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  • Alianza In The News

    - Alianza: Confronting Domestic Violence among our Nation's Latinos, an interview with Laws.com     [Read More]

    - Del miedo a la libertad: Sobrevivientes de violencia doméstica aprenden a independizarse financieramente
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    - You can also listen to Dawn Maestas, Alianza Consultant, DV Survivor and Advocate, on NPR’s StoryCorps: It's not just a    tattoo     [Read More]

    - And see article on NYMag.com, Tattoo Removal Specialist Helps Abuse Victims     [Read More]

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  • Download Free Webinar from the Family Justice Center Alliance (NFJCA)

    Outreach to Men - Webinar Recording - Engaging the Latino Community – Alianza & NFJCA 10-2012

    Hosted by the Family Justice Center Alliance, and sponsored by the Verizon Foundation, this webinar showcased the innovative work of Alianza and the Compadres Network with the Latino community, featuring Ivonne Ortiz, Alianza’s Training & TA Coordinator and Maestro Jerry Tello and Dr. Ricardo Carrillo from the National Compadres Network/National Fatherhood & Family Institute.

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  • Alianza Board and Staff Travel Internationally to Provide Trainings

    Over the past months we've traveled to the following countries to conduct workshops:

        ♦  Nicaragua
        ♦  Dominican Republic
        ♦  Puerto Rico

    Read More About Our International Trainings

Alianza staff and training consultants had a very busy Spring 2014, traveling to Oregon, California and Illinois to deliver three On the Road to Social Transformation: Utilizing Cultural and Community Strengths to End Domestic Violence trainings.

On the Road to Social Transformation Training: Utilizing Cultural and Community Strengths to End Domestic Violence training.  It was held at the Library of Temple Beth Israel, in Eugene, Oregon - March 19 & 20, 2014.  Photo provided by Erika Lincango, Ojovivo Bilingual Community News & Media.

The first training took place in Eugene, Oregon on March 19 & 20, 2014. It was attended by 40 participants from Georgia, Oregon and Washington. The overall purpose and goal of the trainings was to assist service providers in strengthening their commitment and capacity to better serve Latino families & individuals affected by violence and to ensure that they are served in a culturally sensitive and responsive manner.  The training, which was held in the library of Temple Beth Israel, was co-hosted by Womenspace of Eugene, Oregon.

On the Road to Social Transformation Training: Utilizing Cultural and Community Strengths to End Domestic Violence training, held at the Ventura County Community Foundation Non-profit Center in Camarillo, CA - March 24 & 25, 2014.

The second training took place in Camarillo, California on March 24 & 25, 2014. It was attended by 36 participants from various states including California, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, and North Carolina. It was held at the Ventura County Community Foundation Non-profit Center and co-hosted by Lideres Campesinas.

Teresa Pedrizco and Juanita Flores, at our On the Road to Social Transformation Training: Utilizing Cultural and Community Strengths to End Domestic Violence training which took place on June 9 & 10, 2014 in Chicago, IL at the Heartland Alliance Ending Poverty administrative offices.

The third and final training in this series was held in Chicago, Illinois on June 9 & 10, 2014. It was attended by 40 participants from various parts of the country and Puerto Rico. It was held at the Heartland Alliance Ending Poverty administrative offices and co-hosted by Heartland Alliance Human Care a Project of Heartland Alliance Ending Poverty.

Specific training objectives included the following:

  • Increase participants’ awareness about Latino population growth, diversity & positive impact on American society.

  • Understand the importance of making DV and SA programs and services more accessible and responsive to the particular needs of underserved populations, specifically Latinas/os

  • Better understand the individual and organizational barriers that limit full access to DV and SA programs and services

  • Enhance understanding of how structural and institutional racism impact the lives of people of color, and Latinas/os in particular.

  • Enhance understanding of Cultural Competence

  • Learn about various culturally and linguistically responsive approaches, strategies and programs created to address the specific needs of Latina survivors, families and communities and explore examples of what culturally responsive services look like in terms of policies, staffing, outreach, accessibility, practices and other key elements.

