Our team

Meet the team: Aida Negrón

Meet Aida Negrón, Bilingual Communications Coordinator Where are you from?     I was born and raised in a small town, Utuado, in Puerto Rico. Where do you feel most at home?  Any place where there are loved ones and where we could share good (and not so good) times. What inspires […]

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Remembering survivors and loved ones on Dia de los Muertos

By Zeenyace Flores Dia de los Muertos has a special meaning this year in Minnesota: with COVID-19 disproportionately affecting the Latin@ community, the killing of George Floyd still fresh in people’s memories, the murder of a young Latina women, Yadhira Romero Martines, bringing light to el feminicidio, and growing violence in […]

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Meet the team: Patricia Emmanuelli

Meet Patricia Emmanuelli, Health and violence prevention specialist Where are you from?  I am from Humacao, Puerto Rico. Where do you feel most at home? After moving to Florida 5 years ago, I thought that being in Puerto Rico would make me feel most at home. But after visiting a few […]

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Esperanza United is proud to welcome Vivian Huelgo as Chief Programs Officer

Esperanza United is proud to announce that Vivian Huelgo will be joining the organization as Chief Programs Officer tomorrow. Founded more than forty years ago, Esperanza United is the largest and most well-respected organization working across the United States to mobilize Latin@s to end gender-based violence. Vivian Huelgo brings more than […]

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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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