the power of resilience Violence Intervention Program, Inc.
Commemorative Journal April 4, 2019 Museum of the City of New York
violence intervention program, inc.
mission Our mission is to lead Latina victims of domestic violence to safety, empower them to live free of violence and reach and sustain their full potential. We pursue our mission by raising community awareness, engaging in activism and providing culturally competent services.
Dear Friends, This year, we were proud to honor Cecilia Gastón for extraordinary contributions on behalf of Latina/o/x survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Cecilia served at VIP’s Executive Director from 2008 until 2018. In those ten years, VIP achieved tremendous growth that would not have been possible without her leadership. Cecilia came to VIP at a critical time in our history and brought the passion and drive necessary to bring stability to an organization in transition. To ensure that her career and commitment will be recognized for years to come, VIP has established the Cecilia Gastón Award in her honor. This year’s beneﬁt, entitled The Power of Resilience, was also a celebration of VIP’s 35th anniversary. Founded by women’s rights and anti-violence movement leaders in the 1980s, our activist legacy continues to inspire and underpin our work. Thanks to your solidarity and support, VIP has evolved from a grassroots East Harlem-based response to domestic violence to become one of the most trusted culturally speciﬁc organizations supporting survivors throughout NYC. Thank you for being part of our journey. Margarita Guzmán Executive Director
Silda Palerm Chair, Board of Directors
Violence Intervention Program, Inc. congratulates our honoree
Cecilia M. Gastรณn Former Executive Director Violence Intervention Program, Inc.
co-chairs Anne E. Delaney Abigail E. Disney
benefit committee Robin Chappelle Golston Kyle Dandelet Erin Enright Dr. Rosa Gil Amy Glickman Betsy Mallow Elba Montalvo Milga Morales
Mayra M. Oviedo Silda Palerm Jonathan Park Vanessa Santiago Erika Soto Lamb Linnaea Tillett Manuel J. VĂŠlez Angie Wang
Anne E. Delaney
MJK FAMILY FOUNDATION
Betsy Mallow & Jeremy Robbins
Ellen Chesler & Matthew J. Mallow
Thanks to our supporters Ashley Antler Josué Argüelles Zenon Arribálzaga Amy Barasch Andrew Baroody Lindsay Brienza Anna Carbonell Rita Carillo Ana Cepin Barbara Chesler Aiyoung Choi Kathleen Clarke Brynne Craig Kate Danzinger Erik Eckholm Diane and Peter Escher Lisa Ferri Jill Fink Julian Fisher FTMC Corporation
Salome Galib Michael Gallin Mariana Gastón Miles Gideon Rosa Goldensohn Douglas Grover Linda Guerrero Danielle Guindo Cindy Handler Carolien Hardenbol Mary Haviland Chrissy Hines Madeline Holder Lisa Holton Pamela Huling Juan Ibarra Juan Carlos Ibarra Alla Jesmir Frank Johnson Scott Kennedy
Ruth Kreitzman Valyrie Laedlein Sandra Lamb Karen Lazarus Ruth Levine Lawrence Li María Lizardo Priscilla Ma Sally MacNichol Ernesto Malavé Jon Mallow Susan Migliaccio Stephanie Nilva Nora Oberﬁeld Ramón Peguero César Perales José Pérez Osterman Pérez Rosemonde Pierre-Louis Rita Prats N.A. Prince Vanessa Ramos
Elsa Ríos Rachel Robbins José Rolón Franklin Romeo Denise Rosario Yvette Russell Digna Sánchez Sara Lee Schupf Mary Scott Niketa Sheth Jamie Staﬀord-Hill Annette Stewart Alan Teo Linnaea Tillett and A.V. Ryan Barbara Tulliver Manuel J. Vélez Ruth Anne Visnauskas Loretta Vosseler Quentin Walcott Carmen Rita Wong Adrianne Wright Daniel Wright Barbara Wynne
our services Residential Programs The Residential Programs provide conﬁdential and secure housing to survivors and their children ﬂeeing violence. Our Moriviví Emergency Shelter houses families in scattered site apartments for up to 180 days and at Casa Sandra, we provide eligible families coming out of domestic violence shelters one year of supportive housing.