  • Learn how to conduct a cultural competency organizational self-assessment to help determine what changes need to be made, within their respective organizations, to create organizational diversity, eliminate disparities, and develop culturally competent programs and services.

The trainings were funding by Grant No. 2011-TA-AX-K091 from the U.S. Department of Justice/Office of Violence Against Women.

Trainers/Facilitators for both trainings were Patricia Castillo, Executive Director of the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative in San Antonio, Texas and Mily Treviño Saucedo, founder and former Executive Director of Lideres Campesinas in California. Adelita M. Medina, Alianza’s Executive Director assisted with the first two trainings and Pam Ortiz, Alianza’s Administrative Assistant/Office Manager assisted with the third training.

For additional photos and copies of some of the materials and other resources used for these trainings please go to our resources page.

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TrainingPhoto1The first series of trainings entitled: ¡Si Podemos/Yes We Can—Beyond Domestic Violence: Achieving Financial Independence--La Independencia Financiera para Sobrevivientes Latinas de Violencia Doméstica was delivered in 7 states between April 2012 and September 2013. The two-day trainings were attended by about 250 advocates and other service providers from across the country and as far away as Puerto Rico and Guam.

Alianza worked with local and/or state organizations in New Mexico, Washington, California, Florida, Indiana, New York and Colorado who co-hosted the trainings and helped in locating space and promoting the trainings.

During the first day of the workshop, participants learned the basics of Financial Literacy including: household budgeting, how banks and other financial institutions work, opening and balancing a check book, credit basics, personal and business loans, renting or buying a place, and identify theft.

Day two of the training actively engaged the participants in exploring the world of entrepreneurship (How to Start, Finance and Maintain a Business). Participants learned how to do marketing research to determine if there a market for a specific product or service. They reviewed business ownership essentials, including start-up requirements and operations—how to select a business structure, how much money is needed to open the business, what licenses or permits are required, how to balance family and business, how to keep good records, how to protect business assets. Next, the participants learned how to create a marketing plan (selecting marketing strategies and venues). The final session focused on writing a business plan, including developing a long-range vision, setting realistic goals, writing a mission statement, selecting a location, product/service description, hours of operation, management, general operations, and projecting costs.

Alianza also conducted a Financial Independence workshop at the annual conference of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, held in Denver, CO in July 2013.

These trainings were funded by Grant No. 2010-ET-S6-K017 from the Department of Justice/Office on Violence Against Women.

The second series of trainings was entitled: Working with Latino Men and Boys to Eradicate Domestic Violence

TrainingPhoto2Alianza, in partnership with the National Compadres Network, organized and conducted five national trainings in various regions of the country, including North Carolina, Illinois, Virginia, California, and Texas. Co-hosting agencies included: North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Alliance of Local Service Organizations and Institute of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture (Chicago); Fairfax County Government; East Los Angeles Women's Center, P.E.A.C.E Initiative and the American Indians in Texas.

Approximately 260 participants (women and men) from throughout the country took part in the trainings.

Alianza also conducted a workshop on Working with Men and Boys at the annual conference of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, held in Denver, CO in July 2013.

Participants in these workshops:

  • Were able to reflect on the characteristics of men and boys that they grew up with
  • Gained an increased understanding of how boys are raised and the effects on their relationship development skills, the way society sees Latino men and boys, and how internalized oppression relates to their behaviors
  • Explored aspects of cultural roots and teachings that have been passed on through generations.
  • Gained an understanding of issues that Latino men and boys face, the baggage they carry, the gifts they offer
  • Gained an appreciation for the diversity of men they will encounter within the Latino population, based on country of origin, language, generation in U.S., citizenship & time in the country as it relates to inclusion of men and boys, in dealing with the issues of domestic violence.
  • Gained a grounded basis for the inclusion of men and boys in dealing with issues of domestic violence and learn how to reach out and engage them as advocates
  • Gained a greater awareness of practical strategies and practices to engage Latino males and about what tools, interventions, materials and other resources are available.
  • Learned about the work of the National Compadres Network and about the importance of living the principles of "El Hombre Noble," modelling desired behaviors and having a place where men can ground themselves—"circulo."

