Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network of Healthy Families and Communities
We are a Latina organization—in both staffing and approach. Our Board of Directors is 80% Latina, and our staff is 72% Latina. All our work is grounded in Latina realities. Our starting point in supporting Latinas and our communities is their strength; we assist them to recognize their strengths, build on them and reach their goals. Effective responses to domestic violence are shaped by the lived realities of Latinas and facilitate support systems “where they live.” It is the community that will end domestic violence, not Casa de Esperanza or any other system or organization. Casa de Esperanza works to enhance social capital because we believe that it decreases domestic violence. Social capital refers to the trust, reciprocity, information and co-operation that are developed through social networks.