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Date:Thursday July 27th, 2017 

Time: 10:00am - 11:30am (Central)

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.

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Date: Friday, July 28th, 2017

Time: 11:30am - 12:00pm (Central)

Join three of the National Latin@ Network's Latina 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 BlogTalkRadio, 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 conversations

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Ruby White Starr, Chief Strategy Officer, 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.


Patricia Moen, Chief Operating Officer, Casa de Esperanza

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


Patricia Celis, 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,, 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.











Date: Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Time: 1:00pm - 1:30pm (Central)

Join us for a conversation about the distinctions between outreach and community engagement, the impact that is has in community, and some best practices.

During this discussion, participants will learn to: 

  • Recognize distinctions between community outreach and community engagement.
  • Recognize distinctions between community outreach and community engagement.
  • Review key concepts of community engagementExplore the impact of community engagement

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Ivette Izea-Martinez, Community Engagement Manager, Casa de Esperanza

Ivette Izea-Martinez,Community Engagement Manager, works to ensure that our community initiatives meet the needs of Latin@s and Latin@ communities. She oversees the development, implementation, and enhancement of our community-based Fuerza Unida Amig@s initiative, which provides opportunities for Latin@ youth, Latin@ adults, and allies to enhance their leadership skills, learn about domestic violence, and develop and lead community action projects.