Building relationships in multicultural Western Sydney

Building relationships in multicultural Western Sydney

Leticia Marquez (right) and Rosemary Kariuki-Fyfe, at the African Women’s Group End of Year Celebration.

Leticia Marquez is the Multicultural Specialist Court Advocacy Worker at WSCLC. This role is part of the Parramatta Womens’ Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (WDVCAS). WDVCAS provides information, support and referrals for women dealing with domestic violence legal matters. Leticia supports the WDVCAS team through making culturally-appropriate referrals, ensuring interpreters are engaged when needed, and distributing resources in languages other than English.

Part of Leticia’s role is also to engage with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities through different events, meetings and relationship-building. She frequently attends community events, such as the African Women’s Group End of Year Celebration – Leticia is pictured there with Rosemary Kariuki-Fyfe, Community Liaison Officer with Parramatta Police Local Area Command. Events such as these are a good opportunity to speak to community members and increase awareness of WSCLC’s services and other services in the community.

Other projects that Leticia has recently been engaged with are the Tamil Women’s Development group’s Light My Window campaign and distributing copies of Bonnie Support Services’ pamphlet, Home Free – a Lesbian friendly health services brochure.

Leticia’s background is in Social Work and she is Spanish speaker from Mexico. She is very involved in the Spanish speaking community in Sydney. One of the things she particularly likes about her role at WSCLC is engaging with such a diverse range of people and being able to offer practical support.

Research on Female Genital Mutilation

Also at the African Women’s Group End of year Celebration, Leticia met PhD candidate Sabera Turkmani, who is a midwife and child and family health practitioner from UTS. Sabera is focusing her research in female genital mutilation. She is looking for women, from any background, that can assist her in her research, and can also provide information about the subject if needed. Please contact Leticia at WSCLC if you can assist or would like more information.