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Staff Members

Executive Director

Adelita Michelle Medina has more than 25 years experience working in a wide-range of fields in both the private and public sectors. She served as the Executive Director of the Military Families Support Network (MFSN), a national organization that advocated a peaceful resolution to the Persian Gulf conflict, served the families of military personnel deployed in the Persian Gulf, and documented health problems of returning Gulf veterans. Ms. Medina also headed the Citizens' Committee for Historic Preservation in New Mexico and served as Project Coordinator of the Movement Support Network (MSN), at the Center for Constitutional Rights in NYC. She has worked in various capacities at the Ms. Foundation for Women, Sister Fund, Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the Association for Hispanic Arts. She also held several public sector jobs, including Communications Associate for the NYC Mayor's Office of Latino Affairs, Program Associate for the NYC Community Development Agency, and Public Relations Officer for the Las Vegas Medical Center in New Mexico. As a private consultant for five years, Ms. Medina helped raise funds for various nonprofit organizations serving women, children and families, including several that addressed domestic violence. She has published numerous articles on a variety of topics ranging from worker, immigrant, veterans' and women's rights, to women's health & safety, business, and arts and culture. She holds an M.S. degree in Journalism from Columbia University's School of Journalism and a B.A. in English and Art from New Mexico Highlands University. She has one son, one grandson, and one granddaughter.

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Director of Policy and Research

Rosie Hidalgo received her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in government and international relations from Georgetown University and received her law degree from New York University School of Law where she was the recipient of the Root Tilden Scholars Fellowship for public interest law.

After graduating from college she spent a year in Venezuela as a volunteer at an orphanage for neglected and abandoned children.  She worked in the Dominican Republic from 1991-1992 on a project funded by UNICEF to implement the U.N. Conventions on the Rights of Women and Children and reform the laws on domestic violence.

Rosie has practiced as an attorney at legal services programs for low-income families in New York City and in Northern Virginia, providing representation in the areas of family law, domestic violence, child welfare and special education. She also helped to establish and served as the initial Executive Director for the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice.  Rosie also served as president of the Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia.

Rosie moved to the Dominican Republic with her husband and three children in January of 2002 where she helped to coordinate the “Departamento de Justicia y Paz” (Department of Justice & Peace) at the OSCUS community center in a barrio outside of Santo Domingo and also served as the Coordinator for the “Red de Apoyo y Coordinación por una Cultura de Paz”, which she helped to establish. This program trained community leaders on domestic violence prevention and intervention, provided parenting classes to reduce family violence, and provided legal assistance on family law issues.  Rosie also worked as a consultant for the World Bank in the Dominican Republic, helping to develop a national project to assist over half a million undocumented Dominican children and adults.

Rosie returned to the D.C. area in July of 2006 and presently serves as the Director of Policy and Research for the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence.

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