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 with a mission to “mobilize Latinas and Latin@ communities to end domestic violence”, Casa de Esperanza was founded in 1982 to provide emergency shelter for Latinas and other women and children experiencing domestic violence. Today, Casa de Esperanza continues to offer critical and innovative services and support in its Minnesota Twin Cities communities, ranging from family advocacy and shelter services to leadership development and community engagement opportunities for Latin@ youth, women and men.
As a national organization, Casa de Esperanza is also home to the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, which provides training and technical assistance, engages in public policy initiatives, and conducts research on the intersections of domestic violence and Latin@ identity. As a leader in the violence prevention field, Casa de Esperanza has spearheaded international work with organizations and governments in Latin America as well as participated in key policy and programmatic initiatives that have had a far-reaching impact. This includes work in helping organizations build their language access capacity; participating in international forums; creating tools to engage Latino men and boys; and leading the national NO MÁS campaign, the sister, cultural adaptation to the NO MORE campaign. Casa de Esperanza’s leadership in the field has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which has designated the organization as the Culturally Specific Issue Resource Center on Domestic Violence and Latin@ Communities.
national latin@ network
National Latin@ Network (NLN) is Casa de Esperanza’s national project whose work concentrates in providing training and consultations to practitioners and activists throughout the United States and Latin America as well as organizing national and regional events to build the capacity of those working with Latin@s in the field of violence prevention and intervention. The NLN’s public policy initiative consists of a network of individuals and organizations interested in ending domestic violence and promoting the health and well-being of Latin@ communities, and its National Latin@ Research Center on Family and Social Change conducts research on issues that affect Latin@s in the US and abroad.
why do you use “@”?
Casa de Esperanza has chosen to use “@” in place of the masculine “o” when referring to people or things that are either gender neutral or both masculine and feminine in make-up. This decision reflects our commitment to gender inclusion and recognizes the important contributions that both men and women make to our communities.