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   Background and History    


Alianza evolved out of a partnership that began in January 1997, between the Office of Community Services (OCS)/Administration for Children and Families of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and a national Steering Committee composed of several Latinas and Latinos with a history of leadership in domestic violence work. DHHS acknowledged the fact that “one size” does not fit all communities and helped create “Domestic Violence Cultural Institutes” in the African American, Asian/Pacific Islanders and Latino communities.

In November 1997, the Steering Committee and OCS organized the National Symposium on La Violencia Doméstica: An Emerging Dialogue Among Latinos,which was held in Washington, D.C. The Symposium brought together an interdisciplinary group of 40 Latinas and Latinos, including advocates, community activists, practitioners, lawyers, researchers, and domestic violence survivors to initiate a national dialogue about domestic violence in Latino communities—needs, concerns, assets and to begin to make recommendations for what actions needed to take place. The Symposium proceedings were published in August 1999.

One of the major recommendations that emerged from the Symposium was the creation of a national organization for ongoing dialogue, education, and advocacy. The Steering Committee adopted the current name for the organization in March 1999, and developed a mission, vision, and general goals.

In September 2000, the DHHS awarded a start-up grant to Alianza. Soon after, Alianza hired a core staff and set up an office in New York City, within the Violence Intervention Program, its host agency. In January 2002, Alianza moved into its own office space. We became incorporated in June 2003 and acquired tax-exempt status in June 2004.

Our funders and supporters have included the Agency for Children and Families/ DHHS, Office of Violence Against Women/Department of Justice, the Ford Foundation, Tides Foundation, and Lifetime Television, as well as individual donors.

 
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