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Causes: Civil Rights, Ethnic & Immigrant Centers, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Immigration, Leadership Development, Women, Womens Rights

Mission: Mujeres unidas y activas(mua) is a grassroots organization of latina immigrant women with a double mission of promoting personal transformation and building community power for social and economic justice. We achieve our mission by:creating an environment of understanding and confidentialityempowering and educating our members to provide mutual supportoffering trainings to build economic security and leadershipworking in diverse alliances on the local, regional, national, and international levelsorganizing campaigns to win immigrant, workers and women's rights.

Programs: Direct social services: mua offered a variety of direct services, such as peer-based and professional therapy, referrals and accompaniment to community partners and resources, support groups, educational workshops, domestic violence and sexual assault crisis counseling and intervention services, and opportunities to improve mental health and well-being to latina immigrant women and their families in san francisco, oakland, fremont, and hayward throughout 2017. 685 women received counseling and support via support group meetings with approximately 35% attending meetings on an ongoing basis, 302 women received ongoing individual peer counseling sessions from volunteers and staff and 88 women received counseling from a licensed therapist. At least 200 latina immigrants received access medical, legal, social service, housing and other resources in 2017 that they wouldn't have otherwise because of the referrals and support provided by mua. Mua trained 22 state-certified domestic violence counselors, maintained certification for 25 sexual assault crisis counselors, and prepared 18 members to be support group facilitators. Mua continued to expand the reach of our peer-led services in 2017 through our partnership with ruby's place in hayward and save in fremont to bring our innovative peer support model into their domestic violence shelter and reach families beyond oakland. Mua peer counselors conducted community outreach and domestic violence education in hayward and fremont and offered hundreds of hours of one-to-one and small group counseling sessions at both shelters. Mua also offered weekly community education and support group meetings in our satellite programs in fremont and hayward attended by 20-25 women regularly. Mua co-organized the si se puede domestic violence education and awareness conference in collaboration with homeless prenatal, catholic charities, and the san francisco county sheriff, among others.

community education and organizing:muas 2017 community education and organizing efforts focused on improving the working conditions of domestic workers by engaging in workers rights enforcement strategies and campaigns, ensuring immigrant communities access to due process and safety through the establishment of rapid response hotlines and networks, and continuing to work with local law enforcement to build trust with immigrant communities. Muas membership base is comprised of over 600 predominantly latina immigrant women who participate in and lead our programs from throughout the bay area. Muas reach extends to the tens of thousands of latina women throughout the region who have been touched by muas campaigns and direct service work over the years. In 2017, over 30 members participated in muas campaign coordinating committee that plans and implements community outreach, education, and organizing work. Mua graduated 18 women from our leadership for community power training. Mua volunteers and staff facilitated over 95 educational presentations about immigrant rights, labor rights, and domestic violence prevention for over 1,500 people at service agencies, schools, businesses and consulates. In 2017 we also launched mua university. This civics education program takes place twice a month at our offices in oakland and san francisco during our weekly membership meetings and offers the community important information on the structure of government and policy in the united states as well as specific context and updates on immigration policies, workers rights, and women's issues. Domestic worker campaign activities included: meeting with policymakers about the health and safety issues that workers face, educating workers about their rights, and anchoring programmatic and fundraising work for the california domestic worker coalition. Immigrant rights campaign activities included serving on the steering committee of alameda county united in defense of immigrant rights (acudir) to respond to immigrant rights issues in the east bay and strategizing with local, regional, and national immigrant rights coalitions. In addition, mua members participated in civic engagement work that included educating voters about statewide and local ballot initiatives. Mua continued to educate sf residents to their right to interpretation by city departments under the language access ordinance and advocated for residents whose rights had been violated.

california domestic worker coalition:in 2017, mua continued to anchor and fiscally sponsor the california domestic worker coalition which focused on educating over 200,000 domestic workers across the state about their right to overtime protections through online communication, community outreach and education, and trainings. The coalition organized an statewide enforcement convening to identify best strategies for ensuring overtime protections were upheld in different domestic worker sectors. The coalition promoted the defend dignity platform which promoted immigrant women workers wellbeing and health and safety through advocating for policies for cleaning products ingredients disclosure, sexual and gender harassment training, and immigrant rights protections. The coalition also worked with afscme udw and other partners in the development of the care agenda an advocacy platform to ensure access to long-term care for california seniors and people with disabilities while upholding workers rights. The coalition began research for a 2018 legislative policy campaign to secure state funding and increased resources at the department for industrial relations focused on domestic worker rights enforcement. Finally, the coalition engaged in a strategic planning process which resulted in the hire of a new director and restructuring of its internal organization.

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