Flor M. Maldonado (she/her/hers) was born in the Dominican Republic and migrated to the United States at the age of 15 where she settled with her family in the city of Lawrence, MA.
Maldonado’s passion for advocating for gender equality and women’s rights started while she was working as a Medical Assistant at Health Quarters, a Family Planning and Reproductive Health Clinic that serves the underserved community in Lawrence, Haverhill and the North-shore Area of the state of Massachusetts.
In her current role, she has been serving as one of the Domestic Violence Specialists for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, Northern Region for over five years. She works as a liaison between DCF, domestic violence agencies and organizations responsible for increasing family safety to enhance their capacity to serve families exposed to intimate partner violence.
Maldonado’s role is to work with DCF staff, domestic violence programs, community partners and particularly regional and area managers, to integrate domestic violence and child protection practice on local and statewide levels. She provides consultation, training and technical assistance to mandated reporters in order to increase their capacity to partner with child protection and safely file reports of child abuse and neglect. She works with the statewide DCF Domestic Violence Unit team for consistent delivery of consultation and training information across the Commonwealth DCF staff.
Maldonado has devoted the past fourteen years advocating for women’s rights and social justice but her most important roles in life are being a daughter, a mother, a sister, an aunt, a friend and now a grandmother to a happy and handsome toddler who brings her more hope energy and strength to continue her mission.