Community Initiatives

Our programs that seek to mobilize Atlanta-based communities to end violence through youth empowerment and leadership seminars as well as training for other service providers.

Líderes Comunitarias Program

In 2011, Caminar Latino lanched the Líderes Comunitarias (Community Leaders) program, modeled after Casa de Esperanza’s Líderes program in the Twin Cities, MN. 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.

Survivors engaged in the Líderes Program can expect to receive leadership training and content knowledge about domestic violence. Each cohort of Líderes commits to giving presentation sin the community to raise awareness about domestic violence and related topics.

The Líderes program is a great opportunity to:

  • Network with other leaders in the community
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Learn about domestic violence and related topics
  • Give presentations in the community and thus contribute to community transformation
  • Mentor others

Do you want to join our cohort of líderes? Email us at

Program History

In 2006, in partnership with the Department of Psychology at Georgia State University, members of the adolescent group at Caminar Latino began to conduct their own participatory action research about domestic violence and their experiences. Since 2006, the youth have conducted 5 different studies about issues of relevance and interest to them including: how they dealt with the violence in their home as well as how the community (ie. law enforcement, Child Protection Services) responded to domestic violence.

MAM (Mujeres Apoyando Mujeres) Monthly Meeting

In 2000, Caminar Latino began MAM to address the need for increased awareness and access to community resources as well as create a better coordinated community response. The MAM meeting is a monthly networking event for social service providers working with the Latino community and/or domestic violence.  The monthly meeting provides the opportunity for social service providers to learn more about each other’s agencies, share available services and materials, and increase victims’ access to these community resources.  In addition, the networking meeting also provides opportunities to foster community partnerships between agencies, enabling them to be more effective and strategic in addressing the complex problem of domestic violence while also making best use of limited resources.  While the monthly meeting was originally geared towards women working in the domestic violence arena, the monthly event has evolved into a meeting open to anybody working with Latinos and/or domestic violence.