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DVCC Advocate Named as Co-chair of Hispanic Advisory Council

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Doris Urteaga, Coordinator of Spanish Language Services and EsperanzaCT for the DVCC, was recently elected Co-Chair of the Hispanic Advisory Council of Greater Stamford. A significant resource for the Hispanic community, the HACGS addresses issues affecting the Hispanic population in the Greater Stamford area and fosters and coordinates the efforts of people and organizations serving that population. In addition to networking and coordinating and sharing ideas and resources, the advisory council sponsors a major health fair every year and advocates for the Hispanic community locally and statewide. Its membership includes representatives from non-profit agencies, civic and social service organizations, community groups, local schools and the Hispanic press. Urteaga provides counseling services to DVCC clients and helps to manage EsperanzaCT, DVCC's Spanish language website and 24-hour service line for victims of domestic abuse. "Along with counseling and advocating for victims of intimate partner violence, Doris has taken an active role in partnering with other organizations for many years in order to ensure that members of our Spanish speaking communities have knowledge of and access to a broad range of services," said DVCC Executive Director Rachelle Kucera Mehra. "We applaud her accomplishments and her recent election as Co-Chair of Stamford's Hispanic Advisory Council." Urteaga will co-chair the HACGS with Juan Medrano, who is the Director of Finance at the Yerwood Center in Stamford.