Non-Residential Programs The Non-Residential Programs operate out of our Manhattan, Queens, and Bronx locations, to provide immediate crisis support and referrals in emergency situations along with ongoing counseling.
Hotline The Hotline team acts as VIP’s ﬁrst responders providing 24/7 crisis support, immediate safety planning and referrals in Spanish and English with access to language interpretation services for speakers of up to 200 other languages. When survivors reach out through the hotline, our compassionate, highly trained counselors answer their calls. Additionally, the hotline team operates a real-time chat option via our website for survivors that have questions about our services but may not be able or ready to call. The chat feature also serves as a resource for advocates, service providers, and people who are concerned about someone in their lives.
Economic Justice Program The Economic Justice Program (EJP) addresses issues of economic inequity that survivors of domestic and sexual violence face and which undermine their safety. Our economic justice work is rooted in the principles of a solidarity economy that brings the community together through a shared vision of economic security and safety for all.
Communications & Outreach Program The Communications and Outreach team engages all community stakeholders to deepen their understanding of domestic and sexual violence within Latina/o/x and communities of color. Our outreach strategy includes a one-of-a-kind community health worker model lead by survivors in our Promotora program.
Brightly East Harlem
Members of Brightly East Harlem, VIPâ€™s ďŹ rst ever cleaning cooperative exclusively owned and operated by Latina survivors of domestic and sexual violence, were recognized at the event for their innovative work. The cooperative business model gives the power directly to the worker-owners who together establish fair wage and labor practices. Brightly East Harlem opens for business this summer!
honoree Cecilia M. Gastón Cecilia M. Gastón as Executive Director at VIP from June 2008 to June 2018. She has a strong track record of service to disenfranchised groups, especially in the Latina community. In 1998, she was recognized as one of El Diario/La Prensa’s Outstanding Women of the Year for her commitment to social justice and women’s health issues. Prior to heading VIP, she worked at Inwood House, one of New York City’s leading teen pregnancy prevention programs. She has also served as program director of multiple supportive housing programs serving people living with HIV/AIDS. Ms. Gastón been a board member of The New York State Coalition against Domestic Violence and represented the Coalition of Domestic Violence Providers on the NYC Continuum of Care in the struggle for aﬀordable housing. She has served as a board member for the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc. and the New York Women’s Foundation and has been a member of the New York Women’s Foundation Grants Committee. She was a National Urban Fellow and recipient of the Capstone Award in Public Administration. Right now, she is member of the NYC Mayor’s Oﬃce Commission on Gender Equity, funding member of the Gender Justice Task Force and member of the Mayor’s Oﬃce Task Force on Domestic Violence. She was recently selected by UN Women New York as a Change Maker. Born in Havana, Cuba to a Cuban father and Mexican mother, she traveled often between the two countries. In 1961, she immigrated with her family to the United States. This uniquely bicultural and multinational background, coupled with her family’s high standard for academics and social awareness, has given her a distinct perspective in her work with Latino and disenfranchised communities. Ms. Gastón earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Baruch College.
board of directors Silda Palerm, Chair Vestry Laight
Betsy Mallow, Vice Chair NYS Homes & Community Renewal
Susan Migliaccio, Treasurer BNY Mellon
Manuel J. VĂŠlez, Secretary Mayer Brown LLP
Robin Chapelle Golston Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts
Mayra M. Oviedo JP Morgan Chase & Co
Kyle Dandelet Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Vanessa Ramos NYC Commission on Human Rights
Linda Schechter Manley NYS Homes and Community Renewal
Vanessa Santiago Aspira of New York
Milga Morales Brooklyn College (Retired)
Erika Soto Lamb Comedy Central
Mayumi Okuda Benavides Columbia University Medical Center
