L.U.N.A. (Latinas Unidas Por Un Nuevo Amanecer) Iowa was created in 1999 by a group of survivors who noticed the lack of resources available to the Latinx community in Iowa. Since then L.U.N.A. Iowa has evolved into a state-wide organization with offices in Des Moines and Marshalltown, helping our survivors build a future free of violence.
Who We Are
- Our Mission
Our mission is to empower, educate, and advocate for victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in our community, so that they may build futures free from violence.
- Our Vision
L.U.N.A. is a leader in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault, focusing on immigrant survivors who face additional barriers to access services. L.U.N.A. will be supportive and proactive through its services by providing a holistic response to the needs of immigrant survivors. We work in collaboration with other community service providers to respond to the needs of survivors by creating a safe and supportive system.
- Our Story
Latinas Unidas Por Un Nuevo Amanecer was developed as a community-based pilot program in 1999 to provide culturally specific services to Latina victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. During that time, resources were very limited for Latina survivors who sought services and faced many barriers. Latina women supported each other, creating what L.U.N.A. is today, building a strong network of connections. L.U.N.A. became a formal organization in 2002, developing programming from a holistic perspective and meeting clients where they are. Our services are offered to all survivors regardless of race, gender, country of origin, religious background, economic status, or preferred language.