The child of a domestic violence victim, Michelle San Pedro almost lost her mother to both domestic and gun violence. Fortunately, she sought further help from the authorities to prevent this from happening. In her talk, Michelle recounts the process she had to go through in order to keep her father from causing more damage to her mother. However, she also offers a few ideas on how prevent at least some of the 50 women who will die from both domestic and gun violence simultaneously.
From the 2018 TEDxUConn Conference which took place on April 8th, 2018. The theme for the event was Zero to Hero. Michelle San Pedro is a Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology at the University of Connecticut, where she teaches anthropology and women’s studies courses. For the past ten years, she has worked with midwives and adolescent mothers in the northern highlands of Nicaragua. As a registered nurse with labor and delivery experience, her work there includes teaching prenatal classes at maternity waiting homes. She also organized a conference between Nicaraguan NGOs to assist survivors of intimate partner violence. Her research is supported by the Fulbright Program, UConn’s Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies,the Human Rights Institute, and the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy. She has coordinated over 50 National Institute of Mental Health and pharmaceutical psychiatric clinical trials at Yale School of Medicine, Connecticut Mental Health Center, and the VA Connecticut Healthcare System to improve treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, depression, schizophrenia, and dementia. Michelle received her M.A. in Anthropology from UConn, Nursing Certificate from Yale School of Nursing, and B.A. in Anthropology from Northwestern University. She is a member of the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved. Michelle frequently speaks on reducing stigma and improving support for families suffering from gender-based violence. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx