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2020 Latina Institute now accepting Call for Proposals!

Call for proposals due: 11:59 p.m. Friday, November 22, 2019

  1. Online, please go to:
  1. Workshop Proposal Form: Click here to download

Institute Sponsors

The National Latin@ Institute is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women and presented by the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities (NLN), a project of Casa de Esperanza.

About the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities and Casa de Esperanza

The National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities is a network of individuals and organizations committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Latin@ communities. The network is led by Casa de Esperanza, a national Latina organization whose mission is to mobilize Latinas and Latin@ communities to end domestic violence. The goal is to build bridges and connections among

research, practice and policy to advance effective responses to eliminate violence, and to promote healthy relationships within Latin@ families and communities. It builds on Casa de Esperanza’s experience working in local communities to support families, end domestic violence, and increase meaningful access to services for Latin@s and incorporates:

  • A research center, The National Latin@ Research Center on Family and Social Change, that conducts culturally relevant research to inform the creation of new strategies for engaging Latinas and their communities in ending domestic
  • A public policy initiative, based in Washington, DC, that takes Latin@ realities to legislative tables. Casa de Esperanza also translates policy decisions into information and tools that enhance the work of organizations throughout the country.
  • Training and support. Casa de Esperanza is a Technical Assistance (TA) provider for the Office on Violence Against Women and the Department of Health and Human Services, the Family Violence Prevention & Services Program (FVPSA.) TA is provided to Latin@ and domestic violence organizations; mainstream agencies that work with Latinas and their families; and organizations that serve other culturally specific

A note about “@” and “X”

Please note the “@” and “X” are used in place of the masculine “o” or feminine “a” when referring to people that are either gender neutral or both masculine and feminine makeup (Latin@s/Latinx). This reflects an attempt toward gender inclusion while recognizing their limitation in their use and honor individual persons choice to self-identify.

About the Institute

The National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities (NLN) in partnership with the Office on Violence against Women is excited to announce the 2020 National Latin@ Institute.

The National Latin@ Institute will bring together advocates from across the country and provide opportunities for networking, resource and expertise sharing and critical discussions on traditionally challenging topics. The date and location are pending OVW approval.


The National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities calls all Latin@s and allies working to end violence against women and girls, and other forms of violence, to submit proposals for workshops at the institute. Selected proposals would highlight innovative practices, culturally and linguistically specific approaches for working with Latin@ communities, lessons learned, successful collaborations, trauma- informed or survivors-centered advocacy and public policy, evidence-based practices and/or practice- based evidence.

Theme: Building Community Together

Building community is a process of creating a shared vision that enhances awareness, equity, healing, and strength. Building community together honors and celebrates the multifaceted individual and collective experiences that unite us and strengthen us.

Institute Objectives:

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

  • Integrate concrete organizational development practices and tools in their advocacy
  • Connect with other organizations and advocates to advance our collective success.
  • Share trauma-informed practices to enhance self-care, sustainability and well-being.

General Considerations for Submitting a Proposal

Presenters should:

  • Have experience working at the intersections of Latin@s, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and/or
  • Have experience creating effective presentations and presenting in front of an
  • Use an accessible and survivor-centered approach to all sessions and materials.

Presenter Responsibilities

  • Support the objectives of the
  • Provide high quality, accessible
  • Meet all due dates for
  • Create a safe and accessible learning environment (for an Accessibility Guideline, see Appendix A).
  • Bring a laptop computer and attachments as needed for use during your session. It is the responsibility of the presenter(s) to plan for any additional desired technology at their own cost. Should the workshop be chosen for presentation, more information on how to secure additional technology will be provided.

National Latin@ Network Responsibilities

  • Ensure that each workshop room is equipped with an LCD projector for PowerPoint presentations, a microphone, and
  • Upon request of conference, participants will convert and provide materials in Braille, large print, and plain text. Spanish language interpreters, American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters and captioning services will be available as
  • Collect, analyze, and distribute evaluation information to all presenters within 90 days after the

Institute Fees

There is NO registration fee to attend the institute however, participants and presenters are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. This is an OVW sponsored event therefore OVW funds can be used to attend. Please, check with your OVW program specialist for confirmation and guidance.

Workshop Guidelines

Workshops should be interactive and participatory and may include panels, mini- lectures, and/or discussion formats. Workshops will be between 60 and 90 minutes in length. Accepted workshop proposals will be assigned a day and presentation time.

Workshops should:

  1. Provide relevant, current information;
  2. Provide participants with tools or strategies that they can implement in their own work;
  3. Demonstrate evidence of knowledge and skill in the subject area;
  4. Be accessible to the widest variety of participants and support a survivor-centered approach;
  5. Incorporate adult learning principles. (See attached access guidelines and learning )

Program Tracks:

We will prioritize selection of proposals that are aligned with at least one of the following areas of focus or tracks: Advocacy; Self-care and Wellness; Culturally Responsive Research; Leadership Development and Capacity Building.

Attendees will sign up for preferred main track and will be able to choose one to two workshops outside of their selected track.

We believe that the language diversity of our communities should be represented in our Institute. We will review proposals in English and in Spanish. Language access will be provided throughout the Institute.

We encourage submission to any of the areas of focus that speak to the multiple intersections of Latinx identities including, but not limited to, indigenous identities, trans identities and Afrolatinx identities.

