August 2014 Newsletter!

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Monument Quilt unravelled

Join us on August 14 at Western Gateway Park, downtown Des Moines, on Thursday, August 14, from 4 to 8 p.m. to witness and interact with a historic display of The Monument Quilt, an ongoing collection of stories of survivors of sexual abuse. The event is free and open to the public. It is organized by Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa, Nisaa African Women’s Project, Latinas Unidas por un Nuevo Amanecer (LUNA), Deaf Iowans Against Abuse (DIAA) and Meskwaki Victim Services Program, and is supported by the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (IowaCASA), People of Color Queer Allies Trans (POCQAT), Women of Color Advisory Network (WOCAN) and Gateway Dance Theatre. This display is part of Force: Upsetting Rape Culture’s summer tour across the country. Visit to learn more about the tour and how to get involved. For more information, contact Mira Yusef at 515.288.0881 or at


Slight relocation!

Monsoon, Nisaa and the Bayanihan Community Resource Center have had a teensy adjustment done to their space. If you’re curious, visit the organizations and check out the changes! Start off the adventure at 4952 Franklin Avenue, Des Moines.


Name change

Nisaa African Women’s Project is in the process of changing its name to Nisaa African Family Services following a call from community members to be inclusive. The abbreviation — NAFS — stands for “soul” in Arabic; “Nisaa” means “woman” in Arabic. For more information, contact Hibo Jama at 515.288.0881 or at


Best wishes to Beckie

Beckie Masaki, Co-director of the Asian and Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence, is recovering slowly but surely from injuries she suffered in a bicycle accident on July 13. There has been an outpouring of love and support for Beckie, a beloved pioneer in the Asian community, and all her sisters in the movement wish her the best! Beckie co-founded the Asian Women’s Shelter (AWS) in San Francisco to help meet the language and cultural needs of Asian survivors of domestic violence and trafficking, and served as its Executive Director for more than 21 years.

News and events

Mobile Minds Tutoring is a tutoring service that works with the Des Moines School District to provide free tutoring for children of eligible families. If you would like to know more and find out if your child or someone you know is eligible, email or go to


Iowa Sister States will host its fourth annual fundraising event: One World – A Festival of Friendship on September 11. Mark your calendar. For more information, call Hannah Borge at 515.725.3163 or Kim Heidemann at 515.725.3164, or go to


An increasing number of batterer intervention programs engage men in a change process by motivating them as fathers. While the research on the efficacy of this motivational approach is not yet robust, anecdotally, programs have reported success with this tactic. According to many program facilitators, when men are challenged about their beliefs regarding gender roles or parenting styles by facilitators and other participants in the group, it can be a galvanizing experience. One such program, Advocates for Family Peace, in Virginia, Minnesota, runs a men’s nonviolence program. The facilitators of the program often hear men complain that their children run all over their mothers. Men state that because of this, they are compelled to take on the role of disciplinarian, and the effect is that they end up looking like the “bad guy.” For more information, go to


The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) and Theresa’s Fund, an Arizona-based private family foundation, have formed a partnership to launch a website ( that will provide abuse victims, their friends and family, and agencies, with the most comprehensive, searchable database housing more than 300,000 data points on more than 3,000 domestic violence shelters, agencies and programs in the United States. The new website will give consumers the ability to input their location, service needs, and language preference, and immediately, and at no cost, be presented with the nearest, most appropriate shelters, programs and agencies. The website will be optimized for smartphone and tablet use.


Affordable coverage options are available in the Health Insurance Marketplace for immigrant families. If you’ve recently moved to the United States and had a change in your immigration status, here are some things you should know about Marketplace coverage: In order to buy private health insurance through the Marketplace, you must be a U.S. citizen or be lawfully present in the United States. If you recently gained U.S. citizenship or had a change in your immigration status, you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. If you’re a lawfully present immigrant, you can buy private health insurance in the Marketplace. You may be eligible for lower costs on monthly premiums and lower out-of-pocket costs based on your income. If you make less than $11,490 ($23,550 for a family of 4) and you are not eligible for Medicaid, you may still qualify for lower costs on coverage. For more information, go to


