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By Isela Cereso Mendiola   We’ve all heard the repeated phrase, “You need to advocate for yourself” or “Advocate for what you believe in.” What do those phrases really mean? How does advocacy impact our everyday life?   Merriam-Webster defines advocacy as, “the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal”. Although […]

By Maria Benavides, Policy Fellow For Fatima I waited to get picked up from school. The bell rang and I ran outside to play bebé leche with my friends. We laughed and jumped until their parents escaped the terrible traffic of Mexico City and they had to wave me goodbye. I […]

By: Yasmin Campos-Mendez and Montserrat Castro Gómez This week Esperanza United’s Public Policy Manager Yasmin Campos-Mendez and Policy and Advocacy Fellow Montserrat Castro Gómez got to attend a White House ceremony honoring the passing of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA).  It was on the White House south lawn, hosted by […]

In celebration of Pride month, we invite you to listen to the second installment of our series lifting the voices of LGBTQ Latin@ leaders. In this conversation, our Senior Manager of Community & Capacity Building, Jose Juan Lara Jr. speaks with Texas Association Against Sexual Assault’s Program Director and Campus Sexual […]

In celebration of Pride month, we’ll learn about Manuel Rodriguez’s work in the movement to end gender-based violence and his experience as a transmasculine person.

Meet Jeanette Bowden, Training and Technical Assistance Manager, DV RISC and Firearms Project Where are you from? Born and raised in NYC but live in Georgia.  Both my parents were born in Puerto Rico.  I have a close relationship with the island. Where do you feel most at home? I feel […]

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) is an essential piece of legislation that survivors rely on for safety and services. The Senate re-authorization bill, S.1275, introduced by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (D-AK), passed out of Committee in July, and it is time to bring the bill to the […]

Meet Beverly Martinez, Youth Advocate Where are you from?  I was born in Puebla, Mx and have been in Minnesota since the age of 3. Where do you feel most at home?  I feel most at home anywhere when I’m surrounded by my family. What inspires you, professionally and personally? I’m […]

What passed Join us in celebrating the passage of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2022, signed into law on March 15! This act will strengthen how culturally-specific organizations respond to gender-based violence. Its passage has been a long time coming – we started the reauthorization process way back in […]

By Yasmin Campos-Mendez, MSW I was honored to attend a special ceremony at the White House on March 16th, the day after President Biden signed into law the Violence Against Women Act of 2022. This passage has been a long time coming as the reauthorization process began in 2016, and the […]