Mrs. De la Cruz is a bilingual Spanish/English trained professional in the field of social justice. She has been working closely with Virginia's Hispanic community through various companies and has implemented a solid program to serve Spanish-speaking victims of domestic and sexual violence that served 200 immigrant families annually at The James House. During the past nine years, she has provided and supervised the delivery of crisis intervention, case management, court accompaniment, legal advocacy, hotline services, and community referrals. She has provided consultation services for the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and its Foundation to help area companies develop effective plans to implement outreach in the Latino community in the Richmond and Tri-cities area. She holds a certification from the Supreme Court of Virginia to mediate cases for the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts and is the only provider authorized by the Supreme Court of Virginia to provide Co-parenting classes in Spanish in the area. She is also accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeal (BIA) to provide immigration legal services. She is experienced with writing grant proposals and has been invited as a grant peer reviewer for DCJS and Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) due to her experience working and implementing services for the immigrant community. She has been recognized for her work within the immigrant community, most recently awarded the 2018 Unsung Hero Award by Virginia’s Attorney General.