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Date:Thursday August 17th, 2017

Time: 12:30pm-2:00pm (Central) 

This webinar will address the unique ways that trafficking impacts Native communities in the United States.  Specific topics will include the history of trafficking, trafficking in urban vs. reservation communities, risk factors, legal considerations, and best practices for providing culturally-specific support to survivors.  Research on Native women who have been trafficked will also be reviewed.

By the end of this webinar, participants will learn: 

  • How trafficking of Native people is linked to colonization and other forms of violence.
  • Best practices for providing culturally-specific support to survivors. 
  • Pressing needs and gaps in support that survivors have identified. 


Amanda Watson, National Technical Assistance Programs Trainer/Facilitator, Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition

Amanda Watson is kanaka maoli (Native Hawaiian) and has worked with the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition (MIWSAC) since 2015. They previously worked as a sexual assault advocate with university, county, and nation-wide advocacy organizations supporting survivors of sexual violence. Amanda also has experience training and facilitating on how sexual violence uniquely impacts Two Spirit and LGBTQ folks, and has keynoted and spoken at several conferences on the topic.  Amanda currently coordinates MIWSAC's national technical assistance project on trafficking in Indian Country.

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Date: Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Time: 1:00pm - 1:30pm (Central)

Engaging the Latin@ community is essential to develop the power within the community to eliminate the stressors and build the strength and awareness that prevent domestic violence. Casa de Esperanza recognizes that they alone cannot end domestic violence, and as an organization they strive to “put the work, tools, resources and power in the hands of more and more people,” including community members. Therefore, community engagement becomes the essence of their work. It’s a process that actively involves community members in prevention efforts, intervention strategies and research. In this blog talk radio, listeners will learn how the experiences of the community guides Casa’s work and what attributes advocates should adapt in order to build relationships, create safe spaces, sustain/develop transformational approaches, and be responsive to needs of the community. When we work from the base of community engagement, our work become responsive to community identified needs and places the tools, resources and supports in the hands of community. They then take leadership in creating community change.

During this discussion, participants will: 

  • Learn the key principals of community engagement.
  • Identify the difference between community outreach and community engagement. 
  • Deepen an understanding of the impact of community engagement as a tool for change.


Ivette Izea-Martinez, Community Engagement Manager, Casa de Esperanza

Ivette Izea-Martinez,Community Engagement Manager, works to ensure that our community initiatives meet the needs of Latin@s and Latin@ communities. She oversees the development, implementation, and enhancement of our community-based Fuerza Unida Amig@s initiative which provides opportunities for Latin@ youth, Latin@ adults, and allies to enhance their leadership skills, learn about domestic violence, and develop and lead community action projects.

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U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women 

Date:Tuesday August 29th, 2017

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm(Central) 


Given the fact that 1 in 11 students on campuses have a disability, and the high rate of abuse among people with disabilities, it's very likely you encounter students with disabilities in your work preventing and responding to domestic and sexual violence on campus. For this reason, it's essential to design your services in a way that accounts for accesibility, whether you are providing direct services to survivors, designing and implementing prevention efforts, or hosting events.

This webinar will provide an overview of domestic and sexual violence in the lives of people with disabilities and Deaf people, key considerations for working with students with disabilities and Deaf students, a basic review of your legal and ethical responsibilities around accessibility, and offer suggestions for enhancing the accesibility of your collaborating organizations and change efforts to ensure that students with disabilities and Deaf students who experience violence and abuse are able to benefit from the work of your collaborations. 


Host TA Provider: 

Casa de Esperanza


Anneliese Brown, Senior Program Associate, Vera Institute of Justice


Anneliese Brown has been working to address domestic and sexual violence for over 15 years. She currently serves as a senior program associate for the Vera Institute of Justice’s Center on Victimization and Safety. As a member of the Accessing Safety Initiative team, she works closely with collaborations striving to improve services to victims of domestic and/or sexual violence who have disabilities or are Deaf. She’s also a member of the Supervised Visitation Initiative team, and in this role has supported over 30 communities seeking to create or enhance visitation and exchange services that address the unique safety needs of victims of domestic violence and their children.

Prior to joining Vera, she worked for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, where she oversaw the development of the Guiding Principles for the former Supervised Visitation Grant Program.

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Date:Tuesday September 12th, 2017

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm(Central) 

Casa de Esperanza’s National Latin@ Network and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are partnering to introduce their respective projects, DECIMOS NO MÁS and KidSmartz, two campaigns aimed at helping parents talk to their children about ways to protect themselves in an empowering and positive manner. KidSmartz offers materials, activities, videos, quizzes, tips, music, articles, and more to help parents and educators talk to children in a non-threatening way about how to establish safety plans to prevent abduction and spot danger. DECIMOS NO MÁS is a collection of information, materials, and resources that help guide parents through talking to their children about how to establish and recognize healthy communication, relationships, and sexuality in a way that is culturally relevant to Latin@s.

Through this webinar, participants will learn: 

  • The importance of having meaningful conversations with children early on about their safety, establishing boundaries, and recognizing what healthy relationships, sexuality, and other interpersonal communication look like. 
  • What tools and resources KidSmartz and DECIMOS NO MÁS offer, and how they can help guide parents, guardians, and teachers in their conversations with children.
  • What steps they as adults can take to ensuring the safety and health of the children in their lives, and how to get more involved with DECIMOS NO MÁS and KidSmartz.


Rebecca De León, Communications and Marketing Manager, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network 

Eliza Harrell, Director of Outreach, Training and Prevention, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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