Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Bianca Azamar

Safe Harbor Voice  |  September 20, 2021
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Bianca Azamar

Lea en español aquí.

What is your name?  

Bianca Lopez Azamar 

What do you do in the community?  

I work at Safe Harbor as a Bilingual Family advocate for domestic violence survivors in our community. 

What is your –or your family’s- country of origin?  

My family's country of origin is Mexico. 

What is something that stands out about Mexico?  

What stands out about Mexico to me is definitely the culture, food, music, customs and traditions. 

What is something that you miss?  

Extended family who still lives there, I wish I could see them more often. 

What is something you wish people knew about Mexico?  

Mexico is much more than violence and poverty, yes that is happening but the whole country is not consumed by it. It is a beautiful country that deserves to be appreciated for its beauty and rich history. 

Is there something you wish were different about Mexico? 

 I wish Mexico would spend more funds on education and the rural communities and less on the tourist area which has plenty of income already (but don't plenty of countries do this as well?) 

What is your favorite food from Mexico? 

 Chiles poblanos rellenos de queso 

What is your favorite song by someone from Mexico?  

Eso y más by Joan Sebastian


I am a survivor of domestic violence.

“I didn’t know that I was being abused...

I am a survivor of domestic violence.

“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self-worth from my own self-worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself.

Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family, I am taking control of my life again.”

- Beth



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