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The Public Policy Initiative is one of the cornerstones of the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities – a network of individuals and organizations interested in ending domestic violence and promoting the health and well-being of Latin@ communities. Casa de Esperanza’s Director of Public Policy, located in Washington, DC, oversees the Public Policy Initiative of the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities.

Goals of the Public Policy Initiative

Andrea Cárcamo (far right), our Assistant Director of Public Policy, with Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (second from the left)
  • Improve policies that are responsive to the needs and realities of Latina survivors of domestic violence, as well as their children and families;
  • Improve access to financial resources for Latin@ community-based organizations in order to develop and enhance culturally and linguistically specific intervention services and prevention initiatives in Latin@ communities; and
  • Improve access to general prevention and intervention services for Latina survivors and their families, particularly for individuals with Limited English Proficiency and immigrant survivors.

What does the Public Policy Initiative do?

  1. Identify priority public policy concerns for Latin@ communities in efforts to end domestic violence and support healthy families and communities;
  2. Bring the voices and realities of Latina survivors and Latin@ communities to the table to influence and help shape national policy decisions;
  3. Support opportunities to access resources and increase capacity-building for Latin@ community-based organizations (CBOs) to provide domestic violence prevention and intervention services; and
  4. Build the capacity of Latin@ CBOs to take the lead on addressing sexual assault/domestic violence issues at the local, state, and national level, through the development of a network of Latin@ organizations, programs, and advocates, known as the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities.

How can you get involved?

  • Share your concerns, experiences, and insights and help shape the development of specific policies and the Network’s overall policy agenda.
  • Connect to other organizations working in areas of public policy to share ideas and strengthen efforts to create policy change.
  • Participate in training, webinars and conference calls to build capacity in public policy efforts.
  • Stay up to date with periodic policy alerts about policy developments and ways you can get involved and advocate for legislation that advances these goals.
  • Get access to relevant research, resources and tools, as well as training and technical assistance opportunities.