About

SONY DSCLatinas for Latino LitJulia UAR 2013

I’m a Puerto Rican girl from the South Bronx who survived a violent childhood that included rape, child abuse, severe family dysfunction and painful assimilation; surviving and thriving to become an award-winning journalist, author and trained Hispanic advocate.

I now speak openly about my PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) diagnosis as a way to eradicate the negative stigma associated with mental health issues. As a victim of childhood rape, I remain dedicated to helping survivors in any way I can.

As a graduate of four leadership programs, I’m determined to change the negative stereotype of who we are as Puerto Ricans, specifically in the social media public square and within the halls of Congress.  

I’ve been appointed by Governors and befriended by politicos – all well aware of my advocacy for Puerto Rico and my people.

As Puerto Rico now struggles to rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Maria, I’m focused on the issue of mental health services for it’s victims and especially for our children in crisis.

I wrote my memoir, “NEWYORICANGIRL…Surviving my Spanglish Life,” as a way to enlighten, educate and empathize with my fellow survivors. It’s the story of my journey to overcome severe trauma, the scars of painful assimilation and life-altering abuse. I’m proud my book has been featured as a “Top 10 Great Latino Read” by Latinas for Latino Literature (see above).

I’m available for speaking engagements (book clubs, advocacy events, school gatherings, keynote speaking, etc.) and would appreciate your invitation and support. Please sign up here to receive my latest postings.  Peace be with you.   NEWYORICANGIRL

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7 Responses to “About”

  1. Alfredo Fernandez March 13, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    Good morning “NEWYORICANGIRL”, I just read your intro and I just wanted to give you a well deserved applause of recognition and due honor for your true courage in forging ahead dispite the many obstacles you have experienced both emotionally and socially as a child. I fully understand your plight growing up in Harlem myself. My hat is off to you!!

    • New Yorican Girl March 13, 2012 at 11:56 am #

      Thank you, fellow survivor! Helping others heal is always the fastest way to healing’s oneself!! 🙂

  2. Luis Vega November 25, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    I agree with your mission of giving US citizens in Puerto Rico the right to vote, after all we serve in the military as US citizens but yet have no voice on who our commander in chief will be. We all need a purpose in life to make it complete, you have given me one, anything I can do to hlep move the process, let me know I’m here to help.

    A fellow Newyorican

    Bori

  3. Nicky April 5, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    I just finished watching your interview on HuffPost. I was really frustrated with Alicia’s underhanded remarks that were clearly an effort to dismiss some of the arguments you made; however, you held you own mujer! You really did! I was so impressed with what you had to say on behalf of Puerto Ricans and how you said it. I agree with the need for Puerto Rico to have presidential voting rights. I agree that the obvious change in congress (that is, to a greater number of Latinos in office) affects the public’s willingness to grant those rights. Thank you so much for representing us courageously and with strong conviction and pride! Sabor Boricua para siempre!

  4. Nicky April 5, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    I just finished watching your interview on HuffPost. I was really frustrated with Alicia’s underhanded remarks that were clearly an effort to dismiss some of the arguments you made; however, you held you own mujer! You really did! I was so impressed with what you had to say on behalf of Puerto Ricans and how you said it. I agree with the need for Puerto Rico to have presidential voting rights. I agree that the obvious change in congress (that is, to a greater number of Latinos in office) affects the public’s willingness to grant those rights. Thank you so much for representing us courageously and with strong conviction and pride! Boricua para siempre!

  5. Shareen Silva October 2, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

    Newyorican girl, kudos for your bravery, for stepping into your bigger purpose, for inspiring and empowering others 🙂 Looking forward to following your posts…

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