HTML HTML
    by the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, a project of Casa de Esperanza (2013)
    The toolkit is a comprehensive resource for working with Latino men in the US with original audio-visual materials in Spanish and English that can be used in local campaigns. It also includes sections on the rationale for working with Latino men, cultural consideration for doing the work, and ideas on how to take action at the individual and institutional levels.
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  • Working with Men and Boys to End Domestic Violence/Trabajando con hombres y niños para erradicar la violencia doméstica | PDF PDF / PDF (24 p.)
    by Julia Perilla with contributions from Antonio Ramírez Hernández for the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence (Alianza) (2008)
    This position paper highlights strategies to respond to domestic violence from the perspective of including both women and men at all levels, working with entire families, while also focusing on youth.
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  • Cada Hombe Puede Ser Fuerte Sin Ser Violento | HTML HTML
    by Enlace Comunitario (2013)
    Cada hombre puede ser fuerte sin ser violento” es una campaña de educación pública para promover la participación de los hombres latinos en la prevención de la violencia doméstica.
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  • 50 Messages 50 Faces | HTML HTML [4:08]
    by Enlace Comunitario (2013)
    Promotores from the Entre Amigos group starred in the bilingual video “50 Messages 50 Faces” as part of their on-going campaign to challenge social norms that perpetuate violence against women.
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  • De Hombre A Hombre ¿Qué Podemos Hacer Ante La Violencia Doméstica? | HTML HTML
    by Oficina de la Procuradora de las Mujeres (2008)
    Este panfleto ofrece información a los hombres para examinar su comportamiento y prevenir la violencia contra su pareja.
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  • En espera de instrucciones | PDF PDF (1 p.)
    by Futures Without Violence (2007)
    Este afiche muestra a un niño con una serie de instrucciones a seguir, incluida la de respetar a las mujeres. También incluye esto: Debemos educar a nuestros hijos, desde temprano y frecuentemente, acerca de lo que significa ser un verdadero hombre; que las mujeres merecen que se las honre y se las respete, y que la violencia nunca es fortaleza. En sus manos está un mundo más seguro. Ayúdelos a alcanzarlo.
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  • Engaging Men to End Violence Against Women/Involucrando a los hombres para terminar con la violencia contra las mujeres | HTML HTML [90:51] / HTML HTML [89:17]
    by Juan Carlos Areán forCasa de Esperanza (August 2012)
    This webinar presents strategies and practical tools to involve men in ending domestic and sexual violence. It includes an analysis on the rationale behind engaging non-abusive men to join the movement to end violence against women; it will explores the different roles that men can play as part of this movement.
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  • The Men’s Story Project/El Proyecto Historias de Hombres | HTML HTML [92:15] / HTML HTML [90:49]
    by Josie Lehrer, Sc.D., for Casa de Esperanza (May 2013)
    This webinar presents the Men’s Story Project’s testimonial-based approach to creating live events, educational films and accompanying educational tools and community engagement campaigns; research background and pedagogy; and ways to engage boys and men for healthy masculinities and violence prevention in culturally-relevant, locally-led ways.
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Latin@ Youth as Agents of Change

Young people are some of our most powerful agents of change in domestic violence prevention and intervention. Youth and young adults often straddle the line between childhood and adulthood with tremendous resiliency and tenacity. As many young people begin to explore what having a relationship means, they want to learn about healthy relationships and engage in preventing and ending domestic violence and sexual assault. This section of the collection includes tools to effectively engage Latin@ youth in responding to teen dating violence that includes prevention and intervention strategies from culturally specific perspectives.

