Maritza is native to Tucson, Arizona and the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants. Growing up, her parents always reminded her of her roots and culture by taking her to visit their home town in Guanajuato, Mexico. Maritza earned her degree in B.S. in Criminal Justice and a minor in Spanish from the University of Arizona. She has been involved with and believes in advocating and giving a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves. Maritza began as a victim advocate with the Pima County Victim Services Division, working with a vast array of victims of domestic violence, sexual trauma, and homicides and later transitioning to becoming a high needs case manager, helping children who have experienced sexual trauma and have suicidal ideations. In her spare time, Maritza enjoys spending time with her family and dogs and taking trips across the country. Maritza joined the Florence Project in December 2019 as a legal assistant for the DART team.