Panel to Discuss Effects of Domestic Violence in Hispanic Community


In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a panel of experts representing local community service agencies will discuss the effects of domestic violence in the Hispanic community at The College of New Rochelle on Wednesday, October 16.

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Judy Gordon, Associate Professor of Social Work. The panel will include Yhatrid Algarin, LCSW-R, of Alssaro Counseling Services; Martha C. Anderson, Program Specialist for the Westchester County Office for Women; Daniel Villena, staff attorney at Empire Justice Center; Zoe Colon, MPA, executive director of the Hispanic Resource Center; and Elsa I. Arce, MS, LMHC, coordinator of bilingual services for Hope's Door, Inc.

The panel will be followed by breakout groups addressing specific issues.

Gordon, Anderson, and Villena will be joined by Betty Luciano in discussing immigration and other legal concerns. Luciano is a domestic unit paralegal with Legal Services of the Hudson Valley.

Colon will speak on community resources and shelters with Celia Megias, coordinator of self-sufficience programs at My Sisters' Place, and Silvana Bajana, director of Latino and international initiatives at CNR.

Algarin, Arce, and Associate Professor of Social Work Dr. Catherine Pearlman will discuss counseling and family related services.

The event, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Room C of Sweeny Student Center, is co-sponsored by the Westchester Division of the National Association of Social Workers. For more information, contact Gordon at or (914) 654-5392.