Founder and CEO
Mora Fernández is an artivist, survivor, consultant, and advocate for survivors of sexual and domestic violence dedicated to fighting to end child sexual abuse. She is the Founder and CEO of La Casa Mandarina AC where she created the first Sexual Violence Advocacy Program in Mexico City. As a survivor of sexual abuse and commercial sexual exploitation in her childhood, Mora has dedicated her personal and professional life to advocate for women and children from the most vulnerable communities. She has worked hard to give voice to victims by using her leadership position and her testimony as a survivor to break the silence of this epidemic. For 20 years, Mora has worked, nationally and internationally, creating innovative care and prevention projects dedicated to promoting nonviolence and the rights of children, women, indigenous communities and undocumented immigrants in a variety of diverse contexts and communities She has also worked with key decision-makers, partners and stakeholders of all kinds –from grassroots organizations to state ministers-international agencies, NGO´s and feminist groups and networks. Mora combines her work with her passion for cultural diversity while traveling around the world facilitating workshops and lectures on the use of ARTivism to heal trauma and create a social transformation. From 2014 to 2020, Mora was member of FORCE: upsetting rape culture a Baltimorean art collective best known for the Monument Quilt, a collection of 3000+ quilt squares with stories from survivors of sexual and domestic violence displayed 50 times in 34 different cities of the United States and Mexico. Mora also co-stars and co-produces Secret Survivors México: using the theater to break the silence a performance presenting six survivors of child sexual abuse telling their own story on the stage. In 2018, Mora was awarded the Honorable Mention of the Hermila Galindo Award 2018 granted by the Human Rights Commission of Mexico City for her work and career as an advocate for women and girls. In 2014, she was awarded for her fight for rights of women and children in New York and India. Mora received her master’s degree in International Cooperation and Social Development from Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain and a bachelor's degree in Social Communications from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City -Academic Excellence Award-. Mora has specialized in sexual and domestic violence in New York City where, from 2013 to 2018, she was a co-leader of Project Envision NYCn a collective aimed at preventing sexual violence. Mora is an extremely passionate traveler, an amateur sculptor and an excellent dancer born in Mexico City but a citizen of the world. She loves coffee, trees and butterflies, watches soccer and plays domino. She is a fan of Mafalda and The Little Prince. Her dream is to travel around Mexico riding in a 1970 Kombi, listening to Janis Joplin, Bebe and Café Tacuba with her ingenious nephew, her creative niece and Justino José, her crazy little service dog.
Director of Care
Erika (she/hers) is a Psychologist graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Since 2002, she has collaborated with diverse institutions dedicated to ending sexual and gender-based violence. She is the Director of Care at La Casa Mandarina AC an independent and itinerant Mexican non-profit organization devoted to end sexual violence, break the silence and heal trauma through ARTivism. Her goal is building a more just and peaceful society. Since 2003, she has devoted to her private practice providing psychotherapy to women survivors of sexual abuse and, in 2009, she focused her work on the most vulnerable population, which are children. In 2006, she extended her private practice to hospitals providing psychotherapy and working with an interdisciplinary health team. Erika is a speaker and facilitator on prevention and detection of child sexual abuse, trauma, crisis intervention, sexual, domestic and dating violence around Mexico. Her work has been highly satisfactory as she has witnessed the positive evolution and improvement of the quality of life of the people she serves.
Director of Advocacy
Amy (she/her) is an actress, artivist, survivor, teacher, and advocate for victims of sexual and domestic violence. She is the Director of Advocacy at La Casa Mandarina AC an independent and itinerant Mexican non-profit organization devoted to end sexual violence, break the silence and heal trauma through ARTivism. Amy combines her artistic work with activism in different feminist collectives. She has also been trained, nationally and internationally, with experts in the field of gender and sexual violence. Amy graduated from the Diego Rivera Art Education Center specializing in Dance and has a bachelor’s degree on Acting by the National School of Theater Art (ENAT). She has facilitated workshops on sexual and gender violence such as: "Sexual Violence in the Theater" for Las Reinas Chulas AC; “When telling the truth is not enough La Casa Mandarina and our fight against sexual violence” at the LILHA & Transversal cross-sectional meeting for gender equality; "Sexual violence" at the Violence and Child Sexual Abuse "From the wound" Conference by Delirio Teatro. She is member of the Mexican Women Theater League where she advocates for survivors of gender violence in the Mexican theater. She is a teacher and acting coach for children at the Niños Actores Studio School, directed by Margarita Mandoki. Amy is currently a co-producer and actress at Las Diablas Cabaret Company.