The National Network to End Domestic Violence has created a comprehensive toolkit of resources, handouts and templates for service providers and trainers in both domestic violence and HIV/AIDS fields. This toolkit is intended to support and encourage collaboration and cross-training between the HIV/AIDS and domestic violence fields to enhance support for survivors at risk for HIV or who are HIV positive and link them with specialized services and accurate information around HIV/AIDS. For more information, go to


The National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life recently announced the release of the Elder Justice Roadmap, which provides a detailed, practical guide for teams, communities, states and national entities. It is a strategic planning resource by the field for the field to foster coordinated approaches to reduce elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. For more information, go to or contact Bonnie Brandl


The Battered Women’s Justice Project has announced a new online resource: A handbook for civil attorneys and legal advocates who are relatively unfamiliar with the structure, culture and laws of the military. The handbook contains information that may also be useful to military attorneys or legal assistance officers. For more information, go to


The Women’s Refugee Commission announces the release of its groundbreaking new publication, Detained or Deported: What About My Children? What to Do if You Can’t be Without Them. This toolkit is designed to help immigrant parents keep their families together. It is the first comprehensive, nationwide resource to help families who are caught between the immigration and child welfare systems. For more information, go to


Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, retired combat veteran and NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, and the National Domestic Violence Hotline have announced a new report and toolkit to serve as a resource for state and local leaders to adopt best practices that will help protect women from gun violence. For more information, go to


Submit your nominations online for the 2015 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards. The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) relies on people in the victim services field to share stories of great accomplishments, and it wants to acknowledge the individuals, organizations, programs and teams that are doing innovative and remarkable work for victims. For more information, go to


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a free online resource, Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers. Designed for parents of 2- to 4-year-olds, Essentials for Parenting addresses common parenting challenges, such as tantrums and whining, and positive parenting skills and techniques. For more information, go to


The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence is announcing a new resource, the NRCDV Access Initiative, which was launched in 2006 and represented the NRCDV’s organizational commitment to individuals with disabilities and accessibility in general. The resource page describes the story of the initiative, offers definitions of key terms and provides an overview of key activities and accomplishments. For more information, go to


The Tahirih Justice Center’s Forced Marriage Initiative in partnership with Pomegranate Tree Group will embark on a six-city tour this fall to raise awareness of forced marriage and its impact on individuals in the United States. The tour, called Honoring Our Heartbeats: A Tour to End Forced Marriage in the U.S., will bring often unheard voices to the forefront of the discussion about gender-based violence in America. In describing their journeys, the authors rethink culture, redefine honor and celebrate resiliency. The tour stops: New York – Sept. 22-23; Houston – Oct. 16-17; San Francisco – Nov. 5-7; New Brunswick – Dec. 3-5; Chicago – Jan. 21-23, 2015; and Washington, DC – Feb. 18-20. For more information, go to


PreventConnect, a national project of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA), is conducting a brief survey of its participants and would like to hear from you. Your feedback will help PreventConnect understand its impact and how it can improve its activities to better meet your needs. Upon completing the survey, you have the opportunity to enter into a drawing to win an Apple iPad mini. For more information, contact Jenine Spotnitz Complete the survey by August 12 at

Webinars, trainings, conferences

What: (Webinar) Doing Different With Less – Three Tools

When: August 11, noon-2 p.m. (Central Time)

Registration: To register, go to Participants will explore three useful tools – organizational eco-cycle, collective impact and community engagement – to enhance organizational planning and execution in fiscally challenging times.


What: (Webinar) Best Practices and Help-seeking Obstacles: Law Enforcement and Advocacy

When: August 11, 1-2:30 p.m. (Central Time)

Registration: To register, go to The presenters will discuss the findings of a national study of domestic violence witnessed by children.


What: Cultivating Your Evaluation Capacity: Introduction to Performance Indicators (six-part webinar series)

When: August 14, 1-2:30 (Central Time)

Registration: To register, go to


What: (Webinar) Expanding Safety and Support Services for Survivors While Helping to Protect their Pets

When: August 15, 2-3:30 (Central Time)

Registration: To register, go to Participants will learn about the linkage between the urgent need to protect domestic violence victims and their pets from further abuse, and about the comfort that pets can provide, especially in times of stress and trauma.


