Public, Society Benefit
The Colorado Latinx Leadership Network (CLLN) provides professional development opportunities and support to bilingual/bicultural Latinx advocates in order to reduce turnover of these advocates and, thereby, strengthen services for Latinx survivors in Colorado and increase access to culturally appropriate services. Often, there may only be one bilingual/bicultural Latinx staff person within mainstream sexual assault and domestic violence service organizations, which can lead to isolation and burn out. Additionally, because of their specialized skillset, many bilingual/bicultural Latinx staff may not have access to as many opportunities for professional development or to advance beyond the role of Bilingual/Latinx Advocate
Throughout the 12-month program, participants engage in training and discussion on topics such as leadership, management skills, organizational communication skills, program development and evaluation, community outreach, financial management, human resources, and self-care. Activities include 3 in-person meetings/trainings, monthly phone/web-based meetings, and one-on-one mentoring.
The objectives of the CLLN are:
- Build upon and enhance the professional capacity of Latinx advocates in anti-violence against women programs.
- Create a community of support and professional network for leaders, aimed at reducing isolation, maximizing skills, development, information-sharing, and communication.
- Reflect anti-oppression/anti-racism principles in daily operations of anti-violence programs.
- Model leadership support, ally-informed advocacy, and culturally relevant services to communities of color and other underserved populations for local programs within our state.
- Enhance hiring, retention, and promotion of staff from underrepresented populations.
- Optimize the success and effectiveness of emerging leaders by providing opportunities to impact spheres of influence and communities through a variety of engaging CCASA programs and activities.
Feedback from CLLN participants:
"Thank you for taking the time on making this gathering happen."
"Gracias. Muy importante e interesante."
"Thank you for having us and making a space especially for us. This is an awesome opportunity!"
"Great opportunity for Latinas to come together and explore their leadership strengths and potential."
"Enjoy every single thing about the training. I love meeting GREAT & AMAZING Latina leaders! Thank you!"
"You validated some very powerful points. Gave voice to so many thoughts that I think Latinas in general have but that we seldomely talk about."
Crime & Legal
CCASA provides valuable educational programs, trainings, and expert consultation to member programs and other sexual assault victim service providers in Colorado. CCASA co-hosts (with Violence Free Colorado - formerly the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence) the annual Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference as well as hosts an annual meeting for college campus professionals. Additionally, CCASA provides regular webinars as well as individualized training and technical assistance for member programs, community partners, and other professionals who respond to survivors of sexual assault. CCASA also distributes a handbook for survivors, and brochures about understanding unwanted sexual experiences; alcohol, drugs and sexual assault; and reporting options. All of these resources are available in both English and Spanish.
In 2017, CCASA:
• Provided 41 trainings to 1,451 professionals in order to help ensure a consistent, comprehensive, and victim-centered response to sexual assault.
• Responded to 302 requests for technical assistance on sexual assault related issues.
• Co-hosted the 6th annual Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference with over 300 participants from every region of Colorado as well as other states.
• Distributed 5,858 copies of resource materials, including brochures, handbooks, manuals, reports, and videos, in English and Spanish, regarding sexual assault, available services, and resources for responding to sexual assault.
• Worked with a multi-disciplinary group of stakeholders to create guidelines for responding to each of the sexual assault reporting options available in Colorado.
Crime & Legal
Crime/ Abuse Victims
CCASA works to ensure that state and federal laws, policies, and practices support survivors of sexual violence, provide adequate funding for sexual assault service providers, hold offenders accountable, and strive to end sexual violence in our communities. In addition to drafting, reviewing, and lobbying for legislation and policies, CCASA also works with state and federal government and nonprofit agencies to advocate for the needs of survivors and our member agencies. CCASA's goal is to ensure that victim and community safety are prioritized at the statewide systems level.
CCASA participates on a wide range of statewide committees, taskforces, and boards in an effort to forge collaborative relationships with other key stakeholders, including the:
o Colorado Human Trafficking Council, Colorado Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Justice, Office for Victims Programs
o Colorado SANE/SAFE Project Advisory Committee, UCHealth's Memorial Hospital
o Colorado Sex Offender Management Board, Colorado Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Justice, Office for Victims Programs
o Crime Victim Services Funding Advisory Board, Colorado Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Justice, Office for Victims Programs
o Domestic Violence Program Funding Advisory Committee, Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth & Families
o Ending Violence Against Women Project Advisory Committee, Colorado District Attorneys' Council
o Sexual Violence Prevention Program Advisory Committee, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Violence and Injury Prevention-Mental Health Promotion Branch
In 2017, CCASA participated in the above listed boards, taskforces, and committees as well as led and participated in efforts to pass legislation in Colorado that:
• enables victims of sexual assault and stalking, who feel unsafe in their home, to terminate their lease without penalty.
• protects youth who engage in consensual sexting, while holding those who engage in harmful behaviors accountable.
CCASA also engaged in federal policy advocacy, including advocating for funding for Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) programs and for maintaining Title IX protections for sexual assault survivors in educational institutions.