Esperanza United departments

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 […]

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 […]

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.