- Staff Spotlight: Lubia
Staff Spotlight: Lubia
April’s Staff Spotlight focus on Lubia, Mujeres’ Community Educator and Volunteer Supervisor of the Sexual Assault Program. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about sexual assault and to take action. Keep on reading more about Lubia’s extraordinary work at Mujeres!
Lubia always had a special interest in social services and had admired Mujeres’ work in the community. She took the 56 Hour Sexual Assault Training to pursue this interest in social services. After completing the training, she was especially excited to learn that there was a position available in the Sexual Assault Program at Mujeres, applied, and has been part of the team for a year.
As Community Educator and Volunteer Supervisor for the Sexual Assault Program, Lubia focuses on community education. Through this work, she presents to a variety of groups including youth, elementary schools, and parent groups to advocate and educate the community about sexual assault. In her Volunteer Supervisor duties, she prepares volunteers to provide exceptional assistance and support services for survivors of sexual assault as Medical Advocates, who respond to advocacy requests from local hospitals. Lubia says that when she sees the dedication and commitment the volunteers bring to their work, it makes her want to be a better advocate. Lubia also meets with survivors when she is on intake duties. Providing clients with support is an essential component in their recovery, and it is this trust that Lubia finds to be the most rewarding part of her job.
The importance of these sexual assault services could not be more essential. Recent budget cuts issued by Governor Bruce Rauner have terminated $26 million in immigration services and health grants, seriously affecting the immigrant community. The Immigrant Family Resource Program, providing $55,000 for economic assistance for survivors of violence at Mujeres alone, was completely eliminated. Lubia says, “It’s shocking because services won’t be available for people who need and depend on them. They are always the first to go when the budget gets cut. Lack of services is a fatal problem because it discourages survivors from seeking these life-saving services.” Lubia mentioned the need to get people engaged in advocacy, “It’s important to mobilize and send information to let people know the significant impact these cuts will have on social services. Find and call your legislator to let them know that these cuts hurt our community.”