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MUA featured on Telemundo for International Women’s Day

MUA was featured on the 6:00 pm news on Telemundo Bay Area (Spanish language news station) on March 8, 2022.  The following article is translated from the Telemundo website. Please click the link to watch the video.

“It empowered me, it saved me”: organization helps Latina women get ahead in San Francisco

The organization also works on activism in political and social causes to push an immigration reform and improve labor protections for domestic workers.

Link to the video here: https://www.telemundoareadelabahia.com/videos/videos-noticias/me-empodero-me-salvo-organizacion-ayuda-a-mujeres-latinas-a-salir-adelante-en-san-francisco/2211244/

The organization Mujeres Unidas y Activas has managed to help thousands of women who have been survivors of domestic violence in San Francisco.

For 30 years, this organization has been a refuge for women, Latinas and immigrants.

Recently arrived in the United States, a mother suffered serious problems of domestic violence.

“My husband had me locked up, he didn’t let me out more than two blocks and more than anything he had me under surveillance. When I told him I was pregnant, he comes and says, well, I don’t know whose it is, this baby is not mine, and threatened to kill us, ” she said.

However, after seeking help through the organization, she managed to get out and move forward with her life.

“It empowered me, it did save me, because I didn’t know that I had rights,” she stated.

Like her, thousands of women over the years have found support and hope in this organization.

In addition to the help they offer these women, the organization also works in activism in political and social causes, pushing for immigration reform and improving labor protections for domestic workers. They also train members to become counselors to answer their sexual abuse hotline.

MUA is a space where a woman can know that “there are people who are not going to judge her, are not going to criticize her, but simply are going to be able to support her,” staff member Veronica Nieto said.

Through online social networks, the organization holds two weekly meetings open to the public to discuss these issues.

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MUA - Mujeres Unidas y Activas

MUA is a grassroots organization of Latina immigrant women with a dual mission of personal transformation and community power. Creating an environment of understanding and confidentiality, MUA empowers and educates our members through mutual support and training to be leaders in their own lives and in the community. Working with diverse allies, MUA promotes unity and civic-political participation to achieve social justice.

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