What: (Webinar) Children Grow in the Context of Relationships: Stress, Resilience, and Principles of Child Development

When: August 20, 2-3:30 p.m. (Central Time)

Registration: To register, go to This webinar looks more closely at the protective role of attachment relationships in helping children heal from the traumatic effects of experiencing domestic violence.


What: (Webinar) Support Groups for Women Experiencing Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Trauma and Oppression

When: August 25, 2-3:30 p.m. (Central Time)

Registration: To register, go to This webinar offers an overview of an approach for providing interdisciplinary trauma-informed support groups for women who are affected by substance abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, and other forms of trauma and oppression.


What: (Webinar) Military Personnel and Veterans and Intimate Partner Violence Offender Intervention

When: August 28, 2-4 p.m. (Central Time)

Registration: To register, go to Enhance your knowledge of intimate partner violence (IPV) offender intervention in general and explore considerations for possible adjustments to better serve the military and veteran populations. You will hear about three models of IPV offender intervention targeted to military personnel and veterans.


What: (Training) Safe and Healthy Congregations Training: Ending Family Violence

When: October 17-18

Where: Seattle, Washington

Registration: To register, go to This two-day training, offered by InFaith Community Foundation and facilitated by FaithTrust Institute, is designed to help Christian pastors and lay leaders understand the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence and the ramifications of violence on individuals, the church and the community.


What: (Conference) Nuestras Voces National Bilingual Sexual Assault Conference

When: March 26-27, 2015

Where: Laredo, Texas

Call for proposals: Submissions are sought for workshop proposals in English and Spanish and are due by August 29. For more information, go to This the only sexual assault conference to include a complete workshop track in Spanish.


What: (Conference) Beyond the State: Inciting Transformative Possibilities

When: March 26 -29, 2015

Where: Chicago, Illinois

Call for proposals: The Color of Violence 4 (COV4) will mark INCITE!’s 15 years of engaging in grassroots organizing projects, critical conversations, national actions, transnational campaigns and community building strategies to end colonial, racial, and gender-based violence against women of color, trans and queer people of color and communities. Workshops can be on any theme that is in keeping with INCITE!’s mission to address the intersections of interpersonal, state and institutional violence, and in any format: performances, participatory workshops, learning labs, story circles, open discussions, strategy sessions, activist studios, network gatherings, etc. Proposals can be submitted at The deadline is September 1. For more information, contact

Funding opportunities

The Taproot Foundation is offering pro bono Service Grants with a minimum value of $45,000 to nonprofits in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, or Washington, D.C., working in the areas of the arts, education, the environment, health or social services. Every Service Grant is delivered by a team of about six business professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to help a nonprofit in their community. To qualify for a grant, applicants must be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization or a public school and work within one of the foundation’s program areas (i.e., the arts, education, the environment, health and social services). To be eligible for a grant, organizations also must have at least three full-time employees and an annual budget of at least $350,000. For more information, go to Deadline: September 1.


The OJJDP is seeking applications for funding under its Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Studies Program on Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice. This program will sponsor small studies and/or secondary analyses of existing data to provide objective, independent knowledge about the extent and impact of ethnic disparities effecting Hispanic/Latino youths’ contact with the juvenile justice system that includes arrests, referrals to court, diversion, charges filed, placement in secure juvenile detention facilities and adult jails and lockups, findings of delinquency, placement in secure juvenile correctional facilities, probation, and transfers to the adult criminal justice system. For more information, go to


The Mary Kay Foundation, whose goal is to eliminate domestic violence, is offering grants to organizations in the United States that assist survivors of domestic violence by operating emergency shelters. The grants are announced each October in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For more information, go to


Singing for Change is accepting letters of interest for grants of up to $10,000 that will be awarded to progressive, nonprofit organizations that address the root causes of social or environmental problems. The application deadline is ongoing. For more information, go to

Job opportunities

Position: Counselor/Social Worker

Enlace Comunitario is seeking a Counselor/Social Worker to provide a range of psychological assessment, diagnostic, therapeutic, and/or case management services for children, women, groups, and/or families, as appropriate to the specific expectations of the position. For more information, go to


