Towards Thriving Cover

January 11, 2018

At the 2018 Golden Globes, women of color activists for gender and racial justice along with celebrity actors launched the #TimesUp campaign to shift our cultural norms that foster silence and inaction on sexual harassment and abuse. A highlight of the evening was Oprah Winfrey’s powerful and moving acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

Among the activists was Monica Ramirez, Board President of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas and a plenary speaker at Compassionate Communities two years ago. Monica’s life’s work has been making visible the impact of sexual assault on migrant farmworker women who “pick, pack, and plant the food that we eat and have a long history of, combatting work place sexual violence.”

Will #TimesUp catalyze social change across communities and systems that devalue girls, women and people who are gender nonconforming? We hope so and we know that there is no singular or exact formula on how social change happens. We need thousands of experiments, like #MeToo and #TimesUp. We need thousands of community-centered efforts to address the disconnect from ourselves and each other, to address the devaluation and power over human beings based on gender, race, or any other identity. What we know for sure is that centering the voices of girls and women of color, and girls and women who have faced generations of exclusion – Indigenous, Black, Brown and Asian women, farmworkers and domestic workers, disabled women, undocumented and queer and trans women is essential for social change.

Most of all, we agree with Rinku Sen, Senior Strategist at Race Forward and a James O. Gibson Innovation Fellow at PolicyLink, who shared her thoughts on what it will take to create social change:

I believe that it takes everything. Everything we’ve got. Every member, every leader, every ally, every platform, every tactic and every dime—all directed toward specific goals at specific moments. The moments when your big ideas have the potential to become reality don’t come around that often. When they do, we have to move. We can’t predict what will come out of each tactic, but we move fast and big and on faith.

To moving fast and big,


Bilingual Advocate and DREAMer

Community Forum on Immigration Teton Valley News

Right to left: Gabby Hermosillo, Monica Carrillo, Mandi Wilkinson, Lori McCune, and Michelle Warren

Monica Carrillo, Bilingual Advocate from Family Safety Network, spoke at a community forum on immigration at the Driggs Senior Center. The event was recently featured in Teton Valley News, where her story is highlighted.

During the forum, Monica spoke to the importance of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (commonly known as DACA) for undocumented youth (commonly referred to as DREAMers).

As a recipient of DACA, Monica told her first-hand account about the barriers that DACA-mented/undocumented youth face in this country. She mentioned that before DACA her future was uncertain, after completing high school, she knew she couldn’t continue her studies because of the barriers associated with not having immigration status.

“That’s when it really hit me,” she said. “and I realized I was undocumented. Everything changed in 2012 when Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals passed. I applied for that and was accepted. At that point I had hope, I had opportunities, and I felt like I could go for something bigger. I could start giving back not only to my Hispanic community but to my Teton Valley community.”

Benefits of having DACA include an authorized work permit, which Carrillo was able to apply with and work at the Family Safety Network.

To be eligible for DACA applicants must have entered the country as a minor, earned a high school degree or GED, and maintained a clean record. There are 800,000 young people have signed up for DACA and there are approximately 3,100 DACA recipients in Idaho.

On January 9, 2017, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order requiring that the federal government maintain the DACA program on a nationwide basis on the same terms and conditions as were in effect before the rescission on September 5, 2017, including allowing DACA enrollees to renew their enrollments, with so exceptions. The order does not prohibit the Department of Homeland Security from removing any individual DACA enrollee based on individualized factors, however, this it will likely delay the winddown of DACA during ongoing litigation. More information on pending litigation and this order is available at

Regardless, even if continued, DACA fails to provide any pathway for recipients to acquire lawful permanent residency or citizenship. Therefore, DACA does not go far enough to protect the livelihoods of victims, families, advocates, and communities on the line. It is imperative for Congress to act and pass legislation, such as a clean DREAM Act that creates a permanent and sustainable solution for recipients of this program, a solution that chooses all of us.


Training & Events

Trauma-Informed and Culturally Specific Practice for Latina Survivors
Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 10 am – 11:30 am MST
Casa de Esperanza is hosting a webinar titled, Trauma-Informed and Culturally Specific Practice for Latina Survivors. The presenters will be Dr. Josephine V. Serrata, Director of Research and Evaluation, and Dr. Rebecca Rodriguez, Manager of Research and Evaluation, with Casa de Esperanza. Through this webinar, participants will:

  • Build their knowledge in trauma-informed principles through a culturally specific lens
  • Build their knowledge in evaluating trauma informed and culturally specific work with Latinas
  • Learn about the results of a national study evaluating culturally specific and trauma informed practice with Latinas

Click the link to register

Pushout: A Conversation with Monique W. Morris on the Criminalization of Girls of Color in Schools
Thursday, February 8th 2018
BSU, Student Union Building, Special Events Center
Free and open to the public
Monique Morris, Ed.D. is an author and co-founder of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute and an award-winning author and social justice scholar with nearly three decades of experience in education, civil rights, juvenile and social justice. Dr. Morris is the author of Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (The New Press, 2016).

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) regional training
In an effort to assist victims of sexual assaults in confinement settings, the Idaho Sheriffs’ Association would like to invite advocates to attend free Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) regional training funded by STOP Violence Against Women Grant 2016-WF-AX-0044 PREA set-aside. The 6 hour course will be held twice in each location.

  • Feb. 14 & 15, 2018: Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office, 605 N. Capitol, Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • Feb. 27 & 28 2018: Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office, 1150 Wall St. Lewiston, Idaho
  • March 13 & 14, 2018: Vendome Events Center, 309 State Street, Weiser, ID

Registration information is available on the website

Building Collaborative Responses to Trafficked Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
March 6-8, 2018 in Atlanta, GA
Learn More and Apply Here (Deadline January 31)

This 2.5 day training will provide participants with effective skills on how to identify and assist domestic violence and sexual assault victims who may also be human trafficking victims/survivors.This training will focus on improving collaborative responses to adult/youth foreign-born trafficked victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Presented by: Futures Without Violence, in partnership with U. S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

For more information, please check out the following flyer. To apply online, please visit

Executive Director’s Learning Community
We are excited to bring in Sandra Henriquez, Executive Director California Coalition to End Sexual Assault to share her experiences on the prevention and response to sexual assault.


  • March 7th: 1:00 – 5:00 – Pre-convening of new Executive Directors five years or less experience – Tricia Swartling
  • March 7th: Evening – Group dinner for any arrivals
  • March 8th: 9:00 – 4:00 – Executive Directors convening

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