Award-winning Salvadoran American journalist focused on women's rights & Latino issues from Texas. IWMF Fellow. Versed in editing, writing, research, transcription, content management & translation.
In Texas, the 2018 midterm elections resulted in a record number of Latino voters, many of them millennials or younger, and the election of two Latinas --- Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia --- to national office. Before the historic November election that saw the greatest number of women of color ever elected to office in the United States, two Texas women were already strategically designing the groundbreaking Movement Mujeres fellowship.
Selena Alvarenga is a quadruple force: a woman, an immigrant, a Latina, and openly gay. Her innate ability to connect with diverse demographics and an unrelenting call to serve convinced her she is ready to tackle the foundational issues of mass incarceration, so she's running for judge of the new Travis County 460th District Court.
DALLAS, TX — On Tuesday June 4, history was made when Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the Lavinia Masters Act into law. The bill, authored by Texas Representative Victoria Neave (D-Dallas), seeks to tackle the state’s backlog of sexual assault forensic exams. It is named after Lavinia Masters, a survivor whose exam sat on a shelf for over 21 years.
Before catchphrases like “Boss Babe” or “Lady Boss” were trendy, an architecture firm in San Antonio, Texas was busy breaking barriers for women in a traditionally male-dominated industry.
While most 17-year-olds are focused on schoolwork, first relationships, body image and other hallmarks of adolescence, Ava McDonald is running her own company.
Back in March, the young Austinite and daughter of entrepreneurs, launched Zfluence, a digital solution dedicated exclusively to empowering Generation Z nano-influencers. These are users of popular social media platform Instagram, who are between the ages of 16 and 23, and have no more than 10,000 followers.
By joining the Zfluence net...
At just 24 years old, Natalie Casanova couldn't seem to catch a break. She was juggling a full college course load, trapped in an abusive relationship, and then was given the bombshell news she was pregnant and had a small clump of cervical cancer. Her gynecologist said that going through with the pregnancy would put her life at risk. At seven weeks pregnant, she decided to get an abortion.
What do one of the nation’s leading technology companies and a premier nonprofit that provides job training and employment placement services have in common? A mission to help Americans learn the digital skills they need to advance their careers.
As part of its launch of Grow with Google, a cross-company effort, Google.org, the company’s charitable arm, supported the creation of the Goodwill Digital Accelerator program, which aims to jump-start the careers of 1.2 million people by 2021.
In Latinx culture, Quinceañeras are a time to celebrate a 15-year-old's transition from girl to woman. It's a full-fledged affair that brings together family and friends from all over and comes complete with a princess-like gown, an elaborate multi-tiered cake, an entourage of boy and girl attendants, a much-anticipated waltz between father and daughter, and soon in Texas, voter registration.
At first glance, Linzy Beltran and Kim Tran of comedy collective Glam Fam may appear to share little in common. Look just below the surface and an unbreakable bond soon becomes apparent. They both have a knack for comedy, they both are young women of color, and they both are daughters of immigrants.
“No one should be forced to give up their dignity in order to feed their family,” – Meet Mónica Ramírez Who’s Defending the Rights of Migrant Women.
She was only a child, but Mónica Ramírez remembers the impression of seeing the “one bedroom shack” her father and his family shared, while working in a Mississippi farm field, left on her.
Growing up in a rural Salvadoran community where she shared a tiny home with three older sisters, a hardworking single mother, and her grandmother, Vanne Córdova did not think attending college was in her future. Her bleak outlook, however, started to change when her mother managed to land a job as a cook in the nation’s capital of San Salvador. Although she could not afford an education of her own, she instilled in all her children a strong value in education. .
Austin-based Zello, a push-to-talk voice messaging app that works like a walkie-talkie, is helping over 135 million people communicate on everything from a national crisis to planning a road trip with family or friends.
White House candidate Bernie Sanders got a rocky reception when he gave a halting performance at an event this week focusing on female voters of color, while Kamala Harris was given a standing ovation – but was vigorously challenged in the popularity stakes by rivals Elizabeth Warren and Beto O’Rourke.
Women of color from 28 states descended on Houston, Texas, on Wednesday to hear from the eight leading Democratic 2020 contenders at an inaugural event called She the People presidential forum.
Raised by hard-working small business owners and inspired by a Latina woman who reached the C-suite, Blanca Lesmes said she dared to dream. On May 4, she will serve as keynote speaker of Latinitas’ Future Chica Conference. The event invites girls ranging in ages 9-18 to explore 21st century technologies and their own innovative ideas.
Darwin “Casey” Diaz was once one of California’s most violent criminals. Brought to the United States as a toddler by his Salvadoran parents, he was a gang member at 11. At the age of 16, he was sentenced to almost 13 years in prison for second-degree murder and 57 counts of robbery. At New Folsom State Prison, his behavior earned him more than three years in solitary confinement.
That’s where he turned his life around.