We Are A Safe Space for Latinos in Virginia

IN OUR 15+ YEARS OF EXISTENCE WE HAVE GAINED THE TRUST OF THE LATINO COMMUNITY AND ARE SEEN AS A SAFE SPACE FOR THOSE EXPERIENCING DOMESTIC OR SEXUAL VIOLENCE TO RECEIVE HELP AND SUPPORT.

Who We Are:

LIVE crafts each service with a deep understanding of the diverse experiences within the Latino community.

LIVE is the only organization in Virginia that both specializes in domestic and sexual violence and provides those services through bi-lingual and bi-cultural trained advocates. We are also the only provider that can guarantee 24/7 access to bi-lingual domestic and sexual violence crisis support for Virginia’s Latino community.

Some people we talk with ask why it is important to provide domestic and sexual violence services specific to the Latino community. The hard truth is that, due to language and cultural barriers, immigration status, or other fears, very few Latinos who experience domestic or sexual violence seek help or support.

LIVE is here to bridge the gap to safety and healing for Virginia’s Latino community, making sure that no Latino feels it is safer to continue suffering domestic or sexual violence than it is to seek help.

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Our Impact:

Providing a bridge from violence to safety

Our clients range from Latinos living in dangerous and violent situations, to survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, to Spanish-speakers who need a bi-lingual and safe connection to Virginia’s existing services. Learn more about our impact and vision:

HEAR DIRECTLY FROM OUR CLIENTS AND PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS

*QUOTES TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

Our promise:

LIVE’s promise is two-fold:

To provide a safe, trustworthy, and accessible way out of abusive situations for Virginia’s Latinos.
To collaborate with trusted partners, donors, and advocates to ensure no Latino in Virginia feels it is safer to continue suffering domestic or sexual abuse than it is to seek help.

Meet Our Team:

We are a small team of bi-lingual, bi-cultural, trauma-trained advocates.

Customer Services Team:

Lorena Toscano

Lorena Toscano

Victim Advocate - Client Services Team Coordinator

Andres Manama

Andres Manama

Victim Advocate - Client Services Coordinator

Kimberly Cortez Lopez

Kimberly Cortez Lopez

Victim Advocate - Client Services Coordinator

Fabiola Mercado

Fabiola Mercado

Victim Advocate - Service Coordinator to the Client

Clinical Counselors:

Monica Estrada, LSW

Monica Estrada, LSW

Bilingual Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Yozaira Leon Santiago

Yozaira Leon Santiago

Bilingual Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Language Access Equipment:

Emilio Funes

Emilio Funes

Access Coordinator to Language

Julie Davis

Julie Davis

Interpreter

Outreach Programs Team:

Karen Chacon

Karen Chacon

Program Coordinator Outreach and Prevention

Elizabeth Claudio

Elizabeth Claudio

Outreach and Resources Coordinator - Hampton Roads

Franco Guillen Camilli

Franco Guillen Camilli

Outreach and Community Relations Coordinator

Monica Jimenez

Monica Jimenez

Design and Communication

CEO/SENIOR ADVOCATE AND MANAGEMENT:

Elvira De la Cruz

Elvira De la Cruz

CEO/Senior Advocate

Angela Angulo

Angela Angulo

Office and Data Administrator

BOARD MEMBERS:

We are grateful for our Board members, who help advise our organization and advocate for LIVE and our clients.

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