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Stepping onto Latina ground: Statement from 2006

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 (formerly Casa de Esperanza) […]

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 […]


Every year supporters of our work make it possible for us to provide holiday gifts for families that work with us. More information available on how you can help make the holidays brighter for a family in November. Please call our main office at 651-646-5553 before dropping off donations as we […]

Filing a complaint

DHS requires that you first file a complaint to the supervisor of the local DHS office involved inthe violation. A complaint includes: Names of persons involved, dates, locations, and other details of the violation; and the gravity (including potential lethality) faced by the survivor. Danger to the survivor can increase if […]

Ohio Lang ID card

As the limited English proficient (LEP) population continues to increase in the state of Ohio and nationwide, the number of LEP defendants, victims,and witnesses processed through the Ohio criminal justice system will also increase. This guide can help to obtain interpretive services, which is the first step in working with LEP […]

Core principles reflection exercise

In order to effectively work with Latin@ communities, community based organizations must aim for a deep understanding of the community they serve. Organizations represent that Latin@s have different experiences which shape our worldview in unique ways including: gender identity, generational status, religion, biculturalism, indigenous heritage, etc. Organizations acknowledge the multiple and […]

Testimonies from the field: Benefits of DACA for survivors of domestic and sexual violence

We asked a number of shelters and organizations that work with survivors of domestic and sexual violence to answer a survey, which included a question that asked them if they had ever helped a survivor of sexual or domestic violence obtain Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. We heard stories from all […]

Increasing language access

This toolkit is designed to guide and inform advocates working with survivors with limited English proficiency (LEP) who are involved in civil legal proceedings. This toolkit is for domestic violence and sexual assault advocates who want to:  Understand the legal rights to meaningful language access of survivors with LEP, understand when […]

Immigration glossary terms

This glossary gives definitions for immigration statuses and immigration-related terms. Words that appear in SMALL CAPS are defined elsewhere in the Glossary.