Patricia S. Castillo has worked more than two decades to end violence against women and children. In addition to serving on Alianza’s Board of Directors, she is the Executive Director of the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative (Putting an End to Abuse through Community Efforts), a coalition of 50 agencies, organizations and individuals. From 1990 to 2002, she was the Projects Coordinator for the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative when it was based at the Benedictine Resource Center in San Antonio, Texas. In this position she developed domestic violence community projects and public policy through collaboration and community organization. As the Executive Director of the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative, she continues to do this work as well as serve as an advocate, educator and technical assistance resource to many sectors of the community, including civic, legal, medical, religious, educational, human resource and media groups; and directs citizen coalitions and networks. From 1982-1985 she was a Public Education Specialist and Caseworker at the Women’s Shelter of Bexar County, San Antonio, where she did crisis intervention, counseling and advocacy with battered families, participated in policy development and designed a community awareness campaign. Ms. Castillo has also done casework with inmate women and their children through the Bexar County Adult Detention Center, and with crime victims and their families at the San Antonio Police Department, where she was the first social worker ever assigned to the Sex Crimes Unit of the Homicide Bureau. Nationally, she has trained and educated at numerous domestic violence conferences in the past 13 years. Internationally, she has trained in Honduras, Brazil, China, Russa, Guatemala, and Mexico. In Mexico, she has worked with the National Network of Shelters, Alternativas Pacificas, a battered womens’ shelter in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, and done trainings in Mexico City, Cancun, and Monterrey.