Julia has over two decades of experience in community health, rape crisis, and work with sexually exploited youth. Since joining YWFC in 2014, Julia has been instrumental in the success of the organization’s programmatic work and in maintaining the culture and healing methodologies central to its ability to effect change. Julia can also be credited with running the YWFC headquarters in San Francisco – enabling expansion to Santa Clara County, Oakland, and Los Angeles.
She is a second-generation immigrant of Mexican/ Filipino descent and identifies as Xicana. And this work and YWFC are personal to her, having had involvement in foster care, the underground street economy, and incarceration. She has healed her life and is committed to supporting marginalized girls to break free from systemic and interpersonal violence. She is currently majoring in Women’s Studies at San Francisco City College and has an extensive background in community health, rape crisis, and work with sexually exploited youth.