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2016 National Latin@ Institute: Strengthening Our Communities

Denver, Colorado

June 20-22, 2016

 

In June 2016, Casa de Esperanza's National Latin@ Network will bring together professionals from a variety of fields for the National Latin@ Institute. This Institute will provide participants with significant opportunities for networking, resource and expertise sharing and critical discussions on traditionally challenging topics. The event is conceived for all Latin@s and their allies working together to end family and community violence, gender based violence, and other forms of oppression.

There is no fee to attend this event. However, you are responsible for paying for your travel and lodging. There will be rooms at the hotel set aside for you to book at the federal government rate.


Institute Objectives

By the end of the institute participants will be better able to:

  • Critically analyze the significance, tensions and strengths of diversity within the Latin@ communities.
  • Enhance their individual, systems and community advocacy based on this critical analysis.
  • Integrate concrete organizational development practices and tools in their advocacy work.
  • Connect with other organizations and activists to advance their individual and collective practice.

To register for the conference, click here!
 

Agenda & Materials
 
Day 1: Monday, June 20, 2016
 
9:00am - 10:30am
 
Welcome to the Latin@ Institute
Ruby White Starr, Chief Strategy Officer, Casa de Esperanza
 
Welcome to Colorado
Kristiana Huitron, Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Agueda Morgan, Colorado
Coalition Against Sexual Assault
 
Agreements
National Latin@ Network, Casa de Esperanza Staff
 
A Year in Review (highlights, new products, etc.)
National Latin@ Network, Casa de Esperanza Staff
 
Opening Keynote: La Cultura Cura (The Culture Cures): From Trauma to Culturally Based Healing
Keynote Speaker: Jerry Tello, National Compadres Network followed by an accompanied cultural performance with Susana Armijo, National Compadres Network
 
10:45am - 11:45am
 
Keynote
Special Guest Keynote Speaker: Rafael López, Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 
 
1:15pm - 1:45pm
 
Listening Session: Intersection of Child Welfare and Domestic Violence
A conversation with Rafael López, Commissioner of the ACYF, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
 
1:45pm - 3:15pm
 
Workshop A: Sisterhood, Leadership and the Rainbow: What does it mean to be in Sisterhood?
Gabby Santos & Tandra LaGrone, In Our Own Voices (New York)
 
Workshop B: Creating Advocates: Adapting the Promotor Pathway® to Meet the Needs of Youth Survivors
Susana Martínez, Cecilia Dos Santos & Jaime Roberts, Latin American Youth Center (Washington, D.C.)

Workshop C: Supporting the Leadership and Resiliency of Women of Color in the Sexual and Domestic Violence Movement
Isa Wolderguiorguis, Massachusetts Women of Color (Massachusetts)

Workshop D: Working at the Intersection of Organizational Cultures to Enhance Service Provision and Evaluation
Melissa King, University of Louisville (Kentucky); Karina Barillas, La Casita Center (Kentucky); Sonia Acosta & Blanca Mares, Centro Multicultural (Michigan)
 
3:30pm - 4:30pm
 
Plenary Panel: Promotor@s Panel
Panelists: Esteban Machado-Galaviz & Sandro Anguiano, Enlace Comunitario (New Mexico); Itzel Olivas & Idali Domíngues, Latin@ Outreach Project (Colorado); Susana Martínez, Latin American Youth Center (Washington, D.C.)
Facilitator: Kristiana Huitrón, Voces Unidas for Justice (Colorado)
 
4:30pm - 5:00pm
 
Healing Activity
Gabriela Celeiro, The Sanar Wellness Institute
 
Optional Events
 
5:15pm - 6:45pm
 
AfroLatinx/Black Latinx Sister/Brotherhood Caucus
 
8:00pm - 9:00pm
 
Movie Night
 
 
Day 2: Tuesday, June 21, 2016

9:00am - 10:30am
 
Plenary Panel: Responding to Human Trafficking in Latin@ Communities
Panelists: Karen Romero, Polaris; Josie Serrata & Martha Hernandez Martinez, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network
Facilitator: Heidi Notario, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network
 
