By Yolanda Gonzalez, Program Assistant and HR Coordinator
Guara Bi – Manaya in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico has been offering direct services to female victims of gender-based violence. Recently, the Department of Justice awarded us with a grant allocated by the Government of Puerto Rico through the Committee on Prevention, Support, Rescue and Education of Gender Violence (PARE).
WestCare’s Chief Operating Officer for the Caribbean and Latin American region, Cristian Duarte, joined the Secretary of Justice, Domingo Emanuelli, to sign an agreement between the agencies. We intend for this agreement to strengthen the services provided to meet the emotional, psychosocial, and physical needs of primary and secondary victims of those we serve. Guara Bi – Manaya has helped dozens of crime victims to stabilize their lives by providing security, protection, and assistance as they navigate the process of the justice system.