Marcia Olivo, a Dominican Republic native, is recognized for her work as a community organizer and advocate for domestic violence victims. In 1989, Marcia moved to the United States and began working as a community organizer with both “Mother on the Move” and “North West Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition”, both located in the Bronx, New York.
Upon relocating to Miami, Florida in 2000, Marcia continued working with organizations such as Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center as well as coordinated the Florida Immigrant Coalition. Marcia also made a name for herself at Power U for Social Change, where she organized parents around educational issues to develop a platform that would improve educational standards at public elementary schools.
In 2002, Marcia became a full time mom. She resumed her work in 2008 as a Coordinator of a support group geared towards women and children survivors of domestic violence. Marcia, along with her colleague, recognized a great need for a long term sustainable organizing group led by survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. This group would raise awareness around the impact of violence that women and their families experience as well as address society’s response to violence against women. Ultimately, Sisterhood of Survivors was created in 2008. In June 2012, Sisterhood of Survivors merged with the Miami Workers Center and has become the Gender Justice Council of the organization. The purpose of the council is to promote gender equality; provide a framework to analyze and understand social issues affecting women; provide women leaders with a platform to share their experiences; organize and win the incorporation of gender in social, racial and economic justice organizing; and to engage broader constituencies around issues of women’s right and gender justice.
Miami Workers Center
The Miami Workers Center is a strategy and action center. We build the collective strength of low-income people of color and our communities for power and self-determination.