Maria and her daughter survived years of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her ex-husband. After her daughter got pregnant as a result of this abuse, Maria reported the crime to the police. Now, she encourages all immigrants, and specially women, to report all situations of abuse and to go to the police with confidence. Maria wants to tell all mothers to keep their eyes on their daughters and pay close attention to behavior changes, to empower them to speak up and to
Maria recently got immigration status.She is now able to travel to Mexico to see her parents who are very old. It's been Maria's dream to see them at least one last time. She will bring her newborn grandchild to meet them too! Maria is studying hard to get her degree in Education. She is currently learning English as well as computers. She finally feels integrated in the community and she is very thankful to Mil Mujeres for the work we did!