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June 3, 2010
Noti-Sana News
A Summary of Arte Sana collaborations & events: April - June 2010

In this issue:
  • No to Bystander Silence - Victim Rights are Human Rights! Action Steps
  • The State of Latin@ Victim Advocacy: Mapping Access
  • Girl Empowerment in Wyoming!
  • Arte Sana's National Bilingual Conference
  • Make a donation and get a "Calaca" tee for FREE
  • Arte Sana is now on Facebook

No to Bystander Silence - Victim Rights are Human Rights!
Official Statement from ALAS: 
Alianza Latina en contra la Agresión Sexual

(a national Latina victim advocate working group)
mujer & ALAS Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) 2010 was a successful one by many standards. Rape crisis centers, student groups, allied professionals, and state coalitions across the nation offered an array of awareness-building campaigns and events. On April 27, the House of Representatives passed H. Res.1259: "Recognizing and supporting the goals and ideals of Sexual Assault Awareness Month" and a similar resolution was passed by the Senate on the same day. However, most of the SAAM events offered across the nation were offered in English only.

April 2010 will also go down in history as the month that SB 1070 was signed into law by Governor Brewer in Arizona. These two significant events represent the philosophical and political chasm that Latina victim advocates and allies face each day at work. On April 30, Latina victim advocates from across the nation, members of ALAS drafted a list of action steps for victim advocates to take to eliminate service and information access barriers for immigrant victims of gender-based violence.

The "SPECIFIC ACTIONS for Victim Advocates to Respond to 
SB 1070 in Arizona" were endorsed by the following agencies and coalitions in rapid response solidarity to our pleas for support:

The National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, The North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, The Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, Organización en California de Líderes Campesinas, Inc., The Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault, Casa de Esperanza

Access the official statement and download the action steps

The State of Latin@ Victim Advocacy: Mapping Access
Earlier in the month, Arte Sana published "The State of Latin@ Victim Advocacy" on its website that included a map of SA and DV coalition web content in Spanish.

In May, Arte Sana did a review of rape crisis center and dual center web content in Texas to get a better idea of the level of victim service information that exists in Spanish. The findings were truly surprising as only 12 out of 68 center websites included any words in Spanish, leaving 82% of Texas rape crisis and dual center websites in English only. The amount of information in Spanish ranged from 93 words to the shining example of Houston Area Women's Center with over 11,125 words in Spanish not counting many brochures also available online.

Learn more about this effort and view the language maps

Girl Empowerment in Wyoming!
Offered in Douglas, WY to Prevent Violence Against Girls
Girl Empowerment Festival image Since 2004, over 526 girls and women have attended Arte Sana's bilingual Girl Empowerment Festivals. The Girl Empowerment Festival model has offered communities a unique collaboration opportunity to promote girl safety locally by addressing issues such as body image, dating and sexual violence prevention, victim rights, media literacy, cultural identity, and teen pregnancy prevention.

In 2009, Arte Sana shared this gender-specific outreach model via a workshop topic at the National Sexual Assault Conference, and in 2010, GEF was implemented in Wyoming!

2010 Girl Empowerment Festival in Wyoming

The Bilingual Girl Empowerment Festivals

Arte Sana's National Bilingual Conference
Nuestras Voces: Wise Latin@s en la lucha
November 1-2 at the Westin Dallas Forth Worth Airport Hotel
Nuestras Voces conference image A national gathering of Latin@ victim advocates, prevention specialists, survivors, and allies promoting the engagement of Latin@s as agents of change in addressing gender-based violence, celebrating our collective leadership en los movimientos.

Join Latina victim advocates and allies from across the nation to share, learn, and be inspired!


Topics and Presenters

Make a donation and get a "Calaca" tee for FREE
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Women, men and youth sizes available; this would be a perfect Father's Day gift!

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Arte Sana is now on Facebook
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Founded in 2001, Arte Sana (art heals) is a national Latina-led nonprofit committed to ending sexual violence and other forms of gender-based aggressions and engage marginalized communities as agents of change. Arte Sana promotes awareness, healing, and empowerment through bilingual professional training, community education, and the arts.