MICOP to Receive Part of Historic Funding, Announced Today by Esperanza United and Mujeres Latinas en Acción, Going to Hispanic and Latin@ Culturally Specific Community-Based Organizations Providing Domestic or Sexual Assault Services


Adriana Mandujano Angel
Phone: (805) 978-2532; Email: adriana.mandujanoangel@mixteco.org

Esperanza United to distribute the funds, which come from the federal 2021 Family Violence Prevention & Services Act (FVPSA) and the American Rescue Plan Act

May 11, 2023: Today, Esperanza United and Mujeres Latinas en Acción announced the 28 recipients for their “Hispanic and Latin@ Culturally Specific Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault Services Grant.” Seventy-eight organizations applied to receive part of the nearly $12 million in grant funds to be distributed across three years. Part of the federal 2021 Family Violence Prevention & Services Act (FVPSA) and the American Rescue Plan Act, the historic grant funds are to be used to enhance access to critical services and support for Hispanic and Latin@ survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and address emergent needs resulting from the spread of COVID-19.

The Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) received an award to support its Voz de la Mujer Indigena (Voice of the Indigenous Woman) program, which provides resources and case management to indigenous survivors of domestic violence. MICOP utilizes a holistic healing approach to support survivors in finding their voices and creating safer and healthier environments for themselves, their families, and their communities. With this new support, MICOP plans to hire additional case managers in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and allot funds for emergency food, shelter, transportation, and financial assistance.

“At Esperanza United, we know Hispanic and Latin@ survivors of domestic violence find safety, healing, and justice more often and more quickly when they can access culturally-specific services,” said Patti Tototzintle, President and CEO of Esperanza United. “However, Latin@ and Hispanic-specific community-based organizations historically struggle for support. We are proud and grateful to be part of addressing this longstanding inequity by awarding these funds to our truly impressive grantees.”

“We recognize that domestic violence is a global issue that affects all communities, including indigenous ones,” said Arcenio J. Lopez, Executive Director of MICOP. “Our Voz de la Mujer Indigena program aims to end domestic violence within indigenous migrant communities on California’s Central Coast. This award is the most significant support we have received for our domestic violence program and will make a huge difference in helping us to achieve our goals and in the lives of survivors. We are grateful for this generous grant from Esperanza United.” 

A complete list of grantees follows. For questions or additional information about the grant program, please contact Adriana Mandujano Angel at adriana.mandujanoangel@mixteco.org and (805) 978-2532.

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Domestic Violence Grantees
La Casa Inc., New Mexico, lacasainc.org 
Casa Juana Colon Apoyo, Puerto Rico, casajuanacolon.com
Casa Luz, Tennessee, casaluzmemphis.org
Casa Protegida Julia de Burgos Inc., Puerto Rico, casajulia.org
Centro La Familia Advocacy Services Inc., California, centrolafamilia.org
Chicanos Por la Causa, Arizona, cplc.org
Consejo Counseling and Referral Services, Washington, consejocounseling.org
Enlace Comunitario, New Mexico, enlacenm.org
Hispanos Unidos de Buffalo, New York, promesa.org
The Latina Center, California, thelatinacenter.org
MICOP, California, mixteco.org
Monarch Services, California, monarchscc.org
Mujeres Unidas en Justicia Educacion y Reforma Inc., Florida, mujerfla.org
Ohio Hispanic Coalition Institute, Ohio, ohiohispaniccoalition.org
Proyecto Matria, Inc., Puerto Rico, proyectomatria.org
Sepa Mujer Inc., New York, sepamujer.org
Taller Salud Inc., Puerto Rico, tallersaludpr.org
Voces Latinas Corporation, New York, voceslatinas.org

Sexual Assault Grantees
Alianza Nacional de Campesinas OR/FL, California, campesinasunited.org
Casa Fortaleza, New Mexico, casafortaleza.org
Community Estrella, Georgia,.facebook.com/comunityestrellas and the fiscal sponsor, The Translatina Coalition, California, translatinacoalition.org
Core El Centro, Wisconsin, core-elcentro.org in partnership with the Lotus Legal Clinic Inc, lotuslegal.org
Latinos in Virginia Empowerment Center, Virginia, latinosenvirginia.org
LUNA (Latinas Unidas por Un Nuevo Amanecer), Iowa, lunaiowa.org
Nuevo Sendero, Florida, nuevosendero.org
Pati’s Libelulas, Iowa, patislibe.org
Trinity Healing Center, New York, thehealingcenterny.org
Violence Intervention Program, New York, vipmujeres.org

The Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) aims to support, organize and empower the indigenous migrant communities in California’s Central Coast. We operate over 20 programs across Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties, offering a range of social service and community organizing programs as well as Indigenous Language Interpretation Services (ILIS) and Radio Indigena 94.1 FM. More information available at mixteco.org. 

About Esperanza United
Esperanza United mobilizes Latinas and Latin@ communities to end gender-based violence. Formerly Casa de Esperanza, Esperanza United was founded in 1982 by a small group of persevering Latinas as an emergency shelter in St. Paul, Minnesota. Since then, we have grown into the largest national organization mobilizing Latin@s to end gender-based violence, including as a federally-designated resource center. Our work is rooted in our belief in the strength of Latin@s within the context of family and community. In Minnesota, we provide critical local services, ranging from enhancing safety for Latin@ survivors to strengthening youth leadership. Our national work includes training and consulting services, our research center, and public policy initiatives. More information available at esperanzaunited.org.

About Mujeres Latina en Acción
Founded in 1973 in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, Mujeres Latinas en Acción (Mujeres) is the nation’s longest-standing Latina-led organization providing unique and vital services that support Latinas and their families as they heal, thrive, and lead. Mujeres’ programs include domestic violence, sexual assault, Empresarias del Futuro (Entrepreneurs of the Future), community mngagement & Mobilization, and parent support. This year, Mujeres is launching a national resource center to support Latine/x survivors of sexual assault that will build on the three decades of Mujeres’ successful sexual assault services and experience. More information available at www.mujereslatinasenaccion.org.

This work is supported by The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, Family Violence Prevention & Services Act Program grant number 90EV0556. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations conveyed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA).


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