Victim Advocacy and Prevention Sin Fronteras in Texas

Victim Advocacy Sin Fronteras Conference

2004 Press release of national and bi-national recognition

Girl Empowerment Festival / Festival de arte para el empoderamiento de las jóvenes in Laredo

The Girl Empowerment Festival/Festival para Chicas Líderes is offered in El Paso

The Power of the Promotora

The Role of the Promotor(a) Community Health Worker (pdf)

Sample training agenda in Spanish




A History of Victim Advocacy SIN Fronteras (without borders)

Arte Sana Launches Capacitadoras en Acción / Trainers in Action (2002)

Arte Sana receives national and bi-national recognition for its initiatives along the Texas-Mexico border (2003-2004)

2007 Arte Sana initiated the Latina Victim Outreach Project in Texas, funded by Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

As a Latina-led training and advocacy non-profit based in Texas, Arte Sana has sought to empower the participation of Latinas and Latinos in the prevention of violence against women, and bear witness to the re-victimization suffered by Latinas who encounter linguistic and cultural obstacles when attempting to access services.

Since its inception in 2001 through November 2014, Arte Sana was able to reach 12,520 persons; 50% of these were residents of the Texas/ México border region. Many of the workshop or plática participants work as victim advocates, promotoras or Community Health Workers, or live in colonias - impoverished unincorporated neighborhoods which lack many basic services. In over 13 years Arte Sana was able to offer 3,720 or 30% of its training and outreach program participants, information on sexual assault and intimate partner violence in Spanish, thanks to many ongoing collaborations.  

Arte Sana Launches Capacitadoras en Acción
Trainers in Action (2002)

Six months after the founding of Arte Sana, it was invited by Mujeres Unidas / Women Together to offer a full-day Spanish language training on sexual assault issues to a group of promotoras in Weslaco, Texas, on September 11, 2001. Seeing the need and great potential to reach the growing number of under served Latin@s and offer support to impoverished border regions with limited sexual assault programs, Arte Sana authored and received Victims' Assistance Discretionary Grant funding for the ‘Capacitadoras en Acción' (trainers in action) project, one of the first bilingual sexual assault training projects of its kind in the nation.  

The Capacitadoras en Acción (Trainers in Action) project was Arte Sana's first state-funded project. Funded by a Victim's assistance Discretionary Grant from Office of the Attorney General Office of Texas, its goal was to provide training to adult Latinas, promotoras, as well as other social service professionals, so that they may share information about sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and local victim service programs within Latino communities. The “Acción” or "Action" part of Capacitadoras en Acción (Trainers in Action) focused on enabling real change by training those who would be able to make a difference.

This project addressed the personal safety needs of Spanish-speaking immigrant Latinas from some of the poorest communities along the Texas/Mexico border. The project's aim was for Latino border communities to become active participants and partners in promoting safety and awareness on gender-based violence issues.

While identified as a statewide project, it primarily served the Texas-Mexico border and one of its primary target beneficiaries was the promotora or Community Health Worker.


Through this project Arte Sana was able to put in over 6000 miles of border-related travel so 1,116 border region advocates, allied professionals and community members could be trained through presentations on sexual assault issues, a border conference in collaboration with the Office of Border Health in Laredo, a border region video conference, and many regional training and community education events in a period of 16 months.

The workshop offered in October 2002 at Southwest Texas Community College in Uvalde led to the campus officials adding sexual assault as a topic for freshmen orientations.
A Train-the-Trainer Session was offered in Crystal City, Texas on May 29 – 31, 2003, in collaboration with Wintergarden Women's Shelter Inc.
Over 192 border region substance abuse professionals participated in a video conference co-sponsored by the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (TCADA)
The Victim Advocacy Sin Fronteras Conference was held on June 27, 2003 in Laredo, Texas.

Of the 53 scholarships awarded, 33 were specifically for promotoras who work in the following Colonias*:

Los Obispos
Santa Rita
Santa Fe
Rio Bravo
El Cenizo
Larga Vista
Quad City Community Centers and others

* Texas has the largest number of colonias and the largest colonia population. Over 400,000 people live in more than 1,400 colonias that are found within a 1,000 mile stretch of the border, primarily between Brownsville and El Paso.

The Texas counties of Star, Maverick, and Zavala are three of the ten poorest in the country. (Source: Colonias in Texas, General Characteristics of Texas Colonias )

The Capacitadoras en Acción Project Partners

Women Together / Mujeres Unidas
Wintergarden Women's Shelter Inc.
LaSalle County Sheriff
Seco Mines Community Center
Southwest Texas Jr. College
Texas Health and Human Services Commission Office of Border Health
Texas A&M International University (TAMIU)
The Association for Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA)
Texas A&M University Center for Housing and Urban Development (TAMU CHUD)

Arte Sana receives national and bi-national recognition for its initiatives along the Texas-Mexico border

0n April 3, 2003, the Capacitadoras en Accion component of Arte Sana's programs was showcased by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a national interactive satellite broadcast: “Sexual Violence Prevention: Building Leadership and Commitment to Underserved Communities.”

In 2004, Arte Sana received recognition for its “outstanding leadership and commitment to the Healthy Border 2010” by the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission.

2004 Press release of national and bi-national recognition

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