To stop violence against Native women and children by advocating for social change in our communities. The CSVANW takes ownership and responsibility for the future of Native women and children by providing support, education, and advocacy using our strengths, power and unity to create violence-free communities
Healthy Families, Healthy Communities
Our Consensus Vision Statements
CSVANW is working towards
- Creating opportunities as a foundation for action
- Improving tribal capacities to sustain healthy communities
- Establishing trust, partnership and reciprocity
Organized in 1996 by three founding Native women, Peggy Bird (Kewa), Darlene Correa (Laguna Pueblo) and Genne James (Navajo), the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW) was created to provide support to other Native advocates working in domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and sex trafficking in New Mexico’s tribal communities. Their single goal: to eliminate violence against Native women and children.
Over two decades later, CSVANW continues to be a resource for training, advocate support, technical assistance and policy advocacy. CSVANW has also aided in supportive collaborations with tribal leadership to further develop and promote tribal, federal, state and local legislation, and policies that cultivate best-practices for responding to violent crimes against Native women.
CSVANW is an award winning organization at the forefront to a dynamic approach to the tribal domestic and sexual violence fields that is demonstrating the most effective, creative and innovative ways to address and prevent the cycle of violence within tribal communities. Across the region, thousands of people, both Native and non-Native, have mobilized as part of strong networks within the movement to end violence, and are advocating for better response, services and community-led approaches to prevention using strength-based programming for Native survivors of violence.
We are shaping policy, conducting educational outreach, informing priorities and working to ensure that our communities are represented within conversations where we have historically been underrepresented. Our grounding in the movement building to end violence and work to not only organize, but mobilize, our communities gives us unique insight into how to increase advocacy and community involvement. The voices of our communities, our women and children, shape our priorities and approach.
With such far-reaching goals, and relatively limited funds to achieve them, we acknowledge how important it is to have sound strategies for success in all our programs. CSVANW has four main areas of focus:
- Technical Assistance (initiatives that strengthens the work and services of our communities)
- Policy Advocacy
The approach CSVANW takes is informed by one fundamental value: work to engage tribal communities and community solutions organically through developing meaningful and authentic partnerships and relationships based on respect.