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Organizational Resources

The following are lists of local and national organizations working with Latin@ communities. The local organizations listed below provide culturally specific programming and resources for Latin@s who have experienced domestic violence. The national/statewide organizations consist of advocacy groups and professional associations, which either intersect with the issue of domestic violence or work toward enhancing the wellbeing of Latin@ communities within the United States. Though these lists may not include every organization possible, they do represent a sampling of programs and services to mobilize Latinas and Latin@ communities to end domestic violence. We welcome suggestions to continue expanding this list.

Local Organizations

Amigas Latinas
Amigas Latinas is a support, education and advocacy organization for lesbian, bisexual and questioning women of Latina heritage that provides them with a safe environment and offers opportunities to gather, celebrate and explore their identities and potential as women who love women in the Chicago area.

Advocate for low-income immigrants through direct legal, social and language services, training and outreach in the Washington DC metropolitan area.

Caminar Latino
The mission of Caminar Latino is to create possibilities for Latino families- affected by violence- to transform their lives and their communities in the Atlanta, GA.

Casa de Esperanza
Mobilize Latinas and Latin@ communities to end domestic violence in the twin cities (Saint Paul and Minneapolis, MN.)

Casa de la Familia
The mission is to address the mental health needs of individuals of all ages who have suffered a psychological trauma in a culturally relevant manner with dignity, compassion and mutual respect. Los Angeles, CA.

Centro Hispano Daniel Torres, Inc
The mission is to support and enhance the acculturation of the Latino population in the Greater Reading area, Pennsylvania through collaborative initiatives designed to enable individuals to improve their quality of life and the quality of life in their communities.

Centro Multicultural La Familia
Mission: To provide culturally-competent support services in a holistic approach in order to improve their quality of life. Pontiac, MI.

Consejo Counseling and Referral Service
Mission: To provide a continuum of behavioral health, substance abuse and domestic violence services to individuals and families across Washington to improve the quality of their lives and empower clients to participate in their communities at their highest level of functioning. Seattle, WA.

El Centro de la Americas
Mission: El Centro’s mission is empowering Latino families to achieve self-sufficiency and personal growth through the provision of bilingual educational, social, and health services. Lincoln, NE.

Enlace Comunitario
Mission: To promote healthy families through: comprehensive domestic violence intervention services in Spanish, preventative community education, policy advocacy and leadership development. Albuquerque, NM.

Hispanic Resource Center of Western Michigan
Mission: To serve. To educate. To Advocate.

Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA)
Mission: Dedicated to the social, civic and economic integration of Hispanic families and individuals in Alabama.

Hispanic Resource Center of Larchmont and Mamaroneck
Mission: To promote the cultural, economic, educational and professional integration of immigrants to the already established larger community and advocates for those in need.

La Clínica del Pueblo
Mission: To build a healthy Latino community through culturally appropriate health services focusing on those most in need. District of Columbia.

La Paz Chattanooga
Mission: To empower and engage Chattanooga’s Latino population through advocacy, education and inclusion. Chattanooga, TN.

La Posada Home
Mission: To assist women and their children who are experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, abandonment, or lack of opportunities. El Paso, TX.

La Vida-CHASS Center: Community Health and Social Services Center
Mission: To seek to ensure the availability, accessibility and utilization of a range of locally relevant, culturally competent family violence and sexual assault prevention and support services for Southwest Detroit Latino families and youth.

Latin American Youth Center, Inc
Mission: The Latin American Youth Center's (LAYC) mission is to empower a diverse population of underserved youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood, through multi-cultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs that address youth's social, academic, and career needs. District of Columbia.

Líderes Campesinas
Mission: The mission of Líderes Campesinas is to develop leadership among campesinas so that they serve as agents of political, social and economic change in the farmworker community. California.

MUJER Inc (Mujeres, Unidas en Justicia, Educaion y Reforma)
Mission: To promote healthy lifestyles, emotional wellness and stability through advocacy, violence prevention and community education to strengthen low -income families. Homestead, FL.

Mujeres Latinas en Acción
Mission: Mujeres Latinas en Acción empowers Latinas through providing services which reflect their values and culture and being an advocate on the issues that make a difference in their lives. Chicago, IL.

