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Meet Beverly Martinez, Youth Advocate Where are you from?  I was born in Puebla, Mx and have been in Minnesota since the age of 3. Where do you feel most at home?  I feel most at home anywhere when I’m surrounded by my family. What inspires you, professionally and personally? I’m […]

By Yasmin Campos-Mendez, MSW I was honored to attend a special ceremony at the White House on March 16th, the day after President Biden signed into law the Violence Against Women Act of 2022. This passage has been a long time coming as the reauthorization process began in 2016, and the […]

Meet Pamela Mercado Michelli, Project Coordinator  Where are you from?  I am originally from Isabela, Puerto Rico and have been living in Minnesota for the last 6 years. Where do you feel most at home?  I feel most at home when I am with my daughter wherever that is but, specifically […]

Photo by @diapachecoo By Montserrat Castro Gomez March 8th is International Women’s Day. For some countries, it is a holiday and for others, it is a revolutionary movement. However, no matter what events, protests, celebrations, or conferences are organized around us, we regard March 8th as a day to honor women, […]

Meet Pedro A. Reyna, Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator  Where are you from?  Brownsville, TX  Where do you feel most at home?  I am never more at home than when I can sit and hug those close to me and my dogs.  What inspires you, professionally and personally? I would say […]

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and we’re excited to share this podcast by Esperanza United’s youth leaders about the challenges and successes of working with youth throughout the pandemic.

Meet Daisy Hernandez, Youth Coordinator Where are you from?  I was born in Austin, Minnesota but I am the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants from the states of Tamaulipas and Hidalgo.  Where do you feel most at home?  Having a meal with my loved ones.  What inspires you, professionally and personally? […]

Meet Cynthia J. Zapata, Project Manager (they/them/she) Where are you from?  I was raised in Minnesota in the south metro and have lived in the Twin Cities for the last 6 years. Where do you feel most at home?  I feel most at home by a river or a lake. I […]

By: Montserrat Castro Gómez, Policy and Advocacy Fellow Last Tuesday, January 18th, at 7pm EST, the National Organization for Women (NOW) hosted a panel titled Justice at our border: Addressing the barriers faced by undocumented women. This panel was the second in a series of an ongoing campaign launched by NOW […]

Meet Angelina Cotler, Bilingual Communications Manager Where are you from?   I was born in Lima, Peru.  Where do you feel most at home?  Any city that has an ocean view What inspires you, professionally and personally?  Professionally, I am inspired to contribute in some way to understanding the reality of Latin […]