Press Releases
April, 2007
 
Position statement developed in support of Latina victim advocates
 
AUSTIN, TX -- The origins of this document can be traced back to the "Eliminating Barriers to Services for
Latin@ survivors of Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence
," a position statement drafted in
2004 as well as the recommendations listed in the article “The Anti-Rape Movement without
Latinas?
” posted in March 2006.

Over the years we have observed that Latinas and Latinos are increasingly being associated
with immigrants who are often portrayed as problematic and a burden on this nation's
economy. Some are even being depicted as "border terrorists." In turn, this is having a
detrimental effect on the level and quality of victim services that are currently available,
and will also determine what may or MAY NOT be available in the near future.

As women of color in the anti-violence movement, we all seem to be presently addressing
exclusion issues simultaneously. On April 6, 2007, Arte Sana made a call to action to ALAS
members and other Latina victim advocates and allies after one too many Latina victim advocates announced that they were leaving the victim services field because of intolerable and unsupportive working conditions.

While Arte Sana and its national working group of Latina victim advocates were addressing
the alarming rates of Latinas leaving the anti-sexual assault field within the last year,
the Women Of Color Network issued a “Call to Response” in which advocates of color and
allies were asked to respond to the issue being called the “endangered women of color
advocate.” They subsequently issued a Special Update entitled “National Response to the Call
from WOCN: Collective Voices on the Endangered Woman of Color Advocate” on April 20, 2007.

The following, "Position statement in support of Latina victim advocates" reflects on the
current working conditions that Latina victim advocates face and offers some options for confronting it.

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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