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Casa de Esperanza Joins the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda in the Fight for Immigration Reform

Washington, D.C. - Casa de Esperanza recently was voted in as an official member of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of preeminent Latin@ organizations in the nation.  Becoming the 34th Latin@ organization in the NHLA, Casa de Esperanza joins the national coalition to help amplify its mission as well as contribute to the coordinated agenda of the national Latin@ community. NHLA members include Latin@ organizations focused on a range of issues, from  business and government to leadership and community development.

"We are excited to join the distinguished list of Latin@ organizations that comprise NHLA membership," said Amy Sanchez, Chief Executive for External Relations at Casa de Esperanza, "Our experience in policy and relationships with Congressional offices can help the NHLA in its efforts to shape public policies on important issues that impact Latin@ communities."

The timing of this membership is critical as NHLA announces the launch of its national immigration campaign, Latinos United for Immigration Reform (www.latinosunited.org). The campaign will feature 60 town halls across the nation and an intensive call to action for the community to contact their members of Congress. The campaign revolves around principles of family unity, due process and pathway to citizenship.

"We welcome Casa de Esperanza to our membership and to the immediate and important task of moving immigration reform legislation through the House and Senate and to the President's desk," explained Hector Sanchez, chair of NHLA.  "We are confident that the work of Casa de Esperanza and its leadership will help expand our reach both into the community as well as on Capitol Hill. We are extremely excited to have them join our ranks."

The partnership with NHLA marks a significant step towards achieving comprehensive immigration reform. Casa de Esperanza has seen that a victim's lack of immigration status can often be used as a tool of abuse and exploitation and can make victims of domestic violence and sexual assault afraid to come forward and seek help. The unification of Latin@ organizations and communities across the nation will undoubtedly create a stronger force to advocate for fair legislation. Casa de Esperanza takes pride in sharing with you its new partnership with NHLA in working towards a more just immigration system and towards advancing other policies that help strengthen families and communities.

Casa de Esperanza is the national Latin@ institute on domestic violence whose mission is to mobilize Latinas and Latin@ communities to end domestic violence. The organization's National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities incorporates training and technical assistance, a public policy initiative in Washington, D.C., and a research center in Atlanta, GA, in an effort to advance effective responses to eliminate violence and promote healthy relationships. Headquartered in St. Paul, MN, Casa de Esperanza also works within communities by providing advocacy, emergency shelter, a 24-hour bilingual crisis line, and opportunities for peer education. For more information, please visit www.casadeesperanza.org and www.nationallatinonetwork.org.

Casa de Esperanza has chosen to use "@" 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 our commitment to gender inclusion and recognizes the important contributions that both men and women make to our communities