The following list includes suggested workshop topics under the areas of focus:


  • Cultural-Specific Advocacy
  • Language Access and Advocacy
  • Systems Advocacy
  • Policy Advocacy
  • Working with Latinx survivors at the intersection of identities (TransLatina, AfroLatinx, Indigenous Latinx communities)
  • Promotora/Promotorx approaches
  • Engaging/working with men to end violence against women
  • Working with Latin@ youth and children
  • Working with Latinx survivors of Human Trafficking 10. Restorative Justice
  • Intersections of culture, mental health and gender-based violence
  • Community Engagement to end violence in our communities

Self-care and Wellness

  • Impact of vicarious trauma on advocates and practitioners
  • Neurobiology of vicarious trauma and vicarious resilience
  • Listen to me! How our body communicates with us
  • Body work – releasing stress through our bodies
  • Using culture and art as a tool/form of healing
  • Building macro/micro resilience
  • Food justice, health and nutrition
  • Concrete steps to well-being
  • Vicarious trauma-informed organizations
  • Healing through spirituality

Culturally Responsive Research

  • The difference between Community-Based Research, Community-Based Participatory Research, and Action Research
  • Research methods and design considerations when working with Latinx populations
  • Trauma-informed practices among Latinx communities
  • Building program evidence through evaluation
  • Evidence-based practices that are rooted in Latinx communities
  • Current research trends regarding Latinx communities
  • Research on the experiences of LGBTQ Latinx
  • Research on the prevention of intimate partner violence among Latinx youth
  • Research on Latinx youth DVSA survivor resilience
  • Best practices of domestic violence and sexual violence organizations responding to human trafficking

Leadership Development and Capacity Building

  • Fostering community leadership
  • Latinx leadership in mainstream organizations
  • Recruiting, developing and retaining diverse staff
  • Culturally responsive Supervision
  • Conflict Resolution/building teams
  • Development/Fundraising strategies
  • Finance and budgeting
  • Board management
  • Succession Planning

Appendix A: Accessibility Guidelines and Learning Considerations

All presentations and materials must be accessible to all participants. In order to ensure that all presentations and materials are accessible, please keep in mind the following guidelines and learning considerations.

Culturally and Linguistically Competent Presentations

  • Think about how culture relates to your presentation
  • Know the background of your audience: What is their preferred language? (consider both spoken and signed) consider using plain language to ensure the inclusivity of your
  • If you use case studies, scenarios and vignettes, provide examples that reflect diverse cultural
  • When giving examples of your work, consider including examples from different cultural and ethnic
  • When possible and appropriate, include examples from urban, suburban, and rural frontier populations, as well as examples from U.S. territories and tribal communities.
  • Make sure that statistics, demographic data or trends presented include information about racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse groups, when appropriate.
  • To the extent possible include images, graphics and visual aids that both incorporate people with disabilities and display reflection of culturally and ethnically diverse groups and the communities in which they
  • Indicate whether the resources highlighted in your presentation are available in different languages and

Power Point Presentations

All PowerPoint presentations must be provided in an accessible format. Please, keep in mind the following considerations:

  • Use simple slide backgrounds, for example, avoid backgrounds with images. Choose backgrounds that are in sharp contrast to your font
  • Use at least 18-point font. For body text, use a sans serif font, for example, Arial or Tahoma. Use font colors that contrast sharply with your background.
  • Be clear about the objectives of your
  • As much as possible, use common 1-2 syllable words. Define unfamiliar, but necessary, words, terms and acronyms.
  • Be consistent with words and terms Use the exact same wording each time.
  • If possible, convey complicated concepts using pictures and
  • As much as possible, present information in bullet points with a maximum of4-5 points per slide. Try to avoid slides heavy in
  • Use headers to identify new sections and
  • Line-up or justify the left margin, but do not justify to the right or center.
  • Any video or audio elements should be closed or open
  • Pace your presentation, as a rule, use 1-2 slides per minute of your presentation.
  • Be prepared to fully describe any graphics or pictures used in your presentation.


  • All handouts and materials must be provided in an accessible format.
  • Use at least a 14-point font. For body text, use a sans serif font, for example, Arial or Tahoma.
  • Use headers to identify new sections and
  • Line-up or justify the left margin, but do not justify to the right or center.
  • Handouts should be provided in a format that can easily be converted to a larger font size.
  • Hard copies of handouts will not be provided; however, handouts will be available


Accessibility guidelines and learning considerations adapted from the Center on Victimization and Safety, Vera Institute on Justice, 2012 and Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities University of Colorado Inclusive Conference Presentation Guidelines. Retrieved from guidelines/#Inclusive_Conference_Presentation_Guidelines

Appendix B: Proposal Information

We invite you to submit a proposal for the National Latin@ Institute. We recommend that you first review the application content to learn what type of information you will need prior to submitting a proposal. Please answer each question fully; incomplete applications will not be considered!

Proposal Submission Process

There are two options for submitting proposals:

  1. Online, please go to:
  1. Workshop Proposal Form (see top of page for more information).

The proposal form is designed as an easy fill-in-the blank format that solicits all the information TVSA requires to consider your proposal. Please answer each question fully; incomplete applications will not be considered.

If there is more than one presenter for this proposal, please know that the person submitting the form will be considered the “Lead Presenter” and will be the point of contact we will use to communicate with for anything related to this proposal. Please make sure to list the correct email address, as this will be the primary method of communication. Space has been provided to list additional presenters.

If you are submitting multiple proposals, please complete a separate form for each.

When emailing form, the subject line should read “2020 National Latin@ Institute Conference Proposal from (applicant’s name)”

Completed proposals both online or via email need to be submitted by October 18, 2019 to