Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Brenda Mancilla

Safe Harbor Voice  |  September 20, 2021
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Brenda Mancilla

Lea en español aquí.

What is your name?  

Brenda Mancilla 

What do you do in the community?  

I am the Bilingual Outreach and Victim Specialist at the Julie Valentine Center. I advocate for clients who have been sexually abused. I help connect clients to resources in the community they might be in need of.  

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


What is something that stands out about Mexico?  

How kind and grateful people are.  

What is something that you miss from Mexico?   

The food, it tastes so much different in Mexico. Even if you recreate a traditional dish it does not taste the same.   

What is something you wish people knew about Mexico?   

That Mexico is so much more than what we see on T.V. It is so much more than just drugs, gangs, or violence. There is vibrancy and culture everywhere you go. Mexico has some of the most beautiful scenery and places to explore. 

Is there something you wish were different about Mexico?    

I wish there were more opportunities for the people. I wish there was less violence.  

What is your favorite food from Mexico?  

Corn tamales and tacos 

What is your favorite song by someone from Mexico?  

'Que Vida La Mía' by Reik 

Is there anything else you want to add about Hispanic Heritage Month?   

Hispanic Heritage Month is about celebrating culture, history, and the achievements of a community that brings so much to the table. 


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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