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To recognize Hispanic Heritage Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Casa de Esperanza’s National Latin@ Network is celebrating Latin@-led, gender-based advocacy.

We’re hosting a series of virtual events – live videos, webinars, and TEDTalk style plenary sessions – highlighting the field’s successes, challenges, and future.

Join Latin@ advocates from across the U.S. as we discuss culturally responsive advocacy, self-care, program evaluation, and leadership. Together, we’re advancing the movement to end gender-based violence through Latin@ leadership.


Senator Catherine Cortez Masto

Senior U.S. Senator of Nevada

Ivana de Maria

Ivana de Maria


Kim Guerra

Brown Badass Bonita

Rosie Hidalgo

Rosie Hidalgo

Casa de Esperanza

Maria Hinojosa

Latino USA

Paula Gomez Stordy

Casa de Esperanza

Yvette Modestin

Yvette Modestin

Encuentro Diaspora Afro

Monica Ramirez

Alianza Nacional de Campesinas

Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Former U.S. Representative of Florida

Bamby Salcedo

TransLatin@ Coalition

Patti Tototzintle

Casa de Esperanza


Nallely Castro Montoya

Casa de Esperanza

Amalia Centurion

Amalia Centurión

Hennepin County Child Protection Social Worker

Margarita Guzman

Violence Intervention Program

Denisse Córdova

Human Rights Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law

Cristina Escobar

Cristina Escobar

Casa de Esperanza

Melissa Garcia

Melissa Garcia

Youth Advocate

Martha Hernandez

Martha Hernandez

Casa de Esperanza


Marissa Kurtz

Casa de Esperanza

Jose Juan Lara, Jr.

Casa de Esperanza

Flor Maldonado

Flor Maldonado

Massachusetts Department of Children and Families

Dr. Susana Mariscal

Research Scholar

Claudia Medina

Enlace Comunitario

Dilcia Margott Molina Sanchez

Dilcia Molina

La Clinica del Pueblo

Nancy Nava

Casa de Esperanza

Michelle Ortiz

Americans for Immigrant Justice

Maria Cristina

María Cristina Pacheco-Alcalá

Casa de Esperanza

Camila Rojas Pagan

Camila Pagan

Casa Myrna Vasquez

Sonia Parras Konrad

American Immigration Lawyers Association

Lisbet Perez

Lisbet Perez

San Diego District Attorney’s Office

Katherine Schulte

Katherine Schulte

Casa Myrna Vasquez

Mily Treviño-Sauceda

Mily Treviño-Sauceda

Alianza Nacional de Campesinas

Jasmine Uribe

Jasmine Uribe

Break the Cycle


Week One

Tune in here at 11a CST to be the first to catch the following Week One sessions.

Media interview

Monday, September 28th

Welcome and Introduction: An Update on the State of Latin@ Leadership*

Speakers: Patti Tototzintle, Casa de Esperanza, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, & Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Casa de Esperazna’s CEO Patti Tototzintle, will kick-off this virtual series by introducing the convening’s objectives, structure, and highlights. She will be joined by barrier-breaking Latinas, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto and former Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, to discuss the challenges, successes, and way forward for Latin@ leadership in this movement.

Tuesday, September 29th

Using Technology for Culturally Responsive Interventions

Speaker: Nancy Nava, Casa de Esperanza

This presentation will discuss the importance of culturally responsive interventions and considerations for using technology when working with Latin@ communities. More specifically, it will review the development of Culturaciόn: Cultura y Relaciones Intimás (Culturaciόn) an application created by a community -university-partnership approach between  Casa de Esperanza and Duke University. Culturaciόn addresses the risk and protective factors associated with intimate partner violence (IPV) among adult Latin@ immigrants.

Wednesday, September 30th

2020: How Our Work Has Changed, Part 1 - Advocacy

Speakers: Marissa Kurtz, Casa de Esperanza, Camila Pagan, Casa Myrna Vasquez

This three-part conversation series will explore the way gender-based violence work has changed for advocates, institutions, and communities in response to 2020’s recent events.    

The first episode in this series will focus on how advocacy and other on the ground services, like shelters, have adapted this year to address health, safety, and wellbeing to communities in the prevention and intervention of gender-based violence. 

Thursday, October 1st

2020: How Our Work Has Changed, Part 2 - Youth

Speakers: Marissa Kurtz, Casa de Esperanza, Nallely Castro Montoya, Casa de Esperanza, Jasmine Uribe, Break the Cycle, Melissa Garcia, Youth Advocate

This three-part conversation series will explore the way gender-based violence work has changed for advocates, institutions, and communities in response to 2020’s recent events.    

The second episode in this series will discuss how advocates working with youth are adapting to recent in-person restrictions. They will highlight remote methods for continuing to engage youth groups and the unique challenges that youth advocates are currently facing.

Friday, October 2nd

2020: How Our Work Has Changed, Part 3 - Systems

Speakers: Marissa Kurtz, Casa de Esperanza, Amalia Centurión, Hennepin County Social Worker, Katherine Schulte, Casa Myrna Vasquez, Flor Maldonado, Massachusetts Department of Children and Families

This three-part conversation series will explore the way gender-based violence work has changed for advocates, institutions, and communities in response to 2020’s recent events.   

