Esperanza United mobilizes Latinas and Latin@ communities to end gender-based violence. Formerly Casa de Esperanza, Esperanza United was founded in 1982 by a small group of persevering Latinas as an emergency shelter in St. Paul, Minnesota. We continue to ground our work in community strengths and wisdom, as we serve Latin@s locally and nationwide.
One in three women in the United States experiences domestic violence in their lifetime. This rate is approximately the same for women across most racial and socioeconomic groups—including Latin@s. But just because the rates are the same, that doesn’t mean the solutions are. Esperanza United’s Latina Advocacy Framework provides the foundation on how best to support Latin@ survivors, families, and communities gain greater safety, connectedness, and self-sufficiency.
Training and technical assistance
- Minnesota: For help and support in situations of domestic violence, call Esperanza United’s confidential 24-hour bilingual crisis line at 651-772-1611.
- Nationwide: If you are outside of Minnesota, you can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline 24-hours a day at 1-800-799-7233, 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) or chat with them live at TheHotline.org. Bilingual advocates are available at all times.