I am a senior at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, majoring in psychology and minoring in health studies and history. I am interested in pursuing a career in public health with a specific focus on harm reduction and supporting survivors of domestic violence and sexual harm, and have worked with survivors in New York, Philadelphia, Michigan and Spain.
Raised in an immigrant household (by a Greek father and Ecuadorian mother), from an early age I became passionate about working with immigrant and Latinx populations to provide them with resources that they may not have had access to or knew existed. I first began this work at Sanctuary for Families where I worked on an immigrant youth outreach project on a form of immigrant relief known as Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). I also served as a mentor for young Latina girls in a seven-week program called Entre Amigas. I worked with two adolescent survivors of sexual harm and complex trauma in the program and helped create a curriculum that focused on a variety of topics such as health, pathways to higher education and how to identify unhealthy and abusive relationships
Following this experience I worked with sex-workers in Madrid, Spain with Médicos del Mundo where my main focus was harm reduction. That same year I participated in an internship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in partnership with the University of Michigan and their Special Victims Unit (SVU) at the Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS). At the U-M School of Public Health I attended weekly lectures and workshops that had an emphasis on health equity. At the SVU I researched sexual harm and underreporting and presented my findings at the CDC.
Currently I am volunteering at Project Safe and finishing my final year at Bryn Mawr. After graduation I am planning to do work in the public health field for two years before applying to graduate school to get my MPH.