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Freedom from Sexual Violence

Latin@ Advocate Leadership Summit

A Training For Latin@ Advocates!!

Please check back when additional dates are announced!

An amazing opportunity to join in a two-day leadership development training for Latin@ Advocates.  This two day summit will bring you an opportunity to share your program successes and challenges, hear from others, and network with peers and reconnect.  The Summit is for bilingual/bicultural advocates in Colorado who provide sexual assault and domestic violence services in community advocacy programs.  You will leave with an increased understanding of leadership strategies, as well as new ideas for addressing this issue in your own community. This is the first activity in a year-long leadership development project. You will find out more and get the details at the summit to continue building a community of partnership and support for Latin@ advocates who share similar strengths, barriers, and together work toward creative solutions. 

Brought to you by Latin@ Outreach Project Partners, CCASA and CCADV.  Contact Agueda Morgan at or Kristiana Huitron at for more information.


Our 2016 Summit Featured Laura Zárate from Art Sana!

L_Zarate 2016Laura E. Zárate is Founding Executive Director of Arte Sana (art heals), established in 2001 as the first national Latina-led agency to address sexual violence, and one of four agencies recognized in 2003 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a model program for underserved survivors of sexual violence. Arte Sana was also recognized by the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission in 2004, for its “outstanding leadership and commitment to the Healthy Border 2010.”

Laura is an OVC-TTAC consultant and bilingual training specialist and a certified promotora/community health worker instructor with 29 years of experience presenting at various state, national, and international conferences. Laura co-founded a nonprofit to address child sexual abuse in Paraguay, and has reached thousands victim advocates, allied professionals, and promotoras, through workshops in English and Spanish. Laura has led Arte Sana’s bilingual training and materials development projects for 15 years: the first national Spanish language victim service web page, the first Spanish language SAAM packet, the Nuestras Voces National Bilingual Sexual Assault Conference with the nation’s first Spanish language sexual assault workshop track, and the “Existe Ayuda Toolkit” published in 2011 on the OVC website. In 2004, Laura co-founded ALAS, the national Latina alliance against sexual violence, and was one of five recipients of the NSVRC’s first national “Award for Outstanding Effectiveness in Raising Awareness and Promoting Prevention of Sexual Violence.” Arte Sana also received the “Community Empowerment Award” from the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault in 2009. Laura has a B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.