Mujeres Unidas y Activas
Mission: A grassroots organization of Latina immigrant women with a double mission of promoting personal transformation and building community power for social and economic justice. San Francisco, CA.

Puentes de Esperanza
Mission: The mission of Puentes de Esperanza is to enhance the quality of life of the Latino Community in Southern Illinois, through partnership in a community-based ministry directed at social, health, and spiritual needs.

Sepa Mujer
Mission: To raise and unite our voices and to be heard and recognized in social, governmental and political systems. New York.

Servicios de la Raza
Mission: To provide, and advocate for, comprehensive, culturally responsive human services to all Colorado communities in need.

UMOS Latina Resource Center
Provide comprehensive, culturally and linguistically supportive services and advocacy to adults, youth and children impacted by domestic violence, dating violence and sexual assault. Milwaukee, WI.

Vida, Legal Assistance, Inc.
VIDA seeks to provide and ensure that quality legal representation and other necessary direct and indirect services are available to economically disadvantaged immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking, and other violent crimes. Miami, FL.

Violence Intervention Program (VIP Mujeres)
Mission: To promote nonviolent partner relationships,familias, and communities through raising awareness, activism, and culturally competent services that are respectful of each survivor's right to self-determination. New York City, NY.

Voces Latinas
Mission: To reduce the rate of HIV transmission among immigrant Latinas by empowering, educating and providing leadership and advocacy training to enable them to make healthier decisions for themselves and their families. Queens, NY.

National/Statewide Organizations

Arte Sana
Arte Sana (art heals) is a national Latina-led nonprofit committed to ending sexual violence and other forms of gender-based aggressions and engage marginalized communities as agents of change. Founded in 2001, Arte Sana promotes capacity building, awareness, healing, and empowerment through bilingual professional training, community education, and the arts.

Seeks to centralize assistance for advocates and attorneys facing complex legal problems in advocating for immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

allgo works to sustains a statewide network of people of color activists, groups, organizations and allies, which through nourishment of relationships, grassroots organizing and artistic expression can radically transform systems and policies toward a collective liberation.

Asociación Internacional de Familias por la Diversidad Sexual (FDS)
La FDS es una organización que tiene como meta mantener la unidad familiar, luchando por la seguridad y el bienestar de sus miembros gays, lesbianas, bisexuales y transgéneros; dando apoyo para que puedan enfrentar una sociedad hostil; promoviendo la información y la educación como herramientas para erradicar el odio, la desinformación, el prejuicio, la homofobia y todas las formas de discriminación conexas.

ASPIRA Association
Mission: To empower the Puerto Rican and Latino community through advocacy and the education and leadership development of its youth.

Familia es Familia
Familia es Familia is comprehensive public education campaign aimed at creating strong allies with Hispanic communities across the country. For the first time, this effort is being undertaken with major national Hispanic organizations willing to engage as national partners in advancing equality.

Latino Equality Alliance/Alianza Latina por la Igualdad
To promote liberty, equality, and justice for the Latino LGBTQ community. Acknowledging that the LGBT Latino community largely lives in Latino communities that might not yet be as LGBT-supportive compared to other geographic areas, one of LEA's major goals is to transform Latino communities into permanent allies in the LGBT community’s quest for social justice and full civil rights. LEA is also committed to engaging the larger LGBT community about Latino issues and needs.

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
LCLAA works with Latino union members to advocate for the rights of all Latino workers and their families at all levels of the American trade union movement and the political process. Simultaneously, LCLAA strives to achieve social and economic equality for each and every Latino worker by developing programs that reach out and educate Latino workers about the importance of participating in the political process in order to ensure a strong voice for Latino working families.

Latino Health Resource Guide (by Medicare Advantage)
In an effort to help, Medicare Advantage has compiled a guide full of state and national resources for many of the biggest health care risks faced by the Latino community. Consult our list of nationwide resources from the list below or click on your state to see a list of health care resources near you. Our resources are available in both English and Spanish.

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
Mission: To advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States.

Líderes Campesinas
Develop leadership among campesinas so that they serve as agents of political, social and economic change in the farmworker community. This leadership has created an organization by and for campesinas. The approach emphasizes capacity building, democratic decision-making, advocacy, peer training and leadership development as well as a mixture of traditional and innovative education, outreach and mobilizing methods such as house meetings, arts, and theatrical presentations at community venues.

