Introducing myself and my journal: Global perspectives

Maria Almario
Posted September 26, 2009 from United States

About Me: Maria Almario is a doctoral student in counseling psychology. Originally from Bogotá Colombia, Maria has lived in the United States for the past twelve years. She completed a B.A. degree in psychology from the University of West Florida and a Masters degree from the University of Kentucky in Counseling Psychology. She worked as a therapist for the Blue grass Rape Crisis Center for five years serving victims of sexual, domestic violence and human trafficking. Throughout her career, Maria has worked on advocacy and activism initiatives for the fair treatment of women at local, national and international levels. Her current research interests include the impact of power-based crimes on the psychological functioning of women, insidious trauma, and human trafficking. Maria was the first Latina to receive the Martha Layne Collins leadership Award in 2006.

My Passions: Stopping Violence against women

My Challenges: Power based social scripts, oppressive legislations, discrimination

My Vision for the Future: To institute a comprehensive and inclusive screening and treatment method for victims of human traficking

My Areas of Expertise: Human trafficking, labor exploitation, feminism

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  • jodelight
    Sep 26, 2009
    Sep 26, 2009

    Hello Maria,

    Welcome to PulseWire! We are so glad that you are a part of our online community. I know you will find PulseWire to a positive place to share thoughts, ideas and actions. I encourage you to explore the site, as there are helpful resources and great groups to connect with. I am so amazed with your journal entry. You are working to improve the lives of women, and I am so impressed with your work. I look forward to hearing more from you in the future. You are powerful!

    best, Jody

  • Maria Cuellar
    Sep 28, 2009
    Sep 28, 2009

    Hola Maria!

    Tenemos mucho en común! Yo también me llamo Maria, también vivo en EEUU, y también estudié acá. Tu trabajo como terapeuta para las mujeres víctimas de de abuso sexual y de violencia me parece muy interesante. Felicitaciones por tu premio en el 2006!

    Te uniste a nuestra comunidad en un momento muy emocionante. Ahora puedes hacer amigos, leer artículos interesantes, y aprovechar todos los recursos que tiene Pulse Wire. Nuestra comunidad es activa y está cambiando constantemente, entonces encontrarás historias y recursos nuevos todos los días.

    Espero oir más de ti en Pulse Wire!

    Un saludo caluroso, Maria

    Hi Maria! Welcome!

    We have so much in common! I am also called Maria, I also live in the US, and I also studied here. Your work as a therapist for women victims of sexual abuse and violence seems very interesting. Congratulations on your award in 2006!

    You have joined our colorful community at a very exciting time. You can now make friends, read interesting journal entries, and take advantage of the many resources available through Pulse Wire. Our community is alive and constantly changing, so you'll find new stories and resources every day.

    I look forward to hearing more from you on PulseWire!

    Warm regards, Maria

  • Emily Garcia
    Sep 28, 2009
    Sep 28, 2009

    Welcome, Maria, to the PulseWire community!

    It's so good to see you here. Congratulations on all your accomplishments and thank you for the service you have given helping women. The bio you've posted here in your journal is impressive and so inspiring. Two of my best friends are studying counseling psychology as well and are two of the most compassionate people I know.

    We have a group here on PulseWire called Human Trafficking ( that you might like to join. We also have two new members of this site that are involved in your field that you might consider connecting with. They are:

    Rachel Erwin (, the clinical director of SAGE-Standing Against Global Exploitation


    Laura Lederer ( the founder of The Protection Project and one of the drafters of "The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000"

    I can't wait to hear more about you and your work!

    In friendship,