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La Casa, Inc. is the only recipient from southern New Mexico of a grant from two national organizations to organizations providing domestic or sexual assault services, La Casa said in a news release.
The Hispanic and Latin@ Culturally Specific Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault Services grant is being shared by La Casa and 27 other recipients across the country, the news release said. The grant was announced May 10 by Esperanza United and Mujeres Latinas en Acción.
The three-year grant allocates almost $12 million through the federal 2021 Family Violence Prevention and Services Act and the American Rescue Plan Act “to enhance access to critical services and support for Hispanic and Latin@ survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence” and to “address emergent needs resulting from the spread of COVID-19.”
Grants funds will help La Casa recruit and hire a full-time bilingual, peer support coordinator, a full-time bilingual legal advocate and a quarter-time prevention educator and “will leverage other key assets,” La Casa said, including distribution of clothing, supplies and home goods.
“As a result, we will be able to distribute 2,500 pounds of clothing, shoes and household items to Hispanic and Latin@ survivors of domestic violence and their children,” La Casa said.
La Casa is a Las Cruces-based domestic violence prevention, awareness, advocacy and support organization that serves Doña Ana, Luna and Hidalgo counties “as a culturally responsive, trauma-informed and bilingual safe haven for over 1,500 domestic violence survivors a year,” the nonprofit said. La Casa’s three offices serve migrant farm workers, immigrants and sub-segments of the Latin@ community, the news release said.
Esperanza United, founded in 1982 in St. Paul, Minnesota, “mobilizes Latinas and Latin@ communities to end gender-based violence,” the news release said. Mujeres Latina en Acción was founded in 1973 in Chicago and is “the longest-standing Latina-led organization” in the country that provides services to support Latinas and their families “as they heal, thrive and lead.”
“We gratefully accept this transformative award that will strengthen our collaborative efforts and impact by increasing availability of a comprehensive range of quality domestic violence and community-based services in the most rural southwestern areas of Doña Ana, Luna and Hidalgo counties,” said La Casa CEO Marcie Davis. “These funds will enable La Casa staff to elevate the community's access to culturally responsive, trauma-informed and bilingual domestic violence services.”
La Casa’s 24/7 hotline is 800-376-2272. Contact La Casa at 575-526-2819 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit lacasainc.org, esperanzaunited.org and www.mujereslatinasenaccion.org.