About Encuentro Latino

Our mission . . .

Encuentro Latino is an online clearinghouse for research, training materials, handouts, and other resources on domestic violence in Latin America and in Latino/Hispanic immigrant communities in the U.S.


Encuentro Latino . . .

. . . works to further the knowledge base regarding Latinos and family violence through the dissemination of culturally competent approaches to working with Latinos experiencing domestic violence.

. . . provides downloadable resource materials on Latinos and domestic violence including handouts, reports, presentations, and more.





Encuentro Latino was founded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2008. Encuentro Latino was initially a collaborative project of New Mexico State University's Family Violence Project, and La Casa, Inc (a domestic violence services provider located in Las Cruces, NM).

From 2008 to 2011, the primary goal of Encuentro Latino was to build the capacity of domestic violence providers to serve Latino families experiencing domestic violence. At the beginning of 2012, Encuentro Latino transitioned to serving as an online clearinghouse for information on domestic violence and Latinos. In 2014, Encuentro Latino was adopted as a project of the International Safe Shelter Foundation.


Originally located in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Encuentro Latino now exists virtually.



Encuentro Latino does not have any paid staff members. This page is maintained primarily by Madeline Messick with the assistance of the board members of the International Safe Shelter Foundation.




Archive of newsletters created during the time period from 2009 to 2011



The background for our entry page was created by Laura Peñate. At the time she created it, Laura was a senior in the graduating class of 2011 at St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque, NM. She has received various awards in drawing, painting, and printmaking. Laura has been passionate about the arts since early childhood and plans on pursuing creativity in her college education and future career.


The artwork featured on the home page of our website was created by Latina survivors of domestic violence and provided courtesy of A Window Between Worlds. A Window Between Worlds is a non-profit organization dedicated to using art to help end domestic violence. Through creative expression, battered women and their children recover a sense of renewal and power. Their images of hope, survival and strength educate the public and become "a window between worlds" for survivors taking steps to change their lives.