December 13, 2017
"Nabugbog na naman siya" is Tagalog or Filipino meaning "she was beaten again." I remember my aunt and other Filipinas whispering to each other as their friend and her husband argued in the car before heading in to join the party. This was many years ago, well before I embarked on a now 20 year career advocating for immigrant victims of domestic violence in San Diego County. Back then, I was just a young woman at another family gathering -- a gathering that suddenly changed my perspective forever. This was not only the first time I saw a woman with a black eye, but also the first time I realized that all the blame was placed upon her for being hit, again.
Access, Inc. the non profit in San Diego County which gave me the opportunity to help women like her with the VAWA Legal Program in 1997 has allowed our small but committed staff to continue to expand our partnerships to provide legal services, economic empowerment and leadership classes to vulnerable immigrant and refugee communities in San Diego County to stop the cycle of violence and help teach the next generation that there is no excuse for domestic violence.
We kicked off our fundraising in October with the 4th Annual Esperanza: A Story of Hope Event and the monthly long fundraising campaign. To date, we have raised close to $2000. Help us raise an additional $1000 during our campaign which begins November 28th and ends December 12th.