MANA, A National Latina Organization
Mission: To empower Latinas through leadership development, community service and advocacy.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Mission: To promote social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access.

UnidosUS (Formerly National Council of La Raza)
Mission: To improve opportunities and open doors for Hispanic Americans.

National Conference of Puerto Rican Women
Mission: Preserving our heritage and rights through mentorship and leadership for a better tomorrow.

National Compadres Network
Mission: Based on the principles of "Un Hombre Noble" (A Noble Man)," the mission of the National Compadres Network is to strengthen, rebalance, and/or redevelop the traditional "Compadre" extended family system. It's by this process that we encourage and support the positive involvement of Latino males as fathers, sons, grandfathers, brothers, compadres, partners, and mentors in their families and community.

National Hispanic Council on Aging
Mission: To improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families and their caregivers.

National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA)
Mission: Calls for unity among Latinos around the country to provide the Hispanic community with greater visibility and a clearer, stronger influence in our country’s affairs. NHLA brings together Hispanic leaders to establish policy priorities that address, and raise public awareness of, the major issues affecting the Latino community and the nation as a whole.

National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project (NIWAP)
NIWAP (pronounced new-app) was formed to educate, train, offer technical assistance and public policy advocacy, and conduct research that will assist a wide range of professionals working at the Federal, State, and local levels who work with and/or whose work affects immigrant women and children. NIWAP’s work is designed to promote the development, implementation, and use of laws, policies, and practices that benefit immigrant women and children.

National Institute for Latino Policy
Mission: To provide a unique approach and voice to the policy analysis and advocacy needs of the Latino community in the United States.

National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, a Project of Casa de Esperanza
The National Latin@ Network is working at ending domestic violence and promoting the health and well-being of Latin@ communities around the country. The main goals of the National Latin@ Network are: education and awareness, advocacy, capacity building, accountability and training.

National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence against Women
The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women (“NTF”) is focused on the development, passage and implementation of effective public policy to address domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. The full membership of the NTF is comprised of a large and diverse group of national, tribal, state, territorial and local organizations, as well as individuals, committed to securing an end to violence against women.

An all-volunteer grassroots group that works to raise awareness about the discrimination same-sex binational couples face under current U.S. laws when trying to keep our families together. Same-sex binational couples are LGBT American citizens or permanent residents who are married to, in a civil union with or registered as a domestic partner with someone from another country.

TransLatin@ Coalition
Advocate for the specific needs of Trans Latin@ immigrants who reside in U.S. and plan strategies that would improve their quality of life.

Unid@s – National Latino/a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Human Rights Organization (Washington, DC)
The mission of Unid@s, The National Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Human Rights Organization is to create a multi-issue approach for advocacy, education and convening of and for our communities.

Visión y Compromiso
Mission: To improve access and provision of quality bilingual and bicultural health care to Latinos through self-empowerment, educational programs, health advocacy outreach, and development of public policy specifically aimed at Latinos and their families and as critical players in the implementation and workforce development in these areas. California.

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 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 SheetsPDF 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 (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 (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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Framework and Philosophy

Casa de Esperanza began in 1982 with a group of Latinas committed to ensuring that Latinas experiencing domestic violence found emergency shelter and advocacy support. Today, Casa de Esperanza is internationally recognized as a leader in the movement to end domestic violence against women and girls. While Casa de Esperanza still maintains a Refugio (domestic violence shelter), the organization has expanded its outreach and impact by continually focusing on supporting Latinas and Latin@ communities in culturally relevant ways. By the late 90's, the organization knew it was not making the greatest impact, and that shelter alone would never end domestic violence. Casa de Esperanza conducted listening sessions in the community and heard from over 160 Latinas who provided clear direction and set high expectations for change. The lessons learned from this process inspired a philosophical transformation that still informs Casa de Esperanza’s work today: Latinas should have options for advocacy services beyond shelter; and Casa de Esperanza needs to support the community to work together to end domestic violence. Casa de Esperanza revised its mission statement to reflect an ongoing organizational commitment to this transformation: Casa de Esperanza mobilizes Latinas and Latin@ communities to end domestic violence.

