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Join us for our 2017 Southeast Reception

The Southeast Regional Awards Reception will bring together professionals and community supporters of LatinoJustice to celebrate the contributions and achievements of our 2017 honorees. A cocktail reception will be followed by the awards presentation.


  • Lucero: Maria Dantes Sanchez, Vice President and Regional General Attorney, Liberty Mutual Group. Find out more about Maria here
  • Community Champion: The Honorable Carlos J. Martinez, Miami-Dade Public Defender. Find out more about Carlos here
  • Community Justice: Florida Immigration Coalition (FLIC). Find out more about FLIC here

Find out more about the event here and purchase tickets here.

Meet Maria Fernandez, a 2017 Latina Trailblazer

Maria Fernandez is Vice President and Head of Ethics and Compliance North America, Direct Energy. Direct Energy is the North American brand under Centrica, a U.K. company. Maria supports the North America business and ensures that its lines of business, Home and Business, are operating in accordance with the standards developed by Centrica, its customers and the regulators and Centrica's commitment to best practice across the regulatory landscape within North America and the global enterprise.

Direct Energy (DE) is one of North America’s largest energy and energy-related service providers, with more than 5 million residential and commercial customer relationships. With more than 6,000 employees, and $20 billion in annual revenue, DE provides customers with choice and support in managing their energy costs through a portfolio of innovative products and services, including electricity, natural gas and home services in all of North America.

Find out more about Fernandez here, find more information about the event here.

Meet Joyce Rivera, a 2017 Latina Trailblazer

Joyce A. Rivera, ABD, has over 30 years’ experience working with substance users, conducting action research, program design, implementation and evaluation within grassroots settings. Ms. Rivera has a B. S. in Health Planning/Administration and an M.A. in Political Science. She conducted ethnography on the first (1986-90) national (NIDA) epidemiological study of injection-related HIV/AIDS. While working alongside drug market elites in the South Bronx in 1989, Ms. Rivera helped lay the community and institutional foundation for the future legalization of community-based syringe access in New York City.

As the Founding Executive Director of St. Ann’s Corner of Harm Reduction (SACHR) she has developed and tailored behavioral interventions that are culturally appropriate and effective in promoting and sustaining behavior change among stigmatized populations like poor substance users. She has presented her findings at professional for and co-authored “SACHR: An example of an integrated, harm reduction drug treatment program,” published in the Journal of Substance Abuse (2003).

Find out more about Rivera here, find more information about the event here.

Join us for Latina Trailblazers 2017 Breakfast

LatinoJustice PRLDEF chooses a cohort of Latina trailblazers whose groundbreaking accomplishments illuminate new paths for Latinas nationwide. The 2017 honorees fully represent the diversity and achievement of the Latina professional experience


  • Maria Fernandez, Head of Ethics and Compliance, North America, Direct Energy. Find out more about Fernandez here.
  • Janet Murguía, President & CEO, National Council of La Raza. Find out more about Murguía here.
  • Maria-Leticia Ossa Daza, Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. Find out more about Ossa Daza here.
  • Joyce Rivera, Founder & ED,St. Ann’s Corner of Harm Reduction. Find out more about Rivera here.

Find out more about the breakfast here.

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