Bilingual Court Advocacy Manager and Outreach Specialist, REACH
A native of Colombia, Gladys Ortiz emigrated to the U.S. after meeting her future husband while on vacation from college. Emboldened by her effort to learn the language and navigate cultural differences, Ortiz found work that employed her enthusiasm for empowerment and sensitivity to others. REACH services those caught in domestic crisis including men, women, and children. In 2010 she co-founded Latinas Know Your Rights, working with lawmakers to develop legislation that protects immigrants and survivors in Massachusetts. Ortiz also sits on several committees, including the Attorney General’s Advisory Council on New Americans. Her lifetime of passionate advocacy for others is inspiring.