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Training & Technical Assistance

Alianza is currently offering the three trainings described below. You can click on the titles for additional information:
Train-the Trainer Financial Independence for Survivors of Domestic Violence Workshops, On the Road to Social Transformation: Culture Competency Training; and Working with Men and Boys to Eradicate Domestic Violence.

There is no training fee for any of the trainings and there will be scholarships available for trainings 1 and 2. They are made possible through two OVW Training and Technical Assistance Grants. Grantees may use OVW funds to cover allowable travel and lodging expenses. Our training services are offered throughout the U.S. and extend to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. To request a training for your organization email:pamo@dvalianza.org.

1Cultural Competency Training: Utilizing Cultural and Community Strengths to End Domestic Violence

Through this training, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Understand the importance of making their programs & services more accessible and responsive to the particular needs of underserved populations, specifically Latinas/os.
  • Learn how to conduct a cultural competency organizational self-assessment to help determine what changes need to be made, within their organizations, to create organizational diversity, eliminate disparities, and develop culturally competent programs and services.
  • Learn about various culturally and linguistically responsive approaches, strategies and programs created to address the specific needs of Latina survivors, families and communities and explore examples of what culturally responsive services look like in terms of policies, staffing, outreach, accessibility, practices and other key elements.


  • Mily Treviño Saucedo is the co-founder and the former Executive Director of Organización en California de Líderes Campesinas, Inc.(Líderes Campesinas). She has received numerous community and educational awards throughout her career. She was recognized as one of the 100 Heroines of the World in New York in 1998. In 2004, the Ford Foundation & New York University selected her for the Leadership for a Changing World award and People Magazine recognized Mily in January & April 2006. In 2009, she was honored in 4 regional rural areas in California for her 30+ years of distinguished leadership. She sits on numerous councils as well as regional and national boards and task forces. While Executive Director at Lideres Campesinas, Ms. Treviño-Sauceda partnered with Alianza on several training and technical assistance projects.

  • Patricia S. Castillo has worked more than 25 years to end violence against women and children. She is the Executive Director of the San Antonio based P.E.A.C.E. Initiative (Putting an End to Abuse through Community Efforts), a coalition of 50 agencies, organizations and individuals. From 1990 to 2002, as Projects Coordinator for the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative, she developed domestic violence community projects and public policy through collaboration and community organization. As the Executive Director of the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative, she continues to do this work as well as serve as an advocate, educator and technical assistance resource to many sectors of the community, including civic, legal, medical, religious, educational, human resource and media groups; and directs citizen coalitions and networks. She has done numerous trainings at the local, regional, and national levels for the past 15 years. Internationally, she has trained in Honduras, Brazil, China, Russia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Nicaragua. The P.E.A.C.E. Initiative has partnered with Alianza on several OVW/DOJ funded projects.

2Working with Men and Boys to Eradicate Domestic Violence, Phase II (Movimiento). 

A national 2-day, hands-on training that will help OVW grantees to design programs that incorporate effective interventions and programming for working with Latino men and boys.  Presented by Alianza—National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence, the National Compadres Network & the U.S. Department of Justice/Office of Violence Against Women.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Be able to reflect on the characteristics of men and boys that they grew up with
  • Gain an increased understanding of how boys are raised and the effects on their relationship development skills, the way society sees Latino men and boys, and how internalized oppression relates to their behaviors
  • Have the opportunity to explore cultural roots and teachings that have been passed on through generations.
  • Gain an understanding of issues that Latino men and boys face, the baggage they carry, the gifts they offer
  • Gain an appreciation for the diversity of men they will encounter within the Latino population, based on country of origin, language, generation in U.S., citizenship & time in the country as it relates to inclusion of men and boys, in dealing with the issues of domestic violence.
  • Gain a grounded basis for the inclusion of men and boys in dealing with issues of domestic violence and learn how to reach out and engage them as advocates
  • Gain a greater awareness of practical strategies and practices to engage Latino males and about what tools, interventions, materials and other resources are available.
  • Learn about the work of the National Compadres Network and about the importance of living the principles of "El Hombre Noble," modeling desired behaviors and having a place where men can ground themselves—"circulo."


  • Jerry Tello: Founding member, Alianza; Co-founder, National Compadres Network; Director, National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute. Co-editor of Family Violence and Men of Color: Healing the Wounded Mail Spirit; author of various curricula addressing male rites of passage, violence prevention, teen fatherhood, pregnancy prevention, family strengthening, and fatherhood literacy, and internationally recognized authority in family strengthening, therapeutic healing, cross cultural issues and motivational speaking.

  • Ricardo Carrillo Ph.D.: Founding member, Alianza; Co-founder Círculo de Hombres/National Compadres Network. Psychologist, Counselor, Published Author, Developer/Collaborator of various curricula for the prevention and cessation of domestic, gang, and community violence. Co-Editor, Family Violence And Men Of Color: Healing The Wounded Male Spirit.

3¡Si Podemos/Yes We Can!—Beyond Domestic Violence: Achieving Financial Independence/Mas Alla de la Violencia Doméstica: Logrando la Independencia Financiera.

In addition to providing important information about financial literacy and entrepreneurship (how to start a business), the trainers will discuss effective methods for facilitating workshops for survivors using Alianza's training curriculum--¡Si Podemos/Yes We Can—Beyond Domestic Violence: Achieving Financial Independence. The training will also provide information about the specific needs and circumstances of Latina survivors and how financial knowledge can be a key step in the survival of victims and their children.

Day One: Participants will learn the basics of Financial Literacy including: household budgeting, how banks and other financial institutions work, opening and balancing a check book, credit basics, personal and business loans, renting or buying a place, and identify theft.

Day Two: Participants will actively engage in exploring the world of entrepreneurship (How to Start a Business). They will learn how to do marketing research to determine if there a market for a specific product or service; review business ownership essentials, including start-up requirements and operations—how to select a business structure, how much money is needed to open the business, what licenses or permits are required, how to balance family and business, how to keep good records, how to protect business assets.

Participants will also learn the basics of creating a marketing plan (selecting marketing strategies and venues) and a business plan, including developing a long-range vision, setting realistic goals, writing a mission statement, selecting a location, product/service description, hours of operation, management, general operations, and projecting costs.

After learning the theory—the how to's and the do's and don'ts, and examining selected case studies—participants, working in small groups, will develop sample budgets, calculate personal living expenses, and create sample businesses.


  • Jo Ann Garay has been Program Coordinator and Trainer with WESST (Women's Economic Self-Sufficiency Team) since 2000 where she has developed computer, business, and financial management curriculum as well as delivered numerous trainings in both English and Spanish. For the past 2 years, she has served as co-trainer for Alianza's Financial Independence for Survivors of Domestic Violence Project.

  • Dolores Rosell currently is Program Director at SmarterHomes, a company whose mission is to help people become educated and successful homeowners. She offers one-on-one financial counseling and guidance to make anyone's dream of homeownership a reality. Through her strong networks, mortgage counseling experience and optimistic approach, she has helped many people across southern New Mexico become successful homeowners for more than 10 years. Ms. Rosell also has extensive training experience in the areas of: Financial Counseling, Foreclosure Intervention, Understanding Credit Reports and Credit Scoring, HECM Counseling Basics, among other areas. She is a certified Financial Counselor by Neighborworks and a certified Consumer Credit Counselor by NFCC.