Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Enlace Comunitario

marjorie says...

You guys might enjoy the Q&A I did with Claudia Medina, Enlace Comunitario's Executive Director. I think the work of Enlace is really important.

NMI Q&A with... Claudia Medina

To kick-off the Independent’s new feature highlighting New Mexicans from all walks of life, I connected with Claudia Medina — founder and executive director of Enlace Comunitario, which provides comprehensive domestic violence services to immigrant women.

Claudia, a Colombian immigrant who has lived in New Mexico for almost 20 years, received her Master’s degree in Latin American Studies, with a specialization in Community and Regional Planning, from the University of New Mexico in 1993.

Her work since then has led to the creation of three important projects in support of immigrant families in New Mexico: Enlace, El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos—an immigrant rights organization—and Mujeres en Accion, which is a cooperative that sells tamalas.

NMI: What led you to the creation of Enlace Comunitario?

CM: In 1994 I began working for UNM in the family planning program as a community planner in the South Broadway area of Albuquerque. I soon realized that domestic violence was a serious problem for the immigrant women I was encountering. I brought in volunteers and organized a training process that 13 women signed up for. Then, during that period one of the women was killed by her husband in a case of domestic violence. That changed my perception of what I needed to do. I realized I needed to do more–that this community really needed help.

To read the full interview, click here.