SEPA Mujer is currently housed in Temple Bethel in Patchogue, a non profit that works to support immigrant women on Long Island since 1993. “The main goal is to empower Latina immigrant women and our movement is to become leaders in the community and different spaces and raise them up,” said Jessica Reyes of AmeriCorps VISTA, who works in SEPA Mujer’s Patchogue headquarters. “A lot of those we serve are victims of gender based violence, and our model is to help raise women from survivor to leader; we help women on their paths to citizenship.”
On Thursday, March 14, Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center will film “Don’t Tell Anyone” at 7:30 p.m. with a Q & A session afterwards as well as a matinee on Saturday, March 23 at 10:30 a.m. The shows are free.
“It’s a documentary about activist Angy Rivera who was an undocumented youth, she came to this country at age 3,” Reyes said. “After completing high school and preparing to go to college, her legal status became a huge struggle. You can’t get financial aid or driver’s license. The title comes from her mother who was very fearful because she felt Angy could get deported if she spoke out. So it’s about her story, about activism. She was sexually abused when young; the message is just because you’re contributing to the country wasn’t enough until she went through this traumatic experience. So because of that she was able to apply for a U-Visa; it’s immigration relief for certain qualifying crimes.”
The film is an hour and 15 minutes and Rivera will be present after the film is shown Thursday night for a Q & A as well as the filmmaker Mikaela Shwer via Skype; a reception to follow. This free event is sponsored by Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center, People Power Patchogue and POV (PBS’s award-winning film series.
SEPA Mujer is also sponsoring a Latina Bosses night at Toast Coffeehouse, 46 East Main Street in Patdhogue on Friday, March 8, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. It is SEPA Mujer’s 2nd Annual Networking Event recognizing Trailblazing Latina Professionals. Speakers will include New York State Senator Monica Martinez and Superintendent of Riverhead Central School District Dr. Aurelia Lucia Henriquez. This event is $35 for members; $45 for non members. Sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org., 631-980-2555