About the Speakers
Suzann Jacquez-Sanchez received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley with a concentration in Ethnic Studies and Literature. She received her Master’s in Social Work from New York University and has been working in the field for over 18 years in immigrant communities throughout New York City. She began her career in the Lower East Side doing youth development at Grand Street Settlement as an AmeriCorps Coordinator. She then worked at The Bridge, a Continuing Day Treatment Program serving adults with serious and persistent mental illness. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker she has provided outpatient mental health treatment in various clinical settings and has extensive training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Complicated Grief Treatment. She is a Field Instructor for MSW students and she currently works as a Bilingual Social Worker within the Department of Education. She also has a private practice in Brooklyn specializing in trauma, grief and loss.
Maria Garcia received her Bachelor’s degree from New York University with a double major in Latin American Studies and Psychology. Maria was the first high school and college graduate in her family. After receiving support from the Center for Family, a community social work organization, Maria decided to pursue a Social Work Degree. Maria graduated with Honors from the Hunter School of Social Work in 2013. She started her social work career in in-home crisis intervention and then transitioned into foster care. She worked in the therapeutic foster care setting and permanency planning at The Children’s Aid Society. Ms. Garcia currently works as a School Social Worker in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, providing services such as grief, socialization, and parenting groups to support vulnerable populations within the school community.