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Justice and Witness Ministries United Church of ChristThis webinar is sponsored by the United Church of Christ as a part of their Fall Webinar Series, God is Still Speaking: Growing Safe and Healthy Congregations and Families in the Church.

Ivonne Ortiz has been providing grass roots leadership in the domestic violence movement for more than fifteen years. She has contributed to the anti-domestic violence movement at the local and national level in many ways. Ms. Ortiz has provided a wide range of technical assistance and training services to many domestic violence programs throughout the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico. She is currently Training and TA Project Coordinator for Alianza, The National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence.



Religion, Spirituality and the Latina Survivor of Domestic Violence

Religion and spirituality have shaped the ways in which Latinos/as approach and respond to life situations including domestic violence. This webinar will focus on the healing aspects of spirituality in a Latina survivor of abuse. Through this training, service providers will be able to work more effectively with Latino communities and families.

This webinar will examine and discuss:

  • A glance into Latino communities in the United States
  • Latinas and Culture - understanding the culture in order to provide culturally appropriate services
  • How Latinas have creatively weaved religion and spirituality into the fabric of their daily lives
  • Culturally Appropriate Service Provision
  • The importance of advocates developing relationships with religious and faith leaders

Date: February 18, 2011
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
Presenters: Ivonne Ortiz and Rev. Dr. Aleese Moore-Orbih
Who Should Attend
This webinar is for domestic violence advocates, program directors, crisis counselors, legal advocates and spiritual leaders working with Latina women of faith. For further information and to register go to: http://www.faithtrustinstitute.org/training/events/701A0000000VFXzIAO

Available in Spanish (disponible en espanol) March 23, 2011.


Alianza staff has been trekking around the country for the last few months delivering trainings for Domestic Violence advocates and other service providers who work with Latino women, men and children. We want to share some of our training experiences.

  • During the first week of June 2010, Alianza was invited to share two exciting days with the staff of the Violence Intervention Program in East Harlem (El Barrio) in New York City. Elsa Rios, Alianza's On the Road to Social Transformation author, with the help of Ivonne Ortiz, now Alianza’s T&TA Project Coordinator, guided the group through the first leg of the journey to becoming culturally proficient. After a nice subway trip and a short taxi ride we arrived at "Casa Sandra," our training site for the next two days. Casa Sandra is VIP's state of the art transitional shelter for women and children. The shelter was named after Sandra Camacho, long-time women's rights activist, who was VIP's former Associate Director and one of Alianza's founding members. She passed away in 2003. Casa Sandra is able to house 15 families. Survivors coming out of domestic shelters are provided with safe longer term housing and supportive services in order to help them break the cycle of violence.
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