Our team

Meet the team: Beverly Martinez

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 […]

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The 2022 reauthorization of VAWA: Ceremony at the White House

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 […]

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Meet the team: Pamela Mercado Michelli

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 […]

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International Women’s Day in Latin America

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, […]

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Meet the team: Pedro Reyna

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 […]

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Meet the team: Daisy Hernandez

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? […]

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Meet the team: Cynthia Zapata (CJ)

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 […]

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Meet the team: Angelina Cotler

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 […]

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