WELCOME TO

COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT SOLUTIONS TEXAS.

CES is a community-based social justice collaborative

WHO WE ARE

CES is community-based social justice collaborative developed to advise governmental and private agencies as they develop innovative solutions to address the racial,social,medical and economic inequities that prevent the underserved members of our society from accessing the fair and balanced pursuit of justice across systems.

Mission – Community Empowerment Solutions was founded to address the systemic gaps and deficiencies experienced by communities. By uniting governmental systems and community-based agencies, CES expertly facilitates systemic change by collaborating with stakeholders to develop prosperous and safer communities that preserve the civil rights and liberties of every resident.

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WHY WE EXIST

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OUR WORK

Economic Stability

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Education

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Social and Community

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Healthcare

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Neighborhood and Environment

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SIGNATURE PROGRAMS

Domestic violence is a growing public health crisis with uncompromising medical and economic consequences for thousands of Harris County families, residents, and businesses every year. In 2018, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office filed approximately 12,235 domestic violence charges and forty-two (42) domestic violence homicides occurred in Harris County, a 45% increase from 29 homicides in 2017. Most notably, in 2018,

[1] Harris County had one domestic violence homicide for every 111,000 residents. Over the last two years in Harris County, women of color accounted for up to 64% of the women who were murdered.

[2] Most notably, 4 in 10 black women experience domestic violence in their lifetime.

[3] Because research shows

1) victims are often abused 5-7 times before calling police and
2) minority victims tend to underreport violence because of their historical distrust of law enforcement, it is obvious that communities must offer culturally-specific programming with a focus on prevention and holistic restoration.

Domestic violence professionals must learn to support marginalized women of color who tend to suffer in silence, especially because they are greatly impacted by societal stressors that make them more vulnerable to domestic abuse.

[1] Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) noted that Harris County had the highest number of domestic violence related homicides with the exception of 2013. TCFV tracks the number of domestic violence homicides and femicides every year in their Honoring Texas Victims reports,

which can be found at: https://tcfv.org/honoring-texas-victims/

[2] Statistics taken from Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Family Criminal Law Division’s Homicide Database

[3] https://www.essence.com/news/domestic-violence-coronavirus/

MEET THE FOUNDER

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Carvana's Bio

Carvana Cloud is the Founder and Executive Director of Community Empowerment Solutions(CES). CES is a social justice collaborative designed to support and empower underserved communities by creating conditions that reduce violence and promote positive outcomes where people live, learn, work, and play. Carvana began her legal career as a prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and completed her most recent stint as an executive prosecutor serving as the Bureau Chief of the Special Victims Bureau dedicated to enhancing victim safety and offender accountability in regards to domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and human trafficking crimes.

As a black child exposed to domestic violence while growing up in Acres Homes, one of Houston’s most impoverished communities, Carvana is passionate about addressing the systemic deficiencies that exacerbate violence and crime in communities by addressing the following social determinants of health: 1) Economic Stability 2) Education 3) Healthcare 4) Social and Community and 4) Neighborhood and Environment.

After a vigorous campaign for Harris County District Attorney, Carvana interacted with countless residents and learned how factors such as unemployment, lack of education and job training, sustainable housing, and access to healthcare can destabilize the lives of crime victims, those accused of crimes, as well as their respective families and communities. By leveraging her litigation skills, violence prevention expertise, coalition building, and management experience, Carvana created CES to establish strategic partnerships with governmental and private entities to streamline access to the supportive resources individuals and their families need to be safe and healthy in their respective communities.

Carvana is Vice-President of RESPOND Against Violence and a core faculty member of the University of Texas Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Carvana’s other professional accomplishments have informed the creation of several trauma-informed homicide prevention prevention initiatives such as the Harris County Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART), the Cultural Outreach Program (COP), and the Harris County Domestic Violence High Risk Team (DVHRT). She frequently trains on strangulation, the role of expert witness testimony, and the importance of culturally specific advocacy in criminal investigations and prosecutions. Carvanais married and has two children.