Since 2011, Lisbet Perez’s (she/her/hers) professional and volunteer work has focused on ending domestic violence and abuse in the immigrant and refugee communities. She currently works as a Victim Representative for the San Diego District Attorney’s Office assisting the homeless community affected by crime and families who have lost a loved one to domestic violence.
Previously, Perez was Alliance for HOPE International’s Program Manager for Proyecto Esperanza – Despues de la Crisis (Project HOPE – After the Crisis), which was generously funded by a grant from the Avon Foundation for Women. In that role, she used her advocacy skills and peer-coaching experience to create a close community of Latina domestic violence survivors who sought to build their confidence using tools for self-improvement, education, social development, and family integration.
Earlier in her life as a young immigrant mother, Perez, herself made the journey through domestic violence. As a survivor, she dedicates her life to advocating and helping those who have been silenced by domestic violence in the immigrant and refugee communities. She hopes to build a community that is supportive of children and youth affected by trauma.
Her deep and wholehearted involvement with San Diego VOICES led her to become a highly sought-after public speaker who has brought awareness to domestic violence issues by sharing her experience. Her presentations opened doors to deeper conversations about domestic violence at numerous conferences and events, including the Annual International Family Justice Center Conference, the National District Attorneys Association’s National Multidisciplinary Conference on Domestic Violence, the California District Attorneys Association Seminar, San Diego Domestic Violence Council Trainings, and the Eva Longoria Foundation’s annual gala.
In the community, Perez is the Chair of the Binational Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Committee of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council, RISE Project Victim Advisory Committee Member with the National Crime Victim Law Institute, Crime Victim and Survivor Advisory Board Member with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, Project Safe House Auxiliary Board Member with Center for Community Solutions, and Binational Health Week Planning Committee held by Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego.