Erika Brooks has an Associate’s Degree in Science, and is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Social Work at Adelphi University. She is an immigrant from Puebla, Mexico, and has taken an interest in the social work field due to her own personal experience with domestic violence. As a survivor of abuse, she can relate to the many difficult phases that a victim experiences throughout the process of leaving the abusive relationship. Erika knows firsthand the importance of having a resourceful social worker to provide help, guidance and support during a crisis, and the effectiveness of advocacy for social justice.
SEPA Mujer opened its doors to Erika in 2008, first by providing her with supportive services such as education and legal representation, and then by offering her a unique and very special way to give back to the community. In 2009, Erika became a volunteer for SEPA Mujer. She has since participated in several projects to advocate for women’s rights and has attended educational workshops which have helped her community. In the process, she has evolved into a leader and has helped to empower other women. Through SEPA Mujer’s Sister-in-Law Program, Erika helps other women write their affidavits regarding domestic abuse and has organized and mobilized the group for various social justice campaigns. Erika is now a senior leader and is greatly respected by all of her sisters at SEPA Mujer.
Erika Brooks now works professionally as a social services examiner at the Suffolk County Department of Social Services. She provides advocacy services necessary to obtain Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for disabled Temporary Assistance recipients in all phases of the eligibility process including applications, appeals and administrative hearings.
“I have been empowered by the continuous support and education provided by this unique agency. The gift of knowledge is priceless and it has improved my personal and professional life”