Safe Horizon Launches Spanish Website to Strengthen Outreach to Hispanic Community
Posted on: Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Site launched to better support Latino victims making up one third of Safe Horizon clients
To feature detailed information on the resources and services
the organization offers to Spanish-speaking victims
NEW YORK, N.Y., February 22, 2012 - Safe Horizon, one of the nation’s largest victims’ assistance organizations, announced today that it is launching a website to expand awareness of its essential services within New York´s Hispanic communities, ensuring that they are widely available to those who need them most. The Spanish website, developed to better support Latino victims, will offer comprehensive resources in all of the professional areas in which the organization offers help, facilitating access to their programs and services to Spanish-speaking victims through a new domain: www.safehorizon.org/espanol.
Safe Horizon's mission is to provide support, prevent violence, and promote justice for victims, their families and communities. Through programs throughout New York City’s five boroughs, Safe Horizon works to guarantee the safety of those whose lives have been touched by violence. Whether it is a case of sexual assault or rape, child abuse, domestic violence, human trafficking, stalking, legal assistance or court and community programs, Safe Horizon is there to help victims heal and regain the strength to go on with their lives.
“We know that reaching out for help can be one of the hardest steps in the recovery process when a person experiences crime or abuse,” said Safe Horizon CEO Ariel Zwang. “Safe Horizon is dedicated to helping victims find the information and support they need to overcome crisis and rebuild their lives, regardless of what language they speak or which country they are from. It is our goal that this site become a valuable resource for the Spanish-speaking community.”
Particularly relevant for Latinos are the Legal Assistance programs for victims of crime, torture and abuse, offering services and legal representation both in family and immigration law-related matters. “In many cases, victims are reluctant to report violence if they are undocumented, not only for fear of the perpetrator, but also because they are afraid of the possible repercussions with the immigration authorities. We want to let them know that our staff at Safe Horizon can help them regularize their status and find asylum in this country,” said Zwang.
With the launch of this Spanish website, Safe Horizon is continuing its commitment to the Hispanic community in New York, reminding the Latino population that their hotlines operate 24-hours a day, every day of the year, offering counseling in Spanish, as well as advocacy, information or emergency shelter.
DV Hotline: 1-800-621-HOPE (4673)
Crime Victims Hotline: 1-800-689-HELP (4357)
Rape & Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-212-227-3000
For a complete description in Spanish of Safe Horizon’s services and programs, please visit their website at http://www.safehorizon.org/espanol/.