Patricia Castillo, Alianza Board member and Executive Director of the P.E.A.C.E. (Putting an End to Abuse through Community Efforts) Initiative, visited Nicaragua March 26-30 to conduct workshops on the cyclical, detrimental impact that domestic violence imposes on society. Ms. Castillo highlighted the crucial role all sectors of the community need to play in addressing the problem and working toward a solution. In energetic, interactive sessions, Ms. Castillo shared educational facts that highlighted the physiological impacts of domestic violence on children and the resulting economic burden for all members of society. Ms. Castillo traveled to four cities on the Pacific and Atlantic Coasts to conduct the training workshops. The trip was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in recognition of Women's History Month in the U.S. and International Women's Day (March 8).
Ivonne Ortiz, Alianza's Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator, made a similar trip to the Dominican Republic last August to conduct a series of trainings in the Dominican Republic. The trainings were organized by the U.S. Department of State, in conjunction with the DR's National Directorate for Assistance to Victims and the Ministry of Women. Ms. Ortiz spoke before several national groups including the Ministries of Culture, Education, Public Health, Sports, Youth, as well as the Attorney General of the Republic, the National Police and representatives from various NGOs that work in the areas of domestic and gender violence.