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The FY 2014 Culturally Specific Services Program Solicitation just posted on OVW's website!

The solicitation can be found on OVW's website (  Click on "Grant Programs" on the left-hand side, and then click on "Open Solicitations."  Under 2014 Open Solicitations, click on the full name of the grant program solicitation: "Grants to Enhance Culturally Specific Services for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Program Solicitation." 

DEADLINE: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (E.T.) on February 5, 2014.

Download program solicitation here

Need Help?

OVW will conduct four (4) Pre-Application Conference Calls for anyone interested in submitting an application for the Grants to Enhance Culturally Specific Services for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Program (Culturally Specific Services Program). During these calls, OVW staff will review the Culturally Specific Services Program requirements, review the solicitation, and allow for a brief question and answer session. The conference calls are scheduled on the following dates:

  • Monday, December 16, 2013 - 2p.m. to 4 p.m. E.T
  • Monday, December 23, 2013 - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. E.T.
  • Friday, January 3, 2014 - 2p.m. to 4 p.m. E.T.
  • Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 2p.m. to 4 p.m. E.T.

The total number of participants for each call is limited to 75 individuals.

To register, please e-mail Kim Cortez at Your registration must be received at least two hours prior to the start of the call. Please write "CLSSP-registration for Pre-Application Conference Call" as well as the preferred date in the Subject Line.

Interested applicants who do not participate are still eligible to apply.

For technical assistance from the National Latin@ Network (NLN), please contact Maritza Valdez, Grant Writer & Trainer for NLN, at


The Grants to Enhance Culturally Specific Services for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Program was created by the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005) (codified at 42 U.S.C.'14045a). This program creates an opportunity for culturally specific community-based organizations to address the critical needs of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking victims in a manner that affirms a victim's culture and effectively addresses language and communication barriers.

Advocates report that survivors are more inclined to seek services from organizations that are familiar with their culture, language and background and that there is no "one size fits all" approach to adequately address these critical needs. Culturally specific community-based organizations are more likely to understand the complex, multi-layered challenges and obstacles that victims from their communities face when attempting to access services.

Culturally specific community-based organizations are also better equipped to form essential relationships and engage their communities in the creation and implementation of services relevant to the diverse and unique needs of the victims.

For additional information on the Culturally Specific Services Program, including what past grantees have accomplished with their grant funds and to view the program's performance measures, see


Donated No-Long-Used Mobile Devices and Accessories to be collected by Viva Móvil with 100% proceeds benefiting Casa de Esperanza

Los Angeles, CA (December 11, 2013) -- Viva Móvil by Jennifer Lopez, a Premium Retailer of Verizon Wireless, is excited to announce their participation in HopeLine from Verizon, which collects, recycles and refurbishes no-longer-used mobile devices and accessories. Proceeds from the program go to support domestic violence victims and survivors.  

Beginning December 9th, Viva Móvil will be placing HopeLine bins throughout their stores and staff will be informing customers about the recycling program and encouraging customers to participate.  100% of the proceeds from the no-longer-used phone collected at participating Viva Movil stores will directly benefit Casa de Esperanza, an organization working to end domestic violence and support victims in the Latino Community.

Since 2001, Verizon, through its HopeLine program, has collected more than 10 million wireless phones and provided more than $18.1 million in cash grants to local shelters and domestic violence prevention organizations – like Casa de Esperanza – across the country.

“We are pleased to partner with Verizon’s HopeLine program,” stated Miguel Montero, Viva Movil General Manager. “Especially in this season of giving, it is important to remember those in need, and the HopeLine program is a great opportunity to do just that.”

“We feel honored to be the recipients of this program by Viva Móvil and Verizon,” said Amy Sanchez, chief executive officer of the National Latin@ Network, a project of Casa de Esperanza. “Research indicates that 1 in 4 women, 1 in 7 men, 1 in 3 teens and more than 3 million children will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.  This financial support will help us deliver the much needed resources in the Latino community.”

For more information on the Hopeline Program, please visit their website:

About Viva Móvil by Jennifer Lopez

Viva Móvil by Jennifer Lopez is a Premium Retailer of Verizon Wireless. Viva Móvil’s mission is to deliver the best shopping experience for mobile across the United States, starting with stores in New York, Miami, Los Angeles and, of course, online. For more information, visit and the Viva Móvil Facebook page today.

About Casa de Esperanza

Casa de Esperanza, and its project, National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities (NLN) is the national leader on Latino domestic violence.  The NLN provides training and consultation about violence, conducts research, and leads national policy initiatives that effect Latino communities. Headquartered in St. Paul, MN, Casa de Esperanza also provides direct services and support through advocacy, emergency shelter, 24 hour bilingual crisis line and opportunities for peer education. For more information, please visit or

CHEAT TWEET: .@JLo ‘s @Viva_Movil stores giving back this holiday season with @HopeLineVerizon to @casadeesperanza #anythingcanhappen



            Elva Lima

            Executive Director, Community Relations and Multicultural Communications

            Verizon Wireless

            (908) 559-7530


            Pierre Berastain

            Communications and Marketing Coordinator

            National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, a Project of Casa de Esperanza

            (214) 957-0363


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He was invited to Delaware to mark the month of domestic violence awareness. Areán, CEO of La Red, a national network for healthy families and communities, a project of Casa Esperanza based in Massachusetts, was the keynote speaker.