Casa de Esperanza and its National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities have a few simple yet powerful principles that guide their work:

  • Casa de Esperanza will not end domestic violence; it will end when Latin@s and their allies end it.
  • People do not live in systems, they live in communities. Social transformation happens with knowledge and information that propels action. Latin@ identity is intrinsically tied to family and community.
  • Tapping into informal networks of support is a viable strategy to enhance community capacity.
  • Allies play a key role in supporting Latin@ communities to create social change.
  • Effective programming builds and enhances strengths and assets, rather than “fixes” needs and deficits.

These principles are further supported by Casa de Esperanza’s organizational values of: Latina Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Organizational Excellence, Living Free of Violence, and Community-Driven Solutions.

Fuerza Unida (Strength United) PDF (89 p.)
by Casa de Esperanza (2013) This manual describes the community engagement process that was the foundation for Casa de Esperanza’s changes in philosophy and strategy. It encourages individuals to think critically about their approach to community engagement and the process that will be most effective for their organizations and communities.
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Culture as a Resource for Organizational Development PDF (4 p.)
by Atum Azzahir for the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities (2013) This article highlights a culturally-based organizational structure developed from the perspective of culturally specific organizations. Additionally, the article explores cultural foundations for leadership development, management/administration, governance and organizational accountability using a lens that integrates cultural realities and considerations.
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Language is a fluid and powerful tool that reflects social and cultural norms. The words and terms a person uses can demonstrate her/his standpoint and can influence how society perceives certain political, social and cultural issues. Domestic violence within Latin@ communities can intersect with various other issues, and the language used to describe those intersections can support greater social justice awareness in mobilizing communities to bring an end to violence against women, men and children. Being mindful of our language can help us take a social justice stand to ensure that all people who experience or who have experienced violence are respected and provided with the most inclusive resources. As language evolves, it is important that we pay attention to the changes in terminology to describe situations or individuals. Below is a list of relevant terms currently utilized by Casa de Esperanza:

Latin@s: Using “@” in place of the masculine “o” when referring to people or things that are either gender neutral or both masculine and feminine in make-up. This decision reflects the commitment to gender inclusion and recognizes the important contributions that both women and men make to our communities.

Undocumented: Term to refer to someone who currently lacks a stable or official immigration status in the U.S. or another country. No one is born illegal and to refer to a persons’ existence as illegal delegitimizes and excludes that individual. Equally dehumanizing is the use of the term “illegal alien” as it brings an additional exclusionary dimension to an already discriminatory term. The word “alien” in this context reinforces the concept of "not belonging" and therefore gives persons in this category a less deserving or less human status than their counterparts.

Social Capital: The value of natural connections between people – neighbors, friends, family members – that result in a tendency to want to support one another and share resources. These connections – social capital – are a powerful force that is usually unrecognized and untapped by social service agencies, government institutions, etc., in their traditional responses to social issues.

Introduction & Rationale

Casa de Esperanza and its national project, The National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, compiled the resources for this collection which reflects many years of work at the intersections of gender-based violence and Latin@ communities. Many of the resources were developed by Casa de Esperanza while several were produced by other Latin@ organizations doing culturally specific work. Through shared experiences working at the intersections of domestic violence and Latin@ communities, many of the organizations represented here learned that effective responses to this problem require a culturally specific analysis with culturally relevant tools and approaches. Of equal importance is engaging communities to effectively respond to domestic violence. Understanding and honoring the great diversity that exists within Latin@ communities is a key component in delivering effective interventions and trauma-informed responses to address the violence. To that end, this special collection provides a compilation of tools and resources developed specifically by Latin@s and for Latin@s as well as culturally adapted materials (not simply translations) to address domestic violence in Latin@ communities. The content included within is not comprehensive, as there is much work taking place not only in the U.S. but also across Latin America. It is our intent to continue adding resources overtime and we count on readers to also provide recommended additions.

This special collection:

  • Introduces the framework and philosophy of Casa de Esperanza as a foundation to its trauma-informed work.
  • Defines relevant terms within the context of domestic violence in Latin@ communities from a social justice perspective.
  • Provides culturally specific resources and tools that address domestic violence within the Latin@ context related to policy, research and service provision.
  • Offers a list of Latin@ specific organizations addressing violence against women in the U.S.