Community Based Program Team
Marina Jessop | Community Based programs Manager
Marina Jessop obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Arizona State University and a Bachelor’s in Social Development from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She served as an Ambassadorial Scholar for Rotary International, studying poverty, inequality, and injustice issues for marginalized communities. Marina has work experience as a social worker at the White Mountain S.A.F.E. House, a shelter for domestic violence and sexual assault victims in Northern Arizona. Marina also served as a Families First Specialist, a nonprofit organization based out of Salt Lake City, Utah, where she worked with adolescents with behavioral issues. Marina is currently the Community Based Program Manager for Chicanos Por La Causa, De Colores, and a board member of the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence.
Mary Morales | community based supervisor / Sexual assault advocate
Mary Morales is the Community Based Supervisor and Sexual Assault Advocate with the De Colores Community Based Program; she worked for the State of Arizona's Department of Child Safety, where she started as an Administrative Assistant, promoted to a Case Aide II then continued as an investigator in the investigations unit. She has been doing social work for about ten years. Mary earned her bachelor's degree in criminal justice then took on the challenge of earning her Master's of Education in counseling. One of the many blessings she has received in working with domestic and sexual violence survivors is getting to know the Latino community, hearing their stories, observing their customs, seeing their vision, and sharing their food. She has always known that her work would be in helping and advocating for others.
Guadalupe Madrid | office manager
After spending 16 years in a manufacturing process quality department, Guadalupe did a completed 360 on his career and now is the Administrative Office Care Specialist for the De Colores Community Based Program at Chicanos Por La Causa. Guadalupe is the first point of contact for the De Colres Sexual and Domestic Violence Program, where advocates help survivors and their children recover from the effects of abuse. Although new to the social work field, Guadalupe has always had a passion for volunteering at various non-profits and enjoyed giving back to the community.
The Promotora Coordinator runs and coordinates the De Colores "Promotora" leadership program. They provide sexual and domestic violence support services, education and case management to survivors of sexual and domestic violence in a community based setting.
Karina Lopez | human trafficking coordinator
Karina is a member of Chicanos Por La Causa's De Colores family. Karina is an Arizona native and interned at CPLC De Colores in 2017. In her time as an intern, she worked closely with the legal advocates in both the shelter and the community-based office. She went on to graduate in May of 2017 from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor's in intelligence studies. Currently, Karina is the new Human Trafficking Coordinator, aids clients in the areas of human trafficking, safety planning, support groups, as well as community referrals.
Marisol Rodriguez | housing advocate
In early 2019, Marisol Rodriquez-Cruz joined our De Colores Community Based Team as our Housing Advocate for the transitional Housing Program, HOGAR. Marisol attended Northern Arizona University from 2016 to 2018, where she earned a Bachelor's of Art in English, a certificate in Literature, and a Minor in Philosophy. She began her career with CPLC as an intern at the Carl Hayden Community Center working with children enrolled in the STEAM Program; she then joined the Maryvale Community Service Center as an Office Care Specialist. Marisol now runs our HOGAR Program that provides rental assistance, housing advocacy, case management employment aid, and financial literacy for the survivors or domestic and/or sexual violence enrolled in the program. Her passion for helping the LatinX community had held her to seek out a diverse and fruitful career path with CPLC.
Sonia abril | housing advocate
CPLC employee since 2018 started in Human Resource as the Staffing Administrator but shifted careers to join CPLC De Colores Community to assist and provide safety plans, housing stability, and homeless prevention. I enjoy helping others leave difficult situations while offering support, care, and empathy. On a personal note, I love hiking and spending time with my family and friends.
The Community Based Legal Advocate is responsible for providing lay legal advocacy to "out-of-shelter" survivors of sexual and domestic violence, as well as provide follow up legal advocacy to clients after leaving the De Colores Shelter. The advocate will provide support and education for the survivors as they interact with legal institutions. The legal Advocate also assists in completing required legal activities, supports the survivors with safety planning, and offer community based support groups and outreach presentations.
Iranzu Rodriguez | Community Legal Advocate.
Iranzu immigrated from Mexico and now calls Arizona home. He loves the Arizona weather, the beautiful desert scenery, and hiking. Iranzu has experience in the franchise industry and the real estate sector.
Iranzu has always had a passion for community service, so she has always been involved in her community. Iranzu is known for her volunteering; when a volunteer was needed for Parent Teacher Organization, she was there. She has also volunteered for the USO, United Service Organization, and recently with the Chandler Police at the Family Advocacy Center. Iranzu graduated from Northern Arizona University with a BA in Criminal Justice Administration.
Martha E. | case manager
Martha E. is a member of the Chicanos Por La Causa De Colores family. After obtaining her certification as a medical assistant at Arizona College, Martha spent 5 years as a coordinator in the care of disabled children and working in family medicine; later Martha changed roles to be part of the front desk at our Maryvale offices. Martha's determination and passion for helping others combined with her extensive experience working with children distinguished her as the ideal Youth Advocate. As a youth advocate, Martha leads weekly youth groups and services as a case manager for both youth and adults.
alma guzman | case manager
CPLC previously contracted Alma Guzman to work at the Carl Hayden Center as a Bilingual GED Instructor. Working with adults seeking to earn their high school diploma was one of the most rewarding positions because she enjoyed working in the community. Her extensive experience working with the Latino Community derives from her passion for helping individuals and families in schools.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies for Elementary Education from the University of Laverne in California. She also earned two Associate of Science Degrees in Paralegal Studies from Mount San Antonio College. She completed an internship at the San Bernardino County Superior Court, where she assisted in the Family Law Division. She also completed an internship at a family law office where she was able to encompass her education and compassion to help clients go through a difficult time.
More recently, Alma worked as a pre-litigation paralegal in personal injury firms; however, her passion for working within the community brought Alma back to work at CPLC as a Community Based Advocate.
leticia lowry-Garcilazo | Economic Empowerment Coach
Leticia Lowry-Garcilazo is originally from Mexico City, where she studied her BS in Industrial Design at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana. Leticia has worked as a designer for more than seven years in Mexico and the USA.
Leticia obtained her Master's in Fine Arts (MFA) at The University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley in May 2019. As a multimedia artist and faculty, her artwork and theory address femicide, violence against women; gender equality; and women's empowerment. Leticia moved to AZ in 2020 and interned at De Colores as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer before joining the team as an economic empowerment coach.