Paula Gomez Stordy

Paula Gomez Stordy | Esperanza United

Senior Director of National Training & TA
She/Her/Ella
Spanish
pgomezstordy@esperanzaunited.org

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Paula Gomez Stordy was born in Boston to Chilean parents and lived in various cities and towns in Massachusetts and Chile throughout her life. She has worked with survivors of abuse within various settings including courts, hospitals, and shelters and her advocacy has led to institutional change to increase the inclusion and safety of survivors.

Carolina Alzuru | Esperanza United

Community & Capacity Building Manager
She/Her/Ella
Spanish
calzuru@esperanzaunited.org

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Carolina Alzuru (she/her/ella) is the Manager of Community and Capacity Building at Esperanza United. Carolina has been working in the fields of domestic and sexual violence for nearly 20 years. Prior to this role, she was the Director of Statewide Capacity at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In that role, she managed all NCCADV’s capacity building programs to ensure their high relevance in the state. This included statewide training, technical assistance, membership services, LGBTQ response, and campus prevention and response. Carolina also has experience running the prevention program at NC State University, the Latinx program at a rape crisis center, and working at a DV shelter in a rural community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Carolina was the Healthier Together Senior Director, where she managed a grassroots program to get BIPOC communities across the state of NC vaccinated. She received degrees in Sociology and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Carolina is originally from Venezuela and now lives in Durham, NC.

Damary Rodriguez | Esperanza United

Community & Capacity Building Specialist
She/Her/Ella
Spanish, French
drodriguez@esperanzaunited.org

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Damary Rodriguez (she/her/ella) is a Community and Capacity Building Specialist for Esperanza United. She provides training and technical assistance to advocates across the U.S. and territories. Damary worked as an advocate at their local domestic and sexual violence program and state coalition providing advocacy to survivors and advocates in her community and across Pennsylvania. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies (with a concentration on Latin American History and Culture) from Penn State University. Damary originally hails from New York City and she is a proud daughter of immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic.

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Makeda Toure | Esperanza United

Community & Capacity Building Coordinator
She/Her/Ella
mtoure@esperanzaunited.org

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Makeda Toure (She/Her/Hers) has been with Esperanza United for five years and is currently one of the Community and Capacity Building Coordinators. She has specialized skills in event planning, event coordination, and project management. Makeda believes in working cooperatively with peers/colleagues and the importance of working through an intersectional and trauma-informed lens. Prior to this role, she worked to build a Black-owned and -operated credit union and as a Internal Communications Coordinator for a community-owned cooperative grocery store, which fostered her commitment to communications, community engagement, and economic empowerment. Makeda is a graduate of Marquette University with a degree in Public Relations and currently lives in Minneapolis, MN.

Pedro Reyna | Esperanza United

Community & Capacity Building Coordinator
He/Him/El
Spanish
preyna@esperanzaunited.org

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Pedro A. Reyna (he/him/el) is a bilingual strategic and collaborative leader from Brownsville, TX. Pedro comes with a blended background in program coordination, group facilitation, training, and communications. Currently, Pedro is a Community and Capacity Building Coordinator with Esperanza United. Pedro supports culturally specific programs by assessing needs, linking resources, and providing trauma-informed best practices. His experience has allowed him to service non-profit organizations, crisis shelters, and coalitions in their efforts to support adults, youth, and families who have been affected by violence.

Sarah Khan | API-GBV

Director of Programs
She/Her
Urdu, Hindi, Tamil, Kashmiri, and some Punjabi (spoken). Arabic (written)
skhan@api-gbv.org

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Sarah Khan, Director of Programs, has worked with the institute for the past seven years, most recently as the Senior Project Specialist for OVW’s Culturally Specific Service Project. She also co-led the design and implementation of a national financial capability pilot program for immigrant South Asian survivors of violence. In her work, she also draws on her 18 years in the field of gender-based violence and community development – developing programs and leadership while supporting the expertise and voices of those she works with. She brings a breadth of experience providing both direct services as well as training and technical support to the field, while working with multicultural communities of color.

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Youngju Ji | API-GBV

Program Manager
She/Her
Korean
yji@api-gbv.org 
415-568-3338

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Youngju Ji, CSSP Program Manager, will serve as the primary point of contact with OVW, grantees, and TA providers as designated by OVW. She brings over 20 years of leadership experience working in the AAPI community, with a specific focus on culturally specific programs addressing domestic violence, sexual assault, and other forms of gender-based violence. With over 13 years of experience as the Executive Director at KAN-WIN in Chicago, and an OVW CSSP/SASP grantee for more than a decade, Youngju is proficient at building effective strategies in program operations and community engagement. Her leadership has been instrumental in driving the organization’s success and its impact on addressing gender-based violence in the AAPI community.

