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May 23, 2004
Alianza Latina en contra la Agresion Sexual (ALAS) releases position statement regarding the elimination of barriers to services for Latin@ survivors
Groundbreaking statement garners national support

Among those who have presently signed on in support of the document are:

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  • Alabama Coalition Against Rape
  • Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Arizona Sexual Assault Network
  • Arte Sana (art heals) (TX)
  • California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • CARe: Communities Against Rape Initiative (IN)
  • Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Inc. (CONNSACS)
  • CONTACT Delaware, Inc., Sexual Assault Network of Delaware
  • Florida Council Against Sexual Violence
  • Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault
  • Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence
  • Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
  • Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition
  • New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs
  • New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Women's Justice Center
  • Ohio Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Ohio Domestic Violence Network
  • Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
  • Sexual Assault and Trauma Resource Center of Rhode Island
  • Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
  • Texas Council on Family Violence/National Domestic Violence Hotline
  • National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault (SCESA)
  • National Alliance to End Sexual Violence
  • National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence
  • National Sexual Assault Coalition Resource Sharing Project
  • National Sexual Violence Resource Center
  • Safe Places Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center Little Rock, Arkansas
  • South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  • South Dakota Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs
  • Women's Justice Center/Centro de Justicia Para Mujeres (CA)
  • Women of Color Network (a project of National Resource Center on Domestic Violence), (PA)
  • Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance

AUSTIN, Texas -- The actual number and types of bilingual services offered across the U.S. for Spanish monolingual survivors, the lack of existing criteria to determine the level of bilingual services available in a given agency, and the methods utilized to inform the public of these services, are issues of concern especially for Latin/o victim service advocates who are intimately aware of existing gaps in services. It has become clear that without a culturally competent infrastructure, anti-sexual assault and intimate partner violence programs cannot effectively promote the inclusion and meaningful participation of Latino communities.  

In response to this problem, the Alianza Latina en Contra la Agresión Sexual (ALAS), (Latina Alliance Against Sexual Aggression) today releases an official position statement titled, "Eliminating Barriers to Services for Latin@ survivors of Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence". This position statement defines the challenges faced by Latina survivors and advocates and presents the following recommendations for eliminating barriers:

  1. Work to assure that staffing patterns adequately reflect the demographics of the population being served.

  2. Agencies should include a specific description of the bilingual services offered in the organization’s brochures and/or website.

  3. Establish criteria for measuring an agency’s level of bilingual services.

  4. Promote multicultural inclusion within an agency’s board of directors.

  5. Respect diversity within diversity and dialect variance issues within the Latino/a community by incorporating language accessibility and cultural competency into all mandated staff and volunteer training.

  6. Earmark certain funds for second-language materials, bilingual staff, interpreters, etc.

  7. All program staff, substitutes, and volunteers (not just Spanish-speaking staff and volunteers) should receive training in victim's language rights and in how to advocate for those rights.

  8. All program staff, substitutes, and volunteers should be trained in how to work with an interpreter.

You may download the complete document in pdf format (to be opened with Adobe Acrobat) below:
"Eliminating Barriers to Services for Latin@ survivors of Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence"

About ALAS

Initiated in February 2004, the Alianza Latina en Contra la Agresión Sexual or ALAS, (Latina Alliance Against Sexual Aggression) is a national Latina professional resource-sharing group that focuses on cultural competency, bilingual material development, training and policy issues related to underserved Latina survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence. ALAS members have a collective experience of over 25 years in the anti-violence field and the majority of them have bilingual skills that include speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. As Latina advocates of varying ages, levels of experience, personal backgrounds, and specific Latina cultural origins, we celebrate the diversity within our culture and are committed to help make risk reduction and victim service information more accessible to Spanish-speaking Latina/os.

About Arte Sana

Arte Sana (art heals) is a nationwide organization dedicated to helping underserved survivors of racial and gender-based violence. As a 501(c)3 non-profit group based in Austin, TX, Arte Sana promotes healing and empowerment through the arts and community education. Founded in 2001, Arte Sana believes that violence risk reduction programs and services must be culturally competent and linguistically appropriate and are committed to the value of indigenous leadership and collaboration sin fronteras (without borders).


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