Mujeres Latinas en Acción
Mujeres Latinas en Acción empowers Latinas by providing services that reflect their values and culture, and by being an advocate on the issues that make a difference in their lives. Focusing on violence prevention and leadership development, programs incorporate cultural proficiency and a strengths-based approach, forming a pathway that is easy to navigate and designed to assist participants in developing and working toward their personal goals.
- Domestic Violence Program: Mujeres’ largest program provides assessment, individual and group counseling, children’s therapy, legal advocacy, a 24-hour bilingual hotline, case management, access to income support, community education, transportation, and respite child care as well as referrals to temporary housing.
- Sexual Assault Program: Offers assessment, individual and group counseling, medical and legal advocacy, community education, and referrals to services. Long-term therapy is also available through a Master’s-level therapist for those requiring more intensive assistance.
- Empresarias del Futuro: Provides the opportunity for domestic violence survivors to reach economic independence through entrepreneurship with a focus on leadership, financial literacy, and small business development. Collaboration with Women’s Business Development Center and Acción Chicago.
- Latina Leadership: Empowers Latinas to improve the quality of their lives and communities through leadership development and community involvement on issues directly affecting residents.
- Parent Support: Offers educational classes for parents seeking to enrich their parenting skills to improve family life. This program also includes Project Sanctuary, a supervised child visitation program for noncustodial parents.
- Youth Programs: Proyecto Juventud/Jovenes con Palabra (Project Youth/Young Men of Their Word) focuses on leadership development, academic success, pregnancy prevention, and violence prevention among both boys and girls.
- Ventanilla de Salud: Housed at the Mexican Consulate, VDS provides to Mexican immigrants referrals to health services and information on topics such to disease prevention, health screenings, and the Affordable Care Act.