L.U.N.A. began with a group of volunteer survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse from the Latino community who felt that there was a better way to serve other Latino survivors after not being understood by mainstream organizations because of language, culture, and legal barriers with the overall goal of offering culturally specific services.
LUNA stands for “Latinas Unidas Por Un Nuevo Amanecer” or “Latinas United for a New Dawn”. It was started as a pilot program in 1999 and became a formal organization in 2002. LUNA is a culturally specific organization based in Des Moines and serves survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Today, LUNA provides services to clients across the state of Iowa. The client base is primarily located in the Des Moines Metro area. In August 2015, LUNA opened its second office in Marshalltown and through this new location, we are able to serve members of this community directly and more efficiently.
The mission of LUNA 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.
Domestic violence impacts all communities and is a serious problem. However, each community is unique and has different barriers. Our staff are knowledgeable on the barriers that Latino survivors face including legal status, language, and lack of resources. They work along side the survivor to educate them on the various systems (legal, court, law enforcement, etc) and empower them to make their own decisions about their healing process using a client centered and trauma informed approach.