MiA - Mujeres in Action is the first organization in the Spokane region dedicated to serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence from the Latinx communities. It began in 2018 when founder and Executive Director, Hanncel Sanchez, realized there was a gap in culturally responsive services for Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence. She shared her concern with others and gathered the support not only from her family, pastors, and Eastern Washington University professor, but also from Lutheran Community Services of Northwest and the YWCA of Spokane.
At the end of September of 2018, MiA was officially launched to the community with the Rompe el Silencio workshop. Since then, MiA has been providing culturally responsive life-saving services and resources to Latinx survivors and their families, as well as educating the community from a Latinx perspective to end family violence.
Towards the end of 2019, the Group Health Foundation supported MiA with its first grant that enabled the non-profit to hire its first two employees. In September of 2020 MiA and the YWCA of Spokane partnered to provide safe housing options to survivors facing very high housing barriers. Today, MiA continues to grow with the support of the community.
MiA - Mujeres in Action is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and material or cash donations made to MiA - Mujeres in Action are entirely tax-deductible (83-2464309)
We believe that all people can embrace their identity, define their future and change the world.
Help and advocate for survivors of domestic violence and / or sexual assault.
Increase access to culturally relevant services for survivors
Educating the community about sexual and domestic violence from a Latinx perspective to eradicate family violence.
We want to see a strong, prosperous Latinx community free from violence.
We believe that with your voice, help and your financial support, we can create a better future, not only for our generation, but also for the next generations. This is everyone's responsibility.
Our Board of Directors
Hanncel is originally from Venezuela and immigrated to the United States with her family as a teenager. As a dreamer living in Orlando, FL, she struggled for many years trying to earn a college degree there. In 2014, Hanncel and her family moved to Seattle, WA in search of better opportunities. Fortunately, Hanncel was able to attend Eastern Washington University, where she eventually graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Women and Gender Studies in 2019. While in college, she volunteered as an advocate for the sexual assault helpline with Lutheran Community Services Northwest. Through this work with the survivors, she realized that there was a gap in services for the Latinx community. This need inspired her to create MiA - Mujeres in Action, the only culturally responsive organization in Spokane that supports Latinx survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Thanks to a grant from the Group Health Foundation, Hanncel works full-time as the Executive Director of MiA and hopes that MiA will continue to be a beacon of empowerment and support for Spokane's Latinx community.
Ana Trusty grew up on the beautiful Isla del Encanto - Puerto Rico, then moved to Miami FL and completed a Bachelor of Business from Florida International University. In August 2010, Ana moved to Spokane in search of a more conducive environment to raise her daughter.
Ana is currently the Program Coordinator for MiA- Mujeres in Action, where she advocates for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to facilitate culturally appropriate access to health care, safe housing, legal assistance, and helps participants create a safety plan. Ana also supports MiA with fundraising, volunteering, and building relationships within the Spokane community.
Ana loves being in nature with her two daughters and her dog, Shaggy. Together, they raise dogs and cats for local organizations, take care of dogs through Rover, and tend their garden during the summer.
Housing Advocate in the
Puerto Seguro program
Hi! My name is Aylin Garcia, I am a Mexican-American woman, and my pronoun is she/her. I have had experience working with teenage mothers who are at risk of homelessness. I have also had experience working with survivors of domestic violence as a legal advocate. I recently graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor of Social Work, and I am currently studying for my Master's degree. My position with Mujeres in Action is an advocate to assist survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault who are part of the Latinx community to find a home that is stable, safe, and meets other needs. My vision is to help individuals regain confidence, take control of their lives, and overcome challenges to obtain a better quality life.