Thursday, January 14 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. CST
This session will describe the importance of culturally responsive methods in engaging survivors of human trafficking to provide necessary supports. This framework is a holistic approach to assess human trafficking underscoring the importance of survivor trust and wellbeing.
María Cristina Pacheco Alcalá, Campus Program Manager Casa de Esperanza National Latin@ Network
María Cristina Pacheco Alcalá oversees project management, grant compliance and evaluation, develops and facilitates training, and provide technical assistance to higher education institutions across the country, including the territories.Prior to this position, she has taught in the Social Sciences and Criminal Justice Department at the University of Puerto Rico at Carolina and served as a consultant for the Puerto Rico Department of Family on federal affairs. She has also been doing gender-based prevention and intervention work at the University of Puerto Rico since 2006 and still oversees the Gender Equity Program at the University of Puerto Rico at Carolina. She holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology with specialty of family therapy, and a certificate on grants management.As a self-starter with an entrepreneur spirit, María Cristina owns Cucina 135, a kitchen rental to support economic development and self-sustainability efforts in Puerto Rico where individuals rent the kitchen to cook and sell their products. María Cristina areas of expertise include gender violence prevention, Title IX, grants management and human trafficking.
Martha Hernandez-Martinez, MPA, Research & Evaluation Manager, Casa de Esperanza
Martha Hernandez-Martinez's (she/her/hers) current role is conducting research and evaluations, developing trainings and tools, and providing technical assistance to Minnesota and national organizations. Her community-based participatory research work focuses on the intersection of gender, intimate partner violence, Masculinities from a Global South perspective, human trafficking, sexual violence, and the impact of public policies on women’s lives. She developed a toolkit designed to engage Latino men in domestic violence prevention efforts, collaborated in the development of a toolkit designed to evaluate domestic violence programs, and a screening tool to identify Latin@ survivors of human trafficking.Hernandez is originally from Managua, Nicaragua, and holds a License in Psychology from the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua and gained experience working as a mental health provider with survivors of domestic violence and natural disasters. In addition, she collaborated on research to engage Nicaraguan men in HIV prevention efforts. She holds a Master in Public Affairs from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota with a concentration in Women’s International Human Rights and Development Policy. She has published articles in Women & Therapy, Psychology of Violence, Journal of Family Violence, Latino Psychology Today, and Hispanic Health Care International. She has worked for the last twenty years with Latino immigrants in Minnesota on issues related to affordable housing, and access to education.