Dulce A. Rojas-Mendez
Community Organizer of SEPA Mujer
Dulce Anhel Rojas-Mendez was fueled to rise above racism and stereotypes from an early age and be in solidarity with all Latinos without any exclusions or bias. Born in El Distrito Federal, Mexico; Dulce arrived to New York in 1995. She was only 10 years old in Farmingville during one of the most racially tense and violent eras of Long Island. They were forced to leave their house and move after an attack on their family and year of harassment from her neighbors that were part of an anti-immigrant group in the area near her house, but they became involved in the community and fought back. Dulce grew up seeing her mother rise up as an activist in her community, standing up to racism and anti-immigrant groups. The need to give back and serve her community pushed Dulce to make time to volunteer during her undergrad in many places where she could be helping the Latino immigrant community. Off Campus, she became an active member, of the Youth Leadership Chapter of the Long Island Immigrant Student Advocates (LIISA), an organization formed by youth activists to spread awareness and create opportunities for undocumented students. Her and her mother faced a constant struggle to make ends meet, getting up to work at sunrise after having pulled an all-nighter to studying or babysitting, and persevere as two latina women. These experiences shaped the fierce feminist in Dulce.
Today, Dulce is the first Community Organizer for SEPA Mujer Inc. targeted to defending the rights of Latino Immigrant Women. It has become one of Dulce’s biggest and most resourceful tools to battling racism, ending stereotypes inspiring other young leaders, strong female advocates and empowering the next generation to continue to push for social change by leading great groups of women in protests, actions, campaigns, showing them how to raise their voice against injustices and sharing their fears and turning them into courage. Dulce actively serves as a spokesperson for our Latina Immigrant women who feel trapped in a vicious cycle of domestic violence, sexual abuse or human trafficking in various coalitions, events and other similar presentations. Dulce has since then won a New York State Rising Latino Star 40 under 40 award, paid homage in Noticia Long Island Newspaper with three other colleagues as Young Latina Women Leaders of Long Island, and most recently a 2016 Long Island Latina de Exito by Empowering Women Radio & TV and Long Island Lation Magazine and TV.