|Catalina Serrano serves as the Hispanic representative |
of her local chapter of the NAACP.
For her work empowering women, especially victims of domestic violence, and for her advocacy on behalf of families with autistic children, Caty Serrano is recognized as one of our 2016 Human Rights Award winners.
Catalina (Caty) Serrano was born in Mexico City. After high school, she pursued a course of study in education in college.
In August of 2002, Catalina moved to Oklahoma City, where she lives to this day.
Catalina has always wanted to help and serve people who are victims of abuse. Since 2004, she has become increasingly interested in the programs and benefits that this county offers to any people who are victims of abuse.
Because of their legal status or the status of their family, female immigrants are often too scared to go these programs and take this aid. Catalina has volunteered for several wonderful organizations such as the YWCA, the Skyline Urban Ministry, Love OKC, Habitat for Humanity, and EduCare. On two occasions, Catalina has helped present classes on domestic violence and sexual violence offered by the YWCA.
In July 2011, she was invited to help establish the “First Congress of Latina Women” together with two more female survivors of domestic violence under the LCDA (Latino Community Development Agency). That conference took place with great success in March, 2012.
International Day of Women in March and designated October as “Month of non-violence against women or gender-based violence.”
Last year, in February, the foundation presented a series of classes called “You Decide!” The seven-session classes have the sole objective of empowering women to make better decisions in their lives. The community embraced these events.
Catalina was appointed in March, 2016, as the Hispanic representative of the NAACP. In August, she was appointed by AUCD (Association of University Centers on Disabilities) as an ambassador for a new nutrition program for everyone focused on families with disabled children.