National Bilingual Sexual Assault Conference
We hope to host the10th Nuestras Voces conference
in Texas next year.
Since 2005, the Nuestras Voces National Bilingual Sexual Assault Conference has been guided and supported by members of the Alianza Latina en contra la Agresión Sexual, ALAS - the national Latinx alliance against sexual violence established in 2004. In 2008, Nuestras Voces was the first national Sexual Assault or Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) conference to offer a complete workshop track en español.
Latinx advocates and allies from across the nation, Mexico, and the Caribbean have helped define this unique and empowering training experience by sharing their expertise as presenters, and by supporting the conference planning process as volunteers. Nuestras Voces conferences have also counted on partnerships and support from many local agencies, as well as state coalitions, and national groups such as the following:
California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (2008)
Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (2016, 2017, 2019)
Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence (2016)
End DomesticAbuse Wisconsin (2019)
Florida Council to End Sexual Violence (2019)
Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019)
New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (2011)
Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence (2017, 2019)
PCAR & National Sexual Violence Resource Center (2010, 2013)
Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (2008, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019)
Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (2013)
National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (2008, 2011, 2015, 2016)
National Latin@ Network (2013)
Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (2019)
Why won’t Nuestras Voces 2020 be rescheduled for during 2020?
Arte Sana had initially hoped to reschedule the originally scheduled conference of May 2020 for later in the year. However, due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19, and with the well-being of victim advocate attendees, conference partners, and presenters as the number one priority, we can no longer consider 2020 as a safe option.
Has the Nuestras Voces conference been rescheduled for 2021?
Not yet. While the rescheduling target month for an in-person conference had been March 2021, an extension of the rescheduling period within the first half of 2021 for either an in-person or virtual conference (depending on the conditions) are now being considered.
What is the refund policy if I cannot attend the new dates?
In March, Arte Sana sent all paid registered conference attendees an email with some flexible options, in addition to the time-sensitive refund option which has since expired. Once the Nuestras Voces conference registration reopens in 2021, attendance confirmation instructions for the two following options will be emailed to all who did not request a refund but rather chose to hold on to their registrations:
• Claim the registration credit for yourself by following the conference attendance confirmation instructions.
• Transfer your registration to a fellow co-worker or agency volunteer by following the attendance confirmation instructions.
Both the original decision to cancel the Nuestras Voces conference on March 13, and this subsequent rescheduling decision were made after consulting Arte Sana board members, partners, and allies, to whom Arte Sana would like to express gratitude for their understanding, patience, and continued support.
Gracias to all of our wonderful conference partners from the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, and those from Casa Fortaleza who helped plan the 2020 conference. A special thanks to all the presenters who chose to keep their presenter slots and to all registered attendees who have reserved their spots for the next conference!
The 10th Nuestras Voces National Bilingual Sexual Assault Conference will take place during the year of Arte Sana’s 20th anniversary. The goal is to not only to offer a memorable conference, but also a transformative experience that may help empower bilingual advocates and allies with future networking opportunities and tools to meet the challenges faced by victim advocate essential workers to help Latin American communities heal and become agents of change.
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Arte Sana (art heals) is a national Latina-led nonprofit committed to ending sexual violence and other forms of gender-based aggressions and engage marginalized communities as agents of change. Founded in 2001, Arte Sana promotes capacity building, awareness, healing, and empowerment through bilingual professional training, community education, and the arts.
Arte Sana es una organización nacional sin fines de lucro dirigida por latinas dedicadas a erradicar la violencia sexual y otras formas de violencia de género, y a animar la participación de comunidades marginadas como agentes de cambio. Arte Sana promueve la concientización, recuperación y el empoderamiento mediante la capacitación profesional, la educación a la comunidad y mediante el arte y la cultura.
Created in 2004, the Alianza Latina en contra la Agresión Sexual (ALAS) is a national Latinx-led membership network of victim advocates working to address and prevent sexual violence. Through collaborative efforts and cyber activism, ALAS promotes the leadership of Latina victim advocates and develops models, resources and policies to empower communities and eliminate access barriers for survivors. ALAS honors the diversity of the Latin@ culture by respecting the similarities and differences of our languages and histories.