Survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking experience extreme physical, emotional, and psychological trauma. Survivors often find themselves alone, with no one to turn to for support, encouragement or assistance. Support groups provide a safe space for survivors to empower one another through the healing process.
Hermanas Unidas (Sisters United) was the country’s first grassroots leadership development, community education and empowerment project for Latina survivors of domestic violence. Founded in 1991 as a support group under Ayuda’s domestic violence program, it has since expanded to also include survivors of sexual assault and human trafficking.
Hermanas Unidas is dedicated to the belief that empowered Latina women can break the cycle of violence in their homes and communities and create lasting solutions to counter the impact that the trauma of violence has had on their lives. The mission of the group is to increase self-confidence and to promote education, leadership and social development.
Hermanas Unidas members meet once a month, on Saturdays, and participate in a variety of therapeutic and educational workshops. The group’s activities are intended to help women strengthen their communication skills, overcome the trauma of their abuse, and work towards leading empowered self-sufficient lives.
Member Requirements: Members are Latina survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking. There is no participation requirement to join the group.
If you are interested in joining Hermanas Unidas, please contact:
Jennifer at 202.387.4848, Ext. 129. or come to our office during our Washington, DC intake hours for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking: Monday - Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. For directions to our office please click here.