Rosalia Abreu


Rosalia is the North Regional Program Manager for PFJ. She is a first generation Dominican- American, born and raised in Jamaica, Queens, NYC. A fierce social justice advocate, Rosalia has spent many years providing interdisciplinary case management services to survivors of human trafficking and intimate partner violence in NYC and MA. She also has extensive experience working as a court advocate supporting individuals with mental health issues as they navigate the criminal legal system in NYC. Most recently, Rosalia led an intergenerational literacy program in three elementary schools in Framingham, MA. She holds a Master’s degree from the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University.

Rosalia has a strong interest in seeking sustainable systemic and institutional reform on behalf of marginalized communities across the globe. Her passion for justice and equity work has led her to pursue research, internships and volunteer opportunities in various countries, such as the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica and Tanzania – where she helped build a maternity ward in the rural village of Lotima. Her undergraduate thesis research on the human rights violations of Dominicans of Haitian descent received the Kenneth S. Grossman ’78 Senior Research Prize for Global Studies at her alma mater, Trinity College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2011 with a degree in Gender, Race and Sexuality Studies. In her free time, she enjoys reading psychological thrillers and spending quality time with her three children and two dogs.

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