Authored by: Deleana OtherBull, Executive Director, Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women
The mission of the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women is to stop violence against Native women and children by advocating for social change. For the past 22 years we’ve worked to achieve that mission by:
- Supporting community-based solutions to end violence
- Creating opportunities as a foundation for action
- Improving, supporting and building the capacities of our tribes and Pueblos to sustain healthy communities, and
- Establishing trust, partnership and reciprocity for collective action.
When the Board of Directors invited me to join the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW) in November 2014 as its new executive director, I was honored to stand alongside and follow other extraordinary leaders in this movement whose passion has inspired decades of positive vision and impact at CSVANW.
As I reflect on 2017, I am drawn to feelings of gratitude. Gratitude for community, for support and for the love of those who do this work day in and day out. It has been an amazing year filled with transformation and growth. I am excited about our future at CSVANW and grateful for the dedication and commitment demonstrated by our board and team members, and from those who are our communities’ first responders.
In 2017, CSVANW trained and provided education to over 5,735 professionals and community members throughout the region in the fields of advocacy, law enforcement, prosecution, victim assistance and child safety.
Tribal communities served
We supported the launch an incredibly successful partnership with New Mexico Legal Aid and other community partners on the statewide LGBTQ+ Legal Access Project, “Safe to Be You!” which provides holistic civil legal services to LGBTQ+ survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. The project especially focuses on services to LBTQ+ survivors living in New Mexico’s rural and Native American communities.
Native youth served
We worked to enhance the efforts of several key coordinated community response teams across the state, providing targeted training and technical assistance to our member programs and their local partners in areas with high Native populations.
Domestic violence advocates
We redesigned and redeveloped over 10 handouts on domestic violence, dating violence, sex trafficking and related issues. And these are just a few of our highlights.
We share our 2017 Impact Report to demonstrate our continued growth and commitment to breaking cycles of violence through education, policy advocacy, technical assistance, community support and social change.
About the author
Deleana OtherBull leads the strategic direction of CSVANW and supports its dynamic team in the movement to end violence against Native women and children.
For over 10 years, Deleana has focused her efforts on tribal and federal program design, development, management, research and evaluation with a specialized focus in Native non-profits. She has worked extensively with tribal communities across Indian Country and is passionate about strength-based social change work, advocacy and community engagement.
A graduate of the University of Arizona and the Institute of American Indian Arts, Deleana holds degrees in Psychology, Creative Writing, and English. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration at the University of New Mexico.