Las Promotoras are post-crisis, domestic violence survivors who volunteer to raise awareness in the Latino communities, with the goal of promoting violence-free lives.
Domestic abuse takes on many forms such as physical, verbal, emotional, sexual and financial abuse. Survivors of abuse suffer high rates of depression, sleep disturbances, anxiety, flashbacks, and other emotional distress. Research has demonstrated how trauma changes the brain and alters behavior. Violence Intervention Program, Inc. (VIP) seeks to raise $5,000 to support the Adelante Mujer initiative which trains volunteers to provide grassroots outreach and education in hard to reach Latino communities.
The program provides Las Promotoras with leadership skills and resources necessary to support them as they inform local communities to understand gender violence through workshops in English and Spanish. They are able to mobilize the Latina community around political and legal issues, because they reflect the community they serve. The work conducted by Las Promotoras, and VIP saves lives and leads survivors to safe places where they can heal, and thrive. They do this work on a voluntary basis, with nominal stipends to cover their travel expenses.
Your support will enable VIP to support Las Promotoras to continue to amplify their voices, and continue to help VIP saves lives for thousands of victims of gender abuse each year.
Why it matters?
Las Promotoras helps VIP build its capacity to reach over 20,000 individuals each year, many of which are undocumented immigrant Latinas. Without their help, we could not have the ability to impact on as many lives as we do. Outreach conducted by Las Promotoras results in thousands of calls to our 24/7 “live” bilingual (Spanish/English) hotline. It is through our hotlines that we will gauge Las Promotoras’ success in reaching the community. Through their clever marketing efforts, Las Promotoras are able to mobilize the Latino communities, and what many call the “invisible population”, around gender violence, and immigration health related issues, which otherwise would not be leveraged.
How will the funds be used?
Funds will cover travel expenses and marketing material distributed by Las promotoras. It will also cover capacity skills, and leaderships skills building training for Las Promotoras. Please get the word out. Share this with your friends, neighbors and family members. Las Promotoras can use your help!
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Frances C. Seddio
Dr. Wanda E. Lopez
Maria T Junco
L Christian Hines
Lillian J Robles
Arturo J Gonzalez
Carmen V Rivera
Loretta M. Vosseler
Lisa M Ferri
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Jerónimo Zambrano recently began his tenure at VIP as Development Associate. He started his career as a journalist. He then developed Fundacion Zambrano, a nonprofit with a mission of providing eye care for people in underserved communities which grew into a $2 million operation, performing over 1,000 surgical procedures and provides high
complexity surgeries for more than 150 low-income patients each year in Argentina. He also created a fellowship program which through which trained more than 20 doctors from Spain,Venezuela, Colombia and Argentina to become surgeons. He raised nearly $ 1.8 million for social projects and developed partnerships with foundations and companies such as Shell, P&G, Arcelor-Mittal, Fundación Navarro Viola, Fundación Roca (Techint) and others.
Director of Development
Lillian Robles has been the Director of Development since 2010. She has extensive knowledge of non-profit administration including program planning, budget administration, oversight of agency operations, and facilities management. Ms. Robles has been instrumental in growing VIP’s operating budget to $3.2 million dollars and has a proven track record of diversifying funding sources. Under her stewardship, the Development Department has expanded VIP’s funding sources by over $2M.
Ms. Robles was born and raised in East Harlem by parents of Puerto Rican descent. She credits her upbringing in El Barrio for enlightening her to the needs and assets of the New York City Latino community. Ms. Robles received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and she holds a Master of Science in City and Regional Planning from the Pratt Institute.
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