Ceremonia de Graduación en Casa de Misericordia

Enviado por Cynthia Haynes Ramírez / Miembro de la Junta de Casa de Misericordia

Hace poco asistí a la ceremonia de graduación celebrada en la Casa de la Misericordia (Casa) para los participantes involucrados en el Centro de Educación. Fué un evento de lo más agradable, emocional y divertido. Las mujeres que se graduaron estaban felices y emocionadas de tener sus certificados de graduación. Hicieron la exhibición de sus artesanías y obras de arte y cantaron canciones en Inglés para mostrar sus familiares, amigos y público sus nuevos conocimientos del idioma inglés. Fue conmovedor ver como sus rostros se iluminaban porque habían logrado los objetivos que se habían propuesto y que eran parte de su plan de estudios.
El Centro de Educación ha estado colaborando con Laredo Community College por once (11) años y se está tratando de  ampliar y / ó modificar algunas de las clases de acuerdo a las recomendaciones del Consejo Asesor de Casa. El Consejo Asesor de Casa se compone de personas que han estado en el refugio y / ó se han acercado al centro de Educación para recibir Clases y otros servicios necesarios.

Espero con ansias la graduación de Diciembre.
Felicito a los graduados, a los instructores del Laredo Community College, maestros voluntarios y al personal por su compromiso!
Si está interesado en ser maestro voluntario, mentor o ayudar de cualquier manera en el centro de Educación por favor póngase en contacto con:
Dora Inclan
Administradora del Centro de Educación

We are really excited about the upcoming events.
Easter and Mother’s day will be very fun and meaningful for our families.

Our December holidays were very enjoyable!

Like every year, we had a big Christmas party for the families (Dec. 16th).It was such a delight to see the mothers and children have a great time playing games, eating tamales and pozole, winning piñatas on a big raffle, being together and sharing the love and warmth of Christmas. A very special part of our party was the posada. Maria and Jose were played by a boy and a girl, they were really excited and did a great job interpreting their Christmas journey while the mothers, children and staff sang the traditional songs.

Another great party was the Valentine’s Day Party on the 17th of February.

The kids had various activities to participate in like bingo, painting, hand crafting, cookie decorating, make-your-own banana split, and at the end we ate a delicious pizza! The kids were very excited to make beautiful cards and yarn heart crafts for their mothers and siblings. At the end, everyone took home a pizza, a delicious chocolate treat and a big smile! A very special thank you to our volunteers. Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and your support!

On February 11, staff of Casa de Misericordia was asked to speak at UISD’s “United Council of Parents” Meeting where parents and administrators talk about several different topics.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and Children’s Staff of Casa de Misericordia served as a speaker in order to raise awareness about Domestic Violence. We spoke about the effects abuse takes on children as well as adults. “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” was the title of the presentation where we touched on recent local and nationwide statistics, safety planning and possible ways to help a victim. Although, not an easy topic to talk about, parents were engaged in asking questions and wanting to know more about services Casa has to offer victims of Domestic Violence.

 After this very successful event, we have been asked to participate byvarious other organizations and schools to present to students regarding Dating Violence.

 If you would like a presentation, more information about us, or if you would like to volunteer with us, please call (956) 726-0151 or email our Education Center Administrator – Volunteer Coordinator, Dora Inclan (Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.) or our Administrative Services Coordinator, Zeina Ramos (Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.). 

Christelle Valle (Child Services Coordinator)
Maria Luisa Del Bosque (Child Advocate)


A new initiative has been discussed amongst different law enforcement agencies as well as other agencies involved in providing services to victims. The belief is that this strategy can have an impact on our community as well as serve as education.

My name is Melissa Vasquez. I am the Legal advocate at Casa de Misericordia. My duties are to assist victims of domestic violence in knowing their rights about obtaining an Order of Protection and what to do when the Order is violated. I also serve as a serve as liaison with law enforcement agencies and the victims, which helps the victims establish trust and communication with the different agencies as their case proceeds through the criminal justice system. 

In September 2015, I had the pleasure of attending a conference in Denver, Colorado. The conference’s aim was to help broaden agencies’ responses to Domestic Violence. There were many interesting initiatives and speakers but there was one that resonated well with me. It was an initiative that has been implemented in North Carolina. The initiative takes a proactive approach and focuses on deterrence.

The police department in High Point, North Carolina developed the initiative from Professor David M. Kennedy’s deterrence approach which has proven effective in controlling other crime-related offenses. According to North Carolina’s Chief Marty Sumner, “Kennedy suggests that not enough attention has been paid to controlling the offender, as traditional approaches have placed heavy emphasis on helping the victim avoid patterns of abuse, on disengaging from abusers, and on physically removing themselves from abusive settings.” In High Point, offenders are categorized amongst 4 categories. Offenders would be dealt with on a case by case manner and depending on what level they fall under.

The initiative involves a collaborative effort among different agencies in order to help address domestic violence but more importantly to shift into a more proactive approach where deterrence is the focus. According to Chief Sumner, “One of the strategy’s critical features is the ability to focus on offenders at earlier stages of offending, before the secrecy of offending entrenches and violence escalates.”

The initiative has been discussed amongst different law enforcement agencies as well as other agencies involved in providing services to victims. The belief is that this strategy can have an impact on our community as well as serve as education.


Mitos y verdades sobre la Violencia Doméstica
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Revisado por los Miembros de la Junta mayo, 2015


La violencia doméstica es un asunto privado de la familia.


Aunque a menudo se oculta, la violencia doméstica puede escalar a un crimen - poniendo a las víctimas en gran peligro. 

¿Quieres más información acerca de la violencia doméstica? vea por favor abrir la Presentación de Casa de Misericordia en Inglés o Español.

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En Casa de Misericordia, la violencia doméstica incluye el comportamiento entre la presente y / ó ex parejas que resulta en: Daño físico o lesiones corporales; Implica una amenaza de daño físico; o que tiene la intención de causar daño emocional, incluyendo un acto de abuso emocional. La violencia doméstica puede ser un patrón de comportamiento ó de un hecho aislado.