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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.

See what people are saying about our trainings.

Veronica Davila from the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative talks about her experiences as a single mother raising boys at Working with Men & Boys training, San Antonio, TX, Nov. 14-15, 2013.  Photo courtesy of Daniel V. Pineda.

Alianza in partnership with the National Compadres Network, just wrapped up a series of trainings entitled: Working with Men and Boys to Eradicate Domestic Violence. The trainings were offered in October and November in Fairfax, VA; Los Angeles, California; and San Antonio, Texas. Co-hosting agencies included: Fairfax County Government, East Los Angeles Women's Center, P.E.A.C.E Initiative and the American Indians in Texas.

Approximately 150 participants (women and men) from throughout the country took part in the trainings.

Participants in this workshop:

  • 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. See what people are saying about our trainings.

¡Si Podemos/Yes We Can—Beyond Domestic Violence: Achieving Financial Independence
La Independencia Financiera para Sobrevivientes Latinas de Violencia Doméstica

trainingnyMore than 60 participants from various states and Puerto Rico participated in Alianza's two-day training entitled Financial Independence for Latina Survivors of Domestic Violence. The training was held in New York City. 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 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.


Financial Independence for Latina Survivors
of Domestic Violence

A free training for OVW grantees and other providers of domestic violence services for Latina survivors of Domestic Violence, including immigrant women.

There is broad recognition within the domestic violence movement that the lack of financial independence is a major barrier that contributes to keeping many victims/survivors in violent and abusive relationships. Acquiring financial knowledge can be a key step for the survival of many victims and their children.

Through this training, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the specific needs and circumstances of Latina victims as concerns financial education and cultural considerations
  •  Be trained in the basics of financial literacy and the development of small businesses
  •  Receive copies of our training curriculum and training video: ¡Si Podemos/Yes We Can!— Beyond Domestic Violence: Achieving Financial Independence. The curriculum was developed in collaboration with WESST, a nonprofit agency dedicated to small business development and financial training, based in Albuquerque, NM
  • Learn effective methods for facilitating workshops using our training curriculum (¡Si Podemos/Yes We Can)

Alianza will be conducting one more Financial Independence for DV Survivors, probably in early fall. Once we get the location approved by OVW, we will post the location & dates, and open up the registration.

(See Photo Gallery)

The 28-minute video, produced by Alianza and Arnold Trujillo (A Trujillo Production), features several survivors who were able to break away from violent and abusive relationships and are now living financially independent lives that are free of violence. The women have wonderful lessons and knowledge that will inspire not only victims of domestic violence, but also other women who want to make a better life. They not only tell us about the enormous challenges they faced and had to overcome, but they talk about the strength, support, and opportunities that helped them on their journeys to rebuild their lives and become successful business owners.

The video, accompanies a train-the-trainer curriculum produced as part of Alianza's Financial Independence for Survivors of Domestic Violence Training Project.


This video was produced by Alianza, The National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence and supported by Department of Justice/Office on Violence Against Women Grant No. 2010-ET-S6-K017). This video is 28 minutes in length and will be used in our Economic Independence for DV Survivors upcoming trainings. For further information about the trainings please contact info@dvalianza.org.


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