As a survivor of domestic violence, I have long been committed to women and children's well-being. In 1979, I left Puerto Rico with my five daughters to start a new life. I was 28 years old, had no professional training and did not speak English. Nor did I know anyone in Hartford. By 1981, I had learned English and held a receptionist position at a local Latino non-profit. After 6 years holding various positions there, I was promoted to CEO, which I held for 7 years. Since then, I have served in state and city government, statewide human service agencies, CBO boards and many task forces.