The trainings were funded by Grant Number 2011-TA-AX-K091 from the Department of Justice/Office on Violence Against Women and conducted by Maestro Jerry Tello and Dr. Ricardo Carrillo.

NYFIPresentationAs part of its Financial Independence for Latino Survivors of Domestic Violence activities in New York City, Alianza held a video presentation and reception for training participants and other friends and supporters. In addition to viewing the video: Beyond Domestic Violence: Achieving Financial Independence/Mas Alla de la Violencia Doméstica: Logrando la Independencia Financiera, attendees heard from two guest speakers: Commissioner Yolanda Jimenez, from the NYC Mayor's Office on Domestic Violence and Dawn Maestas, DV Survivor and now successful business woman. Dawn is one of the survivors featured in the video.

The 28-minute documentary, produced by Alianza and Albuquerque-based Arnold Trujillo Production, features several domestic violence survivors who broke away from violent and abusive relationships and are now successful business owners, living financially independent lives that are free of violence. Their stories of struggle, hope and the will to survive inspire not only victims of domestic violence, but others who want to create a better life for themselves. The video, accompanies a train-the-trainer curriculum produced as part of Alianza's Financial Independence for Survivors of Domestic Violence Training Project.

The video presentation, reception, and two-day training were held at the The Conference Center in mid-town Manhattan.

To watch the video follow this link.

This footage, shot by Adelita M. Medina, Alianza's Executive Director, was taken at the 2012 March.

More than 100 women, men, and youth marched through the streets of Washington Heights, the South Bronx, Harlem and East Harlem, on September 26, 2012, to remember Gladys Ricart, Jessica Ibe, her 2 young daughters, and numerous other women and children who have been killed in domestic violence incidents. The march aims to raise awareness about the devastating effects of domestic violence on Latinas/os and other families and communities. As the many posters carried by the marchers show, the march also serves to let communities know that services and resources are available to help them. Help is also available for men who want to change their violent behavior.

Many of the women in the march wore wedding gowns (in memory of Gladys Ricart who was killed, by her ex-boyfriend, on her wedding day in September 1999) and the men were dressed in black as a symbol of mourning. The marchers included members of the Ricart and Ibe families, survivors, advocates, elected officials, union organizers, and many supporters from the community. This year, because school was out, many children joined the march.

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. It can include physical, sexual, psychological and economic abuse, and it cuts across boundaries of age, race, culture, wealth and geography. It takes place in the home, on the streets, in schools, the workplace, in farm fields, refugee camps, during conflicts and crises and has many manifestations - from the most universally prevalent forms of domestic and sexual violence, to abuse during pregnancy, so-called honor killings and other types of femicide. Countries have made some progress in addressing violence against women and girls. According to the UN Secretary-General's 2006 In-Depth Study on All Forms of Violence against Women, 89 countries had some legislation on domestic violence, and a growing number of countries had instituted national plans of action.


While significant progress has been made, in recent decades, in raising awareness about the devastating effects of domestic violence, and many lives have been protected and saved, domestic violence continues at epidemic proportions. It continues to tear families apart regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, or economic background, leaving in its path physically, emotionally, and spiritually injured women, men, and children.

According to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control in February 2008 (Adverse Health Conditions and Health Risk Behaviors Associated with Intimate Partner Violence, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) one in four women is abused by a current or former spouse, partner or boyfriend at some point in her life. Another study by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics (Intimate Partner Violence in the United States) says that on average more than three women a day, in the United States, are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.


A special thank you to the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, for making our online Resource Center possible through Grant numbers 2009-TA-AX-K067, 2010-ET-S6-K017 and most recently 2011-TA-AX-K091. Opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed herein are those of the organizers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

Alianza would also like to thank the following businesses and individuals who have made donations or otherwise provided support:

A big thank you also to individuals who have volunteered their time to Alianza, including Monica Chavez-Montoya, Yvonne Riggs, Antonio Cordova and Ryan Salazar. Their help is much appreciated.

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