  • Engaging Young People through Peer Education | HTML HTML [3:30]
    by Lumarie Orozco for Casa de Esperanza (January 2013)
    Casa de Esperanza’s Community Initiatives Manager discusses youth peer education as one strategy to prevent domestic and teen dating violence, explaining how the organization trains young Latin@s, who in turn, facilitate workshops for their peers on topics they deem important.
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  • Participatory Action Research with Latin@ Youth: Exploring Immigration and Domestic Violence | PDF PDF (11 p.)
    by Rebecca Rodriguez, La Voz Juvenil de Caminar Latino, Jessica Nunan, and Julia Perilla for the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities (2013)
    Immigrant Latin@ youth affected by domestic violence are in a unique position to provide researchers insight to the needs of their communities. This study engaged youth in participatory action research where they explored the impact of anti-immigration policies on families impacted by domestic violence.
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  • For My Mother: Latin@ Youth Letters on Family, Relationships and Violence | PDF PDF (8 p.)
    by Julia Perilla for the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities of Casa de Esperanza (2013)
    This study explored the reality of Latin@ youth’s lives utilizing the format of a letter to their mothers. The findings highlight the complex realities of Latin@ youth lives in the context of domestic violence.
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  • Ayuda para Padres | PDF PDF (1 p.)
    by Break the Cycle (2008)
    Esta hoja informativa ofrece preguntas y respuestas para padres que les permitirá iniciar conversaciones con sus hij@s sobre la violencia en el noviazgo.
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  • I want something different for my daughter/Quiero algo distinto para mi hija | HTML HTML
    by PATH
    This brochure includes information from the parents’ perspective in their efforts to raise healthy and happy daughters.
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  • You Only Live Once | PDF PDF (1 p.)
    by Enlance Comunitario (2012)
    This poster was developed from ideas generated by Latin@ youth from Enlace Comunitario in Albuquerque, NM. It was used as an awareness tool to end teen dating violence.
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  • Facts about Teen Dating Violence | PDF PDF (1 p.)
    by Casa de Esperanza (2008)
    This fact sheet includes statistics and other useful information to assist the reader in understanding this issue as it relates to Latin@ youth.
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  • “Why are Mami y Papi Fighting?” Latino Youth’s Perceptions of Why Parents Fight | PDF PDF (1 p.)
    by Simone Mendez, Fatima Wasim, Margaret Jones, Yeni Garcia & Julia Perilla (2006)
    This research poster includes the findings from a study that focused on learning about what Latin@ youth believe are the reasons for their parents’ fights. In this study, the researchers analyzed children’s questionnaires from an existing database of Latino families affected by domestic violence.
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  • Me ama, no me ama Fotonovela | PDF PDF (8 p.)
    by TheSafeSpace.org of Break the Cycle
    Esta fotonovela provee ejemplos de situaciones que ilustran la violencia en el noviazgo. Escrita para jóvenes, esta es una buena herramienta para comunicarse con los jóvenes en su propio nivel y estilo.
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  • Developing practices to effectively prevent and respond to teen dating violence in Latin@ communities/Desarrollando Prácticas Efectivas para Prevenir y Responder a la Violencia en el Noviazgo en las Comunidades Latinas | HTML HTML / HTML HTML [96:31]
    by Lumarie Orozco, Casa de Esperanza (February 2013)
    As advocates and community members we know that youth are at great risk for experiencing dating violence, as well as other forms of victimization that can have a substantial and long lasting negative impact. Latin@ youth are no exception. Teens and young adults often lack opportunities to develop the necessary skills to identify an unhealthy relationship. This webinar reviews best practices for addressing teen dating violecne in Latin@ communities.
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  • Chatting with Latin@ Youth | HTML HTML
    by Casa de Esperanza (February 2013)
    This is a conversation with Latin@ Peer Youth Educators from Casa de Esperanza and Raúl Sánchez, a member of the executive committee and youth advisory board from loveisrespect. These young leaders discuss healthy relationships and what you can do in your communities to prevent and respond to teen dating violence.
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Latin@ Older Adult Survivors

Latin@ seniors currently represent 7% of the U.S. older adult population, and by the year 2050, they will make up 20% of the nation’s older adults (Administration on Aging, 2010). Latin@ seniors are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. aging population. Although Latin@ older adults live about 2 and a half years more than non-Latin@ white seniors, they don’t necessarily live better. They face several barriers that impact important aspects of their lives, including: lack of food and economic security, lack of access to quality health care, and challenges related to educational attainment. These barriers and certain other factors heighten their risk to experience elder abuse.

  • Elder Abuse Fact Sheets | HTML HTML PDF PDF (4 p.)
    by Casa de Esperanza (2013)
    These 3 fact sheets were developed for 3 different audiences: older adults, family and friends, and caregivers. Each version contains basic information about elder abuse, warning signs and where to go for help.
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  • Abuse in Later Life Resource Packet | PDF PDF (20 p.)
    by Casa de Esperanza and the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) (October 4, 2012)
    This resource packet was developed for the Women of Color Network Leadership Academy and includes factsheets, safety planning tips, technology safety considerations and other tools relevant in responding to or preventing abuse in later life.
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  • U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Hearing on Justice for All: Ending Elder Abuse, Neglect and Financial Exploitation | PDF PDF (9 p.)
    by Casa de Esperanza and the National Hispanic Council on Aging (March 2, 2011)
    This document contains facts about how elder abuse impacts Latin@ communities and the importance of addressing these complex issues in a comprehensive way in order to reduce barriers and build upon community strengths.
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  • Working together to End Abuse in Later Life in Latin@ Communities/Trabajando junt@s para eliminar el abuso a los ancianos en las comunidades Latin@s | HTML HTML / HTML HTML [77:05]
    by Rosie Hidalgo and Yanira Cruz for Casa de Esperanza (May 2012)
    In this webinar, presenters discuss the specific and unique needs of Latin@ victims of elder abuse as this group is especially underrepresented in research and practice.
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Latin@ LGBTQ Individuals

The intersection of violence in Latin@ LGBTQ communities is a topic rarely addressed. There are multiple layers of oppression affecting Latin@ LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence and seeking help or support can prove extremely challenging for these individuals. Issues related to internalized homophobia, societal barriers including subtle or blatant discrimination by service providers, law enforcement and others add to the challenges experienced by Latin@ survivors in same sex relationships. Additionally, immigration laws and anti-immigrant sentiments as well as language access issues provide additional challenges to this already complex dynamic. Regarding Latin@s in particular, there are many cultural aspects that often play an important role in the decisions to report intimate partner violence or whether to leave or remain in an abusive relationship. The key role that family plays as part of the identity of many Latin@s is a cultural value that, although celebrated, at times can have a serious impact on the decision to disclose one’s sexual orientation. Religion and/or spirituality also play a critical role and many individuals have to weigh much more than the violence alone before deciding to come forward. The impact of gender role expectations and their close connection to cultural traditions adds, in many cases, an additional layer of challenges for Latin@ LGBTQ survivors. While there are many useful tools that raise awareness about IPV in the LGBTQ community, the majority to date do not include a cultural analysis when discussing this issue.

  • A Tool for Reflection: The Realities and Internalized Oppression Faced by Lesbians of Color | PDF PDF (3 p.)
    by Casa de Esperanza (2008)
    Intersectionality is an important concept in the lives of lesbians of color. In this context, intersectionality refers to the various identities that intersect within the same Latina and how these intersections contribute to her experience of oppression and privilege.
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  • Latina Portrait: Latina Queer Women in Chicago | PDF PDF (12 p.)
    by Amigas Latinas and Mujeres Latinas en Acción
    In 2006 the board of directors of Amigas Latinas initiated the Proyecto Latina: Descubriéndonos survey project in order to document and make known the unique experiences and challenges that Latina LGBTQQ women face in Metropolitan Chicago. This report documents the key findings from the project.
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  • Dying To Be A Woman/Morir por ser Mujer | HTML HTML [2:18]
    by TransLatin@ Coalition (February 2013)
    **Trigger Warning** This video provides details about the dangers that transwomen face when transitioning from male to female (MTF) without adequate care and treatment. It also shares the graphic details of the death of a Latin@ transwoman highlighting the devastating impact of transphobia.
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  • Familia es Familia | HTML HTML [00:30]
    by familiaesfamilia.org (May 2013)
    This short video featuring labor and civil rights leader Dolores Huerta can be used as a training tool to raise awareness about the importance of honoring equality when working with Latin@ communities.
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  • De Colores | HTML HTML [28:26]
    by WomanVision.org (2001)
    De Colores is a bilingual 28-minutes documentary about how Latin@ families are replacing the deep roots of homophobia with the even deeper roots of love and tolerance. Through moving personal stories we learn about how families are breaking cultural barriers and how love always prevails.
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  • Injustice at Every Turn | PDF PDF (228 p.)
    by Jaime M. Grant, Lisa A. Mottet, and Justin Tanis for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality (2011)
    Transgender and gender non-conforming people face rampant discrimination in every area of life: education, employment, family life, public accommodations, housing, health, police and jails, and ID documents. This data sheds light into these barriers.
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  • Queer, Undocumented and Unafraid | HTML HTML
    by Julio Salgado for The Huffington Post (October 2011)
    This blog post exposes the challenges faced by Queer undocumented students and the dangers of deportation for many of them.
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  • Supporting and Caring for Our Latino LGBT Youth | PDF PDF (36 p.)
    by The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) (2012)
    This report explores the experiences of 1,937 LGBT youth who identified as Latin@, many of which live at home with their families. Respondents described their lives at home and at school.
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  • Talking about LGBT Equality Among Latinos and Hispanics | PDF PDF (8 p.)
    by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the Gill Foundation and the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) in partnership with Bendixen & Amandi International (2011)
    This report includes the findings from a research study that confirmed the strength of Latin@ support for LGBT issues, and uncovered approaches that can further even greater understanding and acceptance.
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  • Undocuqueer Posters | HTML HTML
    by Julio Salgado for RECAPS Magazine
    Julio Salgado is a gay Mexican-born artist. Through the use of art Salgado has become a well-known activist within the DREAM Act movement. Salgado uses his art to empower undocumented and queer people by telling their story and putting a human face to the issue.
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  • Transnational: TransLatin@s/Trans-Nacional: TransLatin@s en los EE.UU. | HTML HTML / HTML HTML [81:33]
    by Bamby Salcedo for TransLatin@ Coalition (August 2013)
    Presenters discuss the barriers faced by Latin@ Transgender communities that reside in the U.S. They share information about the TransLatin@ Coalition and the work of this organization with and on behalf of the Latin@ transgender community in the U.S.
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  • Addressing Oppression and Violence within the Latin@ Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Communities/Respondiendo a la opresión y la violencia dentro de las comunidades Latinas Lesbiana, Gay, Bisexual y Transgénero (LGBT) | HTML HTML / HTML HTML [85:28]
    by Jose Juan Lara for the Texas Advocacy Project
    This webinar focuses on the intersections of homophobia, heterosexism and racism that often enhance negative stereotypes associated with being Latin@ and LGBT. The presenter discusses the impact of language on our anti-oppression work as well as other elements that complicate the experiences of victimization of members of the Latin@ LGBT communities.
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