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I was born and raise in Peru. My parents are from small villages and moved when I was a child to a town call Huancayo (through the history it is know as the capital of artisans and commercialization). Since little girl, I was working with my parents selling their products in fairs, walking to streets and saw how after many years, they were capable to rent a store to continue selling their products. I left my job as a teacher when my community was affected by the terrorism. At that point, I decided to work for human rights and joined as a Coordinator of the Commision of Social Action, where I developed social work with 500 migrant families, in need of receiving protective services from terrorist groups, providing social, health, educational dwelling support, and actions to reduce exposure, mitigate risks. Also, I coordinated plans and social services with Junin authorities, non-profit organizations and community organizations to build coalition that addressed issues regarding family by providing an efficient flow of information between groups. I authored several published newspaper articles regarding the situation of the migrant population due to political violence. I used family therapy techniques to help low self-esteem refugees; taught about parent coaching, domestic violence, counseling, behavioral problems. It was a point where my life was threatened and that was when I got an offer for political asylum but I rejected and continued working for my community.
Thereupon, I worked as Regional Director of Education (Integral prevention and Director of Personnel.