In 2003, as the rise of Latina Immigrants in the Denver area increased, so did the climb in Domestic Violence in the Latino community.
A place for referrals for Spanish speaking Latina victims of Domestic Violence was nonexistent. Sr. Alicia Cuaron of Centro San Jose, a center offering services to the immigrant community initiated a meeting to develop a plan for the creation of a safe house for immigrant Latinas. A net was cast for wider representatives, civil leaders, religious sector, and the Office of the Mexican Consulate.
Meeting regularly, a concept paper was written to define the model and plan of action. The late Lupe Serrano founder of Casa De Esperanza in St. Paul, Minnesota agreed to come to Denver in 2004 and conducted a workshop for Domestic Violence Advocates and Latina safehouse committee members.
This laid the foundation for the infrastructure and cultural indicators for the future Latina safehouse. To raise awareness of the critical issues surrounding Domestic Violence in the Latino community, a commemorative pin and women's group titled "Caminando Juntas", was designed and developed.
Over the years, Latina safehouse has been an all volunteer effort in planning and strategizing on how to best provide life saving support for Latina Immigrants. Once fully developed, LSH will respond to the needs of Latina Domestic Violence survivors with safety, shelter, and self-sufficiency through a comprehensive continuum of care and community collaboration.
With continued Gratitude to the Founding Mothers Special Mentions
Sr. Alicia Cuaron Ana Soler
Sr. Carmen Aranda Deborah Ortega
Letiza Calzada Mexican Consulate Diego Hunt
Marcela De La Mar Office of Mexican Consulate Millie Duran
Gina Del Castillo