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In this final 2011 issue:
The National & Statewide Language Access Timeline: add your accomplishments!
Aliad@s National Network for the elimination of sexual and domestic violence against Latin@s
Caja de Herramientas SAAM 2012 
Paz en el mundo y en el hogar

Dear Compañer@s,
2011 was a very productive year for Arte Sana and all of our collaborative partners. Despite severe budget cuts, "English-only" and anti-immigrant policies across the nation, a steadfast group of Latin@-led agencies and allies have made incredible strides in outreach, advocacy, and prevention efforts.

Early in 2011, Arte Sana offered a keynote presentation during the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault annual conference regarding the importance of offering vital victim assistance information in Spanish on agency and coalition websites. We strongly encourage others, and especially those in states with half a million or more Latin@s to proactively address the lack of victim rights and victim services information in Spanish on state and local websites.

View the original map of the 16 states reviewed. 

Congratulations to the Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands in South Carolina for becoming the first agency in the state to include content in Spanish on their website! 
Arte Sana's 10 years of Victim ADvocacy SIN FronterasOn March 8th, Arte Sana celebrated 10 years of cyber-activism and Victim Advocacy SIN fronteras (without borders)  
Without an office or an operations budget, Arte Sana learned early on the power of online activism and collaborations. This map reflects Arte Sana's outreach through direct training, project content testing partners, and the states represented by current and past ALAS members.

 Arte Sana's first 10 years timeline

Existe Ayuda ToolkitExiste Ayuda Toolkit Debut 
In May, the Existe Ayuda Toolkit was made available on the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) website. With OVC funding, Arte Sana was able to develop these products in collaboration with over 641 Latina victim advocates and promotoras from 25 states, at various stages of the Existe Ayuda project.  

On el Diez y Seis de Septiembre Arte Sana Passed the 10,000 Mark!
On September 16, 2011, with a keynote session offered during the Latinos Against Domestic Violence Conference held in Irving, Arte Sana officially passed the 10,000 cumulative mark! Of the 816 persons reached via bilingual presentations or workshops in 2011, 520 (64%) were Texas-Mexico border region residents.

Since its inception in 2001, Arte Sana has worked to eliminate language access barriers for Spanish speakers through workshops, community pláticas, five national conferences, one border conference, and four bilingual Girl Empowerment Festivals. Arte Sana has reached 10,150 directly. 3,189 have received information or training in Spanish and 4,846 of the participants have been border residents. 
Arte Sana Outreach 
National & Statewide Language Access Timeline Language Access Timeline 

Arte Sana has reached thousands more via its website and online activism. An example of this online activism is the National & Statewide Language Access Timeline. The timeline, that had its debut at the Nuestras Voces National Bilingual Sexual Assault Conference, was drafted with input from state coalition staff, victim advocates, and prevention specialists. It includes first-time efforts to eliminate language access barriers for Spanish-speaking survivors of sexual violence, and efforts to actively engage Latin@ communities as partners for change. This initiative to chronicle and promote "firsts" across the nation is an initiative of Arte Sana and the recently established Aliad@s National Network for the elimination of sexual and domestic violence against Latin@s.

Download the timeline and contribute to its growth; your efforts may be a first in your state!   

Learn more about the Nuestras Voces Conference 

The Aliad@s National Network: "Principles of solidaridad for empowerment and healing"
From December 2010 through July 2011, Latin@ victim/survivor advocates, consultants, activists, and healers worked to develop the Principles of Solidaridad that best reflect the philosophy and areas of focus of the newly formed ALIAD@S National Network for the elimination of sexual and domestic violence against Latin@s. Our goal is to create a space in which our collective voices and concerns can be heard and acted on.

The Aliad@s National Network
mission is to promote the active participation of Latin@s as agents of change for the elimination of all forms of gender-based violence. The Aliad@s National Network is a victim/survivor advocacy and social justice network that honors the Principles of solidaridad for empowerment and healing. Aliad@s provides a forum that promotes Latin@ leadership, networking, training, policy development, community organizing and the collective creation of culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate resources. Read the Principles of solidaridad for empowerment and healing
 New efforts for 2012! 


Arte Sana LogoThe "Caja de Herramientas SAAM"  will include information and presentations in Spanish, the Corazón Lastimado: Healing the Wounded Heart survivor art exhibit packet, original art in a jpeg format that can be used in presentations and handouts, as well as tested playlists of canciones that are effective for outreach work.


Only a limited number of CDs will be prepared. If you are interested in receiving the Caja de herramientas SAAM CD order information, please contact us at: 

 Attention Bilingual Trainers!

Arte Sana is compiling a list of trainers with experience addressing sexual violence issues in Spanish. The list of trainers and their contact information will be included in Arte Sana's Caja de Herramientas SAAM 2012 CD and distributed nationally. If you would like to be considered for inclusion on the list please complete this form and fax to Arte Sana by December 30, 2011.



Do not miss this great opportunity to present in Spanish at the National Sexual Assault Conference!
As Latina advocates we actively promote the accessibility of training opportunities on sexual assault and intimate partner violence issues in español, and what better way to offer this opportunity than at national training venues such as the National Sexual Assault Conference that will be held in Chicago  from August 21 - 24. Workshops presented in Spanish (rather than through interpreter services) are necessary for bilingual advocates to develop their presentations skills and master the appropriate terminology. If you are a fluent trainer in Spanish and are interested in submitting a workshop proposal in Spanish, please download and complete this form by January 13, 2012.  

For more information about the National Sexual Assault Conference and the submission of workshop proposals in English please visit the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA) website: 

A heartfelt GRACIAS to all who partnered with, and supported Arte Sana's efforts in 2011. We look forward to creating new partnerships and new spaces for advocacy and prevention SIN fronteras.

We wish everyone continued success working towards paz en el mundo y en el hogar with this downloadable image.Paz

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