A Little History
In 2006, the original Lideres program, developed by Casa de Esperanza, now a nationally recognized domestic violence organization, started as a response to Latinas in the Twin Cities of Minnesota who wanted to get involved with leadership opportunities to give back to their community. Caminar Latino saw the implementation of this program as a natural next step for the women survivors of trauma as research has shown that survivors will naturally get to the point in their own healing where they want to give back to others.
In 2011 the Líderes Comunitarias (Community Leaders) program was started. The program draws on women’s natural strengths and creates an opportunity for Latina survivors of domestic violence to be actively involved in creating change in their community. Through this program Caminar Latino is still able to provide direct services but also expand the level of impact on both program Alumni as well as the community by partnering with the Líderes. By training and supporting them to increase awareness about domestic violence and related topics through community presentations Caminar Latino is able to fulfill its goals of partnering with the community to end violence.
Currently our Lideres Comunitarias are busy providing workshops for other women in the community in diverse topics that include but it’s not limited to Domestic Violence Prevention. They go to many community events and represent Caminar Latino engaging other in the community in the prevention and intervention of violence.
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