Chris Robinson | Ujima

Director of Training and Technical Assistance
She/Her/Hers
csspta@ujimacommunity.org 
1-844-77-UJIMA

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Chris Robinson serves Ujima as the Training and Technical Assistance Director. In addition to leading the TTA team, she is primarily responsible for developing TTA that addresses the connection between public health, racial justice, historical trauma, and gender-based violence. Chris also provides TTA to service providers and the community at large that centers the needs, voices, intersections, and realities of Black women and girls. Before joining Ujima, Chris worked with and led organizations that have improved the lives of victims and survivors of domestic violence. Chris worked with Survivors of Domestic Violence with Mental Health Disorders, serving as the program coordinator and the domestic violence data specialist. At The House of Ruth D.C., Chris advanced to becoming Program Manager of the Family Programs specializing in mental health, substance abuse, and trauma-informed care. Chris has over ten years of experience collaborating with various providers and organizations in the D.C. area.

Kalyn Fahie | Ujima

Training and Technical Assistance Manager
She/Her/Hers
csspta@ujimacommunity.org 
1-844-77-UJIMA

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Kalyn Fahie is a survivor and advocate who works towards ending domestic violence and sexual assault. From her professional and personal experiences, Kalyn founded the nonprofit organization Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment (SAFE) in April 2006 in Detroit, Michigan. SAFE has an accomplished background of actively providing economic empowerment and access to community resources directly to Black survivors of domestic violence in Detroit. Kalyn is a sought-after national speaker regarding economic strategies for survivors of domestic violence at local, state, and national conferences. She has also consulted and worked with various domestic violence projects in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and across the Caribbean. Currently, Kalyn is the Training and Technical Assistance Manager for Ujima. In this role, Kalyn assists, trains, and helps to create solutions for national and state domestic violence coalitions and local community-based programs to increase their capacity to provide culturally specific services to Black survivors of gender-based violence.

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Mira Yusef | NAPIESV

Executive Director
She/Her
Tagalog, Kapampangan
mira@monsooniowa.org or mira@napiesv.org 
515-664-1148 (cell)
515-288-0881 ext 201 (office)

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Mira Yusef is the executive director of Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity, formerly Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa, an organization serving victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Iowa. She is also one of the founders and one of the staff of the National Organization of Asian Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence (NAPIESV). Mira has a Master’s in Social Work, with specialization in Community Organizing, and a Master of Arts in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Mira was a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, 2004-2005, to pursue research in the Philippines on Muslim Filipinas employed as domestic workers in the Middle East. She was also awarded the National Security Education Program (NSEP) David Boren Fellowship in 2006 to study the Indonesian and Malay languages as well as conduct field research in Malaysia

Luz Marquez Benbow | NAPIESV

National CSSP SA TA Provider
she/her/Ella
Spanish 
luz@napiesv.org 
518-478-4379

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Luz Márquez Benbow, is a Black Boricua adult survivor of child sexual abuse, incest and rape, and an abolitionist in the making that is guided by survivor leadership and working at the intersections of gender, race, and violence. As a former Just Beginnings Collaborative Fellow funded by the Novo Foundation and Ms Foundation from 2016- 2019, Luz was able to focus on her Black Latin community and childhood sexual abuse. During this time Luz formed the International Alianza de Mujeres Negrx (#IamNegrx), a survivor network of Afrolatin/AfroCaribbean to advance policy and movement building toward ending child sexual abuse and sexual violence across the Diaspora. Luz has been an anti-rape policy advocate since 1998, where she worked on statewide anti-sexual assault issues at the NYS Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA). In this capacity Luz worked with State leaders, State agencies, colleges, and statewide advocacy groups to develop policies that ensure the safety of New Yorkers and that support survivors. In 2003, Luz co-founded the National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault (SCESA), in her role as co-founder and Associate Director of SCESA, Luz co-led the legislative efforts for the development of the Culturally Specific Grant program within the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2005 and 2012. This historical grant program provides resources and supports for Communities of Color led organizations across the U.S in addressing violence against women. Luz co-published a research journal on Afrolatinas and Child Sexual Abuse : Delida Sanchez, Luz Márquez Benbow, Martha Hernández-Martínez & Josephine V. Serrata (2019) Invisible Bruises: Theoretical and Practical Considerations for Black/Afro-Latina Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Women & Therapy; and was a contributing author to, LoveWITHAccountability: Digging Up the Roots of Child Sexual Abuse by Aishah Shahidah Simmons. Luz is the proud mother of 3, raised in East Harlem and a first-generation Black Puerto Rican, which infuses her intersectional analysis concerning race, gender, and violence.