Director of Art and Design
Wen (she/hers) is a Graphic Designer born in Mexico City. She studied at the University of the Valley of Mexico and has a master’s degree in "Design Applied to Communication" from the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain). She has studies in Public Image at the College of Public Image. She is the Director of Art and Design at La Casa Mandarina AC an independent and itinerant Mexican non-profit organization devoted to end sexual violence, break the silence and heal trauma through ARTivism. Wen is part of the advisory team for sexual violence advocacy cases. Her professional life has been linked to photography and theater, participating for more than 10 years in the production and advertising editorial design, as well as in the creation of posters, hand programs and photography of various theatrical productions. In 2009, Wen founded her own company Sofá Rojo Publicidad, where she is the Creative Director. From 2011 to 2016 she was a teacher of the Modeling and Personal Marketing classes for the Bachelor of Acting at the University of London. After two years of rest, in 2018 she returned energized to teach again.
Director of Ballet After Dark Mexico
Cynthia Híjar (she/hers) is a Mexican artivist, dancer, pedagogue and feminist comedian co-author of the webcomic Nacho Progre and co-creator of the feminist comedy collective StandUperras. She is a grad student at the Masters in Pedagogy at the School of Philosophy and Literature, in the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) with a thesis about the contribution of somatic education in women's rehab. She is the Director of Ballet After Dark Mexico (BADMx) a unique nine-months free, holistic, trauma-informed dance therapy course for survivors of sexual violence leaded by La Casa Mandarina AC an independent and itinerant non-profit organization devoted to end sexual violence, break the silence and heal trauma through ARTivism. As a dancer she has professional studies in Contemporary Dance and has been a student of dance and somatic education in different workshops and training programs with teachers such as Marina Acevedo, Kathryn Alter and the Cuba Contemporary Dance Company of Cuba. Has been a speaker on #TEDxMéxicoCityWomen and as a writer has published articles in feminist Latin American media.
Luz Elena Aranda
Director of Secret Survivors Mexico
Luz Elena (she/hers) is a bisexual feminist and artivist. She studied Dramatic Literature at the National Autonomous University of Mexico UNAM and Ethnology at the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH), in addition to a technical career in Production in Media and Communication at the Ansel Adams Photography School. She is the General Director of Las Reinas Chulas Cabaret and Human Rights AC and Director of the International Cabaret Festival. She has worked in different organizations, including ProDesarrollo, Finanzas and Microempresa (where she developed the theater component for the Methodology for the Incorporation of the Gender Approach in the Mexican Microfinance Institutions MEGIM), Faces and Voices FDS, AC (where she created the campaign against poverty I look, I know, I act), and Oxfam Mexico, where she was a consultant for the project Building an integrated approach to inequality: indigenous peoples, rural populations and women victims of violence in Mexico. She obtained the Leadership Scholarship from the MacArthur Foundation through the Mexican Society for Women's Rights AC (SEMILLAS) and the recognition "Women investing in women" by the same institution. She is part of generation 54 of the Global Women in Management program: Advancing Women's Economic Opportunities sponsored by CEDPA and EXXON MOBIL. Luz directed and co-written "Secret Survivors México" a performance with survivors of child sexual abuse. In 2012, Luz organized the exhibition "Cinema and sex, the female gaze", an exhibition of porn films directed by women in Mexico City and Guadalajara. She participated in the development of the case of Mexico for the publication of "Anti-Gender Policies in Latin America", a series of studies published by the SPW Sexuality and Politics Observatory. Recently, she published in the online magazine Coronapapers, edited by the the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association of Latin America and the Caribbean ILGALAC where, since 2017, she is a Regional Co-secretary. In 2019, she is the General Co-Secretary of ILGA World, a worldwide federation of more than 1,600 LGBTI organizations from over 150 countries. Her social training and artistic experience have allowed her to develop social projects in which art is placed as the main tool of transformation, to which she has dedicated the last 10 years of her life.
Art Residency Ballet After Dark México
Anahí (she/hers) is a dance, body and soul artivist. Started studying Belly Dance in 2004 and since then, she has been preparing in diverse dances and knowledges to have better resources in the scenic performance; the primary being Pole Dance, Contemporary Dance and Dancehall. Member of HANIN Colectivo Escénico since 2014, PEC 2016-2018, and Bruck Babilon Méxco Dance Crew since 2018. Graduate in Choreography from the Classic and Contemporary National Dance School (ENDCC). In the last years she has been researching about she-body, movement and self-care, developing what she now calls Corporal ReOrganization (ReOrganización Corporal).