September 2023 – Thoughts from Our Founder

CasaLuz is thrilled to share our recent participation in the highly impactful National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP) conference. This two-day training event, which was hosted in the vibrant city of Boston, Massachusetts, provided an immersive experience that has left a profound impact on our organization.

The core mission of this conference was to fortify and enhance community and organizational responses when addressing the unique challenges faced by immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. CasaLuz, alongside esteemed professionals in the field, including attorneys, law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, and dedicated advocates, embraced the invaluable opportunity to expand our knowledge and expertise in this critical area.

The highlight of our participation in the NIWAP conference was the privilege of learning from multi-disciplinary experts in the field. These experts included judges, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and attorneys with extensive experience in addressing the complex issues surrounding immigrant victim support. Their insights were a wellspring of knowledge, and the resulting discussions were enlightening.

We explored an array of topics that are crucial for enhancing our ability to support victims/survivors within our community. The topics ranged from addressing the nuances of stalking cases to understanding the intricate landscape of immigration and family law case options.

The conference discussions illuminated the multifaceted challenges that immigrant victims face, underlining the necessity of comprehensive and nuanced support. Immigrant survivors often grapple with complex legal and cultural dynamics, making it vital for organizations like CasaLuz to be well-versed in all aspects of their struggles. The knowledge gained at the NIWAP conference strengthened our understanding of a more holistic approach to continue serving our community effectively in an area that is not culturally and linguistically prepared to properly attend to the needs of our Immigrant/Hispanic clients victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other violent crimes.  

As an organization dedicated to empowering and advocating for vulnerable Immigrant Hispanic/Latinx victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and other violent crimes, CasaLuz has always been committed to expanding and enhancing the services we provide. Our participation in the NIWAP conference has not only reaffirmed this commitment but has also invigorated our resolve to be at the forefront of support for those we serve.

It is always refreshing to have the chance to meet with professionals who share CasaLuz’s mission and who are dedicated to serving their clients without distinctions and/or discrimination based on victims’ country of origin, immigration status, or the language they speak.          

CasaLuz extends our gratitude to the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project for organizing this enlightening conference. We are inspired and energized by the knowledge we’ve acquired and the new friends/partners we made. We are determined to apply these insights to better serve and advocate for immigrant survivors in our community. We look forward to continuing to make a positive impact in the lives of those who turn to us in their time of need.