staff Margarita Guzmán Executive Director Quality Assurance & Compliance Asli Osdemir Director Julia Sick Data & Research Manager
Mariana Salazar Outreach Specialist Ángela Bustamante VISTA Fellow Promotoras María Bárbara López Matilde Solano Esmeralda Galindo Victoria Leal Priscila Galindo
Finance Eliazar Suriel Director
Rosaana Conforme Director
Viviana Steinberg Senior accountant
Katia Amaya-Salinas Coordinator
Human Resources Diane Ojeda HR Associate
Perla Hidalgo Counselor/Advocate
Development Jonathan Park Director Communications & Outreach María Eugenia Mondéjar Design Manager Kelly Guajardo Communications Manager Karla Mejía Community Organizer Hilary Pérez Senior Outreach Specialist
Maxiobelly Díaz Counselor/Advocate Yenni Pompa Counselor/Advocate Oscar López Counselor/Advocate Edson Arzu Economic Advocate Manhattan Non-Residential Luz Cruz Madera Counselor/Advocate Modesta Castaño Counselor/Advocate
Michelle Cameo Coordinator
Casa Sandra Supporting Housing Michelle Pérez Program/Property Manager
Yesenia Cortés Counselor/Advocate
Carina Chavarría Social Worker
Claudia Guzmán Counselor/Advocate
Lissette Gutiérrez Housing Justice Advocate
Economic Justice Program
Janet Sánchez Senior House Monitor
Lorena Kourousias Director Lauren Osoria Economic Justice Advocate Sexual Violence Project Jennifer Ruíz Díaz Coordinator
Christina Stubbs House Monitor 24-Hour Bilingual Hotline Yainel Peña-Furmet Coordinator
Olga Rocha Hotline Counselor
Daniel Ortiz Director
Ángela Díaz Hotline Counselor
Moriviví Safe Dwelling Christine Rodríguez Administrative Supervisor
Kelly D´Gracia Supervising Counselor/Advocate Nancy Morales Counselor/Advocate Joannaly Familia Counselor/Advocate
Kischa Negrón Supervisor Johnny Virgil Maintenance Huﬀman López Maintenance César Carrión Maintenance Robert Glasthal Maintenance
event souvenirs All of our guests received one-of-a-kind earrings designed and crafted by three survivors in our Economic Justice Program. Through their participation in our ArteSanando (Healing Arts) initiative, survivors like Martha, AngĂŠlica and Ana are supported in developing their creative passions while building business models that help them reach their goals. If you would like to support these survivors directly by commissioning more of their artwork feel free to contact them.
Martha Carriel 347-651-0530
Ana Ramírez 347-304-6613
To learn more about
Artesanando visit our webpage
Angélica Ramírez 347-841-3426
We hold with great reverence all those who came before us and whose sacriďŹ ces made brought us greater freedom, greater quality of life, and have shown us how to be warriors.
Back row, left to right: Mexican Soldaderas, 1910 Felisa Rincón de Gautiere, Puerto Rico 1897-1994 María Elena Moyano, Perú 1958-1992 Mirabal Sisters, República Dominicana 1960 Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, México 1648-1695 Front row, left to right: Marielle Franco, Brasil 1997-2018 Berta Cáceres, Honduras 1971-2016 Frida Kalho, México 1907-1954 Eva Perón, Argentina 1919-1952 Julia de Burgos, Puerto Rico 1914-1953 Violeta Parra, Chile 1917-1967
Cecilia: From the beginning youâ€™ve been a rare and passionate social justice warrior; one of the first to recognize the impact of violence against women. We see you and are with you. Love, Your sisters at the New York Women's Foundation
MJK FAMILY FOUNDATION Proudly supports the work of
Violence Intervention Program, Inc.
Cecilia M. Gastรณn
This recognition is very well-deserved!
Cecilia M. Gastรณn and
Violence Intervention Program, Inc.
Compassion, Integrity, Courage, Perseverance. We proudly celebrate Ceciliaâ€™s values and accomplishments.
Con mucho amor,
Congratulations We are pleased to support the Violence Intervention Program and its mission to empower Latina victims of domestic violence.
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Big thank you to the entire VIP staff for all your hard work and dedication. with much love, Betsy Mallow
Cecilia M. Gastรณn and
Violence Intervention Program, Inc. Jamie Rubin
OMEGA PHI BETA SORORITY, INC. Proudly supports
Violence Intervention Program, Inc. and congratulates
Cecilia M. GastÃ³n
We congratulate our daughter
Betsy and the
VIOLENCE INTERVENTION PROGRAM, INC.
for their amazing work on
the power of resilience
We proudly support
Violence Intervention Program, Inc.
Ellen Chesler & Matthew J. Mallow
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At the event we served a signature drink:
“The Gastón” Pineapple Juice Rum Fresh Lime
See you again next year!