MejorsolaMejor Sola Que...'Moving On' Songs and Dichos 



Arte Sana's latest Pinterest board, "Mejor sola que...'Moving on' songs and dichos," includes a collection of songs in Spanish and visuals of inspirational dichos (sayings) for moving on and leaving dysfunctional and abusive relationships.


Many factors contribute to the ongoing underreporting of domestic or intimate partner abuse by Latina victims/survivors. The lack of awareness of victim rights and the law, distrust of law enforcement in the U.S. and abroad, the lack of available bilingual and bicultural staff/programs, financial dependence, mixed residency status families, as well as the fear of losing their children make some* Latinas pledge unconditional allegiance to their partners.


Religious and cultural beliefs that prohibit basic reproductive rights, place those who suffer intimate partner rape and reproductive coercion at high risk for revictimization. Cultural and family influences that place value on maternal self-sacrifice, and the pressure to keep families intact at all cost contribute to a repetitive leave/return process as Latina survivors struggle to break free from violence.


Helping survivors claim their human right to visualize and live a life free from violence is part of the healing process, but addressing relationship criteria and gendered double standards before abuse occurs is key. The use of popular culture tools such as dichos, telenovelas, and songs can aid in discussing the implications of many assumptions and popular culture themes such as "el amor verdadero no se rinde ante el dolor" (real love does not give up in the face of pain).


For this reason, the newest Arte Sana Pinterest Board includes a collection of songs previously used within small group pláticas and workshops, those recommended by promotoras and advocates, 'repins' of sayings on this theme from boards created by Latinas, and links to resources. Arte Sana will offer a 'how to' workshop on survivor empowerment via Pinterest during the 2014 Nuestras Voces Conference that will be held in Padre, Island TX next year. Conference update below! 


* The Latin@/Hispanic population in the U.S. is the largest and most diverse ethnic group when it comes to ideology (conservative/traditional to liberal/progressive), residency (recent immigrants to families that had the border cross them) and language, so generalizations should be carefully avoided when developing materials and planning outreach efforts.

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Save the Date: October 30 - 31, 2014
Nuestras Voces National Bilingual Sexual Assault Conference
will be held in beautiful Padre Island in 2014, and once again the Nuestras Voces Conference will offer a complete track in Spanish.

The workshop proposal deadline is now November 8, 2013.


Confirmed Keynote Speaker
Sister Rosemary Welsh will speak about 'Victim Advocacy Sin Fronteras' (Without Borders).


Sister Rosemary Welsh is a member of the Religious Sisters of Mercy (1967). She has served Laredo and south Texas for more than 30-years and spent 10 years ministering in communities in Guatemala, Honduras, and Chiapas, Mexico where she served as a community health educator and faith leader. She is Executive Director at Casa de Misericordia, a comprehensive shelter for victims of domestic violence and is director of outreach for Mercy Clinic, a primary healthcare clinic which serves the uninsured, the unfunded, and the underserved.  


Sister Rosemary is also a founding member of the Webb County/Laredo Domestic Violence Coalition. For the past 18 years she has played a key role in planning the coalition's annual conference; a critical training forum for border region victim advocates, promotoras, law enforcement, and allied professionals. 


Nuestras Voces 2014 Partners


Arte Sana is honored to be partnering with the following statewide and border region agencies to help make the 2014 conference among the best Nuestras Voces conference yet!


Texas Association Against Sexual Assault 


Texas Council on Family Violence 


Texas Advocacy Project 


Mujeres Unidas/Women Together 


Family Crisis Center 




In addition to the keynote by Sister Rosemary, we are also thrilled to confirm the following expert trainers from our 2014 Nuestras Voces conference partner agencies: 


Emiliano C. Diaz de Leon,
Men's Engagement Specialist
Texas Association Against Sexual Assault

Jose Juan Lara Jr.,
Director of Advocacy & Training
Texas Advocacy Project

Lisa Timbes-Zapata,
Technical Assistance Program Coordinator
Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
Extended Workshop Deadline! 
Share your expertise with other advocates across the nation to enhance 
bilingual services and forge partnerships with diverse Latin@ communities! 


Workshop proposals welcome in both

The workshop proposal deadline is November 8, 2013 by 12 midnight Pacific Time.


Learn more about past Nuestras Voces conferences and access the workshop forms here.

Board1Gracias Melina 

& Congratulations Rosa!
Melina Castillo
Our heartfelt gracias to outgoing Arte Sana Board President Melina Castillo, who has served in this capacity and has guided Arte Sana's survival through massive changes and downsizing. Melina's activist spirit was evident from the beginning, as she took her experience within the first Nuestras Voces conference in 2005 to model a Latin@-specific conference in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as co-founder of the Latinos Against Domestic Violence conference. After joining the Arte Sana boardMelina supported our work throughout intensive conference planning years and challenging phases that might have led to the dissolution of
Rosa Herrin
most other nonprofits. We will forever be grateful for her unyielding support.                                  
Small action driven agencies such as Arte Sana require a special kind of 
compromiso or commitment and our very existence these past 12.5 years (with and without funding) as a Latina-led agency has depended on our board member activist spirit. We are especially thankful for our current members who will help Arte Sana reach its quinceañera in 2016.                                                                              


 Leading the way will be Rosa Herrin, Arte Sana's new board president. Rosa has served on the Arte Sana Board in various capacities since 2010. She has not only supported Arte Sana's work through three Nuestras Voces conferences, she has also shared her expertise as a presenter --and like Melina-- is proud of her raices peruanas!



                  Nov25El 25 de noviembre/ November 25th                                                                                                                         

On November 25, 1960, three Mirabal sisters from the Dominican Republic were violently assassinated during the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. In 1981, the first Feminist Encuentro for Latin America and the Caribbean held in Bogota, Colombia declared November 25th as a commemoration date for ending all forms of violence against women. In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated November 25th as the 'International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women' and this date also initiates the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence (11/25 - 12/10).


Learn more about the 16 Days of Activism and download the 2013 Take Action Kit from Rutgers University   

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Find us on Pinterest On Pinterestto access Arte Sana's newest "Mejor sola que...Moving on"        Pinterest Board of canciones and dichos in honor of DVAM, as well as                      bilingual/bicultural SAAM outreach ideas and infographics. This 'Stop                                                                                                                           blaming the Victim' original art digital ofrenda image is available for pinning.       

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