Living with Dignity: Lived Experiences of Latina Immigrant Survivors


This report is a collective construction of knowledge in which we articulate the wisdom of a group of survivors of gender-based violence from a community-based organization based on their own experiences along with the methodological knowledge of an academic research team. It is our intention to recognize the capacity and profound power of community-based groups’ knowledge creation, as well as to highlight our commitment to investigations that are not extractive of the wisdom of communities from the global majority through participatory research methods. Our collaboration is between Madre Tierra, a Latinx community-based organization that provides supportive services to survivors of gender-based violence in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC, and the Linguistic Justice Division within the Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence at Michigan State University.

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