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Our History

Casa Juana Colón Apoyo y Orientación a la Mujer, Inc. (Casa Juana Colón) was founded in 2004 in the town of Comerío, Puerto Rico. The social and economic uncertainties that existed in Comerío at the time led the founding group to create a community-based organization that could support women heads of household to achieve access to essential services such as medical care, mental health, housing, education, among others. Over the years, Casa Juana Colón began to look, from a gender perspective, at the barriers faced by women in Comerío, in the center region of the island, and in the whole country. This vision led us to work on urgent situations such as gender inequalities that foster gender violence, sexual violence and the lack of access to essential services, especially for women and children. It is in the interest of gender equality and social justice for Casa Juana Colón to continue its efforts to accompany and advocate for women, especially survivors of gender-based violence, sexual violence, and stalking. Thus women can discover and develop their potential, transform and integrate the experiences that have formed the fabric of their history as a basis for action to initiate their personal and family transformation and that of their social environment.

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Mission

To offer spaces for healing and comprehensive transformation for women and their social environment.

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Vision

Free women committed to transforming their environment.

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We aspire to live in a just society in which every human being is treated with dignity, allowing everyone to have a full development in our society.

Values

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Our Board of Directors

Our team

Meet the staff at Casa Juana Colón. We take pride in our work and strive to provide quality services at the right time and place. Our goal is to create a welcoming and enjoyable experience for everyone who participates in our projects. We are driven by social justice and the dream of a more equitable country where all human rights are respected. Our motto is: Fighters until we live in equity!

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Mariella Díaz Vargas

Project Coordinator

Pronouns: She/her

Transforming for Peace

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Coralys Peña Díaz

Psychologist

Pronouns: She/her

Transforming for Peace

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Lizbelia Martínez Martínez

Mentor

Pronouns: She/her

Transforming for Peace - Project TERE

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Paola Maldonado Rolón

Paralegal

Pronouns: She/her

Project TERE

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José Luis Baerga Aguirre

Art Workshop

Pronouns: He/him

Project TERE

Luisa

Luisa Pérez Rodríguez

Community Health Services Coordinator

Pronouns: She/he/they

Community Health Services Coordinator

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Magdaline Rodríguez González

Legal Advocate

Pronouns: No preference

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Eva Y. Reyes Alicea

Comunity Liaison

Pronouns: She/her

Comunity Liaison

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Natalie Reyes Bonilla

Case Manager

Pronouns: She/her

Transforming for Peace

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Wilmary Ríos Maldonado

Psychologist

Pronouns: She/her

Transforming for Peace

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Ana Torres

Project Coordinator

Pronouns: She/her

Project TERE

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Linette Rivera Maldonado

Licensed

Pronouns: She/her

Project TERE

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Dianesis Rivera Feliciano

Service Assistant

Pronouns: She/her

Seeds of Hope

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Leissa Bermúdez Huertas

Psychologist

Pronouns: She/her

Seeds of hope

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Joneill O. Martínez Gracia

Content Creator

Pronouns: He/him

Seeds of hope

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