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Alba Jaramillo holds a B.A. theater arts and anthropology from the University of Arizona, and a law degree from the University of Arizona. Alba has over 20 years of experience in the gender violence field. Ms. Jaramillo served as Co-Executive Director of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, the Virginia’s statewide coalition for sexual and domestic violence services and umbrella organization for over 70 sexual and domestic programs. She was the youngest executive director in the country serving as a statewide director for sexual and domestic violence services. Some of Alba’s has included in assisting with the negotiations for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. At an international level, she worked in Kenya with the Federation of Women Lawyers and advised parliament on the inclusion of women’s rights in the Revised Constitution. Currently Alba is the Director of the YWCA’s Latina Leadership Institute and Women Out of Poverty Initiative, and oversee 12 programs empowerment programs for immigrant women and women living in poverty. Almost 1,000 women per year receive services through the programs Alba oversees. As an Artist she has included the arts, including theater, in the curriculum of these programs as a tool for empowerment, self-esteem building and identity. This presentation from the YWCA’s Promotora’s Rompiendo Cadenas, is an example of the work that goes in the Latina Leadership Institute