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I feel like I could write a million reasons why domestic violence is something that I am passionate about. Domestic violence is sadly woven into the fabric of our society and does not discriminate. I knew I wanted to intern at Safe Harbor a few years ago after my best friend almost lost her life to domestic violence. Safe Harbor does so much to be a part of a solution for domestic violence, and I want to be a part of that solution.
In light of International Men’s Day, I wanted to share a few thoughts of my own! As a primary prevention coordinator, I spend time in conversation with teens about intimate partner violence, healthy relationships, and the role that Safe Harbor plays in assisting and empowering survivors.
As the need for victim service organizations to prioritize inclusivity becomes more apparent, at Safe Harbor we recognize that becoming an inclusive, diverse, and anti-racist organization includes language access justice.
Mientras la necesidad de que las agencias que proveen servicios para víctimas hagan prioridad la integración, Safe Harbor reconoce que parte de llegar a ser una organización inclusiva, diversa, e anti-racista incluye a la justicia del acceso al idioma.
Ni de aquí ni de allá, Mexican-American. One of my favorite memories as a little girl visiting Mexico is of my grandfather taking me to the doctor when I was sick. Like every child I always hated going to the doctor, but somehow he always managed to make it special by taking me to The Licuado and Torta place afterwards. It was one of my favorite things.
To be a Puertorrican is a privilege that brings me the eyes to see the world from the perspective of an island woman. To be Hispanic gives me the opportunity to value the resources, the people, the diversity, the language, the food, the weather, and also to have challenges to move forward in life. To be a Hispanic means to work hard for what you want and to demonstrate the value of our culture to the world. To respect my identity and to love what I am.
I am Vanesa Rodriguez and I am proud to be a part of the Hispanic community. I was born in Greenville, S.C., and am a junior at Furman University. My mother and father were both born in Mexico and I am privileged that they have taught me to appreciate the Hispanic/Latinx culture.