Mayra was born in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala and has lived in Arizona for most of her life. She earned her B.S. in Family and Human Development and a Master in Social Work with a Latino Cultural Competency Graduate Certificate from Arizona State University. Before pursuing her master’s degree, she worked as an educator with first generation low income high students in a TRiO Program. After backing-packing Central America and volunteering in Honduras she became inspired to be a social worker in the Latinx community. She has experience working with survivors of domestic violence, victims of human trafficking, survivors of sexual assault, and unaccompanied immigrant youth. She enjoys traveling, learning about her Mayan traditions, listening to music, and reading. Mayra became the Managing Social Worker for the Adult Program in February 2020.
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