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Madrinas "godmothers" of Social Work take an active interest and acts as a mentor, sponsor, or supporter of emerging social workers.

Rosa MBramble Caballero, LCSW-R

Rosa M. Gil, DSW

Maria Elena Girone, MSW

Linda Lausell Bryant, MSW, Ph.D.

Maria Lizardo, LMSW

Laura Quiros, Ph.D., LMSW


Erica P. Sandoval, LCSW, SIFI

Cindy Bautista-Thomas, Ph.D., LCSW, RYT

Laudy Burgos, LCSW-R

Edith Chaparro, Ph.D., LCSW-R

Karen Ciego, LCSW

Jasmin Collazo, DSW, LCSW

Andres Gomez, MSW

Jessica Hardial, LCSW, MA

Yurilka A. Hernandez, LCSW

Luisa Lopez, MSW

Madeline Maldonado, LCSW-R

Ingrid McFarlane, LCSW-R

Paula McMillan-Perez, LCSW

Amelia Ortega, LCSW

Maria E. Ortiz, M.A., LMSW

Tania Vargas, LCSW

“This is a deeply authentic book revealing the strength within the collective vulnerability of its contributors. What an honor it is to be a part of this timely work, a labor of love if ever there was one. Each of our narratives is unique and yet deeply connected by strong thematic fibers that include a quest to be all that we truly are in a landscape that asks us to relinquish our authentic selves as the entrance fee into the struggle to succeed. Although each of the authors has accomplished impressive levels of success, these are stories of the cost, the toll, and the eventual triumph of our very souls. This is a collective declaration of a commitment to succeed on our own terms and reclaim the beauty and power of our deepest selves and the ancestors who sowed their love and strength into us with their blood, sweat and tears. We honor them in this book. We honor us in this book.”
Linda Lausell Bryant, MSW, Ph.D
Latinx in Social Work Madrina
“This book offers a much-needed perspective of LatinX social workers' tireless efforts to advance equity and justice. These are personal stories of those working on the frontlines and are rich in emotion, philosophy, conflict, hope, and determination as they strive daily to make a difference in the quality of life of their communities. This book serves as an inspiration to future generations of Latinx social workers and the collective impact they look to make.”
Ana L. Oliveira
President & CEO of The New York Women's Foundation
Owning your own narrative is the true embodiment of freedom. This book highlights wonderful narratives that demonstrate the diversity of our Latina diaspora. Thank you for this important work.”
Lisette Nieves
President, Fund for the City of New York