The final episode of this series will explore the ways that systems advocacy has changed as a result of COVID-19. Advocates will outline strategies of using technology and best practices for navigating new policies  for survivors to access services. 


Week Two

Monday, October 5th

Fostering Resilience Among Latinx Youth Exposed to Domestic Violence

Speakers: Susy Mariscal, Indiana University 

This session will highlight innovative research conducted by session speakers on  Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE). It will outline best practices for practitioners and advocates to utilize when working with ACE survivors.

AfroLatina Realities: Understanding and Supporting AfroLatina Survivors and Communities

Speaker: Yvette Modestin, Encuentro Diaspora Afro

This plenary will focus on the lived realities of the AfroLatina diaspora and their resiliency in the face of violence and various issues facing communities. Yvette will share her experience and learnings from the field to support survivors of violence through storytelling, poetry and spoken word.

Conexiones Comunitarias

Daily debriefing, networking, and celebration

Tuesday, October 6th

Working with Immigrant Survivors

Speakers: Rosie Hidalgo, Casa de Esperanza, Sonia Parras Konrad, immigration attorney, Michelle Ortiz Americans for Immigrant Justice, Denisee Cordova Montes, University of Miami, Lisbet Perez, San Diego District Attorney’s Office  

This plenary session will discuss critical issues facing immigrant survivors and discuss changes that have occurred over the past several years and the ways that advocacy needs to take these things into consideration. Panelists will highlight challenges and promising practices for advocacy.

Supporting TransLatin@ Communities

Speaker: Bamby Salcedo, TransLatin@ Coalition

This plenary will focus on best practices for supporting TransLatin@ survivors. From our work and feedback from advocates on the ground, we have found that much work still needs to be done when supporting TransLatin@ survivors.

Conexiones Comunitarias

Daily debriefing, networking, and celebration

Wednesday, October 7th

¡En Español! Human Trafficking Assessment for Domestic Violence Shelters and Programs

SpeakersMartha Hernandez & Maria Cristina Pacheco Alcala, Casa de Esperanza

This session will describe the importance of culturally responsive methods in engaging survivors of human trafficking to provide necessary supports. This framework is a holistic approach to assess human trafficking underscoring the importance of survivor trust and wellbeing. 

Latino Representation with Maria Hinojosa*

Speaker: Maria Hinojosa, Latino USA

This session will provide an overview of representation of Latin@s in media and society. It is vital to understand Latin@ representation to better develop services and support for survivors of violence and how this impacts help-seeking.

Conexiones Comunitarias

Daily debriefing, networking, and celebration

Kim Guerra of Brown Badass Bonita

Thursday, October 8th

¡En Español! Language Justice in the Domestic Violence field

Speakers: Paula Gomez Stordy, Casa de Esperanza, Dilcia Molina, La Clinica del Pueblo, Mily Treviño-Sauceda, Alianza Nacional de Campesinas

This session will highlight the importance moving from language access to language justice, which is providing the opportunity for all individuals to communicate in the language that best fits the language that is most comfortable for them. 

Poetry as Self Love with Kim Guerra of Brown Badass Bonita*

Speaker: Kim Guerra, Brown Badass Bonita

It’s always hard working on gender-based violence. Add in a global pandemic and everything that’s happened in 2020, and it can feel overwhelming. So let’s take a moment to heal, breathe, and celebrate our latinidad with Kim Guerra of Brown Badass Bonita.

Conexiones Comunitarias

Daily debriefing, networking, and celebration

Ser Familia Panel Discussion

Friday, October 9th

Latin@ Leaders en Acción!

Speakers: Paula Gomez-Stordy, Casa de Esperanza, Claudia Medina, Enlace Comunitario, Margarita Guzman, VIP 

Latinas face obstacles achieving proportionate representation in significant leadership roles. This panel will engage in a conversation with two Latina executive directors identifying  characteristics unique to Latina leaders that represent shared values and beliefs of Latinas, and to understand positive factors and obstacles associated with Latina leadership.

Looking Forward: A Call to Action for the Latina Community with Mónica Ramírez and Ivana de Maria*

Speakers: Mónica Ramírez & Ivana de Maria

Join the fireside chat between leading Latina activist Mónica Ramírez and actress, storyteller, and special guest Ivana de Maria to end our virtual celebration. They will uplift methods for Latin@s to mobilize through community engagement to end violence.

Conexiones Comunitarias

Daily debriefing, networking, and celebration


Why Do You Use “@”?

Casa de Esperanza has chosen to use “@” in place of the masculine “o” when referring to people or things that are either gender neutral or both masculine and feminine in make-up. This decision reflects our commitment to gender inclusion and recognizes the important contributions that both men and women make to our communities.

A Special Thanks

Thank you to the ¡Adelante! Planning Team for their support helping make this event a success! 

Cassie Amundson-Muñoz, Communications and Design Coordinator

Cristina Escobar, Director of Communications and Marketing

Paula Gomez-Stordy, Senior Director of National Training and Technical Assistance

Marissa Kurtz, Project Coordinator

Jose Juan Lara Jr., Project Manager

Makeda Toure, Project Specialist

Maritza Valdez, Assist. Director of Training and Technical Assistance

About Our Supporters

This project was supported by Grant No. 2016-TA-AX-K039 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. 


This project is also generously supported by The Allstate Foundation.


* Events not part of Grant No. 2016-TA-AX-K039 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.

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