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Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)

Each year, states and territories receive Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds to support community-based organizations that serve crime victims. VOCA funds are distributed by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) at the U.S. Department of Justice and come out of the Crime Victims Fund (CVF), which was established by […]

Immigrant rights

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013), combined with the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), was signed into law on March 7, 2013, and have protections for immigrant survivors who have experienced domestic or dating violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking. Survivors have access to deportation relief by […]

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was initially passed into law in 1994 and has subsequently been reauthorized with key enhancements in 2000, 2005, and 2013.  With each reauthorization, VAWA has become more comprehensive in order to improve efforts to address the needs of all individuals experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, […]

Nonprofits and lobbying

Nonprofit organizations, designated as a 501(c)(3), are able to do some “lobbying” as defined by the IRS, and there are many activities that are actually designated as advocacy which are permissible for nonprofit organizations. Nonprofits are prohibited from any political activity which includes intervention in a political campaign to endorse or […]

Youth witness factsheet: Latin@ children and youth exposed to domestic violence

Emerging research is capturing the complex realities experienced by Latin@ children and youth exposed to domestic violence (DV). This factsheet presents research on the status of Latin@ children and youth in the United States, general facts on the prevalence and consequences of witnessing DV, unique factors that are present for Latin@ […]

Stories of impact

Esperanza United (formerly Casa de Esperanza) was founded more than 30 years ago to serve the growing Latin@ population in the Twin Cities region as a shelter from domestic violence. Over time Esperanza United has evolved from primarily being a service-oriented domestic violence shelter to using a more proactive engagement approach […]

Warning signs of abuse

Anyone can choose to use violence. Although both men and women can be abusive, a high percentage are men. Those who use violence often refuse to accept responsibility for the abuse and attempt to rationalize or blame the other person or people for causing it. Signs of potential danger include jealousy, […]

Stepping onto Latina ground

Today’s nonprofit sector is justifiably concerned with serving diverse communities. Both service  organizations and funders recognize that work in communities of color is critical, but the path to effectiveness is not the same as the one followed in many mainstream organizations. We have learned at Esperanza United —a Latina domestic violence […]

Tool for reflection: Realities of internalized oppression

The purpose of this piece is to provide background information for “My Girlfriend Did It.” Although some of the ideas border on generalization, Casa de Esperanza feels that it is critical to understand and grapple with this information. Our society assumes that girls will grow up to fall in love with […]

Listening sessions process

This document provides a summary of the listening process and the work completed between May 2021 and February 2013. With the of Latinas from the community we have gathered information from 122 Latinas about their goals, challenges, dreams and source of pride, translated, sorted and analyzed what we heard, and present […]