Laura E. Zárate, Arte Sana Founding Executive Director
The daughter of parents from la frontera, Laura E. Zárate is a Chicana, victim advocate, training specialist, artist, and co-founder of Arte Sana, recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a model program for underserved survivors of sexual violence. Ms. Zárate has over 28 years of advocacy and bilingual training experience in the U.S. and Latin America.
While living in South America she worked on the first Paraguayan abuse prevention campaign; helped develop a child street worker project; co-founded BECA (Base Educativa y Comunitaria de Apoyo), a sexual abuse prevention agency for girls; and coordinated a consultant group for child human rights education.
Ms. Zárate has led Arte Sana’s bilingual materials development and training projects and has planned various state and national bilingual sexual assault conferences. She has promoted Internet-based collaborations among Latina victim advocates and allies for the development of original resources for anti-sexual violence work; the first Spanish language SAAM packet in 2003, the first national online directory of victim services offered in Spanish, and the “La Víctima y la Sobreviviente,” a bilingual victim advocate’s CD toolkit made available to state sexual assault coalitions in 2005. She was also project director for the “Existe Ayuda Toolkit,” that was published in 2011 on OVC’s Web site, and is being used by victim advocates across the nation. As co-founder of ALAS, the national Latina alliance against sexual violence, she has continued to advocate for bilingual professional development in victim services and the inclusion of Latin@s as active partners in sexual violence prevention. In 2012, Laura’s bilingual training skills were recognized as she was accepted as an OVC-TTAC consultant.
She earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and is the proud madre of two incredible young adults.