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enlace_logoHarsh, anti-immigrant sentiment is influencing our lawmakers to create unnecessary links between law enforcement and immigration enforcement, creating significant barriers for domestic violence victims and their children. Enlace Comunitario, a domestic violence organization in Albuquerque, NM that serves immigrant families, has created a video that addresses this issue. Watch the video: http://www.enlacenm.org/brokentrust.html

Enlace's Executive Director, Claudia Medina, also wrote an editorial in the Albuquerque Journal regarding immigration legislation and other legal measures being introduced in New Mexico, and the chilling effect it can have on victims of domestic violence who are immigrants.


Domestic violence shelters throughout the United States report the economy continues to significantly affect women-with domestic violence increasing for the third straight year and government cutbacks decreasing shelters' ability to help survivors. In addition to domestic violence incidents growing and funding sources diminishing, the abuse is reportedly more severe, victims are struggling to find jobs and shelters expect the situation will only get worse in light of the economy -- according to the third "Mary Kay Truth About Abuse" national survey.


new_latinas_bible_bookHot off the press is Sandra Guzman's The New Latina's Bible: The Modern Guide to Love, Spirituality, Family and La Vida. This revised and updated "Bible" includes two new chapters: Latina Blues: It's Not in Your Head and When Love Hurts: The Dirty Secret of Dating and Domestic Violence among Latinas.

Initial praise for the book includes Publishers Weekly: "Hip and Chatty, with serious undertones, this 'bible' will be a valuable resource for young Latina women."

Rosie Perez, Actress: "I was so moved by Sandra's vulnerability, honesty, and wisdom...Her stories of tears, joy, laughter, triumphs, disappointments and lessons learned allows us to see how similar and connected we are..."



National Sexual Assault Awareness And Prevention Month, 2011
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

Our Nation must continue to confront rape and other forms of sexual violence as a deplorable crime. Too many victims suffer unaided, and too many offenders elude justice. As we mark National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, we recommit to building a society where no woman, man, or child endures the fear of assault or the pain of an attack on their physical well being and basic human dignity.

Despite reforms to our legal system, sexual violence remains pervasive and largely misunderstood. Nearly one in six American women will experience an attempted or completed rape at some point in her life, and for some groups, rates of sexual violence are even higher. Almost one in three American Indian and Alaska Native women will be sexually assaulted. Young women ages 16 to 24 are at greatest risk, and an alarming number of young women are sexually assaulted while in college. Too many men and boys are also affected. With each new victim and each person still suffering from an attack, we are called with renewed purpose to respond to and rid our Nation of all forms of sexual violence.


February 10th, 2011

By Susan B. Carbon, Director, Office on Violence Against Women

February is known nationwide as the month to show those around you how much you love and appreciate them. Be it friends, family, or your significant other, the short month of February is filled with the most love. As we demonstrate healthy displays of love to those in our lives, we at the Office on Violence Against Women will also be recognizing a very unhealthy epidemic facing our teens: teen dating violence.


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