Growing up in New Mexico, I have been able to experience the culture and values of the large population of immigrants that contribute to the well-being of our state. I won’t deny that many of these people include family members and close friends, and I feel being close to them has helped me understand the particular struggles they endure.
Of the many struggles that these New Mexicans deal with on a day to day basis, one that I’ve personally dealt with firsthand is domestic violence. New Mexico has a higher rate of domestic violence than most states, and this has definitely trickled into the large immigrant population that resides here.
Thankfully, we have amazing people like Claudia Medina of Enlace Communitario who have recognized this problem of domestic violence within our immigrant community and decided to take action.
Not only does Enlace offer abused women counseling and legal services, but they also provide programs for their children in the form youth groups that help build these children skills, education, and confidence.