When he speaks, Juan Carlos has the measured tone of the preacher convinced he can reach the public. A Mexican with 32 years in the United States, he has dedicated 22 years of them working to seed hope.

His focus on the problem of domestic violence is that men must be part of the solution, not of the problem, and that education within the family is essential to eradicate this evil that, according to statistics, affects 1 in every 4 women, and at least 15 million children each year will see violence in their family while growing up. See translation and continue reading here

Rosie Hidalgo, Director of Public Policy for the National Latin@ Network, a project of Casa de Esperanza, Honored with Trailblazer Award for work with issues of Domestic Violence 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, October 23rd, Dialogue on Diversity honored Rosie Hidalgo, Director of Public Policy for the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, a project of Casa de Esperanza.   Ms. Hidalgo was presented with the Trailblazer Award at the 6th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Colloquium. The Dialogue on Diversity’s Trailblazer Award pays tribute to women entrepreneurs and professionals within public- and private-sector agencies. The focus this year was on issues of domestic violence, its prevention and improved interventions, as well as critical issues of immigration reform.,

“I am honored to receive this award on behalf of Casa de Esperanza and the National Latin@ Network,” said Rosie Hidalgo. “It is a reflection of the growing strength and commitment in Latino communities to work together to end domestic violence.  While significant improvements were included in the recent reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act,  comprehensive immigration reform is the critical next step to reduce the vulnerabilities to abuse and exploitation of millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States and to strengthen families and communities.”

The annual event explored problems related to domestic violence and immigration, as well as the interrelation between these two issues in the United States. This year, the program’s themes included the improvements in the recent reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), as well as issues of teen dating violence, elder abuse, trafficking, and the need for immigration reform. The colloquium was co-sponsored by the Office of Latino Affairs of the District of Columbia, and featured U.S. Representative Raúl Grijalva and National Council of La Raza (NCLR) founder and long-time president Raúl Yzaguirre as speakers.

Throughout her twenty year career, including in her current position as the Director of Public Policy for Casa de Esperanza and the National Latin@ Network, Hidalgo has been dedicated to the movement to end domestic violence. She has also worked at legal services programs for low-income families in New York City and in Northern Virginia, providing representation in the areas of family law, domestic violence, child welfare and education and played an integral role in the reauthorization of  the Violence Against Women Act. 


Dear colleagues, community leaders, activists, and friends, 
As we all know, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. All month we have been raising awareness, sharing resources, and highlighting stories of survivors as a way to increase consciousness.
However, we all know that domestic violence can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, not just during one month or during working hours. 
As Domestic Violence Awareness Month comes to an end, on November 1st, National Latin@ Network, a project of Casa de Esperanza, will launch 24 hours of facts to remind people that domestic violence awareness needs our support year-round. The National Latin@ Network (@casadeesperanza) will tweet hourly facts and resources about domestic violence to continue raising awareness. Join us at #DVA247 and participate in our Day of Action. Retweet the facts and resources. Contribute your own.
Help us spread the word that we are here for support year-round and that domestic violence – no matter the time or day – will not be tolerated.
Join us in sending a strong message that domestic violence awareness must go beyond October. Follow the conversation all day long by following the hashtag #DVA247 and by following @casadeesperanza on Twitter. If you would like to help us promote this event, we’ve provided a few sample tweets here.
Thank you for your support!
Your friends at National Latin@ Network, a project of Casa de Esperanza (@casadeesperanza)
WHEN: November 1, 2013
12:01 AM ET until 11:59 PM ET
HOW: Follow the conversation at #DVA247 or by following us at @casadeesperanza

Casa de Esperanza's Research Manager, Dr. Josephine Serrata, serves as the Latina Researchers Network's Professional Development Director. The Latina Researchers Network is a community of activist scholars, researchers and aspiring investigators from across the United States. The Network has celebrated its first year and will be hosting an inaugural Latina Researchers Conference: Increasing the Pipeline for Future Scholars on April 27, 2013.

To read more about this year's event and to learn more about the Latina Researchers Network, please visit here.

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 ( 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.

Speakers' Guide in English and Spanish: From the Front of the Room
a message from the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) and the National Latin@ Network
Joint project! The National Latin@ Network collaborated with the NRCDV on the translation of the Speakers' Guide, a guide for survivors that are considering sharing their stories publicly. The National Latin@ Network provided feedback and additional resources to make this Guide more culturally relevant to Latin@ communities.

Speakers' Guides in English:
From the Front of the Room - A Survivors Guide to Public Speaking
From the Front of the Room - An Advocate's Guide to Help Prepare Survivors for Public Speaking

Speakers' Guides in Spanish:
Desde el frente del salón - Una guía para sobrevivientes interesadas en en hablar en público
Desde el frente del salón - Una guía para intercesores/as para ayudar a preparar a sobrevivientes para hablar en público