Community Advocates Providing Shelter from Abuse (CAPSA) issues the following statement in response to comments made by New Hope Crisis Center Executive Director, Annette Macfarlane.
Macfarlane said the following at a recent <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1EInmvWo6lU” target=”_blank”>Tremonton City Council meeting</a>, “I have talked to my counterpart over in Cache County, the director of CAPSA, which is the DV shelter over there, and she said there is a tremendous problem with domestic violence with the workers at the Miller Meat Packing Production Area.”
CAPSA Executive Director, Jill Anderson, has never had any conversation with Macfarlane concerning the pig farm and Latino community. “I have never spoken with Annette on this issue, and I am heart sick to think that even one victim will not seek help from CAPSA because they feel we hold stereotypical views,” said Anderson. “We work really hard to ensure our staff and programs at CAPSA are culturally responsive and reflect the race, ethnicity, and language spoken in our community.”
It is crucially unethical to accuse one population, or in this case, the Latino community, of causing violence in a community. We know negative behaviors exist in all communities and amongst all races and ethnicities. Those negative racial generalizations do nothing more than set every parent and child involved up for failure. Not only do they now have to find a strategy to survive the possible violence in their life, but they also will combat the stereotype they are not afforded the opportunity to be a contributing member of society, simply because of their race and ethnicity. “We recognize, appreciate, and honor the strengths Latino’s bring to our community,” said Anderson.
Like many other cultures, the Latino culture encourages individuals to be friendly, hard-working and contributing members of society. “Latinos want to find work, provide for their family, and become self-sufficient,” said Lucy Servellon, a CAPSA employee. “They are hard workers who want to do good in their community and help provide a safe place for their family.”
CAPSA Board member, Christie Stock, also values the Latino community in Cache Valley. In response to Macfarlane’s false statement, Stock said, “Because of this statement, people might not seek help from CAPSA for fear we are racist, and we are not. We will help anyone who needs a safe place.” CAPSA strives to provide safe, caring, and confidential shelter, advocacy, and support for ALL victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. As citizens of a great community, it is our duty to provide help, hope and healing for ALL those in need regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, economic status or sexual orientation. We believe everyone has individual worth and is deserving of respect.