Position: Grant Program Specialist

The U.S. Department of Justice – Office on Violence Against Women is seeking a Grant Program Specialist to provide sound guidance to ensure grantee compliance with regulations statutory requirements, and established best practices in responding to violence against women; review, evaluate, oversee, and provide technical assistance on the implementation of grants and cooperative agreements involving violence against women programs; and review applications for grant assistance, proposed revisions to applications, and supplemental requests to ensure that: (1) all statutory and regulatory requirements are met; (2) proposed changes are in correct with overall program guidelines, and; (3) grantees are appropriately utilizing federal resources to meet the needs of their communities in addressing violence against women. For more information, go to


Position: Youth Prevention and Outreach Educator

The Center for Hope and Healing (CHH), a private nonprofit organization dedicated to the healing and empowerment of survivors of rape and sexual assault, is seeking a Youth Prevention and Outreach Educator whose primary responsibilities include training youth serving providers to increase the number of youth survivors. For more information, go to


Position: Office Coordinator

The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) is seeking an experienced Office Coordinator to join its team in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Under the direction of the NRCDV’s Chief Operating Officer, the Office Coordinator coordinates the daily functions of the NRCDV office and its satellite locations to ensure efficient support for all NRCDV operations and assists in the planning and implementation of NRCDV meetings/events. For more information, go to


Position: Director at Unitarian Ministry Bethany House, a program of the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry, is seeking a full-time Director to provide support to a community that includes survivors of domestic and sexual violence, students, activists, individuals who have transitioned from homelessness and young working professionals. For more information, go to


Position: Community Organizer

The Network/La Red is seeking a Community Organizer who will coordinate and implement survivor-led community mobilization strategies to address LGBQ/T partner abuse, as well as provide direct services as needed (including rotating on-call back-up). People of color, transgender people and survivors of partner abuse are encouraged to apply. For more information, go to


Position: Children/Youth Prevention and Outreach Coordinator

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin is seeking a Children/Youth Prevention and Outreach Coordinator to build the capacity of Wisconsin domestic abuse programs and allies by supporting innovative and developmentally-appropriate children/youth/teen services and resources; to lead the development and implementation of comprehensive prevention strategies and response to adolescent/teen relationship abuse, promoting healthy relationships and working to change social norms; and to bring together diverse voices and perspectives, inspiring new and strategic alliances to meet the needs of diverse children/youth/teens exposed to and/or experiencing domestic abuse or dating violence. For more information, go to


Position: Legal Advocate

The YWCA of Northwest Georgia is seeking a Legal Advocate to assist county citizens in filling out legal related forms as it pertains to domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, and accompany clients to court. The legal advocate will also complete documentation and statistical data for evaluating the service. Contact Elisa Covarrubias for more information.

Monsoon trainings

Are you interested in raising awareness about gender-based violence? Monsoon is offering Community Engagement/Outreach Training and Multilingual Advocate Training for 2014. For more information, contact Mira Yusef at 515.288.0881 or at

You’re the one!

Monsoon and Nisaa are seeking people interested in social justice to serve on their Board of Directors. If you are interested, contact Monsoon at

Monsoon job opportunities

On-Call Multilingual Advocates

Function: In order to provide linguistically and culturally appropriate services to Asian, Native Hawaiian and/or Pacific Islander survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iowa, Monsoon relies on Multilingual Advocates, a pool of on-call bilingual or multilingual consultants. These consultants assist survivors by providing information, referrals, peer support, advocacy and interpretation services.

Hours and availability: Applicants must have schedules that allow flexibility in order to work some daytime hours during the week and weekend on an on-call basis. Training will be provided.

Requirements: Fluency in English and at least one Asian or Pacific Islander language.

For more information, contact Mira Yusef at 515.288.0881 or at


Peer-to-Peer Youth Counselor & Outreach (Nisaa)

Function: Under the direction of the Youth Program Coordinator, the Peer-to-Peer Youth Counselor & Outreach is responsible for planning and implementing outreach events for African youths in Des Moines, and, following training, for providing support to peers who are survivors of dating violence and sexual assault.

Hours: 5 hours per week (20 hours per month)


• 15 years old to 18 years old;

• Familiar with one or more African languages and cultures;

• Ability to use computers to store and organize information and perform research;

• Interested in social justice issues and in being part of the movement to end gender-based violence.

Call for action

If you are interested in volunteering at Monsoon’s Bayanihan Community Resource Center, contact Mira Yusef at 515.288.0881 or at Training will be provided.


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