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November 4, 2005
Arte Sana announces recipients of 2005 Latina Victim Advocate Awards
AUSTIN, Texas -- Arte Sana (art heals), in collaboration with ALAS (Latina alliance against sexual violence) today named the 5 recipients of the 2005 National Latina Victim Advocate Awards.

In an effort to in recognize those who have helped eliminate access barriers for Latina/o victims of sexual and intimate partner violence and have developed and /or implemented culturally competent strategies to engage and empower underserved Latina/o communities, Arte Sana is proud to acknowledge the following individuals:

SIN FRONTERAS - COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT AWARD: Presented to Dolores Gonzalez-Ramirez
from La Vida in Detroit, Michigan, for her community mobilizing efforts on behalf of Latina survivors of domestic violence in Southwest Detroit.

COMADRE EN LA LUCHA - LATINA LEADERSHIP AWARD: Presented to Alva Moreno, Executive Director of the East Los Angeles Women's Center
for her significant individual contribution in promoting the involvement and leadership of Latinas/os in victim advocacy work.
COMADRE EN LA LUCHA - LATINA LEADERSHIP AWARD: Presented to Ivonne Ortiz, of the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence for her grassroots leadership in the North Carolina domestic violence movement.

widow of deceased rapper, Big Pun and co-producer of the documentary, “Big Pun: Still Not A Player” (2002).

LUCHA - SOCIAL CHANGE AWARD: Presented to Candelaria "Candy" Perez Johnson,
Executive Director and Co-founder of La Rosas Family Services in Houston, TX. Ms. Perez was selected for her efforts in eliminating barriers for Latina victims of sexual and intimate partner violence by engineering a completely non-bureaucratic approach to helping victims in a culturally competent environment that invites trust and “familiarismo.”

Click here to download further nomination details on the 2005 recipients.

About Arte Sana

Arte Sana (art heals) is a nationwide organization dedicated to helping underserved survivors of racial and gender-based violence. As a 501(c)3 non-profit group based in Austin, TX, Arte Sana promotes healing and empowerment through the arts and community education. Founded in 2001, Arte Sana believes that violence risk reduction programs and services must be culturally competent and linguistically appropriate and are committed to the value of indigenous leadership and collaboration sin fronteras (without borders).


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