Mario Bosquez, CBS 2 co-anchor; Victor (Rivas) Rivers, actor, author and domestic violence activist; Commissioner Guillermo Linares, , NYC Mayor’s Office on Immigrant Affairs; Joe Semidei, Executive Director, St. Christophers; Antonio Martinez, Univision 41 anchor and reporter.
In April 2005 and April 2006, we organized two Latino Men Speak Out Against Domestic Violence
luncheons, in New York City, which featured high-profile Latino men including community leaders, politicians, actors, and survivors of family violence. We co-sponsored a third Latino Men Speak Out
in New Mexico, in June 2007, with the NMCADV, which brought together city and state elected officials, judges, prosecutors, survivors and domestic violence and child protection advocates.
The Speak Outs aim to drive home the fact that domestic violence is not just a woman’s issue, and that the involvement of men, specifically Latinos, as advocates is indispensable to putting an end to this epidemic and helping to create healthy families and relationships. It has been encouraging to see more and more men willing to speak out against and work to end family and relationship violence.
Rossana Rosado, Publisher and CEO of El Diario/La Prensa and Antonio Martínez, Univisión 41, anchor and reporter, were the emcees.
Victor Rivers read a moving passage from his book— A Private Family Matter.
Mario Bosquez, CBS News 2 anchor and reporter, whose mother was a victim of domestic violence, told the audience: “I am not a survivor of domestic abuse. I live it everyday in my head; it’s not over.”