10:45am - 12:15pm
 
Workshop A: Best Practices for Providing Culturally-Specific Services to Immigrants who Have Experienced Sexual Harassment and Assault in the Workplace & Labor Trafficking 
Alicia Anguiano, Friends of Farmworkers (Pennsylvania); Corinne Guest, La Puerta Abierta/The Open Door (Pennsylvania)
 
Workshop B: La Visualización; Técnicas y Herramientas para la Facilitación Efectiva de Grupos de Apoyo. (This workshop will be presented in Spanish)
Ivonne Ortiz, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence 
 
Workshop C: Building Your Evaluation Capacity: From Our Kitchen to Yours
Josie Serrata, Ph.D. & Martha Hernández, Casa de Esperanza, National Latin@ Network
 
Workshop D: Promoting Healthy LGBTQ Communities Through Cultural Inclusion
Gabby Santos, In Our Own Voices; Kate Vander Tuig & Yesenia Gorbea, Futures Without Violence (California)
 
12:15pm - 1:45pm
 
Optional: Sponsored lunch by National Women’s Law Center at Maggiano’s Little Italy
 
1:45pm - 3:15pm
 
Plenary Panel - Critical Conversations: Sexual Assault on Campus & Sexual Assault by Border Patrol
Panelists: Pierre Berastaín & Ana Hernández, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network
Facilitator: Ruby White Starr, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network 
 
3:30pm - 4:30pm

Roundtable Discussions
 
Restorative Wellness
Presenter: Gabriela Celeiro, The Sanar Wellness Institute
 
Research in Immigration
Presenter: Dr. Shireen Rajaram, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center
 
Increasing Your Social Media Presence
Presenter: Rebecca De León, Casa de Esperanza, National Latin@ Network
 
Bringing a Workplan to Life
Presenter: María Limón, Texas Council on Family Violence 
 
Funding & Fundraising for our Community
Presenter: Kristiana Huitrón, Voces Unidas for Justice
 
Preventing DV-Homicide in the Latino Community
Presenter: Lumarie Orozco, Casa de Esperanza, National Latin@ Network
 
Capacity Building
Presenter: Maritza Valdez Fagin, Casa de Esperanza, National Latin@ Network
 
Sex Trafficking
Presenter: Karen Romero, Polaris
 
Sexual Violence by Border Patrol (Part 2)
Presenter: Ana Hernández, Casa de Esperanza, National Latin@ Network
 
Women’s Law / La Ley de la Mujer (presented in Spanish)
Presenter: Michelle Robles Torres, WomensLaw, National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)
 
Community Engagement
Presenter: Ivette Izea-Martínez
 
4:30pm - 5:15pm
 
Closing: Tribute to a Pioneer: Honoring Dr. Julia Perilla
Recognition presented by Patti Tototzintle, CEO, Casa de Esperanza and the rest of the Casa team.
 
5:15pm - 5:30pm
 
Healing Exercise
Gabriela Celeiro, The Sanar Wellness Institute
 
 
Day 3: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
 
9:00am - 10:30am
 
Workshop A: Bordando mis Derechos / Outlining My Rights (This workshop will be presented in Spanish)
Lorena Kourousias, Violence Intervention Program Inc. (New York)
 
Workshop B: Unlocking Opportunity for Girls of Color: Combating Sexually & Racially Hostile Environments in School
Adaku Onyeka-Crawford, National Women’s Law Center (Washington, D.C.)
 
Workshop C: El Arte de Sanar/The Art of Healing (This workshop will be presented in Spanish)
Verónica Lazo & Ginna Isunza, Unidos Against Domestic Violence (Wisconsin); Benoni Martínez, UMOS Latina Resource Center (Wisconsin)
 
Workshop D: Language Lives: Using language, Hip-Hop, and experiential education to explore identity, sharing stories, healing from violence, and build respect among youth
Carlos M. Flores, Omar Torre & Xavier Barraza, NM DOH-South Valley Male Involvement Project (New Mexico)
10:45am - 12:00pm
 
Closing Keynote: Reclaiming Hope, Love and Intentionality in Social Justice
Keynote Speaker: Mary E González, Representative, Texas House District 75