Culturally Specific Advocacy for Latinx/Latin@ Communities


Culturally specific advocacy rests on a foundation of designing programs to serve ethnic- or identity-specific groups taking into account their identity, language, history, and contexts of historical marginalization and oppression; with advocates drawing on their knowledge of, and connection to, their community’s social, political, cultural, and gender issues.

Culturally-specific community-based-organizations address community-specific types and dynamics of gender-based violence, working to counteract various forms of stigma within communities and discrimination within systems, recognizing the importance of connection to community and the healing value of cultural and/or spiritual practices, collaborating with systems so they are not barriers but gateways to services, and identifying and addressing historical trauma.

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This page contains links to resources and technical assistance centers for advocates and service providers who are supporting Latinx/Latina/Latino survivors and their communities.


Esperanza United (formerly Casa de Esperanza) is a leader in the domestic violence movement and a national resource center for organizations working with Latin@s in the United States. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, Casa de Esperanza’s mission is to “mobilize Latinas and Latin@ communities to end domestic violence.”

Esperanza United is home to the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities (NLN), a national project that operates on four pillars:

  • training and technical assistance, to practitioners and activists throughout the United States and Latin America;
  • public policy initiatives that engage a network of individuals and organizations to influence national policy while providing critical policy alerts and education to the public;
  • research and evaluation which conducts original research that promotes social justice for Latin@s and those who work with Latin@s within domestic violence and sexual assault prevention;
  • communications, which disperses resources and information through various methods of communication including webinars, podcasts, and social media engagement.

VAWnet has created a series of special collections, which are organized lists of select resources on specific topics related to gender-based violence that provide contextual information to encourage critical analysis, including:

 Get Help

If you have been sexually assaulted, call the New York State Hotline for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.


 Find Crisis Centers

Search our program directory to find a rape crisis center in your area.


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