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BWJP Welcomes Lumarie Orozco, MA, as the new Project Director, Firearms Technical Assistance Project  

Lumarie Orozco will serve as the Project Director, Firearms Technical Assistance Project.  

BWJP has hired Lumarie Orozco, MA to be the Director of FTAP. Ms. Orozco comes to BWJP from Esperanza United where she served as the Director of Special Initiatives and provided strategic culturally responsive training and technical assistance on issues relevant to lethality and intimate partner homicide prevention to multidisciplinary teams and Latino community-based organizations and communities looking to reduce intimate partner homicide while advocating on behalf of Latina survivors and communities to ensure parity and equity in access to services and safety.  

“We know that domestic violence is a complex issue, and there is no single solution,” said Ms. Orozco. “But we are confident that with BWJP working with local grantee communities, FTAP will make a difference in the lives of survivors of domestic violence and their families, and their communities.” 

As a community psychologist, Lumarie has worked with local, national, and international project partners to inform and enhance the practices of innovative, community-based, and dynamic nonprofit organizations, criminal justice systems and other agencies to achieve remarkable social change in service provision to Latina survivors, Latino and BIPOC communities in their quest to enhance their domestic violence service response.  

Lumarie, a survivor, community psychologist and visionary architect with more than 20 years of experience working to end gender-based violence takes a survivor-led and community-centered approach to addressing gender-based violence and intimate partner homicide in BIPOC communities. Developing and implementing trauma-informed culturally and linguistically responsive strategies that look at prevention as a way of promoting individual wellness and safety, while intentionally collaborating with BIPOC communities to address the communities’ most pressing issues, and in doing so, aiming to reduce social inequities by empowering communities through intentional community engagement, inclusion and leadership strategies that enhance access and service provision for BIPOC survivors of gender-based violence.  

"Lumarie Orozco brings an unparalleled wealth of knowledge and experience to our organization, and we are thrilled to have her as the Project Director for the Firearms Technical Assistance Project. Her impressive track record in leading initiatives to prevent domestic violence homicide and promote equity in service provision is a testament to her dedication and expertise. Lumarie's survivor-led and community-centered approach, coupled with her deep understanding of culturally responsive strategies, has resulted in remarkable social change and enhanced access to services for BIPOC survivors. We are honored to have Lumarie as a vital part of our team, driving transformative progress in the realm of firearms and domestic violence prevention." - Amy J. Sanchez, CEO 

Meet Lumarie: 

Q: What brought you into the field of gender-based violence? 

Ah! This is one of those questions where I struggle with how much do I share, what is appropriate to share? Something about me is that I am genuine and believe in owning and speaking my truth. I am no longer riddled by the shame that can sometimes accompany being a victim of gender-based violence. I own all my lived realities and truths.  

I came to the field as a survivor who was at high risk for lethality. I came looking for answers that I could not find anywhere else at the time. I came to give back what I wish had been given to me while I battled through the aftermath of experiences of sexual, dating, and domestic violence. I came to make sure that young Latinas and Latina women who did not have a name for what they were experiencing had a place to learn, heal and thrive, like I have had the honor of doing. I do this work for them. I do this work for my abuelas, my tias, my mom, my sister, my niece, my family, my friends, and girls and women everywhere. We have all been impacted by gender-based violence in one way, shape or form.  

Q: What drew you to BWJP? 

The opportunity to do what I love while impacting the criminal justice system from a lens and perspective which aligns with my own. A survivor- and community-centered approach, ensuring that the voices of the most marginalized individuals and communities influence the way the work gets done.  

Q: What are you most looking forward to working at BWJP?  

I’m most looking forward to the opportunity to work alongside and learn from a superstar line up of experts and practitioners! Plus, the fact that the organizational vision and the trajectory of the organization lends itself to incubating projects and initiatives that have the potential to shift how this work gets done and it is all very exciting to me to be a part of it all! 

Q: How do you like to spend your time outside of work? 

Those who know me know that I am a CrossFit and Olympic weightlifting enthusiast and athlete. I love the challenge of both sports as well as the level of confidence and strength that I have gained from practicing over the years. I also love to cook, it is one of my love languages, and I am also a budding artist. I have been dabbling in expressive art therapy over the past two years and have really enjoyed how it centers and grounds me and provides me with insights and perspectives that have been healing for my mind, body, and soul.  

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